Pho is a Vietnamese noodle soup typically made with beef broth, rice noodles and meat, and flavored with spices like Saigon cinnamon, star anise, ginger, fennel, onion and cardamom. It's a popular street food, and can be eaten for any meal—even breakfast. Pho is served with plenty of fresh greens, herbs and vegetables, along with hoisin sauce or chile paste. We especially love chicken pho with lots of crunchy bean sprouts, sweet basil, lime wedges and thinly sliced jalapenos. Find this recipe and more in our spicy guide to pho.

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Spiced Beef Pho with Sesame-Chile Oil
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The rice vermicelli soup pho is a staple all over Vietnam and this spicy beef version is the specialty of Hanoi. At home in Connecticut, Marcia Kiesel often eats it for breakfast, as the Vietnamese do. "It's a perfect meal and an invigorating way to start the day," she says. She's tried innumerable phos but considers the recipe from Binh Duong, her co-author on Simple Art of Vietnamese Cooking, to be the best. Inspired by the pho served at Ana Mandara and the Hideaway, she tweaks Duong's recipe by adding an escarole garnish.