Pho. It’s like comfort in a bowl. Make it a Chicken Pho and I imagine that this is the Vietnamese version of Chicken Noodle Soup. Except it has better depth and a different flavor pallet. Don’t get me wrong, some chicken noodle soup can be good…but if you gave me a choice of Chicken Noodle Soup or Chicken Pho…well, sorry America.
Growing up, my family liked to eat at a lot of different restaurants and try different cuisines. I am thankful for that and will always have warm thoughts about getting together and catching up over Dim Sum. So when I opened my Christmas gift from my cousin Abby, I was excited to find a copy of Vietnamese Home Cooking by Charles Phan. I was instantly drawn to all the beautiful photographs and once I started reading some of the stories behind the dishes, I couldn’t wait to try them all.
This Chicken Pho was the perfect cure to a bad case of the rainy day blues I was rocking earlier this week. I was down on myself and just couldn’t get out of my own head. So a little comfort food — even if it came in the form of Vietnamese comfort food — was just what I needed to de-funkify myself.
I love that with Pho, it can kind of be a make your own bowl of soup. With all the different toppings you can add, every persons bowl at the table can be a little different. I, of course, wanted to use ALL of the possible toppings…but some people might just want some crispy fried shallots and spicy jalapeños. Make it your own and enjoy!