Best places to enjoy Pho in Hanoi
Pho, (pronounced FUR) for a very long time now, has been considered the delicacy of Hanoi cuisine and known as one of the best foods in the world. It’s always an irresistible attraction to any traveler who would like to discover the Hanoian eating culture. That’s why people say “No trip to Hanoi is complete without eating a bowl of pho”. Besides, Hanoians eat pho for breakfast as it’s so delicious and full of nutrients to keep you energized for the entire morning. Pho restaurants are scattered along virtually any street. In this blog, we would like to give you some best places to enjoy Pho in Hanoi.
1. Pho Thin
Pho is arguably Vietnam’s most iconic dish. It’s a Vietnamese noodle soup made with four ingredients – clear stock, rice noodles (called bánh phở), meat (beef or chicken), and a few herbs. From humble sidewalk stalls to upscale restaurants, you can find Pho everywhere in Hanoi. First and foremost, we would like to recommend Pho Thin.
Opened in 1979, the restaurant’s owner Nguyen Trong Thin found a novel way to add flavor to classic pho in Hanoi (beef pho). Instead of simply boiling the beef, he decided to stir-fry it with garlic before adding it to the soup. Moreover, this minute innovation added new flavor components to the dish, turning a traditionally gentle stock into a more richly layered broth.
Here’s our beautiful bowl of pho bo (Pronounced FUR BORE) smothered in green onion. This is typical of northern Pho in Hanoi. In the south, they use bean sprouts and a wider variety of fresh herbs. The broth in southern pho is typically sweeter. On our table at Pho Thin were a few bottled condiments like fish sauce and chili sauce that you can use to add more flavor to your Pho in Hanoi.
Address: 13 Lò Đúc, Ngô Thì Nhậm, Hai Bà Trưng, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Operating Hours: 6AM-8:30 PM, daily
Expect to Pay: VND 50,000 per bowl
2. Pho Bat Dan
Any local citizen of Hanoi knows Pho Bat Dan due to its long queue throughout the day. The best flavor of Pho Bat Dan will be definitely worth the wait. Additionally, the beef inside Bát Đàn’s pho is fresh, cooked to perfection and well sliced. The broth is sweet, all thanks to the beef bones being carefully stewed for hours. It’s exactly how you would describe an authentic bowl of best pho in Hanoi, hence what makes Pho Bat Dan become a must-visit restaurant for any Pho lover.
Established for almost 70 years, Pho Bat Dan is known not only because of its excellent Pho in Hanoi but also for its unique queuing culture, which has been occurring for decades and was a part of popular culture during the 80’s. However, the most interesting point is that no one seems to become impatient but rather calmly waits for their turn. It’s a self-service restaurant, so you must wait for your turn and take your self-served food to your table, there’s no waiter to do it for you! Our tip is to always have at least one other person to go with you here. One will wait to order whilst the other goes inside the restaurant to reserve the seats for both.
Address: 40 Bat Dan street, Hoan Kiem district.
Operating Hours: 6 AM – 10:30 PM, daily
Price: 30,000 – 50,000vnd/bowl.
3. Pho Ly Quoc Su
There are three branches but the best Pho in Hanoi, according to local eaters, is the original restaurant, located at number 10, Ly Quoc Su street. Pho in here is delicious with lots of choices to serve all customer’s preferences. A huge plus of Pho Ly Quoc Su is the flavorful broth, thanks to the carefully selected ingredients. The beef here is always fresh and tender. Pho Ly Quoc Su also has positive feedback for its crunchy sticks of cruller, which helps to elaborate on the taste of your hot bowl of Pho.
1: 10 Ly Quoc Su street
2: 42 Hang Voi Street
3: N2A Hoang Minh Giam Street
Price: 60,000 – 85,000vnd/person. It’s not cheap but rather average in price for a popular authentic Hanoi pho brand.
Opening hours: 6 AM to 2.30 PM and 5.30 PM to 10 PM, daily
4. Pho Vui
Pho Vui is located on Hang Giay street, within walking distance of the Old Quarter. If you have an opportunity to visit Hanoi and stay in this area, don’t forget to try a bowl of Pho in Hanoi.
Besides, Pho Vui also specializes in selling beef noodles in many variations: half-done steak, well-done steak, brisket with flank and fillet beef, etc… The broth is very flavorful and somewhat fatty, the noodles are soft, the bowl also has a lot of onions. Pho in here is always highly appreciated by Old quarter residents.
Address: 25 Hang Giay, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
Price: 60,000 – 85,000vnd/person. It’s not cheap but average for a popular authentic Hanoi pho brand.
Opening hours: 7 AM to 10 PM, daily.
Here is our brief blog about the best places for travelers to eat Pho in Hanoi.
Pho in Hanoi – Best places to enjoy – Written by My Anh
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