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Eating on budget-wise: Why pho is more budget-friendly than you think.

Updated: Mar 2, 2022

It’s a Wednesday night, and you come home after a long day of work. The mid-Feb weather is still chilly. You were craving comfort food - Something warm, full, meaty to restore your energy. And around the corner, there was a Pho shop. You step in, and the aromatic fragrance fills the air. The waitress places a big hot bowl of Pho in front of you with a basket full of herbs. You take a spoonful of soup, and in less than 10’, you’ve finished your bowl of Pho. What a wonderful meal you’ve not got in quite a long time!

You think for yourself, “This is the place. I’ll keep visiting this Pho store more often!” And here comes the check. “Wait a minute. It was 12$ plus the tips. It’s even more expensive than that Ramen you had last week. Isn't Vietnamese food supposed to be cheaper than Japanese food???”

Hold your horse before labeling Pho as overpriced. Let's break down what’s added up to the price of Pho? Why eating Pho is more budget-friendly than you think.

Pho - A comfort food bowl for your chilly weather

  1. A bowl of Finest Fresh:

The cardinal rule of culinary is: You must have the best ingredients to make good food. In the case of Pho, it means the freshest chicken or beef marrow has to be ready. The secret to a good bowl of pho lies in its stock. The broth is usually infused with fragrant star anise, clove, and cinnamon to lend a natural sweetness to the mix. Simmering for at least 3 hours for chicken broth and at least 6-8 hours for beef, you’ll eventually get the rich and aromatic broth.