|On Monday, I went to the west side of Buffalo to have lunch with my friends Jean and Lee. We could be called the “Culinary Tourist Club.” We explore the cuisine of different nations each time that we go out to lunch. This time, we went to a restaurant called “Pho Dollar.” Pho is a type of noodle soup, often made with rice noodles. The soup has its origins in the northern part of Vietnam, in the Nam Dinh region, sometime in the early part of the twentieth century.
The earliest pho was sold by vendors, who roamed the streets. They carried on their shoulders everything that they needed to create a mobile kitchen. I am trying, somewhat unsuccessfully, to visualize a mobile kitchen carried on the cook’s shoulders. Well, apparently, it happened. It was long before food trucks became popular. By the mid-1930s, pho was prepared indoors.
For more of the story of pho, take a look at: this pho (not faux) website.