Stephen Fung vs. Pho Garden's Giant Pho Challenge

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Somewhere in San Francisco there is a place that serves what could very well be the BIGGEST PHO in the world and this place is called Pho Garden. This eatery kicked off my US tour of three places that I wanted to hit during my road trip to the US. They included Iguana's Tacqueria for the Burritozilla Challenge, Beth's Cafe and their 12 Egg Southwestern Exposure Omelet Challenge and of course the Pho Challenge!


As you might have figured out, I kind of posted my challenges out of order. This one was my biggest disappointment because it was the one I was looking forward to the most. Ever since I found out about this challenge, I wanted to do it, not only for myself, but for the pride of Dot Com Pho. What says Pho more than a bowl that is nearly two feet wide, filled with 2 lbs of meat and 2 lbs of noodles?

Of all of the Dot Com Pho Gang, it's clear that I was the only logical choice to take on and defeat this challenge due to the fact that I have this tendency to finish things like the Kam Do Mixed Grill and have a reputation for eating massive hamburgers. Unfortunately, as luck would have it, my inexperience at this type of gargantuan challenge put me at a disadvantage. I did not have my strategy in place and I did not follow my instinct which was to attack hard and fast; a tactic that led to my success in Seattle at Beth's Cafe with a massive 12 egg omelet.

Despite the disappointment that this challenge represented, this also is a reminder that I do learn quickly and that experience is everything. Enjoy the video!

You'll find more pictures from the infamous Pho Garden Pho Challenge after the jump. Stay tuned for more food adventures coming up soon!

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  • It's hilarious that they have extra long chopsticks so you can actually dig into that huge bowl.

  • Mmm this video actually made me hungry for pho somehow! Valiant effort!

  • I've been reading about your eating exploits over on John Chow's blog for a while now. How have you not exploded yet? 😀

    • If you're good most of the time, you can go nuts once in a while 😉

  • so funny :)) thanks for your post

  • Ooh, the pictures are so funny :))

  • Come on, provide more info 🙂 How much was this?


    • I thought the prices were in their menu but I guess they aren't. I paid $22.00US I believe.

  • Rookie should've asked for another bowl and taken all the noodles out of the broth so that they don't absorb any more moisture and expand. That way you'll reduce your soup intake.
    .-= Ed Lau´s last blog ..Dot Com Pho – Stephen’s Cupcakes Edition =-.

    • Can't have a surrogate bowl. I asked for one and they said it was against the rules. Otherwise, I would have done that.

      The Pho must remain in the original Bowl during the duration of the challenge. My mistake was not eating fast enough.

  • A valiant effort my friend. I had a feeling the beef would be easy, but two pounds of noodle is a whole lot of carb, not to mention all the soup it soaks up.
    .-= Michael Kwan´s last blog ..Working at Home = Urban Cabin Fever? =-.