From the Bottom of the Barrel to the Top of the Heap: The Rise of Cơm Tấm

  Swing by chị Hien’s street cart for dinner on any given day and you’ll find a cross-section of Saigon that covers all demographics: middle-class residents from the apartment blocks up the street, well-heeled expats from nearby City Garden, neighborhood xe ôm drivers, hungry lotto ticket vendors and everyone in between. Rich, poor, young, old, local, foreign, we all agree…

A Short History Of “Phở”

Phở is everywhere. Vietnam’s most famous cuisine has made its way onto souvenir t-shirts, into the Merriam Webster dictionary and the world’s culinary consciousness. A group of YouTube celebrities even uses it as a pseudo name for their troupe. Despite its popularity, before researching this piece, I knew little about phở’s history. In my quest to discover the origin of phở,…