Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Pho Bo @ Pho Hoa

Pho Bo has to be one of my favorite dishes of all time. So it's fitting that it should start off my posts on Vietnam. You can get Pho Bo all over Ho Chi Minh - from road side stalls to the more upmarket Pho 24 chain.

The hotel we stayed by the beach in Mui Ne does an awesome pho bo so guess what I had for breakfast every morning. X, of course, being the Frenchie that he is, cannot understand how anybody can eat soup noodles in the morning.

I can eat pho bo breakfast, lunch or dinner.

But the best pho bo that we had on this trip is at a restaurant called Pho Hoa. Our friends who live in Ho Chi Minh brought us there. It's one step above the hole in the wall places & the 2 storey restaurant is packed with locals & tourists. Judging from the smells, I knew I would be getting a good bowl of pho.

Pho is all about the broth. Which is why I have never tried to make it myself. The broth needs to have depth which is where a lot of places fall short.

You can order pho with raw beef fillet, flank, tripe, tendon or beef balls. Me, well I always order one with all of the above.

Each table had plates of bananas, puff pastry, cut limes, leaf like packages (which I never found what was inside) and of course a big plate of leaves.

And a plate of you tiao or yau char kwai - particularly useful in dunking & soaking up the flavorful broth. The pho I had there is probably one of the best I've ever had - meaty, flavorful broth with tender pieces of beef - yumm, I could eat this everyday.

Now you see why I wouldn't attempt to make it myself.

Pho Hoa
260C Pasteur

1 comment:

Beau Lotus said...

The Pho Bo looks great. Mmmm I can eat this everyday too. And Hub's like X, he couldn't understand how we could eat noodle soup in the morning or at any time of the day for that matter. Though for Pho Bo, he did say he'd make an exception :-)

In which part of Saigon is this Pho Hoa restaurant?