During my errands yesterday, I stopped by one of the many pho restaurants for a quick bite. Pho restaurants have become increasing popular and I can understand why. For seven dollars or less, you can get a bowl of delicious noodle soup with various kinds of topping. The rich, aromatic pho broth is prepared by boiling the beef or chicken bones for hours along with spices such as ginger, cloves, star anise and cinnamon. Pho is served with a side dish of items such as lime, bean sprouts, chilis and Thai basil leaves. Sauces such as hoisin sauce; a thick dark sauce, and the Thai chili sauce called SRIRACHA are also served with the Pho. This chili sauce is excellent in soups, sauces, pastas, or on anything else to give it a spicy taste. I like to use it in place of mayonnaise for sandwiches. It gives the sandwich the extra flavor and about 100 fewer calories.
For the same price as a typical fast food meal, Pho soup is considerably better for you; although some places do use MSG (monosodium glutamate) in making the broth, so make sure to ask if you don’t like MSG or is allergic. Next time when you are out and looking for something good to eat, try a bowl of Pho; the Vietnamese noodle soup.