Pho is a traditional dish that originated in the early 20th century in northern Vietnam. Its term indeed concerns about the noodles, not the soup. The noodles are made with primitive white rice flour, and they are tender like a beautiful body. However, the heart of Pho is all about its broth. Bones, flank, and oxtail are simmered for a long time to make the tasty Pho Bo (beef) broth. The entire chicken will be used for the Pho Ga (chicken) broth. The best pho broth needs to have a crystal clear water. Additionally, cloves, cardamom, star anise, and cinnamon are indispensable spices and aromas. How to eat pho if you are a foreign traveler? Down some steps below to learn a traditional way of eating pho. It’s will certainly be an enjoyable experience for the first time you come to Vietnam. Indochina tours
Four main steps to eat Pho
- The first step is to sample and season Pho. When the bowl of Pho is given to you, lift a spoon and taste its broth. If you think that it needs a little more flavor, just add some fish sauce, soy sauce, chili sauce or a common Pho condiment and squeeze a little of lemon into the bowl. Just taste until you get the delicious broth for yourself.
- The second step is to add sprouts and herbs. Just a handful of beansprouts is enough. Use the spoon or chopsticks to submerge them along with any pieces of rare beef for a couple of minutes. Then, add some leaves of Thai basil and tear herbs to increase the flavor, too. If you love a spicy taste, try putting some fresh chili into the bowl.
- The third step is to prepare your own dipping sauce while allowing the broth time to cool a little. Add chili sauce and hoisin sauce into a small sauce dish. Remember to balance the amount of both sauces (about 50/50). Or if you are sensitive to spicy things, less chili sauce will be okay. Don’t forget to squeeze a little of lemon, stir, and sample by using the chopsticks’ tip.
- Finally, it’s time to enjoy Pho. Use the spoon and chopsticks to combine all the ingredients evenly. Dip pieces of beef with herbs, beansprouts, or Thai basil into your own sauce. Remember to sip the broth in between bites until your bowl of Pho is done. But, if you get trouble to finish the last bits of Pho, just lay the spoon on its holder. Then bring the bowl and use the chopsticks to direct the remains into your mouth. Don’t be shy because it shows that you enjoy this dish. Indochina travel Cambodia
In case that you can’t use the chopsticks to eat Pho, just ask for a fork. Take the fork to wind up the noodles and spear other ingredients. However, most of the foreign travelers often use the chopsticks because they want to know more about Vietnamese cuisine. With four steps for those who are learning how to eat Pho, are you confident now? It’s time to go to a restaurant, order the bowl of delicious Pho and eat it.
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