How to Eat Pho and Finding Your Own Pho - A Primer For First-Time Diners
Bear: So it's like the new chicken noodle soup to help cure your cold? Nice...
Love this website! I am currently sitting in my hotel room in the Old Quarter of Ha Noi drooling over this post about pho! I can't wait to try it!
Thanks for the great tips on eating pho!
Peter: You are one lucky man to be there to take in all the great foods and atmosphere! Enjoy!
Had Pho Chin today at Pho 10 on Hang Manh this morning garnished with 1 lime wedge and some chillies... WOW! what a treat! Recommend this to everybody! Can't wait to try Pho Ga when I get a chance.
Oh and I ate it like a pro with your tips! Cheers!
Peter: simple is good, don't you agree? with Northern pho, one does not need all the elaborate garnishes and sides.
OK, so biting off the noodles is a no-no. But, how then to deal with them?
With Italian spaghetti it is easy to twirl around your fork, but with chopsticks and pho, I can't. Help!
Hi Karen: Well you just slurp them in, that's what you do. If you are not into making slurping noise, then slurp quietly 😉 Yes it can be done. In the end, it's how you use the chopsticks to get them to your mouth first, the rest should be as natural and easy as a slight slurp to pull the rest of the noodle in. Alternatively, many people use their chopsticks to get just enough noodle onto the soup spoon (I must say the Chinese soup spoon is one of the greatest inventions of humankind) then the rest is also easy. Here's an illustrated version of what I just described: http://martha-teresa.blogspot.com/2010/08/how-to-eat-pho-starring-adam.html
If you ever wanted to learn how to slow down and eat deliberately, Pho with chopsticks is a perfect training ground! Take a couple of strands of noodle at a time and slurp them in.