How Much is Pho ???

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2009/02/19 09:08:34 (permalink)

How Much is Pho ???

When I lived in Seattle there were almost as many pho places as Starbucks.

The place I liked, Pho Bac, in the International district charged about $5.00 for a huge bowl.

Yesterday in Amherst, Massachusetts, I paid $9.00 for a decent sized, but very tasty, bowl.

How much is a good bowl of pho in your neck of the woods?


Price to beat:



... at Epcot at Disney World.  (No, I did not indulge.)
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    Run2Eat
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    Re:How Much is Pho ??? 2009/02/19 09:16:31 (permalink)
    Around $5-$7 in the Dallas / Frisco area... The wife and I like to go and eat it to "carb up" the night before a race..
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    Re:How Much is Pho ??? 2009/02/19 09:18:51 (permalink)
    I've eaten at a few very high-end places on special occasions, but I have never encountered a $17.99 bowl of soup!
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    Re:How Much is Pho ??? 2009/02/19 09:22:54 (permalink)
    They're getting about $7.95 at Fire Bowl here in Austin. What kinda fool would pay 17 bucks for a bowl of soup?
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    Re:How Much is Pho ??? 2009/02/19 13:04:22 (permalink)
    .. about $6.00 - 8.00 at Pho Thanh Hoai here in Sayerville NJ...
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    Re:How Much is Pho ??? 2009/02/19 13:20:51 (permalink)
    Seattle for me too Gregg.  Was typically in the 4.50-7.00 zone depenfing on toppings.
     
    $17.99 is outright robbery!
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    Re:How Much is Pho ??? 2009/02/19 13:46:19 (permalink)
    I have never paid more than $8 for a bowl of Po.

    $17.99 is nuts.
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    Re:How Much is Pho ??? 2009/02/19 14:15:08 (permalink)
    That must have been 1 helluva bowl of PHO

    Here it is $6.99 for a decent sized bowl
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    Re:How Much is Pho ??? 2009/02/19 14:16:05 (permalink)
    I pay $10.25 for a regular size or $12.00 for a large in Chattanooga.  But I'm not complaining.  It's delicious and this spotless restaurant got a 99 on it's most recent health inspection (100 last time). 
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    Re:How Much is Pho ??? 2009/02/19 20:17:59 (permalink)
    $5.75 for regular bowl........$6.45 for a large bowl at Pho 75 in Philadelphia....and always good
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    Re:How Much is Pho ??? 2009/02/23 13:28:03 (permalink)
    While it's hard to find here, a local place called the "Noodle House" has a good bowl of Pho for about $7.00.  I love the stuff!  Not cajun, but soothing and filling!
     
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    Re:How Much is Pho ??? 2009/04/12 01:27:05 (permalink)
    The Seattle area does have about as many Pho houses as Starbucks, Thai places or large slugs crawling out at night. The $5.00 to $7.00 is about right. There's one in Bellevue which wants to catch your eye and imagination with its name.

    It's called, "What the Pho."

    Since "pho" is pronounced, "pha" rather than sounding out the "o", one can imagine the gasps and giggles than garnishes.
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    Re:How Much is Pho ??? 2009/04/12 04:13:36 (permalink)
    It's $8.75 for a large (and it's HUGE!!!) bowl at my favorite spot in Ottawa.
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    Re:How Much is Pho ??? 2009/04/12 05:40:57 (permalink)
    They prob. fly the pho in can't use local epcot pho you know lmao.
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    Re:How Much is Pho ??? 2009/04/12 07:50:22 (permalink)
    Pho 75 in Herndon, VA charges around 8 bucks for a large "special" w/meatballs added. 

    A buck fifty more and you get a great iced coffee...a perfect companion for a nice spicy bowl of Pho!!
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    Re:How Much is Pho ??? 2009/04/13 15:06:07 (permalink)

    I think the pertinent question is the price of pho in Orlando.   I'd wait until I left the park before paying Micky Mouse that price!
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    Re:How Much is Pho ??? 2009/04/13 19:20:26 (permalink)
    In Milwaukee and Buffalo, between $5 (for small) and $8-$9 (for large).
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    Re:How Much is Pho ??? 2009/04/14 13:25:03 (permalink)
    Yesterday I had a bowl of pho with fried tofu and my husband had pho with meatballs. Mine was $5.50, his was $6.00. 
    Large bowls with more herbs and sprouts than we could eat. It was excellent. 
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    Re:How Much is Pho ??? 2009/04/15 10:08:38 (permalink)
    In Houston for a large bowl, it goes from 5.95 for chicken or one type of meat, to 6.95 for a combination of all meats.  I also am a Pho fan.  I go at least once a week for lunch.
     
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    Re:How Much is Pho ??? 2009/04/16 15:17:51 (permalink)
         Pho what, Big deal.

    The only pho I ever ordered was around 4$.  This was in Waterford Mi in 2003.
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    Re:How Much is Pho ??? 2009/10/15 22:30:49 (permalink)
    There's one street in Sac with about 50 Vietnamese places.  Anywhere from 4.50 for a small to 8.95 for a huge large.
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    Re:How Much is Pho ??? 2009/10/22 03:11:03 (permalink)
    Wow am I late to the party. Wheregregeats, sadly, the days of $5.00 bowls of pho are pretty much gone, especially in Seattle. At Pho Bac, we raised our prices this year and now charge $6.50 for a small, $7.50 for a large including tax. Every other pho joint around town seems to land at around this price point.  

    The reason being is that beef prices have skyrocketed over the past couple of years. Margins are already pretty thin and rising prices are making it more difficult to cover costs...even in a recession, go figure. So paying $9 for a really good bowl of pho is not at all unreasonable. Cheers. 
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    Re:How Much is Pho ??? 2009/10/22 18:30:12 (permalink)
    I put my head in here to tell you that every time I see the thread title, the intro to 'How Soon is Now' starts burbling in my head, but now I'm blown away that even Disney has the cojones to charge $17.99 for pho.  What the pho, indeed.
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    Re:How Much is Pho ??? 2009/10/23 00:48:19 (permalink)
    I don't think I've ever eaten a bowl of Pho. There were several places in Fresno when I left 11 years ago but I never stopped in. Next time I get down towards DC I'll try one.
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    Re:How Much is Pho ??? 2009/10/23 06:36:13 (permalink)
    Mike why not make your own....There is another Pho thread around here somewhere...I've posted my recipe for making what I think is some of the best Pho I've ever tasted! The recipe was given to me by a good friend, Sunny. He is a Vietnamese cook... I can't seem to find the thread so at the risk of hijacking this one I'll re-post the recipe here.

    Pho

    4lbs Oxtails

    2- Slices of beef shank (these are the 1 inch thick slices you can get in most ethnic markets, be sure they have the big marrow bone in the middle)

    1- 3 inch piece of unpeeled ginger

    1- Large onion unpeeled and cut in half

    1/3 cup of Fish Sauce (taste once broth is cooked, I always add a bit more and so does he)

    9- Star Anise

    5- whole cloves

    1- 3 inch cinnamon stick

    1 1/2 teaspoon of fennel seeds

    3 fresh bay leaves (I use dried and mine always turns out great)

    1- tablespoon of salt (I use Kosher salt)

    Broth:

    Put the oxtails and the beef shank slices in a large pot, cover them with water and bring to a boil. Boil them for about 1 minute, drain them and rinse the meats with cool water. (I sometimes soak the oxtails in salted water for an hour or so before this step. Helps to eliminate even more of the scum that will form)

    Wipe the pot clean, and put the meats back into the pot. Cover the meats by 4 inches of water, you should use just over a gallon and a half. Bring to a full boil again, reduce heat to a fast simmer, if there is scum skim it it.

    Take the ginger and the onion and put them under the broiler, burn them, you want a nice char on all sides. Takes about 15 to 20 minutes depending on your broiler. Let them cool, and then rinse them under the faucet to remove most of the char. Chop the ginger into a couple pieces and through the ginger and the onion halves into the pot along with the Fish Sauce and 1 tablespoon of salt.

    Put the cloves, star anise, and cinnamon stick into a dry sauté pan over medium heat, and toast them. (When I can smell them and they've slightly darkened they are done) Add them to the pot along with the fennel seeds (I've tried to toast the fennel seeds and they pop and I usually loose about half of them so I don't toast them anymore)and the bay leaves.

    Now my friend ties the spices up in a nice little cheesecloth bundle, I don't, because I strain the broth anyway.

    Reduce the heat to a low simmer and let the whole thing go for about four hours or so uncovered. You ultimately end up with about 3 quarts or so. Remove the spices and the meats, if you tied the spices up in a bundle let the pot continue to simmer while the meats cool. If not then strain the broth and return it to the pot and continue simmering while the meats cool.

    When the meats have cooled pull the meat from the bones. Set the meat aside and put the bones back into the broth, simmer for about another hour or until the broth is nice and rich, it will seem like it is ever so slightly thickened. At this point remove the broth from the heat, add the meats, let the whole thing cool and refrigerate over night.

    Now we are ready to de-fat and reheat the broth. Once the broth has come up to a simmer again taste it and add additional Fish Sauce if it needs it. To me it always does!

    Veggies and Stuff:

    1lb of rice noodles (I use the thin ones, but the thick ones are fine to)

    2- Bunches of green onions (sliced on the bias very thinly)

    1- Bunch of cilantro (he chops his, I like the whole leaves)

    1- Bunch of parsley (same as the cilantro)

    1- bunch of basil whole leaves

    2 or 3 limes cut into wedges

    3 or 4 jalapenos thinly sliced cross wise

    Bean Sprouts (I buy these buy the 2 pound bag at my local Asian market)

    1lb Beef filet very thinly sliced cross wise (I normally buy a couple filet mignon steaks)

    You can also add whatever meats you'd like, I normally clean and cook a bit of Tripe, which I thinly slice and add when I reheat the broth. But it really isn't a must.

    Sriracha Sauce (red chili sauce) Plum or Hoisin Sauce

    Place the lime wedges, herbs, and chili's in their own little piles on a platter of plate.

    In another pot bring about a gallon of water to the boil, toss your rice noodles into the boiling water and remove them from the heat. Let them sit stirring 4 or 5 times for about 5-8 minutes. Keep your eye on the noodles; they will cook/soften up in no time. Stirring is very important cuz they'll stick together. Once they are soft rinse them thoroughly under cold running water.

    Now we are ready to assemble.

    For each portion you'll need a very large soup bowl. Rinse them under hot water so the bowls are warm.

    Bring the broth to a good boil.

    This should serve about four people, so divide the noodles between four bowls. Put a serving of Oxtail, shank meat and sliced raw filet on top of the noodles. Now cover the noodles and meats with broth.

    Garnish with the herbs, chili's, sprouts, green onions, lime wedges...and sauces.

    ENJOY!

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    rainyday6
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    Re:How Much is Pho ??? 2009/10/24 22:33:13 (permalink)
    OMG Thank you Rebel!!!!  Now I want to have a pho party!!
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    Re:How Much is Pho ??? 2009/10/24 23:24:12 (permalink)
    in Oklahoma City's Asian District it's authentic at $5.50 - $7:00. can't think of a reason to try it at a chain outside the district when the quality is so high locally in "uptown." 
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    Re:How Much is Pho ??? 2009/10/26 00:12:06 (permalink)
    Thanks Rebeltruce. I've copied the recipe and will try it when I get a chance. Where do you get your fish sauce?

    I didn't realize you were so close to me. I'm a bit N of Winchester.

    Do you have any Pho shops to recommend down your way?
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    mar52
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    Re:How Much is Pho ??? 2009/10/26 00:32:53 (permalink)
    The hardest part is getting the noodles the right consistency.


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    Re:How Much is Pho ??? 2009/10/26 02:07:08 (permalink)
    Did anyone notice that this wasn't really pho, but more of a tom yum with rice noodles? Even for a tom yum,  $18 is too expensive!
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