Pho – the uniqueness of Vietnamese traditional cuisine - VINATOURISM

Vietnamese Pho, or Vietnamese rice noodle soup, is the first dish crossing most people’s mind when thinking about Vietnamese foods

Post date: 17-11-2017

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What is pho ?

 

Vietnamese Pho, or Vietnamese rice noodle soup, is the first dish crossing most people’s mind when thinking about Vietnamese foods. It has been become one of the most popular Vietnamese national dishes for a long time because of its tastiness and simplicity to make. The recipe for a perfect bowl of Pho is passed from one generation to another generation in Vietnam. Vietnamese people from different places preserve and develop their own local recipes for Pho based on the most traditional original.

 

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Pho in Vietnam

 

Pho is the preferred food for breakfast in Vietnam

 

The diversity of Pho in Vietnam

 

There is a wide variety of Pho dishes to taste in Vietnam. Pho has numerous types depending on the way of cooking or the main ingredients used to make it.

 

Based on the way to cook Pho

 

Basically, it has four types: “Pho nuoc” – noodles with broth, “Pho kho” – dried noodles, “Pho xao” – stir fried noodles and “Pho tron” – mixed noodles.

 

Based on the types of meat involved

 

Most of Vietnamese locals enjoy this rice noodle soup served with thinly sliced beef or chicken. But in some places, they cook Pho with frog, fish or even pork.

 

Pho broth – the secret of Vietnamese unique noodle soup dish

 

Pho is a simple dish for everyone to cook, you do not need to be a professional chef to make a stunning traditional bowl of Pho. Fresh herbs, sweet stock and soft noodles are three essential ingredients of a superb dish of Pho.

The most important key of this dish is the stock. Cookers have to boil the broth with knuckle bones or leg bones in around 12-13 hours. Long-simmered bones could make the stock sweeter. Vietnamese eateries have their own recipes to prepare this broth which can attract visitors.


Pho stock is usually accompanied with rice noodles and thin cuts of meat marinated carefully, all topped with onions. You can add some slices of chilly and a few lime drops before enjoying the Pho. People in the north of Vietnam like eating Pho with some fried bread sticks while the southern residents prefer enjoying Pho served hot with different raw vegetables such as bean sprouts, fresh mint or basil.

 

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Fresh herbs, sweet stock and soft noodles are three essential ingredients of a superb dish of Pho.

 

The reason to make Pho become a popular national dish in Vietnam might be its simplicity yet distinctive flavor. It is not difficult to make, easy to enjoy but its tastiness and aromatic is unforgettable, especially to foreigners.

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