I think I'm going to have to bend my "no hot soup in the summer" rule in order to make a batch of authentic chicken pho. Delicious! - Jaden's Steamy Kitchen
One of my favorite places for pho is Pho Y #1 in San Jose. The pho there is pretty great and the entire place smells amazingly of basil. However my favorite part of the experience is the menu. On the back of the menu there is an algorithm of pho service. I snagged a picture last time I was there, click on the picture for a larger view, and if you're having a hard time reading it, here's what it says:
Algorithm Of Pho Service
The Health-Concious Choice!
2. Prepare & Cook Bouillon for 8 hours - Beef steak, beef bones, water and special spices
3. Steam Rice Noodle - Best brand, approved by the US Customs & Health Dept
4. Slice Raw or Well Done Fresh Beef Steak - Approved by USDA in the market
5. Serve the above in a bowl - May be yours first, second, or third bowl ordered
6. Prepare side dish of fresh vegetable - Available seasonal
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A traditional Vietnamese noodle soup dish, consisting of rice noodles in a clear beef broth. Slivers of meat are usually placed on top at the last minute (cooking in the broth) and the soup is accompanied by a large plate of fresh ingredients (such as green onions, cilantro, peppers, basil, mint, lime, and bean sprouts). Many people also add sauces such as hoisin or Sriracha. Oh and it's pronounced "fuh," so yes, the place down the street called "Pho King" is really pronounced... well you know.