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Help me take my Pho experience up a level

I have been eating Pho for at least 15 years but except for the one time I tried chicken pho (blah) I have only orderd a bowl with flank steak as the meat. Give me a plan for working up to a new level. I can't go to tripe and tendon right away.

I live in the D.C. area and we have pretty good pho around here.

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  1. The next logical step would be the brisket or fatty brisket...I usually have both along with eye or round steak. I have had the tendon and the tripe and it just doesn't do it for me. The brisket though (and yes, a little fat) really raises the level of beefy flavor in the soup. OK, I guess I know whats for lunch now!

    Randy

    http://recipesrandycooks.com

    1. GO right to tendon. (Forgive the usually overused words you ar eabout to see, but they fit...) The unctuous, fatty mouuth feel--with great beefy flavor and texture--is not to be missed. You will not regret it. Want some now.

      SeaSide

      1. Make the jump. Order a special with all the meats. Try them. The textures are fabulous. It's not something to work up to if you haven't tried them in 15 years. It's time to just do it.

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        1. re: JMF

          I totally agree! Get the house special with the beef balls, tendon, tripe and rare beef (or whatever if comes with). The worst thing that can possibly happen is that you aren't crazy about it and you don't order it again. At least this way, you will be able to taste everything all in one shot and next time you order, you will be able to customize your soup with your favourite bits!

          1. re: icey

            I can't even think what I would be missing if I left anything out of my pho. My only "issue" is I can't eat the onion, although I have them simmer in the soup for its flavor before taking them out. I LOVE tripe and tendon.

        2. Yes, you can go to tendon and tripe and meatballs right away. It's a $7 lunch. If you don't like it, you can always grab a slice of pizza.

          1. I immediately went to tripe and tendon when I first started eating pho but have since backed away to brisket. The fattier the better.