Pho, if you've never had it, is the Vietnamese version of chicken noodle soup. It comes in a ridiculously large bowl, and is served with a huge range of condiments and extras (think Fixins bar at Roy Rogers) that you can add in for flavor or heat to your liking. The base is always rice noodles, but you can get any mix of sliced beef, tripe or pork as a protein. Add in fresh lime juice, siracha, hoisin or soy sauce, thai basil leaves, and bean sprouts to your heart's content. The key to good pho of course, is the broth. Basically a mellow beef broth, but with hints of exotic Asian spices like ginger, cloves, star anise, and fish sauce. At it's best it is both subtle and complex, warming your belly and your soul. It should taste like a little old Vietnamese grandmother has been slowly boiling and stirring it for a day or so.
|summer roll - with a whole shrimp inside|
|spring roll with chili dipping sauce|
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