Noodle House brings a taste of home all the way from Vietnam to Ardmore

Beef Pho at Noodle House 12 -- before sauce and garnishes.

Beef Pho at Noodle House 12 — before sauce and garnishes.

With a history as rich as the broth it is known for, pho comes from mid-1880s cuisine in Northern Vietnam by way of Chinese and French influences. Primarily made with rice noodles and spices popular of the period in China, the slow-cooked soup took hold in Vietnam as French cuisine popularized eating red meat.

For Ly Hoa, bringing those historical and cultural influences to life in Ardmore is a dream come true. “It’s really important for a community to have diversity,” she said. Hoa is the descendant of many generations of pho and coffee shopkeepers from her home country of Vietnam. Her food, she said, is not simply influenced by Vietnamese cuisine and culture. “This IS my culture,” Hoa said.

Ly Hoa and her husband, Rick, preparing pho for serving at Noodle House 12.

Ly Hoa and her husband, Rick, preparing pho for serving at Noodle House 12.

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