I love a good bowl of noodles, especially when the broth is rich in flavour. I have always had my Vietnamese beef noodles in Malaysian restaurants, and I instantly fell in love with 'pho' the first time I had it.
So when I was in Vietnam, I decided that I needed to try the local cuisine. And what better way than to scout through the local streets (I swear there is something about the street food in Asean countries that are just so amazing!).
All these while I have been pronouncing 'pho' as how it is spelt... until a friend of mine explained that it was 'phir' and not 'foe'.
I walked into a local pho shop, and the smell of the brewing broth is simply tantalising! Apparently stock of beer or chicken bones are cooked constantly with cinnamon, star anise, and ginger in hot liquid- and so, the broth would always be simmering.
As I awaited for my beef-ladden pho (I recall how it is called- "pho bo") to be served, I noticed how quiet the stall was. Very unlike in Thailand a year back, where the noodle stalls were always busy and noisy (in a good way). In Vietnam, customers are always immersed in their good bowl of pho as they finish every last drop of the broth and noodles!
When the huge bowl arrived my table, I could not help but catch the great whiff of aromatic herbs and spices that was emitted by the broth.
The rice noodles (also known as vermicelli) were gelatinous and chewy- the combination of the noodles and the flavourful soup was so in sync with one another! Oh, and the generous slices of beef chunks... yum!
I used to have them with beef balls back in Malaysia.
Many Vietnamese locals have pho as a breakfast meal to start of their day... the bowl of pho definitely helped me kicked start my tour in Vietnam as well!
I would recommend this restaurant to: Budget travellers, Group of friendsTags: Vietnam, Vietnamese, Pho, beef, bowl, soup, food, noodles, restaurant, broth, dish, meat, Hanoi, Pho Bo, restaurants, spring rolls, Vietnamese restaurant, pho, ingredients, noodle soup