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The Anam unveils culinary journey dedicated to "pho"

Released at: 13:53, 04/12/2018

The Anam unveils culinary journey dedicated to "pho"

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"Pho Discovery" experience offered daily, with visits to purchase ingredients and then a cooking class.

by Doanh Doanh

The Anam has introduced a culinary cooking tour that delves into the rich origin of the famed Vietnamese “pho” and teaches budding chefs how to concoct the dish in a traditional and authentic fashion.

As part of the day-long “Pho Discovery” experience, a local cook will take travelers through local farms, markets and a noodle-making house to gather fresh ingredients before a cooking lesson at the chef’s quaint house in the nearby countryside.

The Anam’s “Pho Discovery” cultural cooking tour is offered daily from 9am and includes transfers, a tour guide, entry fees, coffee, a three-course meal including soft drinks and local beer, and recipes.

It is priced from VND1.36 million ($58) per person based on a family or group of five or six guests. Prices for smaller groups and families are available on request. Nightly rates at The Anam start from VND4.66 million ($200) for a Balcony Garden View Room.

The culinary journey kicks off with Vietnamese coffee at a local bakery, during which the chef talks guests through the history of “pho” from humble street food to worldwide phenomenon.

Guests can glean facts about the dish little known outside of Vietnam, including the differences between regional variations and its uses, including one as a cure for common colds and illnesses.

Groups then head to a nearby farmer’s market and herb garden to hand-pick ingredients before visiting a noodle-making house to see how “pho” noodles are crafted. The chef introduces guests to local farmers and artisans, translating fascinating insights into their trade and daily lives.

With straw baskets brimming with fresh produce, guests are then welcomed into the chef’s family home for the cooking class, during which a centuries-old “pho” recipe comes to life.

“So much is said and written about ‘pho’ but there’s still so much more to discover,” said The Anam’s founder and owner Pham Van Hien. “Like the iconic dish upon which it is based, our ‘Pho Discovery’ experience packs a punch and is an assault on all of the senses.”

Thought to have originated from the Nam Dinh - Hanoi area in Vietnam’s north under French colonial rule in the late 19th century, historians believe the term “pho” stems from “feu”, the French word for fire, and that the dish is an adaption of a beef stew the French introduced called “pot au feu”.

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