BANH PHO (RICE NOODLES)
There are three types of banh pho. The first is a dry, packaged version. The second are semifresh noodles that require refrigeration; these have a chewy bite and are what most pho restaurants use. And there are noodles that are fresher still, delicate and ideal for slurping, but intended to be consumed the day they’re made. You’ll find these super fresh noodles in delis and markets in areas with large Vietnamese populations; in those same communities, pho restaurants offer the noodles as banh pho tuoi. And even if you don’t see them on the menu, it doesn’t hurt to ask: some restaurants have banh pho tuoi available only upon request.