Nov 17, 2013 · 6:45 PM
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Pho opened in June 2005 as London's first Vietnamese street food restaurant. They're family run, small, informal and serve great value, deliciously healthy and authentically prepared Vietnamese food. They specialise in the Vietnamese national dish, pho, an amazingly tasty and nutritious noodle soup, as well as other wonderful Vietnamese foods.
At Pho, they like to keep it simple: their specialised menu focuses on a small number of Vietnamese street foods to ensure they have the time to make everything in-house from the highest quality ingredients delivered daily. Unlike traditional Vietnamese restaurants in London they don't serve any Chinese dishes or offer a mind boggling menu of choices. They don't buy in pre-packaged processed meatballs and frozen spring rolls - instead our Vietnamese chefs make everything using authentic recipes.
But what is Pho? Pho [fuh] is Vietnam's national dish. It's their national obsession - often referred to as the "soul of the nation". It's quite simply a delicious and nutritious noodle soup dish eaten every day by the Vietnamese for breakfast, lunch or dinner - or sometimes for all. It's the ultimate street food.
Pho began life in Hanoi - and while Vietnamese by birth was influenced by Chinese neighbours and the French colonists (pho sounds like feu, the French word for fire, as in pot-au-feu). As it travelled south pho developed subtle traits distinctive to the region - very much akin to Vietnamese cuisine as a whole. In the north pho is a more basic beef broth (pho bac) and there is little use of additional seasonings whereas in the south there's a more pronounced use of herbs, greens and chillies.
The good news is: the vast majority of their menu is gluten, egg & dairy free!
Note from Charlie: 'They use rice noodles, and potato starch on their squid and meatballs to bind them. They use rifle papers for their rolls. The main things to avoid Pandan pancake dessert, banana fritter, the xao with rice dishes. The soups and curry is fine and the bun and the pho xao dishes only contain a bit of soy but this can be omitted or if they have it, made with gluten free soy. Hoi sin sauce on the table has a bit of gluten in I understand also. The staff are well briefed to assist but if you get a new waiter that's training ask for the manager on duty who can advise you.'
Let's give it a try!
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