Pho vs Ramen: Vietnamese People Will Be Sad
Updated: Oct 26
Pho is in a losing battle against ramen since 2014. Visualizing Google Search trends for pho and ramen.
Using Google Search Trends tool, we visualize search volume for pho and ramen in each US state over time.
From having half of the states in 2014 to now barely holding on to three states, this is quite a significant loss.
The time series of all states in total shows the shift over time.
Personally, I'm not surprised. There are so many Vietnamese restaurants where I live, but if you ask me or any Viet people here questions like "Is there any good pho place up there?", the answer is usually "There are a couple places, but none are good."
That pretty much sums up the situation here and, I assume, many cities in America. Pho where I live, unlike in Vietnam, is not freshly made. It is simply dry pho in boiling water for a few seconds. The noodles come out sticking to each other in a clump sunk to the bottom of the bowl. And the broth is the same style everywhere, no personal touch or variety whatsoever. It's very boring. Ramen restaurants, on the other hand, seem to be popping up with more dishes on the menu to offer more variety and show more dedication to the trade.
This is just my personal experience, but the data is there to tell a story. We really need more high quality and innovative pho restaurants in America.