Wondering what the difference is between pho and ramen? To the outsider, they may seem very similar but I can assure that there are a number of significant dishes.

Both pho and ramen are soup dishes that come from Asia, and both have a meat broth with noodles and vegetables. In recent years they have had a big boom in popularity in the West.

Pho (Phở) is a Vietnamese dish (pronounced “fuh”), consisting of broth, rice noodles, herbs, and meat. It is a very popular street food in Vietnam and is also served in most Vietnamese restaurants. As with many meals of a similar ilk, i.e. that feature a broth, carbs and the option for lots of veg, there are many vegetarian and vegan options available in the West, which is one of the reasons that it has become so popular (along with ramen and soba).

Beef Pho

Ramen (ラーメン) is a Japanese dish consisting of broth, wheat noodles, meat, and sometimes soy sauce or miso. Forget instant ramen, because ramen in Japan is completely different, made with fresh noodles and possessing hundreds of different varieties, with changes in the meat and vegetables used, as well as the broth ingredients.

Chicken Ramen