September 30, 2010
Most people come here and post about first having cilantro in Mexican cuisines... but not me. I first had it in pho (Vietnamese soup noodles). I was maybe 10 or 12 years old and cilantro almost ruined what is now one of my favorite foods. For the longest time I thought that Vietnamese cuisine tasted disgusting.... it always made me want to throw up. Every visit to a Vietnamese restaurant was suddenly filled with dread. I eventually realized that the stuff making me puke wasn't the noodles or the soup, it was THIS GREEN LEAFY THING FLOATING IN MY SOUP. I scooped it all out and it made a world of difference!! Ever since then, I've been able to enjoy and love pho--as long as the servers remember to remove the offensive plant.