Pho is one of the most emblematic dishes of the Vietnamese cuisine. They are hundreds of different soups in Vietnam but Pho is made with pristine white rice flour noodles and is eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner and its taste is irresistible. However, before jumping into your bowl of Pho, here are some tips to not just eat it but enjoy it.
Check your broth
The broth is the vital part of the Pho. Traditionally, it must be aromatic and crystal clear. After making sure that your broth has a right “visual effect,” it is time to check its taste. Use the spoon and take a sip of it. If you think it needs more seasoning, do not salt it, use the fish sauce instead. When you are satisfied with the taste, add some black pepper and a café spoon of lime juice. Your broth is perfect now.
Add some garnishes
Although the original Pho does not contain any additional garnishes, you can add some herbs and bean sprouts. These 2 are given with the dish. First, use your chopsticks to dip the beansprouts into the hot broth. Next, add some Saw herbs, Basil, Cilantro and sprinkle them over the surface. Finally, make some “spicy colour effect” by adding several slices of red Chilli. Be patient, your dish is almost done.
Prepare a combination between Hoisin sauce and Chilli sauce; adjust the percentage of those two depending on your personal taste. When you finish, mix them into the broth and make sure they blend well. Taste and add more until you feel it reaches the “perfect point.”
Now your bowl of Pho is ready, what are you waiting for? Plastic chopsticks in right hand, soupspoon in left, sip the broth first while you work the noodles with your chopsticks and enjoy this incredible dish!