How to Eat Pho
There is no wrong way to eat pho. But according to pho experts, there is definitely a right way to enjoy this delicious bowl of noodles. We consulted Vietnamese food experts Andrea Nguyen of the award-winning cookbook, Into the Vietnamese Kitchen, Cuong Huynh of Lovingpho.com and Tom Huynh, a self-professed pho purist, to find the proper way to eat pho. So next time you’re at a pho restaurant, you don’t have to look like a newbie. (You still can but at least now you’ll know why.)
Here’s our no-fail guide to eating pho – the right way.
1. Pick your pho. This can be chicken, beef, meatballs or a combination of everything. As Andrea Nguyen says, pho is a “have-it-your-way” experience. There’s a bowl of pho for everyone. Find yours.
2. Appreciate the broth. Take in the fragrance, taste the broth, and do not add condiments just yet! A bowl of pho is a chef’s work of art. As Cuong Huynh notes, this process “helps you appreciate [the] poetry in a bowl.“ So before adding anything, taste the broth, then decide if you prefer something different. But “Please, for goodness sake, do not add sugar to your bowl. It’s sacrilegious,” pleads Tom Huynh.
3. Dig in, or change it up. If you like the pho as-is, dig in – chopsticks in one hand, soup spoon in the other. Otherwise, add condiments and sauces slowly. Taste how each addition changes the broth. Consider adding condiments as you go; for example, tear some Thai basil into the broth in the beginning, then midway and finally, as you finish your bowl of pho. Not sure how to work the condiments? Check out our Guide to Having Pho Your Way!
How do you eat your pho? Do you enjoy the broth as-is or do you add condiments? How do you make it yours? Comment below and enter to win Sprinkles cupcake mixes!