I didn't know the proper pronunciation of this word was "pha" until just recently when I was watching The Next Iron Chef: Redemption. If the super chefs pronounced it this way, then it must be true right? Just to be sure, I wikipedia-ed it and yes, it's "pha".
Eating Phở is one of those things where you're like..its just noodles and broth. But then again, how can it be soooo good when it's only noodles and broth??? I thought you just threw a bunch of beef bones in a pot, fill it with water, add a little MSG and pray that great things happen to it. Just kidding, it's actually the spices that go in. Nothing special. It's exactly what you would find in a pumpkin pie plus a little cardamom, coriander, and star anise. Oh yea and some fish sauce makes it taste reeeeeal good.
I was skeptical during the cooking process but when it was done after 3 hours of vicious boiling, I was in heaven. I was so excited that I stupidly called my sister and was like "Anna! I invented Phở!!!" and she's "yea..okay Annie, that's definitely going on my facebook".