Where to Find the Best Pho in Vietnam – a gastronomic list that will lead you to the prime places for a bowl of Pho.
Pho is one of the most common dishes in Vietnam, your trip is never complete without grabbing a bowl.
There are tons of places where to find the best Pho in Vietnam and you can start your search for the perfect bowl from this article.
Hitting the first spot on this list of where to find the best Pho in Vietnam is Pho Thin. It is located alongside peaceful Lake Hoan Kiem, where numerous Hanoians do their morning callisthenics, defines “hole in the wall” with its dark dining room, stainless-steel tabletops and wooden benches.
Its most distinguishing characteristics is the broth with a noticeable redolent of smoky ginger and the noodles absorb its flavor without becoming mushy.
Opened in 1949, the shop is now run by the founder’s eldest son, who closely guards the family recipe.
Address: 61 Dinh Tien Hoang, Hanoi
Pho Gia is known for its deep-colored broth, cooked in a fire pit in the alley adjacent to the kitchen. A familiar sight at the shop are illegally parked scooters outside where shop staff would try to call out.
Inside, a cook with a cleaver makes quick work of the brisket and the pho is very northern-style—no plate of sprouts and leaves, just a tiny bucket of hot sauce and another of garlic-laced vinegar to emphasize the soup’s clean flavors. Come early—they usually sell out by 10AM.
Address: 49 Bat Dan, Hanoi
A restaurant that has been on business for quite sometime – Pho Hoa has created a legacy out of their Phos. It has garnered a huge reputation out of its Pho, the broth recipe here is a family secret which helps create a little mystique around the flavours.
Served with your bowl of pho is a plate of deep fried bread called quoy.
Quoy is actually of Chinese origin but it is finding favour as a daytime side dish. One of the most notable pho in Pho Hoa is beef tendon – packed with a chewy and succulent texture.
Pho Hoa is on Pasteur Street in District 1, with two floors and air-conditioning upstairs.
Address: 260C Pasteur Street, District 1, HCM
Old but gold nestled in a previously Chinese section in District 5. Its streets and sidewalks echoes with the bustling sound of scooters and merchants at night.
The hand-molded beef balls are a highlight in what is one of Ho Chi Minh City’s best bowls of Pho.
Address: 413-415 Nguyen Trai, District 5, HCM