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Issue #19


After seventeen issues that were not about soup, Lucky Peach is back to its roots, bringing you pages and pages and pages of information about hot broth and slippery noodles.

This time around we’ve set our sights on pho, everyone’s favorite way to get their USDA- recommended allowance of star anise and bean sprouts. Andrea Nguyen explored the soup’s his­tory and shared her research in our pages; Rachel Khong ate her way from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City and reported on the scene today. We interviewed pho shop owners from around the world and learned the often-heartbreaking stories of their journeys to success. There are non-pho recipes from Angie Hong, the first lady of Vietnamese cooking in Sydney, Australia, and pho recipes from Charles Phan, the San Francisco chef who vaulted Viet­namese cuisine to the national stage in the United States. And it wouldn’t be an issue of Lucky Peach if we didn’t dig deep, so we explored sa sung, the dried worm that’s been seasoning pho in Vietnam for decades, and assigned graphic designer and come­dian Walter Green the task of taste-ranking more than a dozen packets of instant pho. Everything you need to know about pho, all between two covers, including that the first part of this sentence does not rhyme.



In This Issue

The Lucky Peach Atlas

Calvin Godfrey
Instant Pho Taste Test Walter Green

Fishtank Cocktail

Jim Meehan

The History of Pho

Andrea Nguyen

Pho 101

Tien Nguyen

Herbs & Spices

Sascha Bos

Iboldly Goes

Mark Ibold

Cooks & Chefs Interview: Diep Tran

Rachel Khong

Cooks & Chefs Interview: Cong Nguyen

Courtney Balestier

Cooks & Chefs Interview: Monica Nhep

Diane Ruengsorn

Cooks & Chefs Interview: Colin Tu

Tamara Micner

Cooks & Chefs Interview: Steven Pham

Ashley Goldsmith

What's in a Name?

Tien Nguyen

What's True About Pho

Rachel Khong

Pho Ga

Charles Phan

Meat for Every Occasion

Mary-Frances Heck

Bo Vien

Mary-Frances Heck

Bo Sot Vang

Mary-Frances Heck

10 Ways Not to Grow Bean Sprouts

Tim Lahan

Hoisin Sauce

Joanna Sciarrino

Original Sriracha

Chris Yang

Fear and Brown Pho

Calvin Godfrey

Space City Slurp

Robert Sietsema

The King's Concubines

Pat Nourse

Fresh Pho Noodles

Angie Hong

Pho Cuon

Angie Hong

Pho Ap Chao Bo

Angie Hong

I Love Pho Forever

Chris Nuttall-Smith

A New York State of Pho

Robert Sietsema

Excerpt from The Sympathizer

Viet Tanh Nguyen

Three Dishes: Raw Beef Salads

Brette Warshaw

Che Ba Mau

Emily Johnson

Infinitely Vietnamese Coffee Macarons

Pierre Hermé

Vietnamese Coffee Ice Cream Pie

Nicole Rucker

Vietnamese Coffee Verrine

Belinda Leong

Sights N' Snacks

Tamara Shopsin