Pho-eating competition

Oh, how I love Eat Drink Perth. The festival is basically month-long excuse to eat yourself silly.

Did you know that on every Wednesday in March you can actually win a prize for your gluttony? Northbridge Vietnamese restaurant What the Pho? is hosting weekly pho-eating competitions.

For $25, you receive a steaming bowl of beef noodle soup. Competitors who finish the soup – broth and all – within 20 minutes receive a t-shirt, a $50 voucher and some serious street cred.

But don’t expect a walk in the park. This isn’t a palm-sized bowl you’d see people eating their morning pho from on the streets of Hanoi. Oh, no. This pho comes in what could easily be mistaken as a salad bowl. It’s packed with a mass of rice noodles, thin slices of beef, onion and bean sprouts. The broth just reaches the brim.

To win this competition takes much more than a simple fondness for the national dish of Vietnam. It requires chopstick-wielding virtuosity, a burn-resistant tongue and a complete disregard for table manners. If you’re not slurping, you’re losing.

If you think you and your appetite have got what it takes, then sign up. Best bring along a bib, while you’re at it.

(Also published in Agenda)

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3 Comments on “Pho-eating competition”

  1. March 12, 2012 at 4:17 pm #

    If you’re not slurping you are not eating noodles correctly! In ALL noodles cultures, slurping is acceptable and it’s the proper way to consume and enjoy soup noodles ;)

    • March 12, 2012 at 4:24 pm #

      Haha – yep, I completely agree :) So are you competing in the pho competition?

      • March 12, 2012 at 4:34 pm #

        If it’s good pho, I can eat 3 big bowls in 30 mins… I’ll pass on this comp ;)

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