Wednesday, October 7, 2015
HCMC Foodie Trip: The One with Pho
But sorry folks, if you came here looking for my recommendations for the best pho in Ho Chi Minh City, you are out of luck. Having spent only a few days in a city that I have never been before, I can't possibly pretend I have suddenly became expert in the whole Saigon food scene and tell you where the best places to eat are. I am no good at even being half-convincing. However, I could share with you a few spots I happened to try and like.
I am sure one spending a few hours in front of the computer will learn everything they need to know about the history of pho, the difference in style based on geographical region etc etc, so I am not going to do the cut and paste of those and gave you a lecture. But most of us living outside Vietnam are probably more familiar with the southern style, characterized by a richer broth, thinner noodles and fancier garnishes, given the mass exodus of South Vietnamese immigrants to the western world during the war, bringing with them their hometown cooking to wherever they ended up settling in.
The bowl of noodles at Pho Quynh was on the pricier side in this city's standard (around 60000 VND) - still cheap by all means - and with all things considered - location, comfort and food quality - this is probably my favorite place for pho in HCMC.
Pho Quynh: 323 Pham Ngu Lau, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Pho Hoa: 260C Pasteur Street, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Pho Le: 413-415 Nguyen Trai, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
"No Name" Pho Booth: Junction of Nguyen Thi Nghia and Pham Ngu Lao