1. Pho Bo + Pho Ga (Beef Pho – Chicken Pho)
Pho Bo is arguably the most well-known of all Vietnamese soups. It was inspired by French settlers who commonly ate beef, where Vietnamese traditionally preferred pork, chicken, and fish (whilst using cattle as work animals). Since the beginning of the twentieth century, the number of soup kitchens has risen significantly and Pho Bo has become the favorite dish for breakfast and dinner in Hanoi, and throughout Vietnam.
Phở gà (chicken pho) is lighter than beef pho, and it is a natural remedy for a common cold. Similar to beef pho, it is usually served with chopped spring onions, coriander, onion slices and also quẩy, deep-fried flour-based snacks that are crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside. Locals tend to dip them into their soup to let them absorb the tasty broth. The Vietnamese prefer chicken thighs to breasts, so chicken thigh pho is a little more expensive.
You can find it at: Pho Bo – 49 Bat Dan street or 34 Au Trieu (Price: VND 40,000 – 55,000) ; Pho Ga – 15 Hang Hom street (Price: VND 30,000 – 40,000)
Distance from our hotel: 750 m – 9 min walk