All posts tagged: Vietnam

The World’s Most Expensive Pho at Pho & Bun

Last week I was kindly invited by the lovely Sheepa to try out the world’s most expensive Pho at the Vietnamese restaurant Pho & Bun in Soho, named ‘Super Pho’. And it was all for a good cause, to highlight a campaign the restaurant is running to raise money for Action Against Hunger! So what goes into the world’s most expensive Pho?! Taking 2 months to prepare, the beef stock is cooked for 72 hours using a whole leg of dry aged beef.  Owner of Pho & Bun, Andy Le and his head chef Graeme Hibbs are using A5 grade Kobe beef which is retail priced at around £600/kg – the most expensive on the market, using two different cuts of beef to make both tender and rare beef. All Kobe beef cows are carefully monitored and fed a specialized diet which includes corn and pineapple. The cows are also massaged regularly in order to maintain their muscle tone. Pho & Bun are only using organic produce and herbs for the Super Pho Bowl. The Tam …

Losing my Bánh Mì virginity at Keu, Shoreditch

This is a fairly short and snappy blog post about a lunch I had last week at Keu in Shoreditch. I’d walked past the restaurant many times and it always looked to be popular. I wasn’t exactly sure what food they served, except that I’d seen something about ‘Vietnamese Baguettes’ which sounded pretty damn incredible! As you may know, I’m a bit of a sandwich fiend, so it was about time I went in there to see what was going on! So for those of you who are also new to this, the infamous Vietnamese baguette is officially called a ‘Bánh mì’, which came about during the French colonisation of Vietnam in the mid-nineteenth century. Being a Bánh Mì virgin, I ordered the Keu Classic, as I thought this would be fairly safe. It was filled with spiced pork belly, ham terrine, chicken liver pate and kewpie mayonnaise, and as with all of their baguettes, it included their house daikon, coriander, cucumber, spring onions and fresh chilli. I was served very quickly even though the restaurant …