Pho is one of the most iconic dishes in Vietnamese cuisine. In Vietnam, there are hundreds of different soups, but the most popular is Pho, which is made with pristine white rice flour noodles and is eaten for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. However, before you dive into your bowl of Pho, here are some tips to help you enjoy it rather than just eat it.
Check your broth
The broth is an essential component of the Pho. It must be aromatic and crystal clear, according to tradition. After ensuring that your broth has the desired “visual effect,” it is time to taste it. Take a sip of it with the spoon. If you think it needs more seasoning, don’t salt it; instead, use fish sauce. When you’re happy with the flavor, season with black pepper and a café spoon of lime juice. Your broth is now perfect.
Serve with garnishes
Although the original Pho does not include any garnishes, you can add some herbs and bean sprouts. These two are included with the dish. To begin, dip the beansprouts into the hot broth with your chopsticks. Then, sprinkle some Saw herbs, Basil, and Cilantro over the top. Finally, add several slices of red Chilli to create a “spicy color effect.”
Add some condiments
Prepare a mixture of Hoisin sauce and Chili sauce. When ready, stir them into the broth. Taste and adjust until you reach the perfect taste.
What are you waiting for now that your bowl of Pho is ready? With plastic chopsticks in your right hand and a soupspoon in your left, sip the broth first while working the noodles with your chopsticks and enjoy this incredible dish.