2.335 Brisket Pho


6 (Tue) December 2011

Brisket Pho


at Good Morning Vietnam

-Hannam, Yongsan, Seoul, Republic of Korea-

with DJ

Good Morning Vietnam is a Vietnamese restaurant.  Specializes in pho.

The food’s pretty good, if Koreanized. Decent prices, most pho offerings 8,000 won for the smaller serving.  Cute name, if a bit obvious.  I hope that it sticks around.

Just opened along the ever-changing restaurant row of Hannam-Dong.

As with all foreign foods, pho was subject to makeover upon entering Korea.  First, it’s become a beef dish exclusively.  Some restaurants offer a seafood variety, but the broth is still beef.  Second, the beef flavor of the broth is more intense, darkly opaque with beefiness.  Next, herb garnishes have been summarily removed from consideration, in some places from the premises entirely.  Of course, a side dish comes with every bowl, usually pickled daikon radish.  Finally, sauces have been left largely to the discretion of individual establishments, most going for a sweet brown one (hoisen-based, maybe) and a spicy red one (sriracha-based, maybe), though the distinct proprietary blends have little in common with each other.  The only aspect that hasn’t undergone alteration, yet, is the rice noodles.

The standard garnish plate at most places consists of bean sprouts, onions, green chilies, and a lemon wedge. 
Cilantro available on request, here but not always elsewhere.

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