A Bowl of Phở Goes a Long Way

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Pho Hoa, 260C Pasteur St, HCMC ~Vietnam 2008 May~

 

Phở is served in a bowl with white rice noodles in clear broth with thin cuts of meat (beef or chicken, but I read that recent variations inlucde ostrich or clams).  It is a Vietnamese dish and like other typical Vietnamese meals, it is served with lots of greens, herbs, vegetables and various other accompaniments such as dipping sauces, hot and spicy pastes, and flavor enhancements like a squeeze of lime or lemon.

My very first Pho bowl was in Manila, but when I tasted the authentic, truely vietnamese kind, I quickly developed a craving for it (like my friends whom I visited in Saigon-HCMC)!  My friends, Rinna & Roach, who lived temporarily in Ho Chi Minh City at the time, were crazy over a certain pho restaurant along Pasteur St.

Pho Hoa, 260C Pasteur St, HCMC ~Vietnam 2008 May~
  Guess how many times we went to Pasteur during my visit, haha!

Pho Hoa Pasteur St  is the most popular pho restaurant in HCMC (as I've read and heard from friends), and I'm proud to say, now I know why!  It's something not to be missed when traveling here.

A 'small' bowl (there is a larger bowl) of Pho Tai (Phở bò tái) is what I ordered.  It's Pho with half-done beef fillet (and it has to be served really hot for the beef to cook, best practice, better to be safe than sorry).  I placed quotation marks on the 'small' because it's LARGE for me!  I don't think I've ever finished the whole bowl whenever I ordered... and whenever I do, it seems like I don't feel hungry for the rest of the day- a bowl of Pho goes a long way! ;)  .

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..and for only something like <30k Dong (about 70Php or US$1.50), imagine!

This part I found very amusing: On every table you'll find a plate of breadsticks, a three herb plate (fresh!), beansprouts (the biggest I've seen!), sliced chilis, lemons, a plate of savoury snacks, hot and spicy pastes, etc.  I don't know about you, but I'm the type who likes to fix and add-a-dash-of-this-and-a-dash-of-that before I actually start eating.  So you can say that I was actually in condiment heaven! :D Ha ha!

How to eat Pho:  Makes use of what you see on the table, it's worth trying!...  The bread, traditionally, is dipped in the soup- and I've seen some locals tear it into small pieces and drop it in their soup. It actually tastes good, wet or dry.  The mint leaves and other greens that you can drop in your bowl make a huge difference in the taste.  It's up to you how much you want to put in your soup.

One downside I have to say is, once you've tasted the authentic-Vietnam-Pho, you'll never be truely (100%) satisfied with any of the Vietnamese Pho restaurants in your local area. ;) 

Featured restaurant:  Pho Hoa, 260C Pasteur St, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

 

Daive says:
Hehe :) thanks for the comments
Posted on: May 10, 2011
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