Phở, both bò and gà

“There is no sincerer love than than the love of food.” George Bernard Shaw


Most of the street stalls, eateries and makeshift sidewalk joints, which dot Hanoi are little more than holes in the wall, serving up quick bowls of steaming noodles in a chaotic scene of noise and activity with orders being yelled out, employees dodging one another and customers attempting to pay their checks. I found that, as with most street food throughout the world, these little places serve up the most flavorful recipes, especially when it comes to Phở.

Phở, that delectable noodle soup that has become familiar to many, is plentiful on streets of in this city, being served in the countless eateries, food stalls and makeshift sidewalk joints.  While the beef (phở bò) is by far the most popular form in the west, the chicken variety (phở gà) is also ubiquitous throughout Hanoi and should not be overlooked, as it is equally  exciting to the palate.

Don’t forget to mix in the necessary bean sprouts, basil, peppers, cilantro and a squeeze or two of lime to your taste and have generous amounts of hot sauce ready for dousing in and on your noodles or bits of meat at your pleasure. If the restaurant serves it, Phở is nicely complemented by chả giò, or egg rolls, deep fried to perfection and full of oily, scrumptious flavor, especially once dipped in the heavenly fish sauce mixture, which adds just the right amount of savory goodness to each bite.

phở bò along with egg rolls (chả giò)
phở gà
chả giò

12 thoughts on “Phở, both bò and gà

      1. Great to hear! I’ll be flying into HCMC for a few days, going north to either Nha Trang or Mui Ne (still haven’t decided), then back to HCMC and off to Cambodia

        1. If you can at all, try to get up to Hue and Hoi An. You can see my posts here on the blog-I really recommend them for cuisine, architecture and an overall more relaxed atmosphere.

    1. Yeah, I agree! Overall, it was one of my best trips. As you said, the people are great, the food fantastic and talk about the history!

  1. Nice post. But next time, if you are going to post yummy food photos backed by such lovely descriptions, I think you should also offer delivery. Pholivery. 😉

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