Recently Tom brought me a splendid bowl of Vietnamese Pho, that his mother-in-law had made. The hearty, flavorful soup is the centerpiece of Vietnamese cooking. (Pho is pronounced both “foe and “fuh,” though I tend to say “fuh” because most of my Vietnamese friends say it that way.)
A Vietnamese Tradition
In parts of Vietnam, Pho is eaten for breakfast and lunch and in other areas it’s served throughout the day. The broth is made from beef bones simmered for hours with seasonings, including cinnamon basil, star anise, and cloves.
From Bones to Broth
The measure of a good broth is not only its fragrance and balance, but its clarity. After the lean, thin sliced beef is cooked slightly, all is joined in the pho bowl and topped with bean sprouts, cilantro, basil and a squeeze of lime or lemon. It even smells healthy.
World Renown Comfort Food
It’s no wonder this aromatic blend of broth, beef, noodles and herbs was listed 20th among the “World’s 50 Most Delicious Foods” compiled by CNN in 2011.
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