We are pretty sure that people travel to Vietnam besides they want to discover the beauty of those ancient buildings with the length of over 4000-year history in which Vietnamese people had been bravely fighting for their independence; they also come here to enjoy the amazing gastronomy including a various diversity of food coming different parts of Vietnam. Pho Vietnam, therefore, has become one of the unique dishes that going to Vietnam without eating Pho noodles would make your trip incomplete at all. Originally coming from the northern region, Pho was gradually adopted by people from the south and created into a different version. The question is, have you tried to find where to take a seat and enjoy a delicious bowl of Pho yet?
A bowl of pho is basically a soup made of a clear beef or chicken based broth with flat rice noodles, herbs including green onions, ginger, and coriander, and thinly cut slices of meat, primarily beef or sometimes chicken. Not too heavy, it is a flavorful soup that is most commonly eaten for breakfast. Nonetheless, you will find pho served all day in Vietnam!
In Hanoi – The peaceful ancient capital city of Vietnam
Pho Bat Dan Gia Truyen – 49 Bat Dan Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi.
Located at the heart of the Old Quarter, this little shop has been here since the 1960s. Selling only beef noodle, a bowl of Pho here still retains the original taste when it was once introduced. Followers of this place are not the faint hearted. The broth is clear and rich with reduced goodness of bone marrow but is not fatty. The beef is tender and soft with a glowing pink hue.
When coming to the shop, one must follow the tradition: queue and self-served at the counter instead of waiting for the waiters to come to you. If time is of essence, it is not recommended to eat here since it might take a while standing in line during high time. It can cost around 50,000 to 70,000 to dine here (around $2.5 – $3.5 a bowl). Having walked for all day night under the warm sunlight with a little bit cold of Hanoi weather, it would not be more perfect than to sit down and enjoy the steamy heat from the Pho bowl and unique recipe of Pho Ban Dan.
In Ho Chi Minh City – where everyone is busy with their jobs and the atmosphere seems to be quite exciting day and night!
Pho Phu Vuong – 120 Nguyen Thai Binh, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
If you did try Hanoi Pho, why not try another version which is Southern Pho to see how different they are! The most famous store selling Pho in Saigon will always be Pho Phu Vuong, a popular place located in District 1 and also District 3. As the banner said, Pho Phu Vuong is like a combination of the northern recipe and the southern one that once trying it, you would recognize the traditional taste of Pho Hanoi but also the favor of Pho Saigon blended into a bowl of Pho Phu Vuong. One point for this store is that you would be impressed with the cleanliness of that place together with many air condition equipped bring the best experience to tourist especially foreigners who have never been to Vietnam before.
On the wall of the restaurant were huge boards showing the different cuts of meat. Equally noticeable throughout the restaurant were mentions of “serving 100% of beef” on the menu, napkins, and posters on the wall. Another point is that if you take a look at the menu, you will notice that there is a large selection of pho made with different cuts of beef including skirt steak, flank steak, brisket, and for more adventurous eaters, you have cuts like tendon, tripe, and beef blood. Now you can freely choose what kind of beef you want for your own Pho bowl!
Opening every day from 7 AM to 10 PM with the reasonable price from 50,000 to 70,000 VND, you can arrange your time and pass by this famous brand to catch the traditional favor of Pho Vietnam, one of the unique dishes in Vietnam!