Phở (or Pho) is Vietnam’s national dish which is famous all over the world. This authentic, nutritious and delicious food has attracted not only Vietnamese people but also tourists traveling to our country. Although Pho originated in North Vietnam, today you can find Pho shops everywhere in Vietnam. You are traveling to Ho Chi Minh city (or Saigon) and want to taste the best Pho. Now I’m going to share with you 10 best Pho in Ho Chi Minh city, including long standing Pho shops and new Pho chain.
1. Phở Dậu
Address: Alley at 288 Nam Kỳ Khởi Nghĩa street, District 3
Come to Phở Dậu, you will have chance to taste the original Northern style Pho which is served without vegetables, black soy bean paste, beef ball. Pho is served with onion pickle, small bowl of beef blood. The broth is clear and tasty. Phở Dậu has lasted over 50 years and been one of the best Pho in Ho Chi Minh city. Although the Pho shop is located in a small alley at 288 Nam Kỳ Khởi Nghĩa street, it’s always crowded.
2. Phở Hòa
Address: 260 Pasteur street, District 1.
Phở Hòa is listed as one of the best places to eat in most Ho Chi Minh travel guide books and famous with foreigners. It couldn’t be miss in the list of best Pho in Ho Chi Minh city. Phở Hòa serves Southern style Pho with a lot of veggies, bean sprouts, chili paste and youtiao. The bowl of Pho is big and full of Pho noodle.
3. Phở Minh
Address: Alley at 63 Pasteur street, District 1
The 60 year old Phở Minh is located in a small alley and serves Northern style Pho. Phở Minh is a part of Saigon cuisine in the part. In recent days, the Pho shop is one of the best places to eat Pho in the city. It’s spaceful with old tables and chairs. Escape the hustle and bustle city, customers come to this calm and peaceful place to enjoy the traditional Pho. Elders come there to go back in time and others come to try the original taste of Pho at this shop.
4. Phở Cao Vân
Address: 25 Mạc Đĩnh Chi street, District 1
The owner is Mr. Tran Van Phon, who is 90 years old, went South from the North to sell Pho on his Pho rolling cart. Phở Cao Vân was opened in 1952 and has been one of the best Pho in Saigon with its special recipe. There you can order a small bowl of egg to add into the Pho bowl.
5. Phở Lệ
- 370 Nguyễn Trãi street, District 5
- 303 Võ Văn Tần street, District 3
Phở Lệ is one of 10 Best Pho In Ho Chi Minh city. The 45 year old Phở Lệ serves Southern style Pho. There are many choices for you such as beef ball, rare beef, boiled beef, beef brisket, beef plate, beef tendon… The shop is spaceful, comfortable and always crowded.
6. Phở Tàu Bay
Address: Alley at 433 Lý Thái Tổ street, District 10
Phở Tàu Bay is one of the oldest and most famous Pho in Saigon. The shop is located in a small alley but it’s always crowded. Most customers are middle- aged. Opened in 1954, Phở Tàu Bay has experienced many ups and downs throughout the years. Pho at this shop originated in Nam Định province (in North Vietnam). Previously, Pho was served without veggies, bean sprouts, black soy bean paste but red sauce, fish sauce and lime. In recent days, returned customers will be surprised because there are veggies served with Pho. Two things that shouldn’t be missed to talk about Phở Tàu Bay are ceramic spoon and fat sauce. It has been said that it’s tastier to eat Pho with ceramic spoon.
7. Phở Kỳ Đồng – Pho with chicken
Address: 14/5 Kỳ Đồng street, District 3
Phở Kỳ Đồng serves Pho with chicken which is delicious and special with chicken broth. Come to Phở Kỳ Đồng, you will have chance to taste flavorful Vietnamese garden chicken. There you can order a Pho with chicken brisket, chicken drumstick or chicken wings…
8. Phở Hùng
- 302 – 304 Võ Văn Kiệt street, District 1
- 371 Hai Bà Trưng street, District 3
- 243 Nguyễn Trãi street, District 1
Phở Hùng is special for its broth which is cooked from beef bone and many kinds of vegetables. Tender beef and fresh veggies are a plus of this Pho chain.
9. Phở Bắc Hải
Address: 25 Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai street, District 1
Phở Bắc Hải is one of the most popular Pho shop in Saigon because of not only the flavorful taste but also reasonable price. The Northern style broth is extremely delicious. You can come there to enjoy a Pho with youtiao.
10. Phở Hồng – Gia Lai dry Pho
Address: 71 Cửu Long street, District 10
Dry Pho is a signature dish of Gia Lai province and it has been a favorite of Saigon people. Lightly cooked Pho noodle and ground pork, fried onion is served in one bowl. Boiled beef (or beef tendon, beef brisket, beef ball), green onion, black pepper and special broth are served in another bowl. You also have a plate of lightly cooked bean sprouts, salad and Asian basil to eat with the dry Pho.
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