Understanding the ingredients
- Mung bean sprouts: These are a common ingredient of East and Southeast Asian cuisine. They can be added to provide some extra texture or crunch to your bowl of Pho.
- Lime: Juice from a fresh lime wedge can be squeezed into the broth to taste.
- Thai basil: This is another extremely common ingredient in Vietnamese cuisine. Adding Thai basil into your Pho will provide it with extra fragrance and and flavor.
- Hoisin or Sriracha: Either of these condiments can be added to Pho to enhance the spice or sweetness, depending which sauce you choose. They also both serve as great dipping sauces for the protein in your Pho.
Use the Right Utensils
Understanding the various ingredients and how they can enhance your Pho is a huge part of enjoying it. However, you’ll also want to make sure you’re using the right utensils in the right way. Traditionally, one should consume Pho using chopsticks or a fork in their dominant hand, and a spoon in their non-dominant hand. The chopsticks or fork are for picking up the noodles, protein, and other solid ingredients, while the spoon is used to drink the broth.
One final note on utensils: You may want to have an extra bowl or small plate on hand to lay your chopsticks in between bites. It can be considered rude to leave your chopsticks sitting in the bowl when you are not actively eating.