Hi everybody -
Anyone have a line on Northern-style pho? Not that I don't love the Southern iteration, but I've been chasing the flavors I loved so much in Hanoi, to no real avail. Plus, it's always nice to have another option to suit your mood.
Thanks in advance for any tips!
Can you say more for those of us who like pho but wouldn't recognize different versions as northern vs. southern? What makes it northern-style?
The broth tastes quite a bit different to me. It's more straightforwardly beefy, but with star anise/clove tones - not so much the perfumey herbiness of Southern pho. And in my experience, the noodles were wider and the broth clearer. There's also no use of basil or bean sprouts - green onion and some cilantro are there, but they're already in the broth, rather than on a tray to add as you choose. Also sometimes garnished with really thinly sliced white onion. Limes, red chilies, maybe fish sauce for add-your-own condiments (no Hoisin or Sriracha). Just thinking about it is making me a little more desperate.