In keeping with Michelle's title pun-ness, i had to go there! I made the Pho dish last night for a few friends. One raved that it was fantastically delicious, but it was a bit bland (simple?) for my taste. And the recipe wasn't the most informative. Call me anal but i like knowing the quantity of things.
I love Vietnamese food and my friends were in awe that i made pho from scratch. Of course, i did improvise a bit. For instance, i didn't have star anise around nor fresh ginger. And a Vietnamese soup dish isn't complete unless i have tofu in there. So, i added cubes of tofu to simmer with the broth. I also didn't discard anything - i like soup this way and it's less time consuming for me.
We did all like the balance of fresh things and the soup. Good thing someone pointed out at the 11th hour that we forgot to make the noodles, but we managed to whip them up in time!