Frequent question: How do you pronounce Vietnamese pho?

Though the most common way to pronounce pho in Vietnam is “fuh” (like “duh”), some regions pronounce it more like “foe” and others stretch the word out into two syllables, according to Diane Cu, co-creator of the blog White on Rice Couple, via Chowhound.

Is it pronounced pho or fur?

While the origin of pho’s true pronunciation may be debatable, the pronunciation itself is not. Pho actually refers to the rice noodles, not the soup itself. Pho is pronounced “fuh,” no matter which why you slice it.

Is pho a Vietnamese word?

“Pho,” which first appeared in print in English in 1935, was borrowed from a Vietnamese word which was spelled “phở.” English speakers replaced the vowel with “o” but preserved the pronunciation as “fuh,” rather than “foh.” Another Vietnamese food word that was borrowed into English is “nuoc mam,” which refers to a …

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The term pho actually refers to the noodles, not the soup. There are hundreds of different soups found around Vietnam. But pho is made with pristine white rice flour noodles that are made daily and sold in markets.

What does the root word pho mean?

pho (n.) type of Vietnamese soup, probably from French feu “fire” (see focus (n.)) “as in pot-au-feu, a stew of meat and vegetables of which the broth is drunk separately as a soup” [Ayto, “Diner’s Dictionary”] which would have been acquired in Vietnamese during the French colonial period.

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