I was on the road this week when I received this email from Mike:
I'm just finishing up your beef stock recipe -- it took a little while longer than I expected because my butcher gave me almost 14 lbs of great beef bones! I will be trying the Pho tonight!
I just got back from a two week vacation in Vietnam. I had pho almost every morning for breakfast and a few times for lunch. I just love it!
I do have a question: I live by myself most of the time, so I can't eat 8 bowls all at once by myself. Do you have any advice or hints about how to store things so I can pull the stock out of the freezer and just whip up a bowl whenever I want? I'm going to try saving the cooked meat in small batches. Same with freezing small chunks of the sirloin steak I bought.
You have a terrific website and I'm recommending it to all my friends. I'll be getting your cookbook, too! I got your dumplings cookbook last year and my daughter and I enjoyed great success with it.
What a flattering and great message to get. It’s so great to travel, eat something new and exciting, then return home to replicate it.
But wow, fourteen pounds of bones meant that Mike had enough pho for a reasonably-sized Viet extended family or a small pop-up lunch for 16 people. Since those situations didn’t apply to him, and he wasn’t about to call his friends and neighbors over to share the wealth, he was on to the obvious answer: Freeze that pho!