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Sep. 19th, 2007 @ 11:24 pm It pays to chat up your local pho vendor
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I may have mentioned it before, but hubby and I have very different tastes in food and very different attitudes about trying new things. When it comes to new foods, I basically will try anything that doesn't stink or look totally gross and you can tell me what it is afterwards. Hubby is a bit more cautious and prefers to be fully informed before trying something. As an example, he hates warm mayo and if I tell him I used mayo in a cake instead of eggs he wouldn't eat it. He also has this sneaking suspicion that I am trying to sneak TVP into his diet, but I keep that all to myself. *g*

But I digress. One of my favorite quick takeout meals is pho. I mean when I was going in to the office I would sometimes have it up to 3 times a week for lunch. A bowl of soup bigger than your head for $6 - you really can't go wrong.

Anyways, hubby has had it exactly one time before this, and he basically views it as a big, smelly bowl of soup. Not a ringing endorsement. Where am I going with this? Well first off, hubby had a root canal yesterday and when I suggested chicken soup, *he* suggested pho! I'm thinking the dentist had the good drugs out that day, but I didn't argue. There is a great pho place just around the corner from my office (it's so nice that they aren't all confined to Chinatown anymore) so I popped by on my way home.

After ordering the two giganto bowls of soup (we pour them into mixing bowls at home to eat them) I started chatting to the waiter about foods and culture and different approaches to food. As he got my order ready he brought out this huge handful of longan fruit showed me how to eat them and told me that I'd really enjoy them because I was pregnant(?)

I peeled them open as soon as I got in the car and oh my god they are so good! I have to go search out a supply this weekend. And I really want to know why I didn't know about these things before. And I need to know what I can do with them besides just scarfing them down. But most importantly, I need more.
Who does she think she is?
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From:ex_takenbut
Date:September 20th, 2007 04:42 am (UTC)
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There's a Pho place by me. It looks OK, but way too big for me. Is it spicy?
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From:neeroc
Date:September 20th, 2007 10:34 am (UTC)
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It isn't hot spicy, but the soup is made with star anise, ginger and cinnamon.

It is usually served with a bunch of stuff on the side that you can add to your taste: sprouts, basil, lime, hoisin sauce and sriracha sauce (which is hot)
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From:magickmama
Date:September 20th, 2007 06:37 am (UTC)
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my husband loves pho, he took me to china town in Toronto for pho.
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From:neeroc
Date:September 20th, 2007 07:36 pm (UTC)
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That would be a great spot to get it! I really wish hubby and I had closer tastes in food.
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:September 20th, 2007 11:17 am (UTC)
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I can say that I have never heard of using mayo instead of eggs, but I am no cook.

Longan fruit sounds really nice.
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From:neeroc
Date:September 20th, 2007 02:02 pm (UTC)
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It is and I'm thinking you might have an easier time of getting it than I would - although my sister thinks they sell it at one of the big fruit vendors here - I must check.
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From:stella0017
Date:September 20th, 2007 12:06 pm (UTC)
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Produce Depot for the fruit? I think I have seen it there.
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From:neeroc
Date:September 20th, 2007 02:03 pm (UTC)
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No freaking way! On Carling? That would be awesome.
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