Thinking about Vietnam, you have to think about Pho – its specialty. It is a staple breakfast food, but any time of day, there are restaurants and street vendors serving the dish and many a contented soul crouching over a bowl and slurping the soup. Pho has the origin in Hanoi, so where better to try this dish than Vietnam? You can find it literally anywhere in Hanoi, and we’ve done our research and come up with this list of our favorite places to try best Pho in Hanoi.
Pho Thin is located a little away from the center of Hanoi Old Quarter, but which can prevent the residents here to come just to have a bowl of pho here. Serving their loyal and new customers for over 30 years, every bowl of pho served here still follows the consistency and never fails to delight its patrons. Pho Thin stands out from other pho restaurants because the recipe uses stir-fried beef instead of raw beef. Do not forget to order yourself some “quay,” dough sticks to dip into the broth and eat along with the noodles.
Pho 10 Ly Quoc Su
Thanks to its fame and pho goodness, this restaurant now has three locations in Hanoi. The best one is still the original location down Ly Quoc Su Street and, as usual, the pho bowls here are served to perfection. The broth is subtle with no one flavor overpowering the others; the noodle perfects and the meat tender. There are six different types of pho here, all with beef, and prepared in different ways. Go easy on the hot Sriracha sauce you find on every table; you don’t want to end up crying when you eat your meal. In addition to the good food, the service is so quickly (you can actually watch the pho cooker behind glass doors as they prepare the dishes in a swift moment), the prices are affordable, so no consideration Pho 10 Ly Quoc Su made it into our list.
Pho Gia Truyen
Right at the center of Hanoi, you can easily catch up with this shop. Don’t be distracted by the little stools and basic tables, this is the best pho joint in all of Hanoi and has been there since the ’60s, saving the same, consistent recipe that has remained unchanged. You can tell you’ve arrived at the right spot when you see half of Hanoi queuing outside to get a fix, and, when tablespace runs out, people eat perched up on their bikes. The only thing on the menu is beef noodles, and the broth here is clear and full of a subtle blend of many tastes. The beef is the right amount of tender and soft with a glowing pink hue, and no matter how many times you ask what their secret to the best bowl of pho is, it still a secret now!
Pho Suong has been established for many years, having earned a loyal customer base, like all famous pho restaurants in Hanoi. The pho here is nothing short of interesting, wonderful the broth, the noodles, the herbs, vegetables and the pieces of meat. Certainly, a steal at just VND $45,000 ($1.98), you can enjoy your meal here and then go off wandering down Dinh Let street past the art stores and souvenir and then to the lake where you can sit on a bench and digest. Pho Suong has the nicest interior in all restaurants in this list.
Located within walking distance of Hanoi Old Quarter, Pho Vui specializes in beef noodles in many cuisines. You can get medium-rare steak, well-done steak, brisket with flank and fillet beef, etc. The broth may be fattier than those served in other restaurants, but it is tasteful. Sit on one of the tables located on the sidewalk for a proper Vietnamese experience.
While traditional pho is made with beef, here you can get the modern adapted version with chicken. Opening only after the sun goes down, this location is famous among many young and trendy Hanoi youth, despite having to sit on the sidewalk on little child-sized plastic stools. You can opt for either the traditional soup-type pho or opt instead for the dry version of the pho, which is equally delicious if not more. Enjoy dinner here at least once and then go explore the rest of what Hanoi nightlife has to offer.