I’m going to put it simply.
If you have not tasted pho, you have not lived.
Just jump on google, type it in, find your closest restaurant, try it, and then come back and read this post. Because without all of that, there is no way you will be able to understand the heaven that ensues from eating this dish.
Pho is a Vietnamese noodle soup, pronounced “fur” with coriander, onions, rice noodles and your selection of cooked beef, raw beef or chicken to go in it.
This is where the fun begins.
See, when they come out, they taste identical. All of the broth, and all of the chicken and herbs and vegetables all taste the same. It’s what you make of it that makes the difference.
At my local Pho restaurant, they leave plates of bean sprouts, basil leaves, mint leaves, fresh chilli, satay, an array of sauces and lemon wedges on the table for us – and its basically up to you to decide how you would like yours flavoured.
I’m not one to shy away from chilli so I add fresh chilli and satay sauce, top the whole thing off with fresh basil leaves, mint and lots and lots of lemon and voila – an instant party in my mouth.
There was this one time I went with three other people and we all tried each other’s broth after we’d mixed our preferred flavours in and the results were astounding – no two dishes ever taste the same.
Pho is probably up there in one of my top ten foods to eat – its perfect on any day. Blistering hot, freezing cold. It always feels so fresh because you can just see all the fresh herb goodness that you are putting into your system, and trust me – when you are feeling sick, there is nothing like that chilli hit to make your body feel alive again.
Head on over and try it out, pho sure.