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What about to have a bowl of Phở in Saigon

Don’t be confused between noodles soup and Pho. There is not less than three kinds of noodles soups, for example: Bún, Hủ Tiếu, Phở… Each kind of noodles has it own various “branches” so it will take you quite a while to try all Vietnamese noodles. Let’s start with legendary Phở.
Pho-Beef-Noodles-2008 It’s not too difficult to order a bowl of Pho in Saigon since it is quite popular for both local people and tourists. Everyone likes Pho with a glass of ice tea for any meal in a day.

Just as popular and special as Pad in Thailand, you can easily find Pho anytime in any street food stalls, normal shops or luxurious restaurants as long as you can see “Phở” right on the panels in front of their shops or in their menu putting outside or even simplier, bowls of Pho serving obviously in street food stalls.
pho saigon But is it better to have a bowl of Pho in restaurant? Well, it’s easy to find and have a good Pho in Pho 24 and Pho 2000 but it’s not even close to the real taste and plus, it’s greatly overpriced for a bowl of Pho of 50,000 VND. My recommendation is to head a little out of city center, to nearby districts or at least out of the packbacker’s area, seek for a Pho shop, better a bit crowded for guarantee of popularity.
dsc01888 Here they are – a real menu with right-priced Pho, which is 25,000 VND and a bowl of real Vietnamese Pho. I have some suggestions:

  • Phở Lệ – 303-305 Võ Văn Tần, ward 5, district3
  • Phở Bình LCT – 07 Lý Chính Thắng, ward 8, district 3
  • Phở Quyền – 33, Hoàng Văn Thụ street, ward 15, Phú Nhuận district

Have a quick glance at menu, you will see a list of Pho with Vietnamese stuffs following for many types of Pho. Many tourists use “beef noodles soup” to indicate Pho in general but – to avoid any confusion – here are a few popular variants of Vietnamese Pho:

  • Pho Bo: beef noodles soup
  • Pho Bo Tai: noodles soup with thin slices of rare beef fillet
  • Pho Bo Vien: noodles soup with beef meatballs
  • Pho Sach Bo: traditional-style noodles soup with beef tripe
  • Pho Ga: noodles soup with chicken
  • Pho Hai San: noodles soup with seafood
  • The ultimate Pho dish – Pho Dac Biet contains every type of meat available in the restaurant

K5kwroq0PmSnd52571716466_62589c0e50_o PhoLien_Bun_Bo_Hue_Sach_ed_reduced pho hai sanP1060359 Since you’re eating Vietnamese Pho, why not make it Vietnamese eating style? A typical bowl of Pho consists of noodles (which is actually Pho), meat, finely chopped fennel and onion, and broth (Vietnamese people judge the taste of Pho by its broth).

There are additional options such as fresh herbal, a piece of lime and red pepper. So the style I mentioned involves these additional items. They prefer pinching the herbal off, then squeezing the piece of lime and adding a little bit red pepper. It’s as simple as that and your Pho is ready to be tried.
2006-01-6144-pho The last note: do not eat Pho with fork and spoon for simplicity and appropriateness.

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March 28th, 2014

I like phở very much

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