Ribbon Tripe: Pho Tai Sach Bo Vien from Khai Hoan
|Ribbons of omasum tripe afloat in a bowl of pho tai sach bo vien|
This week: Ribbon Tripe from Khai Hoan
The Ick Factor: What we like to call ribbon tripe is thin slices of omasum, the stippled stomach meat from a cow (as opposed to the smooth or honeycomb varieties, just in case you're a tripe aficionado). But even if you don't think you could "stomach" the though of eating ribbon tripe, you have to admit that it's "offal" pretty afloat in a bowl of steaming hot pho.
(bite into all the juicy details after the jump)
|Can you stomach this huge pile of tripe? Look for the stippled omasum to the right.|
Tastes Just Like: Nothing much. The flavor of the ribbon tripe is fairly innocuous and manages to absorb the fragrant and flavorful broth. On its own the tripe is slightly nutty in flavor, with the texture of al dente pasta. Ribbon tripe definitely has some "bite" to it, and it will offer chewy resistance at being consumed. The thinner you can get your ribbon tripe, the easier it is to mistake it for rice noodles, so if you're DIY-ing some pho (because that's totally how we see our weekend shaping up), slice that tripe into feathery little ribbons.
Always been a DIY-er? The tripe is the easy stuff to find. The pho takes a bit longer to whip up from scratch, but this cheeky step-by-step tutorial for Pho Tai will have you chowing down in only several hours time. Unless you have many hours free during which you can boil marrow bones to create a fragrant, umami-laden base for your soup, it's best to leave the pho to the experts.