Dot Com Pho – Lighter Than Air Edition

Last week, we held Dot Com Pho at Pho Bac. This week, we figured we’ll go next door and try out the competition at Pho Viet. It turns out there really wasn’t any competition at all. Both Pho Viet and Pho Bac at owned by the same person. It’s kinda like seeing a Best Buy next to a Futureshop. You think they’re competition until you find out that both are owned by Best buy.

This really wasn’t a bad thing since the pho at Pho Bac was really good and we would expect the same level at Pho Viet. That turned out to be somewhat true. The pho was almost the same but I have to give the edge the Pho Bac because of their steamy hot soup base. The soup at Pho Viet wasn’t as hot and some noodles were clumped together. Pho Viet also has the Pho Dragon Lady. She’s the meanest restaurant host short of Mr. Lan at Pho Lan. For all we know, she might have trained Lan!

For this edition of Dot Com Pho, we will show you how to make the already super light Apple Macbook Air even lighter. How is that possible, you ask? Watch the video and find out.

Vancouver Dot Com Pho: Geeky Talk Edition

80 thoughts on “Dot Com Pho – Lighter Than Air Edition”

  1. Thank you for sharing the video !!! liked the topic 🙂

    1. Hey John,

      Very innovative approach to the heavy cord replacement.

      It looks like you don’t visit Vancouver anymore for the Pho.

      Michael’s video was good to watch. The baby is growing fast.

      1. d3so says:

        It does cost to travel from Seattle to vancouver. Although, a visit once a month or every other month wouldn’t hurt.

        1. Dan Lew says:

          These meet ups, look like fun, too bad I am not in US. I might move to US though 🙂

          1. Well that will be interesting move Dan.

            Would love to see you in Vancouver Dot com pho John …

            Would love to see same old fun again.

          2. Those kind of meetings do look like a fun time!

  2. PPC Ian says:

    Looks like a great Pho restaurant. Not many people there, however. Did you guys go to lunch early?

    1. John Chow says:

      We were there at 12:30. There are tons of Pho restaurants in the area so I guess they’re doing what we were doing. Trying different places.

      1. It is always good to experience different restaurants.

        1. It is Bradley, this time the restaurant wasn’t that different though.

          The cord demonstration was interesting. John has some good practical ideas.

        2. Harshad says:

          I see just 2 guys apart from you in the video. Did the others get lost or something? With so many Pho restaurants, I am sure it’s easy to get lost there.

          1. d3so says:

            It’s probably just a small group. I think the less the better because you get to interact and get to know each other better.

          2. Exoclyps says:

            Yeah, I’ve never been a fan of to big groups. Always nicer to hang out with the closer people in a small group.

          3. PPC Ian says:

            I agree for sure, smaller groups are great! I was actually more commenting on the lack of other people in the restaurant outside the Dot Com Pho group. I guess as John mentioned there’s so much selection that others were sampling other restaurants in the area. Having so much selection is a great thing for those looking for a pho restaurant.

          4. Dan Lew says:

            I think the less people there the better more, quiet?

          5. I also prefer fewer people but up to 10 is probably OK for a lunch meeting. 2 to 4 is ideal.

          6. But in dot com pho we would like to see more and more people. Something like ed and john’s combination.

            More interesting people means more fun for us to watch the videos.

            Guys just try video conferencing between Vancouver and Seatle Pho … this will be interesting.

      2. trungduc says:

        so happy !
        John like Pho, favorite food in my country ^^

        1. Blogging says:

          food in my country but i dont like it

          1. Fernando says:

            Colors and tastes, nothing is really written huh?

      3. PPC Ian says:

        Makes sense! Choice is a great thing. I definitely like sampling new restaurants.
        All the best,

        1. Dan Lew says:

          I am semi veg, so these beef soups are not my liking, itallian, mexican, morrocan thai, japanese are probably my favourite

      4. Mathew Day says:

        It really looks like a great place to get some good Pho.

        1. Boy what kind of water served at there ?

  3. Benjamin says:

    I will be up to have some Pho with you soon John…. probably right after I launch my Washington Regional blog 😉

    1. d3so says:

      That’ll probably be a good time to promote it.

      1. PPC Ian says:

        I agree! Dot Com Pho seems like an excellent way to generate buzz for a new product, in addition to having a great time with friends enjoying great food.

        1. Dan Lew says:

          Well it’s a shame we all don’t live in the same area, maybe one day we might 🙂

          1. Or may be some kind of event where you and john both will be available than you can organise such kind of dot com pho.

            What do you think ?

  4. fantastic post…next time, share some pics

    1. The video is loaded with images. Did you watch it? Still pictures are good but not always necessary.

      1. PPC Ian says:

        Yeah, I agree! Check out the video. 🙂 I can’t remember John posting pictures from a Dot Com Pho, it’s always video.

        1. Dan Lew says:

          Did you see the mouse looking at the camera t the end?

          1. You got sharp eyes Dan … lollzz

    2. Mathew Day says:

      I think video is better than pics, most of the time.

      1. I agree that video is better unless you want to look at some detail for a long time. Then a still picture is better

    1. John Chow says:

      Pho is is a Vietnamese noodle soup, usually served with beef (pho bo) or chicken (pho ga).[ The soup includes noodles made from rice and is often served with basil, lime, bean sprouts, and peppers that are added to the soup by the consumer.

      1. Blogging says:

        I Know Pho
        Why do you like Pho?

        1. John Chow says:

          Why do I like Pho? What kind of question is that? That question should be, who doesn’t like Pho?

          1. Fernando says:

            Hahah, that’s exactly what I thought.

          2. Aaah … its not necessary that every one like pho.

            Bu if John likes it than main reason is its healthy and second is its tasty.

          3. Fernando says:

            It doesn’t matter if John likes it or not. I like it. And if it’s healthy, that is even better.

      2. d3so says:

        Pho is definitely yummy but it’s loaded with MSG 😉

        1. Michael Kwan says:

          If it’s made the traditional way, there’s no MSG. There’s enough flavor from the beef broth, star anise, and other ingredients…. but most restaurants probably use MSG these days. Heh.

        2. PPC Ian says:

          I did not realize it’s loaded with MSG. I guess once or twice a week won’t hurt you.

        3. Fernando says:

          I have to disagree with you. My friend Timothy owns a Pho place and they use no MSG. But of course I can’t talk for every single place out there.

      3. Exoclyps says:

        Sounds very tasty. Never tried it out. But to be honest, looked a lot alike to any other noodles I’ve tried. But I suppose that what the noodles is made of is one of the main difference?

        1. Michael Kwan says:

          It’s all about the broth. Good broth = good pho.

          1. Dan Lew says:

            I can never get my head around beef in soup though. Anyway I am semi veg so maybe that’s why 🙂

          2. Dan … will you please tell us what is Semi Veg …

            So may be we can keep this in mind when we will come to your house with party food … lollzz

    2. Mathew Day says:

      This post is making me hungry since I’m reading it before breakfast. Now I just can’t decide from a nice bowl of Pho or Lucky Charms. Hmmmm

      1. I wonder why John pronounces Pho as Fir. Can any of the readers that know Vietnamese confirm or dispute the correctness of that pronunciation?

        1. Michael Kwan says:

          “Fur” is wrong and John’s the only one I know who says it that way. We tend to say “foe,” but we know that’s incorrect too. From what I understand, it’s closer to “fuh,” but there are definitely regional differences as to its pronunciation.

          1. Fernando says:

            I’m Korean and I say it like Micheal said “fuh”.

  5. Dan Lew says:

    Sometimes I honestly think Mac must make more money from their accessories then what they do from their other stuff!

  6. Harshad says:

    Who uses Netbooks nowadays… I made a big mistake by buying one when they were launched.

    1. Michael Kwan says:

      When netbooks first launched, they represented an interesting idea. Now that more people use tablets and smartphones, netbooks aren’t as useful for sure.

      1. I still think that they are very useful. That tablets are sleek and cool looking but I don’t think that they can do everything that the notebooks can.

        1. Michael Kwan says:

          But I think that’s precisely the issue with netbooks. They can’t do what a true notebook can do either. When I first got my netbook, I thought it was great for some quick writing, email checking, and that kind of thing, but I use my smartphone for those purposes now. If I want to do any sort of “serious” work, I always go back to my “real” computer anyhow.

          1. Harshad says:

            Same here, I feel much comfortable typing on my Blackberry rather than my netbook. It’s not easy to type on a netbook even if it’s a Sony Vaio which has space for hand rest. Secondly, the battery and processor speed is bad. I would not recommend netbooks to anyone now.

          2. Fernando says:

            I will stick with Harshad here. Notebooks or Mobile phones is what is stick as well.

          3. Netbook is not for us … this depends on the usage.

            Like this one is simply great for any presentation or may be for marketing people who keep sending the current details and data.

            Gadgets differ from person to person and from profession to profession.

  7. fas says:

    How many need China plug? Very few!

    1. Exoclyps says:

      Even if not many need it, it is always a nice thing to be able to use. And I believe that most of Asia is the same. If I saw that plug correctly the one in Japan is the same at least. But I could be wrong.

  8. I will try Pho tomorrow.Hope I like it. 🙂

    1. That’s good for you.I hope that in case you don’t you’ll let us know too.

      1. Fernando says:

        What? Pho is the most amazing food ever! Noodles and soup, come on man! Thank God I’m Asian!

  9. I’ve never used a Mac and probably never will. Just too foreign to my PC eyes I guess…

    1. Harshad says:

      Go see a demo or something in a shop. I am sure you will change your mind.

      1. Fernando says:

        I was always a PC lover, but then my sister got an Apple and I have to tell you, everything looks cleaner. In my opinion if you use the computer pretty much all day, mac’s have to be your choice. In my personal point of view, I just can’t give up PCs.

        1. Because you are addicted to PC and once you will use Mac than you will be fan of mac.

  10. Dan Lew says:

    How did they get that mouse to look up at the camera like that at the end of the video? That was awesome! 🙂

    1. Harshad says:

      Ya… that was cute.

      1. Fernando says:

        I was, right? That’s the same thing I thought.

        1. Boy have to look again … sounding great fun.

  11. NIce videos. THanks for sharing. ^^

  12. thomas says:

    I’m assuming that the cord is a smaller gauge extension cord. Using a smaller gauge might end up burning/melting the plastic or your house down.

    1. John Chow says:

      The gauge is the same. Just the wrapping that is thick. Apple uses the same cord on all their power bricks no matter what the rating. The power brick for the Air is the smaller and less powerful of the lot. It really doesn’t need a power cord that big but to same cord, apple just uses one cord for everyone brick.

  13. These videos makes a real meaning to get the details about them and yeah they makes a great convincing to buy the same if heard to buy from the friends or family members.

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