BlueFur Meets Pho


Gary from and his friend Rainer joined our weekly Saturday Pho Fest. This is the first time Gary ever had Pho and he didn’t know that Pho and Fur are pronounced the same way. Well, pretty close to the same way. Most Westerners think Pho sounds like Ho with a P in front but the proper way of saying it is very close to fur.

This was one of our biggest Pho Fest yet – we had 12 people showed up including Paul Mudhar, Stephen Fung, Ed Lau, Michael Kwan (comment whore) and Greg Morgan. One of these days, I’m going to do a Pho call out and invite all my readers for Pho and take over the entire Pho Lan restaurant. However, I don’t think Lan will be very happy about that.

Normally, when I go for Pho, I order number 11, which has rare steak, well done flanks and beef tendon. Recently, I’ve started trying a new number that is a lot more scary.

Number 21 – The Blackjack Pho


Number 21 is a spicy hot dish. If you can’t stand hot food, then you best stay away from this one. It’s made with Vietnamese ham, well done flanks and a pig knuckle. Being this was the first time for Garry, I told him to stick with the safe number 10. He ordered a large and to my amazement, finished it.

After Pho, BlueFur found out that Pho Lan doesn’t take credit or debit cards. “What’s up with that?” Gary asked. We said, “Welcome to Richmond.”

BlueFur is still doing their “Review Our New Name” contest. The first 50 people to do a review gets a free domain name. You can get the full details at the BlueFur blog.

37 thoughts on “BlueFur Meets Pho”

  1. Stephen says:

    I think we said…

    “Hey Gary! You’re not from around here boy are ya?”


    1. Leftblank says:

      I wish fear factor was that easy to win 😉

  2. Michael Kwan says:

    Yes, the comment whore was there in full force. I’m not sure if I should be glad or disappointed that I’m not in the picture on account of being blocked by Rainer. Ha!

    1. Sorry, didn’t mean to block you.

      1. Michael Kwan says:

        Haha, I didn’t even realize a picture was being taken until after the fact.

  3. Marc says:

    Yeah, that food’s far less appetizing to my eye than most of what you’ve been having as of late 🙂

  4. Jeff says:

    haha rainer and gary eh. i know them both..

    that looks spicy. I’m asian but i haven’t even trie d that stuff.

    1. says:

      You should come out next time Jeff.

    2. no excuses Jeff, number 21 for you.

  5. Ryan says:

    Don’t leave us hanging like that… give us a pho pronunciation key or something! Saying pho sounds like fur not but exactly is just killing me. 😛

    1. Michael Kwan says:

      I comment on that briefly in my post discussing our lunch with a furry blue monster today. In a nutshell, I’ve always been told it’s closer to “fuh”, aspirated near the end, but come to think about it, I’d say it’s between “fuh” and “fur”.

      1. Just glad it is Blue Fuh that we were eating

  6. Gdog says:

    Count me in for lunch the next time you buy out the restaurant, John!!

  7. Mmmmm….Pho. The Number 21 spicy hot dish looks just yummy. Maybe if I’m back on the coast anytime soon I’ll join you guys for Pho Saturday.

  8. Alex Becker says:

    That looks like fun. although I don’t think I could eat that.

    1. Leftblank says:

      Same here, but I guess it’s just a matter of getting used to, I bet we also eat stuff in Europe/the US that Asians wouldn’t like either. (Snails in France anyone? :X)

  9. Carl says:

    I still don’t get why you keep calling it “FUR”??? I’ve been correcting you on this for as long as I’ve known you (7 years now?). Sometimes I think you call it FUR just because you know it irritates me 😉

    And not only that, all these people are being introduced to it for the first time by you, and think it is called “FUR”…

    Here: Listen, once and for all!

    Sorry for the rant… But now you have an audio sample to go by. Stop calling it FUR! 😉

  10. I thought PHo was prounounce like how mr.T says I pity the pho.

  11. says:


    Lunch was great. I look forward to coming again and working my way down the numbers to something more adventurous.

  12. cindy says:


    the noodle bowl you look at is not “Pho” although it’s yummy just the same, even more. It’s my favorite Vietnamese noodle. We call it “Bu’n Bo` Hue” meaning “Beef Noodle from the City Hue (central Vietnam).” Pho’s soup is clear while this noodle has a red color. So John, you can impress the Vietnamese by ordering this noodle in Vietnamese.

  13. Nate W. says:

    John, your choice on where to eat out constantly astounds me. Personally fine dining to me is a cheeseburger hold the pickles.

    1. Nomar says:

      I agree with you 🙂

  14. John, love your choice of fine dinning out and had a great time with the crowd. Not sure what all the fuss was about with the food though. Loved it and plan on eating a lot more of it. Being a Farm Boy there wasn’t much on Cows, Pigs or Chickens that my mom didn’t cook. My 15 year old Son can’t wait to come along next time and Pig Out as well, he is a soup fanatic.

    21 might just be a bit spicy for this old guy (too many years of abusing my stomach, lol), but that won’t stop me from giving it a go next time. The Pork Knuckle was the defining factor, yummmm.

  15. Ed Lau says:

    Michael has already spammed his way to 30 comments…in 4 days!

    1. Michael Kwan says:

      Chiming in. It’s been about 10 in the last half hour actually. Haha. I was surprised to find myself in tenth place tonight, considering I was third or fourth yesterday. We should acknowledge the other comment whores in the audience.

      1. Stephen says:

        You’re a whore Michael! 😀

  16. Roger Wong says:

    Is this the Pho Lan in San Jose or in Richmond, BC? I’m looking to try a new Pho place!

    1. John Chow says:

      That is the Pho Lan in Richmond, BC

  17. With all the cute pics of Sally having pho, why’d you have to post so many pics of these ugly dudes!

    Hehe, only kidding guys! 😉

    1. Hey, be nice now. Though I agree that we are an interesting looking bunch. What do you expect from a bunch of Computer . . . (enter term here), enthusiasts?

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