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An email I received last week has me in a Christmas funk. A reader wrote to me like I'm Santa Claus, hoping I could fulfill her Christmas wish.
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SUBJECT: For Christmas, I want a Pho and Bahn Mi combo
LETTER: Scott, do you know of any places in Dallas that do such a genius thing? I saw one from a Houston food truck on Foursquare, brilliant. Most girls can't finish a big bowl of Pho so why not make it smaller and throw it with a 4" Bahn Mi? Houston, we have a problem here!
Sorry, Missmaei. There is no pho and bahn mi combo served from a food truck here in Dallas. Your best bet is to find a lunch friend and split two small bowls of pho and a bahn mi out in the suburbs.
If you're downtown you could make your own combo at Malai in the West Village. They offer a bahn mi for $7 during lunch, and a small bowl of pho for $6. You'd need a lunch buddy here as well though, and you won't get any tendon or tripe in your pho, or any pate in that banh mi, either.
Sorry to be such a Grinch.