Nationality: Chinese American
Residence: Los Angeles
Date of Performance/Collection: 4/19/12
Primary Language: English
Other Language(s): Chinese
Soak some beef bones overnight in water.
Bring the bones to a boil for around 10 minutes.
Dump the water and rinse the bones.
But the bones back in the pot with clean water and bring to boil again.
Add some more water and once the water reaches boiling again, drop to a simmer.
Add blackened onions, ginger and star anise.
Simmer for 4-5 hours, adding water if the level drops below the bones.
Slice some beef into thin bite-sized slices.
Soak some noodles in warm water for 30 minutes.
Place the beef into a bowl with scallions, onions, coriander, basil, beansprouts, lemon juice and chili sauce.
When broth is ready, remove the bones, strain the broth, and add some fish sauce.
add the noodles to a pot of boiling water and then drain.
add noodles and broth to the bowl of spices and beef.
My informant is 1/16th Vietnamese, and is rather ashamed of his Viet. ancestry. He does not practice any Vietnamese traditions, however, he does love to eat Pho, a traditional Vietnamese dish. Pho serves as his only connection to his Viet. ancestry. He knows the recipe to make Pho, but never makes it himself, however he frequently visits restaurants that serve it, and enjoys it when his mother makes it. The fact that this serves as his only connection to his Vietnam is either a coincidence, or speaks volumes about how good this traditional food way truly is.