I decided to make that recipe this week, along with some spring rolls, because we're having dinner guests over soon. They're vegetarians so I'd just as soon make a vegan meal since I'm already doing those, and I wanted another practice round. I don't want to actually cook that day, so I'm also seeing how good everything is if I make it the day before.
I also discovered they sell pre-cooked pho noodles, and am beginning to believe all the restaurants use them. They just have to be dunked in hot water for 15 seconds, and I've seen that happening in kitchens plenty of times. Restaurants probably focus more of their energy on the broth. Looking forward to seeing how the ones I bought turn out. I'm also curious if restaurants use the same noodles for salads, but without heating them up. Or maybe they have to heat them, and let them dry out a bit. Who knows? I'll be experimenting.