Now that winter has set in, I am naturally gravitating towards hot foods. One of my favourite winter dishes (or all year round, really) is Vietnamese Beef Pho (pronounced “fuh”) – which is a dish of rice noodles with raw, thinly sliced beef strips that all literally cook in the in the delicious, steamy broth it is served with. The Pho comes with a generous side of mint, bean sprouts, chilli sauce and lemon for you to garnish your pho with as liberally or conservatively as you please.
A few years ago I introduced one of my good friends to Vietnamese Beef Pho. Over time, it has become a tradition of ours to catch up over a hot bowl of Pho. In summer we sweat but gulp it down faithfully. In winter we savour every warm mouthful. Our favourite Pho eating days are the ones where its raining and windy outside. The more rain and wind – the more perfect for eating Pho (in our opinions 🙂 ).
So when my friend left recently for overseas (by the time she is due back it will be Spring) I decided to give her a small gift to remind her of our tradition – by crocheting her a little bowl of Pho!
I designed the pattern myself (with my love of food and crochet, it is little suprise that one of my first patterns would be of crocheted food!) – considering all the different techniques I have learned from crocheting many other patterns to create the bowl shape. The other pieces were created using other simple techniques (of rounds, rows and chains) and the leaves I used a technique used in several Ana Paula Rimoli patterns. Is anyone interested in an amigurumi pattern for a bowl of Pho? 🙂
Though real Pho is more complex in its elements, I kept the amigurumi Pho simple by just crocheting (apart from the bowl) the broth, noodles, beef and a small mint garnish.
My friend (thankfully!) loved her little bowl of Pho. I made another bowl for myself so we could have matching amigurumi Pho (a little lame, but too cute not to do!). Here are our amigurumi Pho with our real bowls of Pho.
And a close up of them nestled in the garnish. I questioned the hygiene of it all momentarily but my friend pointed out “it’s just us eating it anyway!”.
All this talk of Pho has me craving a bowl, especially as I look out the window at the cold, grey sky outside. What are your favourite winter foods?