Have you ever tried a traditional Vietnamese soup by the name of “Pho” (pronounced fuh)? If not, what are you waiting for?
This simple noodle soup is absolutely delicious! Pho first originated in north Vietnam during the early 20th century and is now a popular street food dish sold by vendors in modern day cities all over the country such as Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Not only is Pho popular in Vietnamese cities, it's also quickly gaining in popularity in other countries all over the world including the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom.
The soup is generally only made with beef or chicken, but chefs these days have been experimenting with all kinds of protein. Besides thin cut meats, Pho contains broth and rice noodles along with a few flavorful herbs and spices including basil, fennel, chili peppers, bean sprouts and cilantro. The majority of Pho lovers also like to add in a few slices of lemon, hoisin sauce and green onions.
Want to make your own Pho? It's actually not that complicated of a dish to make, contrary to popular belief. If you want to make your own Pho noodle soup, the biggest thing you need to remember is that the meat needs to be thinly cut and put to simmer for quite some time in order to taste the best. It's important to note that flank steak or a juicy white meat chicken breast are the best meats to include in Pho. Also, make sure you use traditional Vietnamese rice noodles to provide your soup with that authentic Pho flavor. If you will be serving your Pho to a number of people, it's recommended that you offer a display of fresh ingredients and sauces they can choose to add in to their soup if they would like to.