The Importance of “95”
95 is not just a number, but an inspiring symbol that has kept our family motivated and together. More specifically it is the year that our family first immigrated to the United States. This number means a lot to our family and is something that has been around since the beginning of our business. With that, we’d like to invite you to come share some of our strong family ties and enjoy a nice hot bowl of Pho 95!
Pho History – The Origins of Pho
Pho was born in Northern Vietnam during the mid – 1880’s. The dish was heavily influenced by both Chinese and French cooking. Rice noodle and spices were imported from China; the French popularized the eating of red meat. In fact, it is believed that “pho” is derived from “pot au feu” a French soup. Vietnamese cooks blended the Chinese, French and native influences to make a dish that is uniquely Vietnamese.
From North to South
The popularity of Pho spread southwards starting in 1954 when the country was divided into North and South Vietnam. As the dish moved south, cooks infused it with additional ingredients until it evolved into the version that is commonly served today.
Regional Pho Variations
The origins of Pho as a Northern dish that spread South explains the key differences between the Northern and Southern variations. Northern style Pho tends to be simpler and is made with less ingredients. There are fewer cuts of meat and small slices of ginger are laid on top of the soup. The Pho is served without bean sprouts or herbs. Instead, it is accompanied by green chilies and lime only. Southern style Pho is a complex dish made from a dozen ingredients. Bean sprouts, fresh basil and saw herb are typically served with each bowl. As with the Northern style Pho, green chilies and lime are used as condiments.
If you are Vegan and dying to have pho look no further. When I decided to take on the diet I knew it wouldn't be easy but at last I have found gold. Their vegan pho is so good. Loaded with veggies and great flavors often lost when you take out the bone broth and other meat options. I am not sure there is really any other option so tell your friends this is the place to go. The thai ice coffee is also a strong, sweet treat that is fun to put together table side. And the bobo avocado tea (for those who do dairy) delectable. I never have any issue walking right in and having a great meal!