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 restaurants and new Pho chains.
1. Phở Dậu
Address: Alley at 288 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia street, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City.
Come to Phở Dậu, you will havea 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, Ho Chi Minh City.
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, Ho Chi Minh City.
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 spacious 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 Mac Dinh Chi Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
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 Nguyen Trai Street, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City.
- 303 Vo Van Tan Street, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City.
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 spacious, comfortable and always crowded.
6. Phở Tàu Bay
Address: 433 – 435 Ly Thai To Street, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City.
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, Phở Tàu Bay serve its Pho without veggies, bean sprouts, black soybean paste but red sauce, fish sauce, and lime. In recent days, returning 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 Ky Dong Street, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City.
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 Vo Van Kiet Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
- 371 Hai Ba Trung Street, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City.
- 243 Nguyen Trai Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
Phở Hùng is special for its broth 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 Nguyen Thị Minh Khai street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
Phở Bắc Hải is one of the most popular Pho restaurants 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 Cuu Long street, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City.
Dry Pho is a signature dish of Gia Lai province and it has been a favorite of Saigon people. Phở Hồng serves customers lightly cooked Pho noodle, ground pork, and fried onion in one bowl, and boiled beef (or beef tendon, beef brisket, beef ball), green onion, black pepper, and special broth 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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