Phở has long been listed as one of the most delicious foods in the world and has found its place on the world’s culinary map. A bowl of clear broth made fragrant by meat, noodles, and herbs, Phở is light, not fattening yet nutritious, delicious and fragrant with Vietnamese spices. It is full of fiber, antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins.
No matter what time of day or night, a steaming bowl of pho noodle soup is never hard to find in Vietnam, Phở is Vietnam’s unofficial national dish. Despite its outward simplicity, pho is underpinned with a complex arrangement of flavors and textures.
Next come the noodles: freshly-made flat rice-flour strands that constitute the real bulk of the dish. The noodles play off the small amounts of meat – thin slices of beef, or springy meatballs – which are cooked separately from the broth and included at the last minute.
You’ll find condiments served alongside your pho, but these should be strictly optional – and for really well-made pho, completely unnecessary. You may be tempted to season your pho to taste before eating, but real pho enthusiasts savor the broth before uncorking the fish sauce or squeezing that lime.