PHO: A NATIONAL DISH OF VIETNAM

Vietnam is a small country in Southeast Asia. In comparison with the United States, Vietnam is smaller than the State of California. Though small, it is a country which was established thousands years ago.

The county has three various regions: the North, the Central and the South and they have differ in climate, terrain and natural resources. These differences determine the kinds of food available and the cooking style of each region. The specialty of South Vietnam ( SAIGON ), is HU TIEU that is a rice noodle soup cooked with pork or chicken and served with raw bean sprouts. In Central Vietnam ( HUE ), is BUN BO HUE that is a spicy beef noodle soup with rice noodle. In North Vietnam ( HA NOI ), the specialty is PHO that is a healthy rice noodle soup cooked with beef. Pho is considered as a national dish of Vietnam.

There are varieties of beef noodle soups, depending on how you like to order. The main ingredients of PHO consist of: The broth made from beef bones, beef , rice noodle, and different kinds of spices as ginger, star arise, parsley, green and white onions, chopped or shredded. PHO usually is served with a side plate full of bean sprouts, basil leaves, lime and sliced PHO is consumed at any time of the day. It is believed by the people to be a very healthy dish. It is used to cured a fever or a cold. Treating illness with food is very common in Vietnam. Traditionally a cup of freshly brewed coffee with sweetened condense milk with ice is served after a hot bowl of PHO . PHO is considered as the most popular dish in Vietnamese Cuisine.

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