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The Australian Women’s Weekly Food Magazine - - Weekday What’s For Dinner? -

Ba­si­cally boiled beef strips, noo­dles and broth, pho is con­sid­ered the ul­ti­mate Viet­namese dish. But its ori­gins are a lit­tle murky. The most com­mon the­ory is that pho first ap­peared in Viet­nam in the late 19th cen­tury, when French coloni­sa­tion of the coun­try be­gan. Its name is widely ac­cepted as a cor­rup­tion of the French word “feu”, or “fire”, de­scrib­ing a Gal­lic beef stew dish called pot au feu, lit­er­ally “pot on the fire”. The Viet­namese em­braced it and made it their own.

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