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Asian Comfort Food: Exhibit A (a big bowl of Pho) – updated

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During one of my few days off, I decided to avail myself of a nice bowl of Vietnamese Noodle Soup (Pho) with some light reading.

Honestly, can anyone ask for more? Here we have beautiful authentic soup that actually gellatinized when it cooled, perfectly cooked noodles, crisp (translated:fresh) garnishes, thinly sliced beef, savoury meat balls, and nasty bits as Anthony Bourdain calls them (beef tendons). The beef tendons are optional. Regarding the gellatinizing aspect of the soup, this signifies that the soup is most likely made on the premises with actual meat and bones and not commercially available powdered bases. It makes a difference: better texture, richer flavour, and increased nutrition.

To those of you who work with me across the Ottawa river, please take a look at this bowl of Pho and compare it to the unreasonably facsimile that’s served next door to Phase IV. There’s a reason a bowl from that establishment leaves your mouth dry afterwards.

If you’re craving something warm and soothing on a cold winter’s day (yes we have those in Ottawa), take a trip to the corner of Somerset and Lebreton and look for the Vietnamese Pho house with the green sign that reads “Thu Do.” It’s worth it.

This just in: Here’s Thu Do’s new card.



Mild-mannered IT professional by day and food blogger by night, I founded foodiePrints with a single intention, to share my love of all things food. My first post shared a recipe. Many followed. Eventually, I learned Ottawa prepares and serves great food. Thereafter, I started meeting restaurateurs, chefs, cooks, farmers, and other local producers, all good people. Ideas for food-related content swirled in my head. foodiePrints grew into a place to put them. From exploring foreign and domestic cuisines to shopping for exotic ingredients and cobbling together my takes on dishes in my meager kitchen, there are stories to tell. Welcome to foodiePrints. Here, you will find stories about food and drink, cooking, and eating in Canada’s capital. Be it food-related or just food-for-thought, I hope you find something tasty here.



Pho Thu Do was my favourite pho place for years. Unfortunately, one night while eating my usual rare beef pho with a friend, I happened upon an insect in my broth... I was not charged for my pho, but have not returned since. That was in 2007.

These days my friends and I have made the Vietnam Noodle House across the street and a few blocks east our new pho place.

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