Stock Rittenhouse, a restaurant in Philadelphia owned by chef Tyler Akin, is getting dragged online after netizens discovered a dish on the menu called Pho Fried Chicken Sandwich.
According to the description, the sandwich consists of “crispy chicken thigh with fish sauce caramel glaze, pho spices, cilantro root mayonnaise, spicy hoisin, black pepper, coriander pickled onions, and Thai basil.”
After seeing the ingredients for the “pho” sandwich, some Facebook users disagreed with the dish’s name.
Pho is a traditional Vietnamese noodle soup made up of broth, meat, herbs and spices. The pho sandwich lacks two fundamental ingredients: the broth and the rice noodles.
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Introducing the pho fried chicken sandwich. Crispy chicken thigh glazed with fish sauce caramel and dusted with pho spices, cilantro root mayo, spicy hoisin, coriander and black pepper pickled onion, lots of Thai basil. And Martin’s roll because @potatorolls. Stock Rittenhouse today, and probably forever 💫
This is not the first time Akin has been involved in controversy related to the traditional noodle soup. In 2016, the chef tried and failed to educate Asian people on how to properly eat pho.
In another incident, he publicly shamed a rival pho restaurant when he found out that it was buying “pho powder” from a Vietnamese supermarket. The powder turned out to be a spice packet for the broth.