PHÕ THE LOVE OF A GREAT SOUP

A VIETNAMESE HEALTHFUL DELICACY

Phō, pronounced (fuh), originated in the north of Vietnam in the early 20th century and primarily used beef bones to make the broth. A far more healthy version consists of a vegetarian broth, filled with rice noodles, sautéed ginger, tofu mushrooms, thin slices of red pepper, slices of green scallions, bean sprouts and heads of broccoli, which when stirred among the rice noodles, intensifies the flavor and adds to the delight of the meal.

  

Differing versions also will use cilantro, cinnamon basil and a chili paste to add a stronger flavor to the mix. Slices of lime for added flavoring are commonly served with the dish. A hearty meal for certain, it is one that satisfies both in flavor and as can be imagined, very much in line with diet.


Given the great number of Vietnamese restaurants in San Diego, it will not be hard to find one that becomes a longtime favorite