The question is, how do you pronounce Pho? Logic would suggest 'Foe' like Phone but no, apparently it's 'Fuh' like this. But are we Mancunions going to pronounce it the correct way or Anglicise it? Imagine telling your colleagues at work that you're dining at what sounds like 'Fer' tonight? Of course we should try to get these things right to try and be culturally sensitive but there's no blanket rule. After all we don't pronounce Paris 'paree' like Parisians or Madrid like the Spanish do. Try ordering Spaghetti like an Italian and you will sound pretentious and affected.
Corn Exchange. We went on Friday and apart from a few niggles (a long wait for the mains) we have a good time. Starters are Nem hải sản. (£4.50). Large crispy spring roll of tiger prawn, crab & pork with nước chấm dipping sauce.
Nem nướng. (£6.50). Home-made pork & lemongrass meatballs with lettuce & herbs to wrap & dip. A little bland and dry but nothing a bit of hot sauce wouldn't fix.
Phở bò nấm trúng (house special). (£9.75). Brisket, enoki & button mushrooms, creamy egg yolk, in beef broth.
Phở đặc biệt, Tiger prawns, tofu & flash fried steak with garlic in beef stock. (£10.75). They took an age to come and the latter didn't have the promised prawns (we think we got another dish). However we are not petty minded TA reviewers, it was absolutely fine, mistakes are to be expected as they've only just opened. (I've just noticed they removed this from the bill too).
* 25% off food order, opening offer.