I love Asian soups. But, I've never had Vietnamese Pho soup until this week. My friend and I visited the Short North and North Market in Columbus. In doing my webernet research prior to the visit I found out their was a Vietnamese food stall in the market. I've been researching recipes of Pho for a few weeks so I of course took the opportunity to get my first taste.
Very interesting. Pho is completely different than any other soup, or dish for that matter, that I've ever tasted. The beef broth was served with rice noodles and thin slivers of beef. On the side I was given a stem of Thai basil, a healthy portion of bean sprouts, a lime wedge and hoisen sauce. I also took advantage of the Sriracha hot sauce on the counter. The recommended way to enjoy Pho is to tear the basil leaves into the soup and top it with the sprouts. Thai basil is so different that Italian basil. It tastes like a combination of basil and mint. The crunchiness and flavor of the sprouts in the soup was very pleasent.
Now I've got to figure out where I can get about 5 pounds of beef bones without paying an arm and a leg so I can make my own version of Pho. If I'm going to have a true Pho experience in my house I have to at least make my own beef broth.
Food is so intriguing. I’ve always loved to cook whether it’s casual and simple or complicated and elegant. After living in the Midwestern United States all my life I find myself jumping between All-American foods and foods from other cultures. There is definitely a sense of comfort with cooking and enjoying food that I’ve grown up with.
I have a voracious curiosity to learn about all cultures, especially the Middle East/Mediterranean, Indian, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Thai foods. I’ve learned that a simple curry dish or an Asian dumpling can transform your mood and be just as much of a comfort food as the foods you’ve known you’re whole life.
It is fascinating to me how each culture has such a diversity of ingredients, and when used with different combinations and cooking techniques you can easily transform the same few ingredients into a multitude of dishes. The unfamiliar, the diverse ingredients and techniques, can be intimidating to many people. I’ve created this blog to chronicle and share my explorations in the kitchen so that hopefully you will want to start experimenting in your kitchen.