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Try adding garnishments to your pho, but a little goes a long way

The garnish of vegetables and herbs allows you to customize your pho.
The garnish of vegetables and herbs allows you to customize your pho. Special to the Sun Herald

Perhaps the crowning touch to any good pho is the vegetable and herb garnish it comes with.

Pho is always served with a side dish loaded with cilantro, sliced jalapeno peppers, slices of lime, bean sprouts, basil and mint and a few more things.

You will also almost always find fish sauce and sriracha on the table, so the options for mixing and matching are almost endless.

If you are a pho pro, then you have already figured out the exact recipe for your garnish.

Try tearing up a few of the herbs, a squeeze of lime and a pepper or two, but a word of caution: too much sriracha can ruin it all. Just be careful, add a few ingredients, and then taste. Add a few more until you get it just the way you like. For me, its lime, basil, jalapeno and bean sprouts, that’s it.

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