Vietnamese Pho – Tasty Tuesday

Vietnamese Pho

Tasty Vietnamese Pho

As With Husband In Tow focuses more and more on Adventures in Food, I thought I would start a series where I share some of our favorite foods from around the world, one by one…there are a lot of them, so this blog could go on forever!  Introducing Tasty Tuesday from With Husband In Tow, and first up, Vietnamese Pho!

The first of the iconic dishes I want to share as part of the Tasty Tuesday series is close to my heart – pho, or Vietnamese beef noodle soup.  Anytime a national dish involves a soup, I get excited.  Although different throughout the country, with a heartier broth showing up in Northern Vietnam, the basic premise for Vietnamese pho is the same: slow cooked beef broth with fresh rice noodles, often served street side on tiny plastic stools.  The beef is served raw, and then placed in the hot boiling soup to “cook” making it a fresh dish.  The bowl is presented surrounded by condiments including chopped chillies, soy sauce, chili sauce, and most important fresh herbs, so that you can flavor the soup to your liking.

It’s possible to learn how to make pho in Hanoi, although a real pho takes hours and hours to make.  The broth is usually prepared overnight for the morning’s meal.

Where to eat: Street side and at pho stalls around the country.  But, don’t make the tourist mistake, Vietnamese pho is a breakfast dish and the Vietnamese are slurping it curb side as early as 5 or 6 am.   One of the most popular in Hanoi is Pho 49 on Bat Dan Street just west of the Old Quarter, but get there early.

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