24 Jan '13, 5am

Pho-nomenon eh @lejacq @emmavkemp

Pho-nomenon eh @lejacq @emmavkemp

HANOI - In Hanoi, it is a truth universally acknowledged that the best pho noodle soup is found in the grimiest restaurants, where the staff are rude, the queues long, and the surroundings spartan at best. Pho, a simple soup of beef broth, herbs, spices and rice noodles, emerged some 100 years ago in north Vietnam and has since acquired a global following, beloved by French celebrity chefs and cash-strapped American students alike. But in Vietnam eating pho is akin to a religious ritual - as the late writer Nguyen Tuan said - and the humble dish, which can be found on every street corner in the capital Hanoi, is integral to people's daily lives. "I have been eating here for more than 20 years," Tran Van Hung told AFP as he stood shivering in Hanoi's damp winter chill in the queue at the Pho Thin restaurant. "The staff here is always rude to me. I'm used to it. I don't care...

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