The Vietnamese have not traditionally eaten a lot of beef instead pork and chicken predominated. Cattle were more commonly used as beasts of burden as they were much to valuable to eat. However during the 20th century a new food called Pho Bo became popular, if fact it has spread globally for one simple reason, it is absolutely delicious.
Pho Bo is described in Wikipedia as a Vietnamese noodle soup consisting of broth, linguine-shaped rice noodles called bánh phở, a few herbs, and beef. This simplicity understates just how tasty a meal a bowl of pho is, it comes to the table without spices and you can add lime, chilli, soy and fish sauce to your liking. If you are feeling a bit sluggish there is nothing like a bowl of pho laden down with chilli to get the blood going again.
A bowl of Pho Bo from Pho Thien in Hanoi, reputed to be the best Pho restaurant in the city. I certainly enjoyed it, the breadsticks on the edge of the photo are Quay, they are dipped into the Pho and are also really nice when fresh.
As the people of Vietnam become more prosperous they are starting to eat a diet which is more westernised> I hope however that they always keep the traditional pho shops going as it is good fun perching on little plastic stool eating pho at a tiny table while the bustle of a busy city carries on around you.
I have made Pho Bo at home once, it was delicious. Next time it will be posted as a paddock to plate with the recipe included.