Pho easily has to be one of my favorite meals. Definitely was not always the case though! My brother solemnly swore that even if I didn't like it at first I would find myself craving it in about 6 months. He was more than right; he was spot on.
Normally the broth is created with ginger, cinnamon, cloves, garlic, and fish sauce all stirred in beef or ox-tail liquid. Rare beef pho is my favorite. I season with a healthy squirt of hoisin and soy, a heaping handful of sprouts and about 1/3 of a lime.
There is also basil, and if you prefer the heat Sriracha and jalapeños by the plateful. If you are lucky enough to frequent a Pho restaurant that offers "Central" pho you would be a little silly not try it.
Usually it is promoted as a "spicier" version of the original. This is deceiving wording though. Does it have more of the spices? Yes. Is it actually spicy like jalapeños ? Absolutely not. I honestly think it is just a condensed version of the normal pho.
This central version is wonderful for those of you who might have thought the soup was a little bland. I hope this post has inspired you to try something new. Have you tried pho? What's your favorite concoction ? The possibilities are endless.