• Pho noodle soup, Hanoi Vietnam

    A typical day in Hanoi begins, or ends, with a steaming bowl of pho. Once described by the scholar Huu Ngọc as, “Vietnam’s contribution to human happiness,” pho is no less than a national treasure. The dish’s origins are shrouded in mystery but it is thought that the extravagance of the near-rare beef, cooked under the pour of the ladle, came from the French and the rice noodles and ginger spice migrated south from the country’s Chinese neighbors.

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