What is Pho?
Pho can also be seen as a mirror that reflects Vietnamese heritage and way of life. A dish that is steeped in tradition, pho is closely tied to Vietnam that the history of pho can read as a parallel to the history of its country of origin itself in the last hundred years.
With the migration of Vietnamese across the globe after the Fall of Saigon in 1975, the national dish of Vietnam came to grace the tables of people of different heritages, thus leading to the colorful evolution of pho throughout the years.
For the Soup
For the Table
Thai basil leaves
Spicy Hoisen Sauce
Place chicken in a large pot with scallions, and ginger. Add enough cold water to cover the chicken by one inch. Bring to a boil over med ium high heat so water is simmering. Let stand for 25 minutes.
Just before the chicken is ready, prepare an ice water bath. When the chicken is done, take it out of the pot and put it in the ice bath. Let stand for 20 minutes, until you pull 4 cups of meat from the bones.
Bring chicken stock to a boil in a large saucepan. Arrange the basil, bean sprouts, lime wedges, and chile on a platter and place on the table.
Divide the rice noodles evenly among warmed soup bowls. Top each serving with about 3/4 cup of the shredded chicken, and divide the seasonings evenly.