In its most simplest form, pho is a mix of rice noodles, broth, a small portion of meat, and select additional ingredients. The story of how the Vietnamese-based dish though is so much more than simply what’s in it. As pho continues to gain popularity in North America, we thought we’d shine a light on not only the ingredients used to make it but the story behind it.
Pho is originally thought to have come from northern Vietnam, through a mix of French, Chinese, and Vietnamese cultures. In the early 1900s, the French occupied Vietnam and with this occupation, beef was commonly used in pho dishes. That’s because the French had an affinity for beef, making requests on the regular to have it incorporated into traditional dishes like pho. Prior to the French occupation, cattle in Vietnam were used only for livestock rather than for eating. Also, in this time, being so close to the Chinese border a lot of street vendors in Vietnam were in fact Chinese. Thereby, these three cultures were at the centre of how pho came to be.Read More