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Jul 17, 2001 01:37 PM

Pho Question

  • j

Yesterday I went to a pho restaurant on Sepulveda, just north of Victory in Van Nuys. It was my first pho experience and it was great! How is pho pronounced? Fo? Po? Fa? What does it actually mean? After lunch we went to an asian market right next door. I was thrilled to see live Maine lobsters for $6.99 per pound. (as opposed to $14.98 per pound at Santa Monica Seafood and Gelsons. I bought 2 two-pounders and cooked them for dinner last night. Spectacular, if I must say so myself.

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  1. A friend once told me that's it's pronounced fuh, with a dip in inflection that quickly returns to the initial note or tone, fuh-uh-uh, hard to describe, but the word flows. I never had the nerve to try it when ordering for fear that I'd say it incorrectly, but just saying "fuh" is OK. I always thought it meant soup, but maybe not! pat

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    1. re: Pat Hammond

      Pat is correct in the pronunciation of Pho. As for the meaning, it's just the name of that type of noodle soup. I love Pho myself! There are two on Sepulveda (Pho So 1 and Pho 999), like Macy mentioned, but I also prefer Pho 999. They have a much bigger menu with better tasting food. Both of these restaurants can also be found on the west side of Reseda just north of Sherman Way. Pho from the San Fernando Valley (or elsewhere) doesn't compare to those from the San Gabriel area or Little Saigon, so if you're ever in one of these areas, you really should get Pho. No question about the Vietnamese Iced-Coffee. It's my favorite coffee!

    2. Sounds like you were at the 99 Ranch Market in the valley. I've never tried the Pho restaurant in that little minimall, but there is a fantastic one across the street called Pho 999. For less than $5, you get a huge steaming bowl of pho filled with beef and the broth is light, but flavorful. There are plenty of other dishes on the menu that I want to try, but I just can't seem to let myself NOT order the Pho when I go to this restaurant (which is probably at least once every couple of weeks).

      I also love to order their Iced drip-coffee. It's very strong but after you let the ice melt a bit, the flavor is sweet and intense - I'd take a Vietnamese Iced Coffee over any type of Starbucks drink anyday.

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        Leslie Brenner

        If I'm not mistaken, Mom, pho means "noodle soup."