Monday, May 16, 2011

$5,000 Bowl of Soup

$5,000 Bowl of Soup - Your average bowl of Vietnamese phở should by no means break the bank. So what sets this one apart?

Normally, one can expect to pay $10 at most for the mouth-watering broth-filled soup, laden with all the goodies like beef, noodles and cilantro. But from California comes a serving of the traditional staple that is simply exceptional – or so you would expect it to be. Why? It costs a minimum of $5,000 per bowl. (No, that's not the soup pictured above. It would be in a bowl made of diamonds if that were the case.)

It seems utterly absurd to pay that much for a bowl of soup – let alone any meal. But it might soften the blow to know that the funds are going toward charity.

Tiato, a Vietnamese restaurant in Santa Monica, is holding an invitation-only dinner and auction where the dish will make its debut. The bidding starts at $5,000 for the single bowl of AnQi Phở, and the ingredients are sure to not disappoint. The soup is made with A5 Wagyu beef, white alba truffles, a foie gras broth, hand-raised bean sprouts and “noodles” from a rare blue lobster meat. The proceeds will go to the Children's Hospitals of Los Angeles and Orange County as well as the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.

$5,000 Bowl of Soup

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