First off, my darling but not necessarily Asian Chilluns, it looks like you would say, “Fo”, but it is actually pronounced, “Fuh” with a rapid exhalation of air. Not unlike starting to say something naughty and then realizing the little ones are listening. Yeah, like that.
Secondly, if you have any experience at all with Pho, you might assume the only thing available is that lovely, complex broth and noodle concoction that warms the cockles of your heart. (Aside, what are cockles? Anyone know?) However, when it is 90 million degrees at noon, who wants hot soup?
There is so much more available! Pho Hut is a 5 minute walk from my office, so I am there pretty regularly. They recently lost their “hole in the wall” status when they expanded into the space next door and got matching furniture and wall coverings. Two of my absolute favorite dishes are banh mi, a delctable sandwich, and bun cha, a cold noodle dish.
Here is a picture of both.
The noodles are a thin rice vermicelli served with shrimp, a little barbecued pork, an egg roll and lots of vegetables. That little bowl of sauce/dressing is a spicy sweet garlicky bit of heaven that you mix in with all that loveliness and mix up like a noodle salad.
Did you know that Vietnam was once a French colony? And, in true Asian fashion, the Vietnamese people took the best of French concepts and made them uniquely their own. An example is the Binh Mi sandwich. Call me crazy, but I think the Vietnamese make the best French Baguettes. They fill these bad boys with an explosion of flavor and textures; grilled meats, pickled veggies, jalapeno peppers and cilantro.
Take a walk on the wild side- Pho is just the start.