Flying from the tranquility of Laos into Hanoi is something of a sensory overload, as if someone had designed a city and turned all the settings up to max. People, culture, motorbikes…and most importantly, food!
Our first culinary stop in Vietnam’s capital was always going to involve the nation’s most famous food export, pho, aka rice noodle soup. There are dozens of amazing places for a bowl of this Hanoi staple, but Pho Gia Truyen is one of the oldest and most popular in the city, and has apparently been serving the same ‘Pho Bo’ recipe (Pho – noodles, Bo – beef) to locals and tourists alike for over 60 years.
With just the one dish on the menu, your only options are how well you would like your meat cooked, and which of the tiny plastics stool you’ll attempt to squeeze on to!
However any seating struggle will be quickly forgotten when you sample the light and delicious broth. The flavours are fragrant but subtle, which works wonderfully with the tender beef. Garnished with green onions and coriander (plus optional chillies), this moreish and comforting soup is an absolute steal at only 50,000 Dong.
IN SHORT – You’ll find endless options for pho in Vietnam, but there’s a reason the queues at Pho Gia Truyen always stretch out the door.
Price: 50,000 Dong / £1.6 / 1.9€ / $2.2
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Location: Quán phở Gia Truyền Bát Đàn
Opening times: Everyday from 6-10am then 6-8.30pm