Pho is a rich, spicy soup perfect for a cold, winter day

Pho is a rich, spicy soup perfect for a cold, winter day

Pho is a rich, spicy soup perfect for a cold, winter day

On these chilly days of January, there is nothing better than a bowl of soup, piping hot and delicious, to warm up the winter soul, and today’s feature recipe is sure to do just that.

Pho, pronounced “fuh” (not “foe” like I often hear it misstated), is a dish that has a history and lore as rich and fluid as the broth with which it is made. My first experience with this simple and magical soup was living in Chicago on the north side of the city where a lesser-known Asian neighborhood, 20 years ago, was home to many traditional Vietnamese, family-owned restaurants and grocery stores. Just off of the Argyle Red Line L stop my best friend, Doan, who was born and raised in Vietnam, and I would recount the fun we had the night before over a steaming hot bowl of pho alongside an extra strong Vietnamese iced coffee – just the ticket for brunch after a late night.

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