The days are getting cooler so you know what that means. It’s time for a warm cozy bowl of pho-pho-fun!

 

Vietnam’s Signature Dish

Vietnam’s most famous dish, pho (pronounced “fuh”), is gaining popularity amongst Americans. You can find it in many Asian restaurants around the country. There are even eateries that exclusively offer this delicious soup dish. It’s a fun soup with endless possibilities.

Because of its inexpensive ingredients, one could consider it the “fast food” of Vietnamese culture and is a hodgepodge of various ingredients. Note that “inexpensive” doesn’t mean it can’t be healthy and filling. The base of this savory soup is noodles and broth (usually either chicken or beef). Other ingredients are added for different flavor experiences, from carrots and turnips to ginger and cinnamon bark and so much more. Add condiments and fresh garnishes such as fish sauce, sriracha, bean sprouts, or jalapeno to add to the complexity of enjoyable flavors. It really depends on your palate what goes into your soup. Whether you like sweet, salty, spicy, or savory, there’s a bowl of pho for everyone. 

 

pho on bamboo tray

 

How to Eat Pho

Probably the most fun thing about pho is how you eat it: Use chopsticks, spoons, and even tilt your bowl and slurp up the holy goodness that is the broth! Think of it as a triple threat: Chopsticks go in your dominant hand, the spoon goes in the opposite hand (yes, double-fisted eating) and at the end, slurp away! 

We know that Americans kinda frown on slurping food, but we don’t mind if you slurp so loudly the BFF chefs can hear you!

Traditionally, pho is a breakfast food, but you can eat pho any time of day. BFF isn’t open for breakfast, but you can always get a bowl to go and save it for tomorrow morning.

 

No Two Phos are Alike

Be sure to ask the waitress at BFF if you have questions about the fixings. Pho is meant to be adventurous and no two phos are ever alike. You’ll have to play with the mixtures of spices and seasonings to find your perfect bowl of pho. Ask our bartenders what would pair well with your next bowl of pho-pho-fun!

Learn about other dishes we have to warm your soul here.

 

By Leslie Radford

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