Definition of pho
: a soup made of beef or chicken broth and rice noodles
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Recent Examples of pho from the Web
The cafe serves a variety of Vietnamese dishes but is named for its signature, a beef pho (noodle soup).
Lilly's Cafe on Magazine Street got a shout-out for its pho.
More than 200 vendors set up stalls at Santa Anita Park June 30-July 2; chow on all manner of insanely Instagrammable foods like cold noodles, egg waffles, corn in a cup (?), pho tacos, and so, so much more.
The Vietnamese rice noodle soup pho, which, in our tour guide's opinion, isn't the city's main delicacy.
With chef Sam Phounsavat at the helm, the restaurant, now called Q88, will specialize in fare such as pho and sushi.
And halfway through, half of them left to find a place for Vietnamese pho for $2.
Or, more likely, most of them needed to pay the rent and an $8 bowl of pho wasn’t going to cut it.
The menu includes traditional pho, the Vietnamese noodle soup, plus a handful of grilled dishes and Thai basil fried rice options.
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Did You Know?
Pho, which first appeared in print in English in 1935, was borrowed from a Vietnamese word which was spelled phở. English speakers replaced the vowel with "o" but preserved the pronunciation as "fuh," rather than "foh." Another Vietnamese food word that was borrowed into English is nuoc mam, which refers to a type of fish sauce that is fermented in brine. In that case as well, the original Vietnamese word had accent marks that were lost on the journey into English. Nuoc mam was recorded in English just a few years before pho arrived.
Origin and Etymology of pho
First Known Use: 1935See Words from the same year
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