Above is the third of seven random excerpts from my book which goes on sale tomorrow. And some context below,
This section refers to Mr. Thìn of Phở Thìn at 13 Lò Đúc street in Hà Nội. That’s him smoking in the picture above. He is something of a soup selling legend. I’ve eaten at his place many, many times. I got to know him a little bit too. He even drew the portrait of me that appears on the book jacket, in place of one of those soft focussed author photos. Phở Thìn is the first stop I make whenever I visit Hà Nội. I’m not the world’s biggest Phở fan. And I prefer the Phở in the south. But, paradoxically, if I had to choose my favourite Phở and my favourite place to eat it, Mr. Thìn’s shack would be it. Below are some photos of Phở Thìn and the Phở sold there.
And it’s a sketch of the Phở Thìn kitchen that appears at the beginning of the book.
Here is Phở Thìn on the map. Below is his Phở. Firstly, a scan of a photo taken in 1999.
Same-Same. In 2005.
And, lastly. Same-Same. In 2013.