7 Words You Might Be Saying Wrong
Before then, the Vietnamese rarely ate beef, but with the French, it became a major food item (although phở can also be made with chicken, called phở ga). The Vietnamese added noodles to the "pot" and then chopped off the "pot-au" from the classic French dish's name, and thus, a new all-Vietnamese classic was created. But others (particularly in China) trace the origins of "phở" to the beef-eating Chinese, with a Chinese word for noodles, fen, transmogrifying to "fuh" in Vietnamese. Whatever the origins, at least everyone agrees on one thing: It's not pronounced "fo."