Editor's note: This article was first published Nov. 19, 2016. We're bringing it back today in observation of National Soup Month!
SEATTLE (CIRCA) — Dong Thap Noodles, located in the International District of Seattle, opened only about a year ago, but it's been a favorite among tourists and locals alike almost from the get-go.
'Super Bowl Challenge'
Originally, the restaurant's main focus was its homemade vermicelli rice noodles.
Nick Bui is the owner of Dong Thap and his family has been in the noodle-making business for four generations in Vietnam.
Bui came up with the "Super Bowl Challenge" and things took off from there.
$500 prize for eating it all
The bowls are 16 inches across and hold more than a gallon. By the time the servers bring it to your table, it weighs about 20 pounds, including about 3 pounds of meat and noodles.
There's a $500 reward for eating the whole thing solo. So far, there have been 25 challengers, but no winners.
Bui says customers typically share the $45 giant bowl of pho. The wait staff has to "tough it out" to get it to the table, but with just one bowl, it's easier to clean up.
If you're ever in the Seattle area, be sure to make a stop at Dong Thap Noodles to get your fix of pho.