There are so many versions of pho in this city that almost every vietnamese I know has his or her preferred stall – it could be the broth, the quality of the beef, the hoisin sauce, the condiments, the pho (noodles) – you name it. I wouldn’t say this stall is the best pho in town, but it does have something different to offer.
The noodles here are not the typical thin strips of pho that you normally get at most stalls but they are more similar to the slurpy, smooth, delicate hor fun/ kway teow that I’m familiar with. Kinda reminds me of Ipoh Sar Hor Fun sans the shredded chicken. The broth is flavourful on its own but its aroma and taste will be magically lifted with the help of a squeeze of lime and a small handful of basil. The stall owner reminded me that I should not go OTT on the basil – just a few leaves would be more than sufficient or it would overpower the delicate taste of the broth – sound advice indeed.
And even the cafe sua da tastes a little different here 🙂
I’m pretty sure by now you would have noticed the chinese influence on the bowl that they served my pho in, the signature stainless steel spoon, and the unmistakable chopsticks? Let’s just say that it was comforting to enjoy a bowl of noodles here while listening to their chattering and gossipping in cantonese.
They are located at 52 Ngo Duc Ke Street, District 1, HCMC. Ask the driver to drop you off at the intersection between Nguyen Hue and Ngo Duc Ke. It’s a few doors away from La Nicoise.