My family loves Pho. We love Vietnamese food, Thai food, Chinese food, Korean food, Japanese food, Indian food, Middle Eastern Food, Mexican food, Italian food, you name it, we like food. And while I love going out to eat at ethnic restaurants and trying new things, we have now been living in a what I like to refer to as a "void of ethnicity" or at least within a 30 minute driving distance. Gone are the days of heading out 2 miles from home for some steaming noodle soup or walking up the road for Korean BBQ or the best, going to a food court that allowed one person to get Chinese noodles, one person to have sushi and the other to have braised short ribs. Oh the luxury that is Santa Clara, Cupertino, Sunnyvale and San Jose.
Thanks to the wonders of the World Wide Web, I can order all my ingredients on Amazon.com, and then I can then head over to Youtube and watch an authentic meal prepared. It has really become my "go-to" in times of living in rural North Carolina. And I have really perfected some great dishes that might even pass for authentic.
Of course it helps that I love to cook and consider 4 or 5 hours in the kitchen on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon as therapeutic and enjoyable. I know that there are those of you that cringe to read that sentence but it is true, I love to cook and create dishes. So I definitely suggest if you hate cooking, stick to eating out. Which is what we did Saturday night, we took my niece out to try Pho and while she didn't have the soup, she had some kind of charred meat with rice and loved it. She stayed away from the fish sauce and the fresh salad rolls but she liked everything else. We are giving her a real international flavor tour.
Here is what my soup looked like for those of you that love to see what folks are eating.