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(Seattle Weekly)   Confessions of a pho hater in Seattle. "Disowning pho is like telling a vegan how much you love KFC"   (seattleweekly.com) divider line 503
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2013-05-08 03:25:21 PM  
i love pho
 
2013-05-08 03:25:33 PM  

The All-Powerful Atheismo: I love pho.  I have it all the time.  you might say I'm the king of pho.

In fact... definitely.  I am the pho king.




Me have heard pho king great. Also pho king brilliant! So all praise pho king!!
 
2013-05-08 03:25:42 PM  

show me: Gonz: I had pho for lunch today- yes, with added Sriracha- so I'm getting a kick out of these replies.

//From Trader Joe's, too.

Wow, didn't know they carried it. Was it one of those styrofoam cups you microwave, or what?


It's in the freezer section, but yeah, it's "add water and microwave".

It's not as good as fresh, but for an office lunch, it was a'ight.
 
2013-05-08 03:26:25 PM  
People with very strong commitments to their own mediocrity should not be put in the spotlight.
 
2013-05-08 03:26:33 PM  
I love all the people personally attacking the author in the comments section, oblivious to the fact that their vitriol over their precious dish is proving his/her point.
 
2013-05-08 03:26:33 PM  
In the history of the Internets, this may be the dumbest non-derpy, non-Repugnican article yet.

This article is bad and the author should feel bad.
 
2013-05-08 03:26:57 PM  

factoryconnection: Yeah, considering that most pho places also have banh mi, and if you don't like banh mi I don't know what you're looking for in life.


I had my first bahn mi last week.  From Cafe Recess on Capitol Hill.  (Yeah, I'm naming names.)  First bite was "Interesting mix of flavors, nice roll."  Second was "Yeah, I can get down with...what's that?!?" I pulled from my mouth a rubbery, gelatinous bolus of pork fat, still cold from the fridge.  "Oh well, set that aside, still tastes pretty good."

Third bite was worse, a bigger, damper hunk of fat that oozed gelid pus-like fluid.  I gagged.  I pulled it out of my mouth, tore the sandwich open, and every slice of pork in it was the same: post-it note-sized slabs of thick fat with a strand or two of meat only about as wide as a #2 pencil, the red jambon was only marginally better.  I tossed it in the trash.

I will give it another shot at a different location, because they are springing up all over the city, so there must be something to it.

But Never Again, Cafe Recess.
 
2013-05-08 03:27:21 PM  
I like Phò but I have to RUN to the bathroom as soon as I am finished eating. It's like body Drano to me.
 
2013-05-08 03:28:09 PM  
f0.bcbits.com
 
2013-05-08 03:28:15 PM  

royone: All this fuss over a Greek letter? Come on, it's a dead language. Get over it.


You do know that Greece still exists, right?
 
2013-05-08 03:28:24 PM  
Who cares?
 
2013-05-08 03:28:34 PM  
What the hell is pho?
 
2013-05-08 03:28:42 PM  

IntertubeUser


In the history of the Internets, this may be the dumbest non-derpy, non-Repugnican article yet.


There must be some sparkly vampire dreck out there that's even worse than this.


This article is bad and the author should feel bad.


Agreed.
 
2013-05-08 03:28:43 PM  

hubiestubert: I grew up in the South, and I despise okra. It's like eating a slimy eyebrow, but if folks like it, more power to them.


Preach on!

That crap is awful.  And I spent enough time near Irmo, SC to have their yearly okra festival forced on me.

No, I didn't go; I wasn't within 10 miles of it, but they boiled so much of the crap that, even that far away, you could smell it.
 
2013-05-08 03:28:45 PM  

Satan's Bunny Slippers: Peki: LandOfChocolate: At least you get the choice of what noodles you would like, or dislike for dinner.   I doubt the prisoners you are so jealous of, are so lucky

Maybe if I could afford it.

/seriously people, what part of "0 income" don't you get? The fiancé is a full-time musician at school, we get $100 a week to live off, and half of that goes to gas. Fark off.

No one would care if you didn't bleat about it all the time like we're somehow supposed to care.

No one cares.  Get a job. Fiancee doesn't go to school full time, gets a job.  Whatever.

yes, yes, I'm sure you have all the reasons in the world why you can't manage that.

just stop telling us how poor you are.  We don't care.


So poor...to be typing on a computer and apparently having the internet access.  Unless it's a shared computer used in a free wifi starbucks (which poors shouldn't be able to afford anyway.  Get some Wal-Mart-brand Dehydrated Coffee, that's at least a prudent use of public funds)
 
2013-05-08 03:28:52 PM  
Successful PNW troll is successful.

I don't really care about pho.  Never had a preference.  I've had OK and I've had Bertie Bot's Vomit Flavored Pho.  It is soup, a blender away from being a smoothie.

I live in the PNW and I agree with one point:  what is the big ass deal with it?  Here in B'ham, we have pho and bubble tea on nearly as many corners as coffee shops (though that is rapidly shifting to Mexican food restaurants).  I exaggerate for clarification, but seems like there are some shady former houses that sell pho around town.
 
2013-05-08 03:30:55 PM  
That guy is one pissed off mutha Pho Ga.
 
2013-05-08 03:31:26 PM  
Speaking of Pho in Seattle...

Pho Tic Tac in Shoreline (corner SR99 and N 145th) is good
Pho Vietnam in Ballard (15th Ave NW near NW 70th) is good and cheap, but parking on 15th sucks.
 
2013-05-08 03:31:32 PM  

HailRobonia: royone: All this fuss over a Greek letter? Come on, it's a dead language. Get over it.

You do know that Greece still exists, right?


Yes, but the language is dead.

Also, the economy.
 
2013-05-08 03:31:45 PM  

another cultural observer: Satan's Bunny Slippers: Peki: LandOfChocolate: At least you get the choice of what noodles you would like, or dislike for dinner.   I doubt the prisoners you are so jealous of, are so lucky

Maybe if I could afford it.

/seriously people, what part of "0 income" don't you get? The fiancé is a full-time musician at school, we get $100 a week to live off, and half of that goes to gas. Fark off.

No one would care if you didn't bleat about it all the time like we're somehow supposed to care.

No one cares.  Get a job. Fiancee doesn't go to school full time, gets a job.  Whatever.

yes, yes, I'm sure you have all the reasons in the world why you can't manage that.

just stop telling us how poor you are.  We don't care.

So poor...to be typing on a computer and apparently having the internet access.  Unless it's a shared computer used in a free wifi starbucks (which poors shouldn't be able to afford anyway.  Get some Wal-Mart-brand Dehydrated Coffee, that's at least a prudent use of public funds)


apparently free iPad he got from some survey deal.  I'm just tired of every single thread coming around to listening how poor the poster is.  So poor that he's considering committing a crime so that he can be housed where they get better food, healthcare, living conditions, etc that he has at the moment.

It does get very old.
 
2013-05-08 03:32:07 PM  

Calmamity: I can see being ambivalent about pho, but getting yourself so worked up that you have to write an opinion column about how much you hate pho? That kind of just makes you a contrarian twat.

Shut up and make yourself a sammich.


This just in:  Freelance writers will commonly write about stupid shiat to get paid because they routinely run out of interesting ideas.

They all can't be home runs Francis.
 
2013-05-08 03:32:10 PM  
I order mine with tripe and pork balls. mmmmm
 
2013-05-08 03:32:19 PM  

EvilEgg: I get where the author is coming from.  I have heard of pho, but I have never actually eaten it.  From the people who talk about it, I expect to emulate Meg Ryan in her famous diner scene if I ever get around to eating it.


Good pho is amazing.  Like most things, however, there are 100 pho places that suck for every one that's great.
 
2013-05-08 03:32:22 PM  

hubiestubert: So get something you do like. It's food, it's not rocket science.

I grew up in the South, and I despise okra. It's like eating a slimy eyebrow, but if folks like it, more power to them.


Good analogy.  I grew up in SC and I despise okra as well.  Didn't stop me from attending the Okra Struts, but no way in heck was I going to eat the stuff.

Oh, and I love pho, but I've had to cut meat from my diet.  So - and I'm not trying to be a hipster here - I wish there was a truly vegetarian version that tasted as good as the beef version.  I doubt there is.
 
2013-05-08 03:33:25 PM  
factoryconnection:
To be fair to the author, people can go overboard when it comes to food trends.  He's no doubt, being from Seattle where Pho is super-hot for the last several years, constantly pinged on about how strange it is that he doesn't like it.

"She", and she looks like she enjoys Big Macs.

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2013-05-08 03:34:41 PM  

hubiestubert: So get something you do like. It's food, it's not rocket science.

I grew up in the South, and I despise okra. It's like eating a slimy eyebrow, but if folks like it, more power to them. If you are so worried about what people think about your food likes and dislikes, maybe you shouldn't eat in public. Or maybe get over your damn selves.


LMAO!!  The most perfect description of okra, EVER.
 
2013-05-08 03:34:51 PM  

big pig peaches: What the hell is pho?


The number after tree.
 
2013-05-08 03:35:10 PM  

Majin_Buu: Farce-Side: I've never had pho.

I don't think I have either... ain't that the damndest thing.


Had beef noodle soup?  You've had the Western version of it.

Don't get me wrong - when it's authentic, it's good.  If you aren't a cilantro fan you might not.
 
2013-05-08 03:35:17 PM  
Sounds like 99% or all yelpers.

If someone ever says, "I really  wanted to like it... I really did." to me, they are getting their goddamned throat ripped right farking out.

"I really love food." Really? fark YOU!
 
2013-05-08 03:35:37 PM  
From Wiki: The broth for beef phở is generally made by simmering beef bones, oxtails, flank steak, charred onion, charred ginger and spices. For a more intense flavor, the bones may still have beef on them. Chicken bones also work and produce a similar broth. Seasonings can include Saigon cinnamon or other kinds of cinnamon as alternatives (may use stick or powder), star anise, roasted ginger, roasted onion, black cardamom, coriander seed, fennel seed, and clove. The broth takes several hours to make.[13][14] For chicken phở, only the meat and bones of the chicken are used in place of beef and beef bone. The remaining spices remain the same, but the charred ginger can be omitted, since its function in beef phở is to get rid of the "cow's smell"

Lovely.
 
2013-05-08 03:36:02 PM  
Meh i love Pho.  Everyone has different tastes so who cares if someone like or doesn't like it.

another cultural observer: Satan's Bunny Slippers: Peki: LandOfChocolate: At least you get the choice of what noodles you would like, or dislike for dinner.   I doubt the prisoners you are so jealous of, are so lucky

Maybe if I could afford it.

/seriously people, what part of "0 income" don't you get? The fiancé is a full-time musician at school, we get $100 a week to live off, and half of that goes to gas. Fark off.

No one would care if you didn't bleat about it all the time like we're somehow supposed to care.

No one cares.  Get a job. Fiancee doesn't go to school full time, gets a job.  Whatever.

yes, yes, I'm sure you have all the reasons in the world why you can't manage that.

just stop telling us how poor you are.  We don't care.

So poor...to be typing on a computer and apparently having the internet access.  Unless it's a shared computer used in a free wifi starbucks (which poors shouldn't be able to afford anyway.  Get some Wal-Mart-brand Dehydrated Coffee, that's at least a prudent use of public funds)


Interesting I just spent a few weeks out in the Philippines.  I'll have to let some of the people know that although they don't have running water, toilets or a bunch of other things, that since they have the internet they aren't poor.  Thanks for clearing that up for me.
 
2013-05-08 03:36:05 PM  
Is Pho what they serve in Viet Nom Nom Nom?

\\\ Aisle seat, please.
 
2013-05-08 03:36:23 PM  
I don't know pho, but if you're ever in DC this soup is the BOMB:

www.malaysiakopitiam.com

Vegetable Curry Laksa from Malaysia Kopetiam

Try it, you'll like it!
 
2013-05-08 03:36:34 PM  
I had left over pho for lunch. Love those Vietnamese sandwiches as well.
 
2013-05-08 03:37:02 PM  
The best Pho I've had was in Houston. Where there are shrimp boats within 50 or less miles, you'll find great Pho if there are a significant number of Vietnamese families nearby (which Houston has in abundance).
 
2013-05-08 03:37:06 PM  

Farce-Side: I've never had pho.


Hell, I never even heard of the stuff. I was thinking it was that Asian kid who makes the dance videos, but then I wondered why Seattle would be upset if you didn't like him.
 
2013-05-08 03:37:12 PM  
PHOK EWE.
/fark filter...does it "see" this.
 
2013-05-08 03:37:24 PM  
Yes, there is a right to an opinion. But who cares? I have a lot of meaningless opinions myself. I don't feel the need to write a full page article  about it. That's narcissism that exceeds the posting pictures of breakfast.
 
2013-05-08 03:37:47 PM  

Satan's Bunny Slippers: No one would care if you didn't bleat about it all the time like we're somehow supposed to care.No one cares.  Get a job. Fiancee doesn't go to school full time, gets a job.  Whatever.yes, yes, I'm sure you have all the reasons in the world why you can't manage that.just stop telling us how poor you are.  We don't care.


Then ignore me. Fark does give you that ability.

And I repeat it because I don't assume the same people are on the same threads all the time (unlike you I actually don't care who posts what, and take each post as if it were a completely new person unless there's a trail to follow--few exceptions to this are Tats, randomsja, SkinnyHead, Pocket Ninja, etc.), and the same stupid crap keeps getting repeated that proves people have no idea wtf is actually going on in the world around them.
 
2013-05-08 03:38:17 PM  

indeebud: hubiestubert: So get something you do like. It's food, it's not rocket science.

I grew up in the South, and I despise okra. It's like eating a slimy eyebrow, but if folks like it, more power to them. If you are so worried about what people think about your food likes and dislikes, maybe you shouldn't eat in public. Or maybe get over your damn selves.

LMAO!!  The most perfect description of okra, EVER.


Bhindi Masala - Okra Curry - no slime
 
2013-05-08 03:38:31 PM  
My roommate is a pho fanatic. I've tried to like it, going to several different pho shops, but I've come to the conclusion that it will always taste like crap.  No surprise since making it involves using parts of an animal that is best thrown in the garbage.
 
2013-05-08 03:38:46 PM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: I feel the same way about sushi. I'm considered a philistine because I farking HATE fish!


Philistine is a euphemism for people like you.

/I keed, I keed
/more toro for me
 
2013-05-08 03:38:50 PM  
I'm sure he loved pho just fine before it was cool to love pho.
 
2013-05-08 03:39:08 PM  
I just made this sound like Schwartz's mom on the phone in "The Christmas Story."
 
2013-05-08 03:40:05 PM  
That slop does not look appetizing.  Bring me some meat.
 
2013-05-08 03:42:37 PM  
The Pacific Northwest is a terrible place. The people are just awful .
 
2013-05-08 03:42:43 PM  
I've never heard of it, but it sounds kinda good.
 
2013-05-08 03:43:01 PM  

fsbilly: If someone ever says, "I really wanted to like it... I really did." to me, they are getting their goddamned throat ripped right farking out.


This is BS.  I really want to like onions and peppers since they are a big part of a lot of my favorite dishes, but I just don't like them.  I try them every couple of months, hoping that my tastes will change, but sadly they never do.  I just keep ordering my favorite dishes and picking them out of it.
 
2013-05-08 03:43:28 PM  
There is a famous Vietnamese place in Vancouver called:

PHO BICH NGA

Say that phonetically.
 
2013-05-08 03:44:03 PM  

hubiestubert: So get something you do like. It's food, it's not rocket science.

I grew up in the South, and I despise okra. It's like eating a slimy eyebrow, but if folks like it, more power to them. If you are so worried about what people think about your food likes and dislikes, maybe you shouldn't eat in public. Or maybe get over your damn selves.


When I was 15 I was sent to Florida with my brother to stay with our grandparents for the summer.  One of the first thing my grandmother did was cook up some fried okra.  "You're going to love this!"  Your description is spot on.

Also, spending a summer on the beach at that age is awesome unless your grandmother insists on being with you every farking moment.  I'm 15, biatch.  I'm a walking boner and I can't meet girls with you hovering over me every damn second!
 
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