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This story of Pho, or better known as our favorite food of the past 13 years, starts with Bob’s Oriental Food To Go in Berkeley, California, on Shattuck near the corner of Hearst. We say 13 years because we have been eating at Bob’s for that amount of time, and the Pho has been our staple. Sure, we have dabbled in crispy ginger tofu, and the cashew, tofu, chicken over rice, but vegetarian Pho is the meal we come back to, the cure of any cold, throat ache, or headache. Bob’s is the remedy of the soul. We mean that.
Bob himself is somewhat of a champion. Bob moved from Vietnam over 30 years ago, opened up Oriental Food To Go shortly thereafter, and over the years, has been able to send his 3 children to and through UC Davis. Hard work, good food, and a cult-like following has made Bob a celebrity in the Berkeley Pho world, and trust us, with the amount of Vietnamese restaurants near the UC Berkeley campus, that is a major accomplishment.
Pho is the national dish of Vietnam, served as breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Wikipedia says that pho “is a Vietnamese noodle soup, usually served with beef (pho bo) or chicken (pho ga). The soup includes noodles made from rice and is often served with basil, lime, bean sprouts, and peppers that are added to the soup by the consumer.” Our preference has always been vegetarian, substituting meat for chunks of tofu.
This is a picture of pho from Bob’s Oriental Food to Go:
Its looks great, doesn’t it? This is your cure all, the best soup one can buy. You garnish the pho with lime, basil, cilantro, jalapenos, and bean sprouts. Drop a little Sriracha in there, and your stuffy nose becomes a runny nose, and you are good to go.
Now, we recommend you go to Bob’s today, get yourself a vegetable pho, maybe a potsticker appetizer, and if Bob feels like it, he may actually serve you the appetizer. You will definitely get your pho, though, and it will be worth every penny. Prices vary depending on how Bob’s wife, June, wants to charge you, so consider your pho in the $5-$8 range…
On to the pictorial of pho….
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