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where can I buy ingredients for pho?

champagne Oct 4, 2006 03:26 AM

Where in Boston can I find a grocery store that
will sell the pho noodles? I'm going to try
to make pho, but I don't know where to even look for the noodles.
Shaw's definitely doesn't have it.

  1. MC Slim JB Jan 1, 2008 10:37 AM

    The ingredients are easy to come by at any well-stocked Asian market, like Ming's or Super 88. The hard part is making a good beef stock or chicken stock. That's a time-consuming task, but if you want good pho, there's no way around it.

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    1. re: MC Slim JB
      Sgt Snackers Jan 1, 2008 10:42 AM

      We made our own pho a couple of months back and it was fantastic - used a recipe from Nguyen's 'Into the Vietnamese Kitchen' (good book, by the way). We think using a pressure cooker will make the stock a lot faster.

      1. re: Sgt Snackers
        MC Slim JB Jan 1, 2008 10:50 AM

        Ooh, good tip; I'd love to get another good Vietnamese cookbook.

        What went into your stock? I've had good success with beef leg bones.

        1. re: MC Slim JB
          veggielover Jan 2, 2008 08:26 AM

          When we returned from a trip to Vietnam, I was obsessed with finding a good recipe for pho. This is the one that was most like the pho we at in Vietnam. I bought most of the ingredients at Russo's


      2. re: MC Slim JB
        InmanSQ Girl Jan 2, 2008 09:14 AM

        There is one way around it....not as good as fresh, but much better than substituting with American canned beef broth!

      3. C. Hamster Oct 5, 2006 07:18 PM

        The 88 in South Bay is loads better than the Allston stores. I haven't been to their store in Medford, but I've been to the others and the Dorchester store has lots more stuff, more brands and is organized in a somewhat more logical manner (though not very). Still hard to find English speakers, though.

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          Craig K Oct 4, 2006 09:56 PM

          Lotte in Central Square sells dashida broth, as well as the various shaved meats. The place in the Porter Exchange, Kotobukiya sells the meat as well as does Yoshinawa in Central.

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            InmanSQ Girl Oct 4, 2006 09:13 PM

            Here is some good info on making Pho.


            The best places to shop for the ingredients would be Super 88 in Allston, MA (Off Green Line Packards Corner stop), Reliable Market in Union SQ Somerville, or the asian market in the Porter Exchange building in Porter SQ cambridge (red line T stop)

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              coffee1004 Oct 4, 2006 08:38 PM

              The reliable market in Union sq has pho noodles. But you still need to make you own broth!

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                Velda Mae Oct 4, 2006 05:54 PM

                I bet one of the Asian stores in Porter Exchange might have it. I've seen the noodles at several Super Stop & Shops. Have you tried the Shaw's near MIT? Given the number of Asian students, I'd be surprised if their international aisle didn't stock the noodles. Depending on where you are in Cambridge, Penzeys on Mass Ave. in Arlington has excellent five-spice powder.

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                  champagne Oct 4, 2006 03:14 PM

                  Thanks so much for the suggestions! Is there by chance any place in Cambridge that might have it?

                  1. Luther Oct 4, 2006 10:41 AM

                    Super 88 also has "pho hoa," the 5-spice powder that comes in little sachets for flavoring your stock.

                    For a great deal on thinly-sliced beef, try McKinnon's in Davis (if you buy it in Shaw's or Trader Joe's, be prepared to pay 5 times as much for a very unfresh product).

                    1. Prav Oct 4, 2006 08:20 AM

                      I bought the white Pho noodles for $0.75 / package at Super 88 once.

                      Google "Super 88" to find the address of the store near you - there are several in the area.

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