Have you recently scrolled through your Insta feed and seen a post of Vietnamese noodles and thought to yourself, what is pho? Whether this is the first time you’re hearing about pho or you just want to learn some history behind it, I hope that this makes you more excited to eat pho. As a pho enthusiast, I am more than eager to inform you of what you have been missing.
What is Pho?
Phở, pronounced “fuh,” is a Vietnamese soup that is normally made with a bone-beef broth, banh pho noodles, and thinly sliced beef, that’s often served with bean sprouts and other fresh herbs on the side. Not to be confused with Japanese ramen, which is usually made with wheat noodles, pho is made with rice noodles. It is important to note that there are many variations of pho. The most common is pho nam, which originates in Southern Vietnam, and pho bac, which is from Northern Vietnam and considered to be the original pho.