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Beef Pho, Chicken Pho, Men, Women: A Complex Relationship

June 28, 2014

It’s common knowledge that beef pho is the most popular pho. But at any given time, do you notice that men are likely to go for pho bo (beef pho) and women like pho ga (chicken pho) when given the choice? What about vegan pho? Many pho restaurants concentrate on making only good beef pho, and serve chicken and vegan pho only as an afterthought. Here’s how you understand your pho customers and serve what they want.

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How to Order Extra Bánh Phở Noodles With Your Pho

October 16, 2010

Here’s how you order extra pho noodles with your pho (audio files.) The best thing to do is to have bánh phở noodles added to your bowl in the kitchen before they pour in the hot pho broth. Some may prefer a side bowl of just blanched bánh phở at your table, but if you think about it, you’ll want the everything in the bowl when the broth is poured in. Here’s why.

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Quoc Viet Foods® Steadily Growing and Bringing Vietnamese Pho to the Masses

September 1, 2009

Quoc Viet Foods® specializes in manufacturing Vietnamese pho soup bases and other seasonings. The company is the first to use modern technologies to convert the traditional Vietnamese pho into convenient soup base form. If you’re looking for a quick pho recipe to make your own pho in less than an hour, it’s possible with pho products from Quoc Viet Foods. It’s a great option without giving up authenticity, taste and quality. Read more on how Quoc Viet Foods began its journey to bring pho to the mass.

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Thai Basil – The Siam Queen Takes Her Place in Vietnamese Pho

August 27, 2009

The basil family of herbs is one of the oldest and most commonly used herbs in the world. The variety known as Thai basil is no exception; it is utilized so extensively in Indian and Southeast Asian dishes that it is practically considered a vegetable rather than a simple herb. In Vietnamese pho, Thai basil has a prominent place on the plate of garnishes that are served along with the steamy bowl of broth, meat and noodles, giving a peppery and sweet taste at the same time.

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Banh Pho (Bánh Phở) – It’s All About the Square Noodles

June 13, 2009

Why is banh pho so important in a bowl of pho? One can say that pho is not pho without the correct banh pho rice noodles in it. You can eliminate the garnishing, but you cannot take banh pho noodles out of a proper bowl of pho. And you can’t have just few strands of banh pho floating in the broth, you have to have a whole lot of them. Here’s the run-down on the importance of banh pho in the pho dish.

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Quick Beef Pho Recipe with Quoc Viet Foods’ Pho Soup Base

June 6, 2009

Authentic beef pho recipes call for cooking the broth over a period of 3 or more hours. Properly done, this will get you the best pho broth the way it’s intended to be. But for those who want to take a shortcut and shave off a few hours, Quoc Viet Foods Beef Flavored “Pho” Soup Base is a great option. They’ve achieved converting the traditional Vietnamese products (including pho) into a convenient form.

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Bean Sprouts – Adding Crunch to the Savory Pho

May 19, 2009

Nowadays you can’t order pho without the plate of garnishing, which invariably include bean sprouts. Fans of Vietnamese pho have come to expect bean sprouts with their pho. Some even think that pho looks quite forlorn and incomplete without it. Pho and bean sprouts may look like an odd couple, but many pho eaters add them purely out of habits because it’s just natural to eat them together.

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Culantro in Pho – An Herb in a League of Its Own

April 18, 2009

Culantro is often mistaken for its cousin cilantro, another pho ingredient. While most pho connoisseurs like to add culantro to their pho, it is really an optional item and the amount added is left to the tastes of the diner.

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Pho Broth: The Soul of Vietnamese Pho

April 15, 2009

There’s no denying that the pho broth is the most important element of the Vietnamese pho dish. Pho broth is the soul of the dish. It is what makes the dish Vietnamese pho.

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The Importance of Garnishes for Pho

February 15, 2009

A good bowl of Vietnamese Pho can always stand on its own merit. Pho itself is so good that for many, especially for home cooked pho, there is no need for all the elaborate condiments and garnishes you’d get at a pho stall or pho restaurant. Garnishes for Pho is so important to the total pho experience that our rating system treats garnishes freshness and quantity as separate point earners. Here’s LovingPho.com’s rating system based on points on scale from 1 to 5, with 5 being best.

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