Posts Tagged 'pho'

Cooking Asian Food is Hard

Let’s be honest: one of the main reasons Asian food tastes so delicious is because they add MSG to it. Another reason is probably because every restaurant has a family recipe or a certain way of making things. That’s how I feel about pho restaurants. Almost every place I’ve been to has had a unique broth, which can make all the difference. And those are the reasons why I didn’t enjoy my own pho. I bought a standard pho buillion, but of course it’s nothing like the restaurants. Sure, it smells the same for the most part, but there was just so much flavor missing from it all.

these are all my pots: tendon, noodles, and broth. insane.

I’m not going to include my recipe because it will vary depending on the ingredients you use. (Plus, the noodles and the buillion came with directions.) The only thing that I really learned was how to cook soft tendon: boil it for 2 hours, then cut it up. Considering how soft and chewy and delicious it is in the soup, it takes a long time for it to get that soft (that’s what she said?).

my lunar new year dinner: custard dumplings, rice and chinese sausage, and thai iced tea with pearls. YUUUUM!

Anyway, instead I’ve decided to share with you the two almond cookie recipes I tried for the Chinese Lunar New Year. I’m also not going to post these recipes because they’re slightly different. Ultimately I’ve learned that, as much as I love Asian food and embrace my Chinese heritage, I will never be able to cook as well as my grandfather did. I wish I had a picture of him to share with you. He was such a big, happy man who was always so excited to cook for me. I have a fuzzy memory of being in his kitchen while he was cooking, and he showed me what he was doing. My dad tells me that, when he knew we were coming to visit, he would cook a ton of food and just wait for us to arrive. Whether or not he actually did, I can completely imagine it being true.

I’d like to think that Grandpa watches me and cooks with me and is proud of me for eating and cooking all that I can.

Pho #1 (Seriously) and Hi, Auntie Mei!

First, I’d like to say hello to my Auntie Mei. She’s always telling me about the awesome food she’s cooking, and I’m excited to get her recipe for jook! Yummm.

Anyway, last week I finally made it out to Buford Highway where there are tons of Asian restaurants and markets! It was really exciting. I almost peed myself when my boyfriend and I walked into Pho #1. I ordered a large bowl of pho with flank steak, eye of round, and soft tendon, and a thai iced tea with tapioca pearls. It was heaven. I was only disappointed in two things. First, the bean sprouts were kind of sad-looking, but I’m guessing it’s not easy to find fresh bean sprouts in Atlanta. Second, I didn’t get as much tendon as I wanted, but that could be for any number of reasons.

so so so so delicious. it's like a bowl of happiness with a side of awesome.

After lunch we went to the Buford Highway Farmer’s Market. I’ve learned that farmer’s markets here are not the same as the ones in California. Why? Because they’re basically big grocery emporiums and not actually markets for local farmers to showcase their products. Regardless, it was an awesome time. And for next week, I bought pho buillion cubes, pho noodles, eye of round, and tendon. That’s right: I will attempt to make pho. Prepare yourself, ladies and gentlemen.

Last Meals: New Tu Do

Today was my last meal at New Tu Do, a pho restaurant on Bowery between Grand and Hester off the B, D (I’m really selling it here). That has one of the most personal stories of all the restaurants I have relationships with. (weird?)

my last bowl of pho in NYC! well, what's left of it anyway.

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