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Pho 101

Pho 101

'Pho' is a traditional Vietnamese soup of rice noodles in a meat based broth, which is popular both in Vietnam and in many Western countries.

Pronunciation of Pho

Because of the difference between Vietnamese and English spelling and phonetics, many English speakers commonly mispronounce the name of this delicious soup. While most people pronounce Pho with an extended 'oh' sound (like 'fo'), it is actually pronounced 'fuh'.  

Origins of Pho

Pho was once believed to have originated in Hanoi, Vietnam but has since been found to be influenced by both the Chinese and French culinary traditions.

Types of Pho

There are two main types of Pho.

Pho Bo - This is Pho with beef which is cooked medium rare and continues to cook in the broth. Different types of beef used in pho include steak (rare, medium, and well done), flank steak, brisket or meatballs.

Pho Ga - This is pho with chicken, simple as that.

Both types of Pho have a selection of vegetables which may include basil, mint leaves, bean sprouts, coriander and other seasonal greens as well as lime and chili for dressing.

Basic pho ingredients

1.       Rice Noodles

2.       Meat based broth (chicken/beef)

3.       Protein (chicken/beef)

4.       Herbs/chili (coriander, basil, mint)

5.       Dressings (lime, bean sprouts)

Pho can be a relatively healthy fast food option full of protein from the meat, good carbs from the rice noodles and micronutrients from the vegetables, the only health pitfall in pho is the level of sodium in the broth. It is relatively cheap and readily available at street stalls, making it a Vietnamese staple and a fast and fresh favourite in many Western cultures.

To make your own delicious pho soup at home, grab one of our pho spice paste and get cooking!

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