Pho lovers across the country will debate for hours on what makes the perfect bowl of the beloved Vietnamese soup
Pho lovers across the country will debate for hours on what makes the perfect bowl of the beloved Vietnamese soup. For me, it’s all about the broth. This rich and savoury beef bone broth, made aromatic from traditional warming spices, creates a perfect harmony of flavour that is beyond comforting. A good bowl of phở bò, or beef rice noodle soup, must also have a bouncy rice noodle, loads of rare or cooked beef (or if you opt for seafood, chicken or veggies, lots of those too) and a collection of bright and crunchy garnishes like green onion, cilantro and lime, that add freshness to this deeply flavourful soup.
Most Vietnamese people will tell you pho is a breakfast food, but overseas it’s become a go-to dish for any meal at any time. Scattered across the nation, Vietnamese restaurants are open early and stay open late to make sure pho addicts can always get their fix.
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