Saturday 24 September 2011

Five Thousand Dollar Bowl of Pho?

Rumour has it that there is a $5000 bowl of Pho comprised of the finest ingredients and served somewhere in North America.  Since Pho has become one of my comfort foods over the last decade, I had to find out if such a thing existed.  With a little research I found that this was no hoax, this delicacy can be found in Beverly Hills at a high end Vietnamese restaurant named Crustacean.  Ingredients include foie gras broth, white alba truffles, Wagyu Beef (similar to Kobe Beef), blue lobster noodles, and hand raised bean spruts.   Originally this dish was auctioned off with proceeds benefiting the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.

Although my love of food and desire to try new dishes has put me one step closer to adding this onto my bucket list, I'm finding it extremely difficult to justify five thousand dollars for one taste of this divine recipe.  It's about the same price for a month long rental of a 4 bedroom villa with a private swimming pool in Vietnam; round trip plane ticket included.  Maybe I'll plan for that much needed vacation and enjoy a traditional beef noodle soup priced at about 30000 dong, which equates to under $1.50 a bowl.  Now that's worth adding to the list!

Share your comments, what do you think?

Note - the picture above is not the actual $5000 bowl of Pho.  This picture was taken at Pho Garden in San Francisco.  
Phở (Vietnamese pronunciation: [fə̬˧˩˧]) is a Vietnamese noodle soup, usually served with beef (phở bò) or chicken (phở gà).[1] The soup includes noodles made from rice and is often served with Vietnamese basillime, and bean sprouts that are added to the soup by the person who is dining.

"phở Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 22 July 2004. Web. 10 Aug. 2004. <>