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Best Mountain Pho?

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
I'm kinda tired of drinking water and more water and yet more until I can't stand it.

Who's got a good recommendation for a nice, hydrating supersize bowl of
Pho Tai ?

post #2 of 12
I don't know if it's the best, but Copper has a new station called Lemon Grass down at Jack's with pho and Thai curry and Thai soup, and I think it's great! A welcome change, for certain, and quite tasty (in my uneducated opinion). I guess some famous San Francisco chef devised the menu.
post #3 of 12
With the amount of MSG in the Pho I've tasted, it's been far from hydrating. I find it amazing to feel bloated from all that liquid and parched at the same time.
post #4 of 12
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I don't get that from most of the restaurant pho around here.

I definitely get that from the package ramen soups.

The Korean Neoguri was brewed by MSG demons.
post #5 of 12
Toronto's Chinatown Pho is quite nasty. There is only one place I will eat it, and even then, my nose runs like a tap. In the other places, the stock is so filled with MSG, there is a 'basic' (as opposed to acidic) slippery/soapy texture to it.
post #6 of 12
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Out of curiosity, are you one of those people who get slip/soap off cilantro or lemongrass?
post #7 of 12
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Toronto's Chinatown Pho is quite nasty.
In and around Toronto, you can get outstanding Pho in any of the 15 or so "Chinatowns".
post #8 of 12
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In and around Toronto, you can get outstanding Pho in any of the 15 or so "Chinatowns".

What about in Central Upstate NY?
post #9 of 12
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What about in Central Upstate NY?
We have nothing good in the area. I ain't nowhere close to being a Vietnamese anything. A very nice Vietnamese/Chinese lady who is one of the owners of a grocery store taught me all the tricks to make Vietnamese noodles. My pho is ok but my bon/bun (steamed thin rice vermincelli/noodles - aka Mai Fun in Chinese) is very close to being the real deal.
post #10 of 12
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Out of curiosity, are you one of those people who get slip/soap off cilantro or lemongrass?
Nope. Believe me, as someone that eats in chinatown almost everyday, the pho broth around here is a super-saturated solution of MSG.

To give you a sense of "quality", one particularly awful place was storing it's broth in open plastic pails in the stairwell on the way to the loo.

There is only one place I'd eat it around here.
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WARNING: Slightly NSFW play on words

post #12 of 12
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Nope. Believe me, as someone that eats in chinatown almost everyday, the pho broth around here is a super-saturated solution of MSG.



That just ain't right.

And I won't be ordering Pho Bo Vien anytime soon.
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