Go Pho Ga Yourself!

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Can you cook? Wait! better question: are you an adventurous cook?

I’m pretty damned good in the kitchen, even if I have to say it myself. I love to play with my food (and I don’t mean like the cafeteria food fights in high school.) To be honest, one of the reasons I loved my ex was that he was willing to eat any kind of experiment I put in front of him. Now it’s your turn to try something new with me.

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My fellow blogger and friend, Michelle, has already posted about this cooking adventure here, and Naomi from Barely Beige will post next weekend. But guess what! All three posts are teasers for what we have coming up in January. This is your invitation to join our journey to Vietnam — virtually.

Join us for What??

We’re cooking our way through the Craftsy course Vietnamese Classics: Pho, Noodles & Beyond with Andrea Nguyen. Each of us is making a different dish and we’d love it if you cooked along with us. If you already have the class, leave comments below to let me know how you’re getting on and what you think of it. In case you don’t have it yet and would still like to cook up some nomnoms with us, you can grab your pho class here for 50% off with this coupon code: c3c57576-6579-46df-b07b-f

Preparing for a night of pho-ing

While I was in the Asian market with my BFF shopping for ingredients and unwittingly assaulting other customers with sweet potatoes, I did pick up one of the nearly-essential tools for a good pho experience. It’s a vertical noodle strainer that is exactly like this one on Amazon. One other almost-critical tool is a “scum skimmer” that they didn’t have in-store, so I ordered one for next to nothing from eBay. It will get here before mid January, just in time for me to do this again. Yes, you need a scum skimmer in your pho-ing life, believe me!

Grilling ginger and onion in the toaster oven

Will you please join us and leave comments for Michelle, Naomi and me letting us know how your pho-ing is going?

And so we leave you to your holidays with visions of Vietnamese pho dancing in your head. Keep warm and raise a glass of something. Cheers!

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PS. My first attempt was so good, we ate the whole thing before I remembered to take a picture. I guess I’ll have to do this again. Poor me! 🙂


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  1. Yum! That’s all I can say.

  2. Did you know that there are so many type of Pho? Beef, Chicken, Special, Brisket, Meatball, Flank, tripe, vegetarian etc… I will have to make me some beef pho soon…comfort food…yummmmm

  3. One of my favourite treats when I get to Vancouver. I may have to sign up for this one. Are the ingredients hard to get?

    • Surprisingly, they were all available at the first market I went to. I suppose if you live in a city, it will be different than if you live in a small town. The good thing is that Andrea, the teacher, gives substitution options.

  4. Wow..beautiful and Yummy post. The pics are mind blowing and most importantly, I liked your honesty. Thanks for sharing.. 🙂


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