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What is pho? The story of Vietnamese pho


Vietnamese people are proud to introduce to international friends about the rich and unique cuisine of our country, with “national spirit” dishes such as: Pho , Bun Bo, Banh Xeo, Bun Cha, Banh cuon… In particular, Pho is not only a delicious dish but also becomes a “culinary ambassador”, contributing to honor Vietnam’s culture with international friends.

The taste of this dish fully converges the quintessence of Vietnamese cuisine. Many international tourists come to visit and travel in Vietnam, in addition to discovering famous sightseeing places, everyone has once entered the restaurant, ordered a bowl of hot pho to enjoy. In English is “noodle” or called “Pho” , “phở việt nam”, “vietnamese pho”…

1.What is pho?

Pho is so familiar and popular that it can be eaten both morning, lunch and dinner. In particular, can be eaten with herbs, green onions and bean sprouts for more flavor.Vietnamese people can eat pho all day, for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dinner and even night.


Ingredients include: meats (beef, chicken), rice flour, dried onions, fish sauce, ginger, salt, and spices like cardamom, anise, and cloves. Some versions will include onion, coriander, scallion, and black pepper.


2.The history of “Pho”

The centuries-old journey of Pho has been summarized as below:

  • Period 1908 – 1930: Appearance and concentration pho image;
  • Period 1930-1954: Pho developed and reached its peak.
  • Period 1954 – 2000: Recognized a period of turmoil, giving pho a more colorful appearance
  • Entering the 21st century officially marks the period of integration, globalization and industrialization of Vietnamese Pho .

Pho has many variations in each region, pho appears everywhere along the length of Vietnam.

3.Ha Noi Pho

Ha noi Pho is the most famous. Northern cuisine Characteristic with a salty, rich taste, usually not strong spicy, fatty, sweet, Pho only adds a little coriander, a little hot chilli sauce and especially crispy hot cakes.


5.Sai Gon Pho

In Saigon, Pho is served with a variety of herbs such as basil, basil, hug vegetables, with raw or chili … Southerners tend to have a taste of sweet and sour because this is a place that is influenced a lot of Chinese, Cambodian, Thai cuisine, …. so in the way of seasoning Pho’s spices, both chili sauce and sweet black sauce are added.


6.Top “Pho” brands in Vietnam

A whole system of famous noodle brands in Vietnam. Such as  Pho 24, Pho Hoa (pasteur) , Pho Phu Vuong…best pho in ho chi minh city Ho Chi Minh and Pho Thin, Pho Bat Dan, Pho Ly Quoc Su,…in Hanoi. All are favored by international tourists.

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