For eaters of Vietnamese cuisine or fans of Asian foods, they may not necessarily know the differences between pho and ramen. They are oftentimes compared for their similarities. What separates them is not oftentimes discussed. Here we hope to shed a little bit of light on what’s pho, what’s ramen, and how they differ.
Pho is a Vietnamese soup mixing together broth, rice noodles, herbs, and meat like beef or chicken. Ramen is a Japanese dish which uses wheat noodles served in a meat or fish-based broth usually flavored with soy sauce or miso. Ramen’s also known to use toppings like slice pork, scallions, nori, and menma to flavor it. A lot of the ingredients in pho and ramen both can be applied to the other, and are present in both Vietnamese and Japanese cuisine. Another similarity/difference is also in how they are cooked. Pho is generally made at a simmer in a clear base made from beef and which can be scented with ingredients like star anise, cinnamon, or ginger. Comparatively, ramen’s stock is generally darker, richer, and cloudier usually made from pork bones cooked at a rolling boil.Read More