To many around the world, it’s pho. In its homeland, however, it’s phở. Regardless of how you say it, phở is a steaming bowl of slippery noodles in a broth of herbs and spices, popular with either beef or chicken. Here’s where you can find the best phở in Ho Chi Minh City
Pho Hoa on Pasteur Street | © Akos Kokai/Flickr
Pho Hoa has atmosphere, quality food, and a great location all wrapped up in a perfect bundle. It’s easy to find glowing reviews for this place, which is why it’s famous for its signature dish.
You won’t be blown away by a posh interior or lavish amenities, but Pho Dau is still worth a visit because it makes really good phở. You’ll need to wake up early to get a taste, because it closes at noon.
Northern style phở has less greens and the broth is more soupy than its southern counterpart. For a try at northern style phở, check out Pho Tinh.
What to expect at Pho 2000 | © Marco Ooi/Flickr
This place became famous is 2000 when American President Bill Clinton stopped by for a couple bowls of phở. It’s walking distance from the Ben Thanh Market, so you won’t need to go on a huge adventure to find it.
Pho Chay Nhu
If you prefer vegetarian food
, make your way to Pho Chay Nhu. It’s down an alley, but finding this place is part of the experience.