Phở, pronounced “fuh,” is a Vietnamese soup normally made with a bone-beef broth, banh pho noodles and thinly sliced beef. It is often served with bean sprouts and other fresh herbs on the side. Pho is made with rice noodles, not to be confused with Japanese ramen, which is usually made with wheat noodles. It is important to remember that pho has many variations. The most famous is the pho from Southern Vietnam and the pho bac from Northern Vietnam, which is considered the original pho.
Pho is generally served as a large bowl of broth and rice noodles with a plate of thinly sliced raw beef and a plate of fresh garnishes such as basil, coriander, radishes, chilies, and lime. There are also several condiments on the table at most pho restaurants for flavoring the broth, such as hoisin sauce, soy sauce, fish sauce, Sriracha, and chili paste. Essentially every pho bowl is special to you. You’re able to adjust the pho to your taste with many different add-ins.
After the French colonization of the nation in the late 1880s, pho is thought to originate in the Nam Dinh and Hanoi regions of North Vietnam. The word “pho” is believed to originate from the French word “feu,” meaning fire. In fact, it may be a Vietnamese take on the French dish pot au feu. Pho bac, the original pho, is made for several days by boiling the beef bones and places great emphasis on the delicate and basic broth. Accompanying the soup is only rice noodles and thinly sliced beef.
About Traditional Vietnamese Pho
Pho nam grew influential in southern Vietnam. Because of its convenience, it is still commonly sold by street vendors. After Saigon’s collapse at the end of the Vietnamese war, many people from the South fled to different parts of the world, causing pho to be distributed alongside other Vietnamese dishes. Pho is now found easily in many places around the world and is very popular on social media.
Today, there are several variations of the recipe. For instance, for people who are not fans of beef, a lot of street vendors in Vietnam sell the dish with different meats. For more international recipes, click here.
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