Vietnamese Pho @ Save One Market

Vietnamese Pho (pronounced Fuh) is the national dish of Vietnam. It is an aromatic, nutritious, and delicious rice noodle soup containing lots of fresh herbs. 

Pho originated in the early 20th century in northern Vietnam, apparently south east of Hanoi in Nam Định Province, then a substantial textile market. The traditional home of pho is reputed to be the villages of Vân Cù and Dao Cù were according to villagers, pho was eaten long before the French colonial period when it was popularized.

Pho was originally sold at dawn and dusk by roaming street vendors, who shouldered mobile kitchens on carrying poles. From the pole hung two wooden cabinets, one housing a cauldron over a wood fire, the other storing noodles, spices, cookware, and space to prepare a bowl of pho. Pho vendors kept their heads warm with distinctive, disheveled felt hats called mũ phở.

In the aftermath of the Vietnam War, Vietnamese refugees brought pho to many countries. Restaurants specializing in pho appeared in numerous Asian enclaves and Little Saigons, such as in Paris and in major cities in Canada, the United States, and Australia.

Pho is listed at number 28 on "World's 50 most delicious foods" compiled by CNN Go in 2011.

The variety available at Save One market comprises of Vietnamese White Sausage, which is delicious and far nicer than most Thai sausages which tend to be very fatty, full of rice and let's be honest not very tasty. It is joined as is usual in Vietnamese cuisine, by lots and lots of herbs, a quality stock which is cooked for 12 hours, medium sized noodles (although glass noodles are also available) and good pieces of minced pork. Fatty pork and liver is also available but I stayed away from them.

Serve yourself additions included crushed nuts, bean sprouts, sugar (a Thai addition), dried chili flakes and cooked blackened chili (another Thai addition me thinks) which can obviously be added to taste.

Everything in the pho was fresh and wonderfully cooked, the overall taste was a delight and the amazing thing is that a huge portion, and I really do mean a HUGE portion costs a staggering 45 Baht which has to make it one of the best value delicious meals to fill you up in Save One Market, if not in the whole of Korat.

Price: 45 Baht

Address: Save One Foodcourt, Save One Market, Korat

Directions: just around the corner as you head away from the main market from Save One Pizza shop which most Farang know. If you can't find it ask any if the stallholders, it's the only place doing authentic Vietnamese Pho in the market.

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