Many tourists love Vietnam not only because of the majestic natural beauty but also by the great cuisine. The most typical dish that most foreign tourists know when coming to Vietnam is ‘Pho’. Why is it so famous? This article will give 7 reasons to prove this.
IT’S ACTUALLY PRETTY GOOD FOR YOU
Contrary to most delicious foods, one substantial serving of pho is usually less than 400 calories, which is pretty great considering that the calorie intake you’re getting is actually pretty nutritious, unlike those empty calories you would get from something like a cheeseburger. If you really want to go through a full-on healthy meal with your pho, look for a veggie option. The vegetables possible, from carrot to baby bok choy, can provide vitamins A through D, and if you opt out of your preferred meat, some vegetables also offer a lower-calorie source of protein.
IT COVERS ALL THE NECESSARY FOOD GROUPS
Pho is essentially a food pyramid in bowl form, if you think about it, as long as the fruit part of the pyramid has been replaced with a broth section. You’ve got your protein, with the beef or chicken or whatever meaty substance your local pho provider has chosen, even tofu for the vegetarians. Then, of course, you’ve got your carbs, in the form of those lovely, showered out rice noodles, there to give you some energy and fill you up all at the same time. And, of course, your fats and oils served up in the required low quantity within that “good enough to be a fruit substitute” broth. Just ask for milk as your drink wherever you go to eat it and you’re all set!
THE BROTH JUST SOAKS ANY BIT OF SPICE RIGHT UP
Although the broth of this tasty dish has little to no spice, the liquid state of the broth allows for maximum spice soaking capacity. Since most pho joints offer a variety of sriracha, chili oil, and other spicy additives, kicking the spice level up one, or maybe 10 notches, is as easy as a few squirts or drops. The hot broth soaks in every bit of the spice, unlike in situations involving meat, where one bite of hot wing is a spicy surprise and the next is just unseasoned chicken if you’re not careful. No, in this situation that broth welcomes every drop of spice down to the very bottom of the bowl that contains it, making this dish the perfect fit for adding some heat into your life.
IT JUST LOOKS GREAT
While I’ve been going on and on about how delicious pho tastes, it’s an absolute necessity to add that pho can just look so pretty too, especially for all you food bloggers out there. The white noodles just pop against the canvas that is the caramel coloured broth, and the slices of beef, fanned over the bowl of heaven, with the slightest bit of pink showing, are like little pink decorative pillows with a brown trim. Add the common bright green garnishes of lime, scallion, jalapeno or bird’s eye chili peppers, and you’ve got yourself a well-rounded meal both in nutrients and colours. Plus, you know you’ve gotta snap a pic of you and a friend slurping those pretty noodles up like the classy and totally refined duo you are.
Thankfully, at almost any pho restaurant you go to, one bowl of pho will probably cost you less than 5$. If the menu says it’s over 5$ and there’s no description, chances are there’s some fancy stuff in that Pho.
YOU CAN PRETTY MUCH FIND IT ANYWHERE
Now that it has grown so popular, restaurants boasting a specialization in pho are now almost as popular as your local Chinese takeout or pizza place. The trend became quite popular with the “hipster” scenes in towns like New York and Montreal, but since then almost every type of person living outside of Vietnam wants a taste of their famous cuisine, so restaurants have spread accordingly. Now, no one is saying that every single pho place you come across is going to be memorable, or even authentic, but if the trend keeps growing, perhaps in a few years there will be at least one that meets these standards close to all of us.
IT’S PERFECT IN ALL WEATHERS
Although all soups are great, especially in the winter, or on a cold rainy day when you just crave that warm feeling in your belly, pho has most of those other soups beat for its efficiency in the summer as well. While it does have that hot broth that can get you through a thousand winters, this broth is also very very light. It isn’t oily, like in most chicken noodle soups, or pureed, like in tomato; it’s just heavy enough so that it doesn’t feel like you’re eating seasoned water, but light enough to tide your hunger over in the summer if you’re not really bothered by its temperature. But who are we kidding? With its amazing flavour, how can one say no to that in any weather, even if the temperature does kind of bother them?
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