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Pho : A Vietnamese Delicacy: Background information when reading The Beauty of Humanity Movement

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The Beauty of Humanity Movement

A Novel

by Camilla Gibb

The Beauty of Humanity Movement
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    Mar 2011, 320 pages
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Pho : A Vietnamese Delicacy

In Camilla Gibb's novel The Beauty of Humanity Movement, Old Man Hung is the resourceful owner of a rickety pho stand, and, in many ways, he holds the community together throughout Vietnam's political turmoil, one bowl at a time.

Pho Image Pho (pronounced "fuh") is a Vietnamese rice noodle soup that is eaten at any time of day (breakfast, lunch, or dinner). It is usually made with some kind of meat - rare steak slices (pho tái), tripe (pho sách), chicken (pho gà), or often beef meatballs (pho bò viên) - and is served with basil, bean sprouts, fresh lime and hot peppers on the side. As noted in NPR's news story, Pho Sells, the clear, brown, flavorful broth is what makes pho particularly special; washed beef bones are traditionally cooked for eight to ten hours with charred onions, cilantro, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, and star anise.

Pho Stand Image According to an article in Taipei Times, it is "widely believed by linguists and word sleuths that the word pho is ...

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