Beef Pho (112)

Beef Pho with basil, lime, jalepeno, and bean sprouts.

Mmmm. Soup. I love soup.

Broth-based soups, creamy soups, chunky soups. It doesn’t really matter. I just love soup. But until today I had never tried the Vietnamese soup called Pho (pronounced fuh).

Pho is a beef and rice noodle soup served with traditional accompaniments of basil, lime, bean sprouts, and peppers.

The unusual thing about the soup is the broth which has a combination of cinnamon, anise, black cardamom, ginger, and other spices depending on the recipe. The flavor is a bit sweet but with the addition of jalepenos and/or red chile paste you can have a bit of spice if you like.

I am lucky to live near a little restaurant in Tucson called Pho 88. Pho 88 has been in business for almost nine years and I’ve seen it featured in the newspaper and a local food blog but had never tried it. Well, moving to a more central part of town has opened my eyes to new things and Pho 88 (less than two miles from my house) is one of them.

Pho 88 has thirteen different Beef Pho dishes along with many other menu options. For this visit I got the Pho Tai Bo Vien which is a rare steak and beef meatball noodle soup.

Since my order was for carry-out, they packaged the noodles, garnishes, and red chile to be added to the broth later.

I had enough to enjoy dinner last night as well as a full bowl for today’s lunch. Thank you Pho 88 for introducing me to this delicious soup!

Published in: on June 4, 2010 at 9:30 am  Comments (3)  
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3 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. pho! i miss it so much! i miss good noodles generally. scotland is devoid of them!

  2. Thanks for your comment Vai Ket. I really enjoyed this pho and hope you find something equally tasty in Scotland to make up for missing it. šŸ˜®

  3. food takes the stress of exams out of me, particularly good food. X) keep it up!

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