Pho is a well-known food in Hanoi. There are many pho stalls, vendors, restaurants, and even in the coffee shops. Hanoi people eat Pho daily in the morning; it is a traditional and delicious food that Hanoians love. For those traveling to Hanoi, Pho is the breakfast that gives you an unforgettable flavor of the city. The following article will introduce some of the best Pho stalls in Hanoi, some located in the Old Quarter, quite easy for you to find and enjoy.
1. Pho Bat Dan / Phở Bát Đàn
The taste of Pho Bat Dan has been known throughout Hanoi for a long time. You have to queue up for a long time to eat a bowl of noodles here. However, if you like to be served with care and attention, it may not be the perfect place for you, as it does get crazy crowded especially at the weekend.
The secret of Pho Bat Dan has been passed by tradition from one generation to another, that’s why Hanoians love this tasty noodle bowl because it brings with it traditional flavors. Bat Dan noodle bowls combine beef noodle soup, fragrant pure water and fresh steak, and are very popular not only with local people but also international visitors.
Note: It is advisable to go to Pho Bat Dan in twos, one person waiting to buy Pho while the other one keeps your table. Address: 49 Bat Dan, open from 6:30 am- 8:30 am.
- Pho Thin / Phở Thìn
Located at 13 Lo Duc Street, quite far from the center of Hanoi Old Quarter but many Hanoi people love this restaurant and frequently go there. Famous for over 30 years, the noodle soup of Pho Thin still occupies the hearts of many Hanoians. In addition to delicious noodle soup, the beef is fried on a high-temperature furnace, which brings a fresh, medium flavor to the beef, and is combined with the fragrance of ginger.
When eating noodles do not forget to add different spices such as chilli pepper, into the bowl, to suit individual taste. You can also eat “quẩy” together with your Pho, it is one of the reasons why customers like to eat noodles in restaurants. Pho Thin opens from 5 am to 9 pm, and is constantly busy from early morning until closing time.
- Pho Ly Quoc Su / Phở Lý Quốc Sư
This is also a well-known brand of Pho in Hanoi. Pho 10 Ly Quoc Su currently has three restaurants:
Address 1: No. 10 Ly Quoc Su Street – Tel: 0438,257,338
Address 2: 42 Hang Voi Street – Tel: 0915088586
Address 3: N2A Hoang Minh Giam Street.
We would recommend the original restaurant as the most delicious (10 Ly Quoc Su Street). Pho is very tasty and flavorful in this restaurant and there are many kinds of Pho to choose from: beef noodle with thinly sliced steak, beef noodle with roast beef…. depending on customer preference. The broth of Pho Ly Quoc Su is so tasty and very aromatic; the “quẩy” is also really delicious here. Opening hours from 6am to 2pm, afternoon from 5:30 pm to 10 pm.
- Pho Vui / Phở Vui
Located on Hang Giay Street in the Old Quarter, if you stay at a hotel in this area you can come here to enjoy unique Pho in the morning. The restaurant also specializes in beef noodles with many kinds of Pho such as beef noodles with thinly sliced steak, beef noodle with fried steak with garlic… The broth is also very tasty and somewhat thicker than other Pho restaurants.
The name of the restaurant means “happy” so it may remind everyone about the satisfaction when enjoying a bowl of Pho here, delicious and also happy at the end of the meal!
- Pho at Hang Trong Street Vendor
Unlike the restaurants, you have to sit on a plastic chair at the vendor and serve yourself (self-service), but the price is cheaper than any restaurant at around 20.000 to 30.000 VND per bowl. If you missed eating your Pho in the morning, so you can come here to enjoy the taste of beef noodles in the afternoon! Opening hours from 4pm to 8pm.
Pho here is delicious and tasty with sweet broth, fragrant rice noodles and soft meat. This stall serves all year, so whenever you visit Hanoi, make a note to experience a bowl of Pho at this vendor stall, it will definitely be worthy of your expectation.
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