American eating challenges? Oh, it’s just like on TV! Yeahhhh baby! The first of many stops in San Francisco sees us at Pho Garden – the home of the Pho challenge!
This was an unexpected trip to San Francisco. I initially went to Sacramento to visit some family and little did I know that everyone scheduled a day off work and school (shakes head to my nieces but thankful at the same time =P) to take the boy and I to San Francisco for the day. It’s so awesome that the cities aren’t too far away from each other; it’s only about 1.5 hours drive.
I didn’t even know this place was on the agenda for us all, but it sure was something exciting. Were we really going to do the Pho challenge?
There is a mega pho bowl on display over the bar counter and I of course ask the owners to take a photo of it. How could I not? And yes, those are regular sized chopsticks and a slightly larger than your average soup spoon….
The Pho Challange $22 USD
2 pounds of noodles and 2 pounds of combination meat
To be eaten in under 60 minutes
You’re kidding right? Of course we didn’t do it. As much as I would have loved to, I still had a whole day of sight seeing to do in one of the most beautiful cities in the world! Although we didn’t do the challenge, we still ordered the ginormous bowl of pho, to share amongst 4 of us and it came at a price of $30 USD.
The both of us pretending to eat straight out of the bowl. It’s friggen huge!
Even between the 4 of us it was a massive struggle. I think that amount could have fed 5-6 comfortably.
Yes we actually ate everything split between at least 5 of us…. well we didn’t drink the soup. We poured out the excess soup out just so we could see the bottom and pretend to say we finished it haha
This is a photo with the bowl on display! It really is huge and I would commend anybody who could complete this Pho Challenge. It seems almost ridiculous but there are people who have done it so kudos to them.
Now, did the pho really taste that good? Unfortunately not. American’s actually make pho a bit differently to how it is done here. This broth wasn’t as beefy as I’m used to and the noodles used are different. They use more of the glass noodles as opposed to the thick flat rice noodles which makes a huge difference, texture wise. Dad still makes the best pho to me =P otherwise Pho Tau Bay in Cabramatta still reigns as being the best pho I’ve had in a restaurant.
Are you game to take on this Pho Challenge? I’d love to see you try it!