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5 Different Types of Pho Explained

5 Different Types of Pho Explained

Pho is a traditional Vietnamese soup, where various ingredients are cooked in a hot, aromatic stock with noodles. This magical bowl of Asian goodness has been said to have cured disease, soothe hangovers and restore your body's balance. Considering Pho is apparently such a miracle working dish, it is important that we know all the different varieties that we can cook at home.

 

1)      Phở Hà Nội

The capital of Vietnam, Hanoi, is the home phở, and here is where keep it simple. The broth of a traditional pho should be clear, and also have a thin layer of oil on top, which gives it the "silky" feel. This version of phở is kept simple, hence the only accompaniments to this steaming bowl of soup being bean sprouts, lime wedges, noodles and chopped chilli.

 

2)      Phở Bò (beef pho)

This is commonly known as the original, and some say best version of phở. There are many different versions of beef phở, but usually they incorporate slivers of raw beef that are slightly cooked when placed in the hot broth. This results in very tender and delicious meat!

 

3)      Phở Gà (chicken pho)

Typically the broth in chicken phở has a lighter, clear broth than phở bò. It can be made with lean chicken, slices of breast meat or even with chicken pieces with all different textures, to really mix things up.


4)      Phở Áp Chảo Gìon (crispy fried pho noodles with beef)

In this version of the traditional phở dish, the phở noodles are double-fried to make them crispy yet chewy. The next step is to simply add your choice of vegetables (we recommend sliced carrot and beans), and crispy noodles and sliced up beef into the phở broth.  

 

5)      Phở Chay (vegetarian pho)

For all the vegetarians out there - don't fear! You can still enjoy this magical dish by creating the stock with carrots and daikon radish. To replace the meat, just use mushrooms, tofu and/or mock meat.

 

There is one thing that all these versions of phở have in common, and it is that they are all delicious! To make any of these dishes yourself, check out our Vietnamese Pho paste today. 

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