The website of the People’s Committee of this fair parish has a Pho map of Saigon. Quite a small map – actually there is no map, just a list of six shacks – but there are some interesting tidbits of history like this one about Pho Tau Bay at 435 Ly Thai To street in District 1,
Pham Xuan Tien, manager and chef of Pho Tau Bay, says that in 1950 his
grandfather opened his pho shop in Hanoi, which did not have a name.
Tien’s grandfather was given a pilot’s helmet by a friend. He liked the
helmet very much and often wore it. Diners called him tau bay, which
means "aircraft," and he named his pho shop after it. In 1954, Tien’s family moved south, bringing with them the pho trade.
Now what wouldn’t I pay to go to a pho shop served by waiters in pilot helmets. Hang on a minute. Make that waiters in ao dai and pilot helmets. Or ao dai, pilot helmets and black leather boots. Now I’m just being silly… leather boots are just not practical enough for a hot city like Saigon or the sweaty environment of a steamy pho kitchen. While we’re on the subject of pho maps. I read somewhere that there is a Pho Map of Hanoi. Does anyone have this map? Is it easily available in Hanoi? Online even? I want one. Here’s some more from the People’s Committee on Pho.