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Pho Vietnam, widely known as Vietnamese noodle soup, is a highlight of Vietnamese culinary. It is also considered as one of the most popular street food in almost all big cities of Vietnam such as Hanoi, Halong, Nam Dinh, and Ho Chi Minh City. Up to now, there has been no dish can represent the essence of Vietnamese cuisine like pho.

Despite looking simple outside, Pho has the fascinating complexity of textures and flavors. Normally, pho Vietnam is made of rice soft noodles called “banh pho”, some slices of meat, traditional herbs and is served with consommé which is made by simmering bone of the chicken, pork or beef. Vietnamese people love eating pho for breakfast, lunch, and for dinner. Thanks to its nutrition, reasonable price as well as wonderful taste, Pho Vietnam now appears in many corners all over the world. Especially in 2014, pho Vietnam was recognized as one of best must-try 40 dishes on the planet by the famous magazine Business Insider. In addition, 12 years earlier Pho Vietnam was named as the “next Asian dish of the day” by the Los Angeles Times.


1. Where did Pho Vietnam really come from?

Up to now, there have been a lot of arguments about the history of Pho Vietnam. The most popular one believes that pho Vietnam came out at the beginning of the 20th century. Some people think that pho Vietnam came from Nam Dinh City. Meanwhile, many people insist that pho Vietnam appeared for the first time in Hanoi where this dish made it golden reputation.

In the term of the origin, there are two different opinions. The first one believed pho Vietnam originated from a Cantonese food in Guangdong Province, China. The other opinion asserted that it was a successful variant of French beef stew which was combined with Vietnamese traditional herbs. Pho is also believed to be a variant of an old dish called “xáo trâu”. Despite such arguments, pho was widely believed to appear to be a major part of a culinary life of urban people in the French colonial period.

In conclusion, Pho Vietnam is a harmony combination of features of three different culinary including French, Cantonese, and Vietnamese culinary. And the Vietnamese factor plays the major part. Vietnamese people didn’t create Pho for themselves. However, it’s Vietnamese people that have inherited, modified Pho, and then brought it such golden reputation all over the world.

2. Pho Vietnam has inherited & developed the traditional cuisine

At the beginning of the 1950s when the French Colony divided Vietnam into 2 parts, Pho made its way to Saigon in South Vietnam. Then, Pho started to have a lot of variants. Up to now, there are three distinctive pho cultures which shaped by the Vietnamese turbulent history including Phở Bắc (Northern Recipe), Phở Huế (Central Vietnam Recipe), Phở Sài Gòn (Southern Vietnam Recipe). Generally, Pho Bac is characterized by the taste of salty. Pho Bac remains purity and rusticity that reflects the sensibilities of the Hanoian.

Meanwhile, Pho Vietnam in the south often tastes sweeter, spicier because the South people prefer sweet. The rice noodle of Pho Saigon is thinner that of Pho Bac. When making it way to the South, Pho became more customizable with the special condiment, variant sauces, and piles of fine herbs and vegetable. Therefore, Pho looks more polished and colorful which is more like the capitalist city being a rising star.

The soup itself tells you so much about Vietnamese culture

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In the beginning, there was only beef Vietnamese noodle served with beef brisket, beef plate, beef shank, tenderloin which were done to a turn. After that, people enjoy pho with rare beef tenderloin, chicken, and pork. Besides, there are many delicious dishes made from the Vietnamese rice noodle which are popularly welcomed such as stirred noodle, fried noodle ( phở xào), deep-fried noodle (phở chiên), browned noodle (phở rán), and so on.


Pho reflects the essence of Vietnam – an agricultural country

The main ingredient of pho is the soft noodle which is thoroughly made from the rice. Vietnam is an agricultural country for thousand years; therefore, rice plays a vital part in the normal life of people as well as the development of the country. Eating rice and cuisines made from rice such as noodle soup (phở),  bun (bún), steamed roll rice pancake (bánh cuốn), and sticky rice cake (bánh chưng) becomes a highlight of Vietnamese cultures. In addition, pho is typical cuisine due to its purity and its harmony combination of many traditional ingredients which is characteristic of Vietnamese cuisine. Pho is also served with many special herbs which can be hardly found anywhere but Vietnam. Last but not least, when enjoying pho people often drink some small cups of rice wine which is also a specialty of the agricultural countries.

Pho Vietnam The delicious Vietnamese noodle is a product made from rice. Source:

What’s more, it’s the ritual thing that eating pho in the early morning gets the foreign visitor to the groove of what Vietnam is about. Vietnam is a morning country. It’s also a country of hard-working farmers who wake up early in the morning to grow rice and contributing to the development of the Vietnamese agriculture.

Vietnamese people eat pho all day long

Thanks to its delicious taste, nutrition, and reasonable prices, Pho is a favorite of Vietnamese people all day long. Vietnamese people eat pho as breakfast, enjoy pho at noon, choose pho as a snack after the hard working day, and drop in a small restaurant to enjoy a hot bowl of Pho with their friends when the night has fallen.

Pho Vietnam journeyonairVietnamese eat Pho anytime in day. Source:

Pho is cooked and sold in every corner of Vietnam. From the busy city to the peaceful village can you find a vendor of pho. Pho is served in both luxury and mediocre restaurants. In addition, it’s easy to find you countless vendors and food stalls serving pho along the street and even in the commercial buildings. In big cities like Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Danang there are a great number of open-air storefronts along the street selling pho from the early morning until midnight. They often sell Pho to the middle night to serve some workers coming home late at night.

Vietnam is the rising star with the economy used to be described by Bloomberg as the as one of the fastest-growing markets in the world. As a consequence, the number of businessman and busy people increases quickly and steadily. To save time and stay healthy, those people often drop in the nearby restaurant to have lunch and many of them choose pho. This fact opens more and more opportunities for pho vendors to develop and meet the growing demand.

Pho is considered the culinary rhythms

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It’s not a coincidence that people call Pho the culinary rhythms of Vietnam. Behind its special name is a story. In the past, in some small cities and little town, you also can find some people carry on their shoulders “a small restaurant” full of things to serve Pho. Now, people often use a vendor trolley. To notify people of their appearance, those food vendors often make the street cries and make the sound “Clang, Clang”. Such normal sounds have imprinted in the mind and soul of many people and reminded them of the home country.

Pho helps people warm up in the cold days

In a tropical monsoon climate like Vietnam, the best time to enjoy a hot bowl of pho is the morning or in the midnight. If it happens to you to travel to Vietnam from the end of October to the beginning of April, don’t forget to visit Hanoi to enjoy the cold of this city. Then, take a seat near the warm flame and slurp the noodle which is hot, a bit chilly to warm you up. This experience will be memorable and helps you to understand more about the lifestyle of the people in Hanoi.

Pho helps people feel better when they’re sick

As mentioned above, Pho is a harmony combination of many traditional and healthy ingredients. The noodle made from rice is a good source of carbohydrate. In addition, the broth made by simmering the bone of beef, chicken or pork is good for health. Especially, pho is served with many fine herbs which are proved to be able of helping people feel better such as ginger, mint, and spring onion.

Pho is the essence of Vietnamese traditional cuisine. It not only contributes to the abundance of Vietnamese cuisine but helps many of Vietnam people to make money. Besides, Pho is also a pride of Vietnamese people. Nowadays, the Vietnamese has introduced Pho to global friends and brought pho into the worlds.


1. Phở chiên phồng – Crispy Fried Rice Noodle “Pillow”

To make crispy rice noodle, people cut the rice noodle layers into many equal three-by-three square. Then they quickly deep-fry the rice noodle in hot oil until the rice noodle has deep golden color on all sides and inflates like a pillow. Afterward, people cure beef meat with spicy, garlic, and other sauce and condiment. Then, they stir-fry beef meat quickly with colorful vegetables and soy sauce. Finally, they put the crispy rice noodle pillow on the plate and then put the stir-fried meat on the rice noodle.  This variant of this Pho Vietnam is very crispy, savory and delicious.

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Where to eat Pho Chien Phong – crispy rice noodle in Hanoi

  • Phở cuốn Hưng Bền – Hung Ben Restaurant
    Address 1: No.33 Ngu Xa Street, Ba Dinh Dinh District, Hanoi
    Address 2: No.26 Nguyen Khac Hieu Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
    Price: VND 20,000 – VND 55,000
    Open Hours: 09:00 – 22:00
  • Phở cuốn Hương Mai – Huong Mai Restaurant
    Address 1: No. 25 Ngu Xa Street, Ba Dinh Dinh District, Hanoi
    Address 2: No.108 Tran Huy Lieu Street, Giang Vo Ward, Ba Dinh Street
    Address 3: No.23 Nguyen Thi Dinh Street, Trung Hoa Ward, Cau Giay District
    Price: VND 30,000 – VND 60,000
    Open Hours: 09:00 – 22:00
  • Phở Tuấn – Pho Mr. Tuan
    Address: No.10 Ho Van Chuong Street, Dong Da District
    Price: VND 45,000
    Open Hours: 07:00 – 22:00
  • Phở cuốn 19 – Pho cuon No.19
    Address: No.19 Ngu Xa Street, Ba Dinh District
    Price: VND 45,000 – VND 60,000
    Open Hours: 09:00 – 22:00
  • Phở Chiên Giòn Khâm Thiên – Crispy rice noodle Kham Thien
    Address: No. 206 Kham Thien Street, Dong Da District
    Price: VND 40,000 – VND 66,000
    Open Hours: 09:00 – 23:59
  • Phá Lẩu Trung Tự – Pha Lau Trung Tu Restaurant
    Address: No. 101B-B2 Trung Tu, 46A Pham Ngoc Thach, Dong Da District
    Price: VND 50,000
    Open Hours: 09:00 – 22:00

2. Phở xào – Stir-fried rice noodle

This variant of Pho is much easier to make than crispy rice noodle. People just heat oil in the pan, add onion and stir-fry until they smell good and turn translucent. Put the rice noodle until it’s really heated up, then seasoning to enhance the flavor. After that, they stir fry beef meat which is cured with ginger, garlic, leek, and celery. The vegetable stir-fried with the beef varies from recipe to recipe. Phở xào or stir-fried rice noodle is fattier but still yummy and worth trying.

Where to eat Phở Xào (Pho Xao) – stir-fried rice noodle in Hanoi?

  • Phở Cuốn Bảo Minh – Bao Minh Restaurant
    Address: No.114 Tran Vu Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
    Price: VND 20,000 – VND 55,000
    Open Hours: 09:00 – 22:00
  • Phở rán lòng xào Nguyễn Siêu – Fried rice noodle with stir-fired giblets
    Address: No. 10 Nguyen Sieu Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
    Price: VND 35,000 – VND 66,000
    Open Hours: 19:00 – 23:30

3. Phở chua Lạng Sơn – Sour Rice Noodle Soup, a specialty of far Northern Vietnam

Phở chua (Pho chua) is a little more complicated to make than other variants of pho. The ingredients to make Pho chua includes Vietnamese rice noodle, sweet potato, char siu, pork liver, fried spring onion, peanut, cucumber, Chinese sauce, and Xung Xa which is the specialty of Lang Son – the province in far northern Vietnam.

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Where to eat Pho chua in Hanoi?

  • Pho Chua Nguyen Huu Huan
    Address: No.87 Nguyen Huu Huan Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
    Price: VND 40,000
    Open Hours: 09:00 – 23:00
  • Pho Chua Lang Son Huynh Thuc Khang
    Address: No. 18 Huynh Thuc Khang Street, Dong Da District, Hanoi
    Price: VND 25,000
    Open Hours: 09:00 – 22:00
  • Pho Tron Chu Ngot – Thinh Hao Restaurant
    Address: No.72 Thinh Hao Street, Dong Da District, Hanoi
    Price: VND 25,000 – VND 40,000
    Open Hours: 06:30 – 14:30

Where to eat pho chua in Saigon?

  • Pho chua Lang Son – Nguyen Thien Thuat
    Address: No. 242/101 Nguyen Thien Thuat Street, Ward 02, District 03, Ho Chi Minh City
    Price: VND 25,000 – VND 40,000
    Open Hours: 15:30 – 23:30

4. Phở khô Gia Lai – Dried Rice Noodle, a specialty of Central Vietnam

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Phở Khô (Pho Kho) represents the essence of the culinary culture of Gia Lai Province in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. The difference of pho Kho is that the rice noodle and broth are served separately. The rice noodle is thinner and longer. When put into the boiled water, the rice noodle is a bit tender instead of being soft and soggy like other rice noodles. There are two main types of Pho Kho including chicken dried noodle and beef rice noodle. Chicken dried rice noodle is served with shredded chicken meat, stir-fried chicken giblet, chopped fried pork, and pork rind.

5. Phở Cuốn – Vietnamese Spring Roll

To the foreign people, Phở Cuốn (Pho Cuon) or Vietnamese Spring Roll is much more popular. Unlike other variants of Pho, the spring roll is no need to cook. All the things you have to do to enjoy spring roll is used hand to roll the rice noodle layer with the pre-prepared ingredients. A typical spring roll often includes stir-fried beef meat or pork meat depending on your choices, pineapple, green banana, green mango, star fruit, soft rice noodle (bún), and many types of fresh herbs. Vietnamese spring roll is used with very special sauces made from shrimp. If it happens to you to visit Vietnam, don’t miss out to try preparing Vietnamese spring roll and enjoy it by yourself.

Where to eat Pho Cuon in Hanoi?

  • Phở cuốn Hưng Bền – Hung Ben Restaurant
    Address 1: No.33 Ngu Xa Street, Ba Dinh Dinh District, Hanoi
    Address 2: No.26 Nguyen Khac Hieu Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
    Price: VND 20,000 – VND 55,000
    Open Hours: 09:00 – 22:00
  • Phở cuốn Hương Mai – Huong Mai Restaurant
    Address 1: No. 25 Ngu Xa Street, Ba Dinh Dinh District, Hanoi
    Address 2: No.108 Tran Huy Lieu Street, Giang Vo Ward, Ba Dinh Street
    Address 3: No.23 Nguyen Thi Dinh Street, Trung Hoa Ward, Cau Giay District
    Price: VND 30,000 – VND 60,000
    Open Hours: 09:00 – 22:00
  • Phở Cuốn Bảo Minh – Bao Minh Restaurant
    Address: No.114 Tran Vu Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
    Price: VND 20,000 – VND 55,000
    Open Hours: 09:00 – 22:00


Pho provides you with an interesting lens to look into Vietnamese cuisine. To enjoy the fullness of the flavor of Pho, Vietnam, you should eat pho like a typical Vietnamese person. To do so, let’s follow all the steps below:

Step 1: Find a food vendor or food stall serving Pho.

You can trust the suggestions of the locals because “Look for where the ladies eat. They know where the good food is” is a right quotation.

Step 2: Take a seat and pace yourself.

Such these restaurants often extend out to the sidewalk with the small plastic chair and squat tables; therefore, you need to be quick enough to find a comfortable seat.

Step 3: Choose what types of Pho to eat.

If you have no idea, let’s have the check on this list:

  • Chicken Noodle Soup (Phở Gà): served with chicken meat (brisket) which is shredded, the chicken leg which is sliced.
  • Rare Beef Vietnamese Noodle Soup (Phở bò tái): Noodle soup with the slices of rare beef
  • Pho tai nam: Noodle soup with slices of both rare beef steak and beef flank
  • Well done Beef Noodle Soup (Pho chin): Noodle soup with slices chewy, tender lean beef brisket
  • Meatball Noodle Soup (Pho bo vien): Noodle soup with springy beef meatballs
  • Spicy Noodle Soup (Pho cay): Noodle soup with slices of beef meat and a lot of special spicy sauce
  • Pho Sach Bo: traditional oodle soup served with beef tripe
  • Seafood Noodle Soup (pho hai san): Noodle soup with many types of seafood such as shrimp and crab

Step 4: Enjoy the bowl of pho like a Vietnamese.

When the service staff brings the noodle to you, get ready by cleaning the chopstick and spoon by tissue and the juice of the kumquat. It sounds weird but almost Vietnamese people do so. Then, squeeze the lime on the spoon, remove all the lime seeds, and sprinkle the lime juice onto your bowl of Pho. You also need to add some chopped chili, spicy sauces, and the mixture of garlic and vinegar. You can add some fish sauce to make pho saltier.

Then, hold the chopsticks in one hand, hold the soup spoon in the other hand, then mix the noodle quickly and get ready to enjoy it.

Let’s start enjoying Pho with a sip of broth. Then take a deep to feel the sweet, fatty of the broth. Remember to be careful because the broth is very hot and sometimes very spicy if you put too much chili and sauce.

Pho tastes much better when it’s hot so that you should enjoy it immediately. To keep your tongue from being scorched, you should slurp the noodle instead of waiting for it cools down like the Western people often do. The Vietnamese calls slurp “húp”. When slurping, you take the noodle quickly into your mouth and the quick intake of air cools down the noodle rather than stopping and blowing on them. Slurping is sometimes considered as the impolite actions because slurping makes some weird and annoying sounds. But you don’t have to worry about it, most of both foreign people and Vietnamese people like slurping. Slurping is the most efficient way to eat the foods which is slippery like Pho. In addition, by slurping you can eat the noodle before it becomes soggy and over-soft.


1. Phở Gia Truyền Bát Đàn

Pho Bat Dan is one of the most famous pho brands in Hanoi. When mentioning Phở Bát Đàn, the first things coming to mind of people in the long line of people queuing in front of the restaurant to have a wonderful bowl of Pho. Phở Bát Đàn is much more crowded on the weekend. This restaurant attracts both foreign and Vietnamese people because it serves the truly traditional pho which retains the purity and essence of Hanoian pho recipe.

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Address: No.49 Bat Dan Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam
Tel: (+84) 246 683 3535
Types of Pho: Rare Beef Noodle Soup, Well Done Beef Noodle Soup, Rare Beef Flank Noodle Sop
Price: VND 30,000 – VND 55,000
Open Hours: 08:00 – 10:00 and 18:00 – 23:00

2. Phở Thìn – The 30-year-old brand of pho in Hanoi, Vietnam

Located at No.13 Lo Duc Street, pretty far from the center of the Old Quarter; however,  Phở Thìn is favored greatly by both foreign and Vietnamese people. Over 30 years, from generation to generation, Pho Thin has kept their traditional recipe. In addition to special broth, Phở Thìn tastes better than other recipes due to the fried beef. Slices of beef are fried quickly in the hot pan with ginger and many sauces. People favor Phở Thìn also because of delicious porridge.

Address: No.13 Lo Duc Street, Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi, Vietnam
Tel: (+84) 162 769 7056
Types of Pho: Beef Noodle Soup
Price: VND 40,000 – VND 60,000
Open Hours: 06:00 – 21:30

3. Phở Lý Quốc Sư, Hanoi, Vietnam

Phở Lý Quốc sư now has 5 restaurants in Hanoi. In addition Pho, Phở Lý Quốc Sư serves a wide range of tasty cuisines such as Beef Steak, Spaghetti, Japanese Tofu, salad, beef in black pepper sauce, and chicken hot-pot. If you want to enjoy pho, it’s better for you to visit the first restaurant in No.10 Ly Quoc Su

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  • Address: No. 10 Ly Quoc Su Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
    Open Hours: 06:00 – 22:00
    Price: VND 50,000 – VND 77,000
  • Address: No.42 Hang Voi Street, Ly Thai To Ward, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
    Open Hour: 06:00 – 14:00
    Price: VND 50,000 – VND 77,000
  • Address:  No. N2A Hoang Minh Giam Street, Thanh Xuan District, Hanoi
    Open Hours: 06:00 – 22:00
    Price: VND 25,000 – VND 66,000
  • Address:  No.112 C9 To Hieu Street, Cau Giay District, Hanoi
    Open Hours: 06:00 – 14:00 and 17:00 – 22:00
    Price: VND 35,000 – VND 55,000
  • Address: Floor 1, Times City Building, No.458 Minh Khai Street, Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi, Vietnam
    Open Hours: 08:00 – 22:00
    Price: VND 30,000 – VND 50,000

4. Phở Nhớ – Eat one time and remember forever

The name “Nhớ” (means “remember”) came from a compliment of an overseas Vietnamese person when visiting the restaurant and eating pho. Phở Nhớ was so good that made him shout happily “Eat to remember forever”. In addition to wonderful beef noodle soup, Phở Nhớ serves really delicious chicken noodle soup. Another good point of this restaurant is the reasonable price which is cheaper than many other restaurants.

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Address: No.27A Huynh Thuc Khang Street, Dong Da District, Hanoi, Vietnam
Types of Pho: Beef Noodle Soup, Chicken Noodle Soup
Price: VND 20,000 – VND 33,000
Open Hours: 06:00 – 22:00

5. Phở Bưng Hàng Trống – Eating pho Hanoi on the sidewalk

When eating Phở Hàng Trống, you will have a different experience. You will enjoy a bowl of pho on the squat table which is on the sidewalk. You will self-serve because there are only 2 people handling all the stuff of the restaurant. The price is reasonable and pho here taste so good. Enjoying a bowl of pho while, the people driving across, and admiring the beauty of Hanoi Old Quarter at night will be an unforgettable memory.

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Address: No.08 Hang Trong Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam
Types of Pho: Beef Noodle Soup
Price: VND 30,000 – VND 66,000
Open Hours: 15:00 – 22:00


1. Phở Dậu – An original Hanoi Pho at the heart of Saigon

Many Saigon people are passionate about original Hanoi Pho; therefore, many pho restaurants made its way to Saigon to try to retain their recipes to satisfy their customers. In term of pho restaurant which can keep the purity and the essence of Northern recipes of pho, the first pho brand crossing the mind of many people is “Phở Dậu”. In the past, Phở Dậu was widely known as “Phở Nguyễn Cao Kỳ” because it’s the favorite restaurant of Mr. Nguyen Cao Ky (Nguyễn Cao Kỳ)- South Vietnamese military and political leader. After nearly 60 years, Phở Dậu remains to be one of the best pho brands in Saigon. Phở Dậu has clear, savory broth. Unlike other pho restaurants, Pho here is served with pickled onion instead of herbs. Although this restaurant only opens for morning and the prices are pretty high, Phở Dậu has been overcrowded.

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Address: Residence 288, Alley 288 M1 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street, Ward 08, District 03, Ho Chi Minh City
Open Hours: 05:00 – 11:00
Price: VND 65,000 – VND 84,000

2. Phở Hòa  Pasteur – The Most favored pho restaurants of foreign visitors

Phở Hòa has served pho since 1975, on the Pasteur Street which used to be considered as “The Street of Pho”. Thanks to the special, traditional recipe which is remained through many generations, Phở Hòa is one of the oldest and most popular Pho brands in Saigon. Phở Hòa is also the most favored and highly recommended by the foreign visitors.

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Address: No. 206C Pasteur Street, Ward 08, District 03, Ho Chi Minh City
Open Hours: 07:00 – 22:00
Price: VND 40,000 – VND 73,000    

3. Phở Minh – The 60-year-old pho brand of Saigon

Also located on the Pasteur Street, the atmosphere of Phở Minh is totally different from that of Phở Hòa. Staying away from the hustle and bustle of the crowded city, Phở Minh is quiet and peaceful all day long. People like Phở Minh because when eating here, they have the feeling of living in a corner without any disturbance. The décor here is also very special, which remind people of the old Saigon of 60 years ago. Having served pho for more than 60 years, Phở Minh plays an important role in the beauty and development of Saigon cuisine.  Pho here is served with black sauce and red sauce due to being under influence of Chinese cuisine.

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Address: No. 63/16 Pasteur Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 01, Ho Chi Minh City
Open Hours: 06:30 – 10:00
Price: VND 40,000 – VND 55,000

4. Phở Ông Hùng  (Pho Mr. Hung) – Pho and the mixture of 10 special herbs

Thanks to the great broth made with high-quality beef bone together with ten types of herbs, Pho Hung satisfies every customer coming here. Pho Hung Restaurant has luxury, elegant, and clean space. In addition, the staff here is very friendly and professionally. In the hot days and inside a busy city like Ho Chi Minh City, a cool, comfortable restaurant like Pho Hung will be the wonderful choice for you to enjoy pho. Pho Hung serves a lot of types of pho such as chicken noodle soup, rare beef noodle soup, beef chunk noodle soup, mixture noodle soup. In addition, there are two variants of pho including fried noodle with beef (hủ tíu xào bỏ) and fried noodle with char siu (hủ tíu xào xá xíu).

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Phở Ông Hùng – Pho Mr. Hung

Here is the list of Pho Hung Restaurant in Saigon

District Address Telephone


No.290 Hai Ba Trung Street, Tan Dinh Ward (+84) 87 106 6637
No.10 Nguyen Thi Dinh Street, Ben Thanh Ward (+84) 87 106 6634
No.192 Nguyen Van Thu, Da Kao Ward (+84) 87 106 6635
No.190 Le Thanh Ton, Ben Thanh Ward (+84) 87 106 6638
Floor 4th, Bitexco Building, No.02 Hai Trieu Street (+84) 87 106 6654
Vincom Center B, No.72 Le Thanh Ton Street, Ben Nghe Ward (+84) 87 106 6610
No.80 Dong Khoi Street, Ben Nghe Ward (+84) 87 106 6660


No.40 Song Hanh Sa Lo Hanoi, An Phu Ward (+84) 87 106 6645
District 03 No.07 Cao Thang Street, Ward 02, District 03 (+84) 87 106 6600
No. 256B Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street, Ward 08 (+84) 87 106 6648
District 05 No. 682 Tran Hung Dao Street, Ward 02 (+84) 87 106 6653


No. H19/2 Nguyen Duc Canh Street, Park View Phu My Hung, Tan Phu Ward (+84) 87 106 6650
No, 05 Bui Bang Doan Street, Hùn Vuong 2-R13, Ward 07 (+84) 87 106 6657


No. 45 Le Van Viet Street, Viet Phu, Ward 09 (+84) 87 106 6646


No. 1213 Ba Thang Hai Street, Ward  06, (+84) 87 106 6645
No. 319 Ly Thuong Kiet Street, Ward 15 (+84) 87 106 6643

Phu Nhuan

No. 183 Dao Duy Anh, Ward 09 (+84) 87 106 6640

Binh Tan

No. 25-27 So 7 Street, Binh Tan Ward (+84) 87 106 6639

Tan Binh

No.18A Truong Son Street, Ward 02 (+84) 87 106 6636

5. Phở Lệ (Pho Le) – Best beef meatball noodle soup

If you love beef meatball, Pho Le is the greatest choice for you. For many years, this restaurant is famous for the meatball noodle soup (phở bò viên). The things make Pho Le different is the bowl of Pho which is incredibly big. Thanks to the well-done broth together with many types of fresh vegetable and herbs, you won’t feel fulsome after eating a big bowl of Pho. Unlike above restaurants, Pho Le serves pho of originally Southern recipes. When eating Pho Le, customers often enjoy with a bowl of chicken eggs and boiled beef blood.

Phở Lệ – Pho Le, Saigon
Price: VND 38,000 – VND 55,000
Open Hour: 06:00 – 01:00
Address 1: No. 413-415 Nguyen Trai Street, Ward 07, District 05, Ho Chi Minh City
Address 2: No. 303-305 Vo Van Tan Street, District 03, Ho Chi Minh City

6. Phở Tàu Bay – Pho Tau Bay

As its name suggests, Pho Tau Bay is famous for the quick and professional service. Pho Tau Bay only opens in the morning but always be crowded.

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Address: No. 433- 435 Ly Thai To Street, Ward 09, District 10
Price: VND 40,000 – VND 61,000
Open Hours: 06:00 – 11:00

In conclusion, Pho is not only a delicious cuisine but also a pride of the Vietnamese people. Pho represents the beauty of Vietnamese culinary culture and the symbol of the wholehearted chef. When visiting Vietnam, no matter what is your destination, no matter when you travel, and no matter how much money you have, let’s slurp a bowl of pho. Enjoying pho will make your trip to Vietnam full and memorable.

Peter Kastain is a travel blogger and an explorer based in Hanoi. After spending 2 years traveling around Southeast Asia, he found his love in the culture, landscapes, and people of Vietnam. His goal is to introduce the beauty of Vietnam to people around the world - the beauty which is so special through his eyes


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