The Pho Phenomenon
Within the last year, Pho (pronounced F-uh), a traditional Vietnamese soup consisting of broth, rice noodles, herbs and meat or vegetables, has become the new fad. Men and woman have been going crazy over this hearty soup, but the most common question is why?
Some may argue that pho is so enticing because it is a rather large, filling meal, packed with tasty sodium, but still maintains a low calorie count. Traditionally served, pho contains a large bowl of broth which is made up of beef stock, fish oil, ox-tail, and other Asian spices. The broth is encompassed with a great serving of rice noodles, which cook in the broth, and lastly a protein is added. Normally, beef is served over this steaming bowl, but trends of chicken, pork, seafood, and even steamed carrots and broccoli have begun to show up in this piping hot and delicious entree.
While some enjoy this meal plain, many add bean sprouts, lime juice, green onion shreds, raw jalapeños for a kick, and some basil leafs. Lastly, for extra flavor, bottles of spicy red Siracha, and black Hoison sauce are available on each and every table, so customers may add spice and sweet as they please. If you have a real taste for spice, ask your waiter or waitress for chili sauce, which is basically a mush of red pepper flakes and chili, but be sure to add it to your bowl in small quantities if you are unfamiliar with its spicy potency.
There is no question as to if the soup itself is delicious, because it simply is, but there are a plethora of delicious meals in the world, why does pho take precedence over these other options? Why are families of all shapes and sizes, choosing small Vietnamese restaurants over their neighborhood Applebee’s or Olive Garden? There is simple a fad, a trend, a popular taste for pho. It is somewhat unexplainable, but nonetheless amazing and easy to hop on the bandwagon with this delicious meal.
Homemade Pho Made Easy
After trying Pho at so many different Vietnamese restaurants, I figured it was time to try it out for myself, at home! There are SO many recipes to choose from, from the basic pho to a homemade bone-broth base. I almost always go to Pinterest first for recipes, because they give you a huge range and an eclectic variety of recipes to choose from.
Vegetable Pho Recipe
I decided to do a Vegetable Pho, skipping the meat and adding extra toppings instead. The ingredients I used consisted of:
- 6 cups Beef Broth
- 1 yellow onion, sliced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 Tbs. Olive Oil
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- Rice Noodles
- Green onion, chopped
- Bean Sprouts
- Jalapeño, sliced thin, not seeded
- 1 Lime, sliced
- Sriracha Sauce
In a small pot, bring water to a boil, and add the rice noodles. Cook to directions, drain, and set aside for later. In a large pot, heat olive oil on medium-high, and add the sliced onions, garlic, salt and pepper, stirring until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes. Once fragrant, add the broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for 10 minutes.
To prepare your toppings, slice the lime, the green onion, and jalapeño. I make sure to slice the jalapeño very thin, so I have better control over the kick I add to my soup. Once everything is prepared, and the broth has simmered for about 10 minutes, it’s time to create your masterpiece! I love spicy food, so I always top it off with Sriracha Sauce for an extra kick.
This recipe is a very basic version of pho, and is so incredibly easy and delicious. This recipe can be done with meat as well, by simply adding thinly sliced chicken or beef, cooked for about 3 minutes before being added to the broth. It’s such a great soup for rainy days, sicks days, or even lazy days!
I would love to get some feedback or insight as to what readers would like to see on my blog, so feel free to comment!! Have a PHO-nominal day!!!