Vietnamese Pho


I was first introduced to Vietnamese Pho by the guys over at Dot Com Pho, primarily Stephen Fung, Michael Kwan and John Chow. At first I had no idea what to expect and the first experience of Pho in Vancouver was good. I think it was actually at Pho Lan or something in Richmond. Oh well, it seems that the Dot Com Pho guys have moved over to a Vancouver location these days and of course John Chow has skipped town and is in California now.

When Robyn and I looked at the Great Indochina Loop with Intrepid Travel, I only wanted to do one thing while in Vietnam. What was that one thing? I wanted to have authentic Pho. So while we’ve been in Vietnam, I have been trying to have Pho as much as possible, mainly for lunch though.

Just like other countries and their dishes, each place we’ve had Pho at has had some differences in them. Mainly, how big they are, what type of noodles they use and the taste of the broth. Either way, I’ve been enjoying my Pho through Vietnam. When we get back to Vancouver, I’m going to have to meet up with the Dot Com Pho crew and compare Vancouver Pho to Pho from the source.

Here are some photos of the Pho I have had; Pho Bo (beef) and Pho Ga (Chicken).

Vietnamese Pho

My first Pho experience in Vietnam. It didn’t have the rice noodles I am used to, but instead they used some sorta Mr.Noodle for it. It wasn’t bad, but I know we could get better.

The next attempt at having Pho, we went to a place where Vietnamese actually eat. Typically, in tourist areas, food is modified slightly for westerners’ tastes, but I wanted to eat some where that you wouldn’t normally find tourists! We did just that in Hanoi, Vietnam. A shady place off the main roads that was dirty and dimly lit.

Vietnamese Pho

Vietnamese Pho - Hanoi

Vietnamese Pho - Hanoi

I have to say, this is by far the best Pho I’ve had here in Vietnam! Since I don’t speak Vietnamese, I cannot even tell you what the restaurant’s name is, but I have to say, I was impressed with the flavour and how big the servings were! Would have loved to go back to this place if we’re even in Hanoi.

Vietnamese Pho

So far I’ve had Pho in Hanoi, Hue and Hoi An. We’re left with Ho Chi Minh city next, so I will see if that city can beat the Pho we had while in Hanoi.

Vietnamese Coffee

On a side note, the Dot Com Pho crew typically orders Vietnamese Iced Coffee too, so I’ve been looking out for something like that as well. Each Vietnamese coffee I’ve tried has been different. The hot version has been percolated like the photo above, where as the iced versions have not. I’m still searching for a iced version of the percolated coffee. Once I have that, my Vietnamese food desires will have been fulfilled, until then I am still on the look out!

With the countries we have been in so far (Indonesia, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam) I’ve been trying out all their local food as much as I can. Especially, things that people know them for such as Pho in Vietnam, Pad Thai in Thailand, Nasi Gorang in Indonesia and such. Next stop is Cambodia, and I am not quite sure what their dishes are like, but our tour leader is Cambodian and he’s excited to show off the foods from his country.

Robyn is wanting to learn how to make Pho too. I’m sure it’s not too difficult, but it will be fun thing to do!

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  • Michael Kwan
    Oct 21, 2012 @ 21:40:21

    Good pho is mostly about having good broth, which is really hard to re-create at home. Traditionally, it needs to be slow boiled for hours with a complex combination of herbs and such.

    • Tyler Ingram
      Oct 22, 2012 @ 05:41:59

      I find that the better ones we’ve had, have had better broth. I still have a day to keep trying Pho here in Vietnam! We’re in Ho Chi Minh city for 1 more night and there is a place we were recommended to try out just around the corner here from our hotel!

  • Stephen Fung
    Oct 21, 2012 @ 23:05:28

    Let’s not forgot about the water buffalo and the unique water in Vietnam plus all the indigenous herbs and spices!

    • Tyler Ingram
      Oct 22, 2012 @ 05:43:42

      I guess we have had water buffalo here.. since they are the really only source of beef here. Had some really good water buffalo in Laos though :)