It is not difficult to find a good restaurant in district 1, the central district of Ho Chi Minh City. There are a range of restaurants, from luxurious restaurants to sidewalk food stalls where numerous delicious foods are sold, for example, pho, broken rice and beefsteak. This article will introduce you the best pho in Ho Chi Minh City district 1.
In the midst of bustling Saigon, Pho Minh has existed for 60 years. This restaurant is located in a small alley (alley 63). If you have little knowledge of Saigon’s cuisine, you may miss Pho Minh. In other words, you miss a chance to enjoy one of the best pho restaurants in the center of district 1.
Pho Minh is a part of ancient Saigon cuisine. Previously, alley 63 was a familiar address for those who love the cuisine of North Vietnam. Over time, many restaurants of noodle soup, rice vermicelli and steamed rice rolls no longer stay here, but pho Minh is still there to welcome a great number of customers every day.
The passing of the years makes the space of Pho Minh be covered with the old color. The restaurant still arranges wood tables and chairs to serve diners. Pho Minh offers a distinctive flavor that is suitable for those who are fond of Northern pho. Many people living far from Saigon still remember the taste of Pho Minh that left a deep impression in the memory of Saigon people in the past.
Pho Cao Van
Pho Cao Van is located at No.25 Mac Dinh Chi street, district 1. The seller here is a 90-year-old man who transited his food cart from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City. After that, in 1952, he opened a restaurant on Tran Cao Van street. Eventually, his restaurant transferred to Mac Dinh Chi street. This traditional pho is associated with him from place to place.
In these days, despite the coming of a number of modern buildings together with new restaurants on Mac Dinh Chi Street, Pho Cao Van is preferred by enthusiasts of North-style pho. An outstanding feature of Pho Cao Van is the slightly sweet taste of the broth that contains little grease. Great secrets and long experiences of cooking pho contribute to creating this special flavor.
Pho Phu Vuong
Pho Phu Vuong, which is located at 120 – 122 Nguyen Thai Binh street, Nguyen Thai Binh ward, is a famous brand of pho in Saigon.
A bowl of pho is decorated with some corianders and green onions to enhance the color. The appetizing aroma from the bowl of pho can appeal to the sense of the diners.
A large bowl of pho here consists of many ingredients such as thick briskets, brownish broth covered with beef grease, big beef balls that are a bit crispy, greasy and soft.
Pho Phu Vuong sells many kinds of pho including pho with brisket, rare beef, beef fatty brisket, beef tendor, beef ball and beef spleen.
Pho here is rich in South-style sweet flavor. Different from Pho Cao Van, Pho Phu Vuong is cooked in South style; therefore, you have to enjoy this food in the style of the Southern people. Particularly, you squeeze a small piece of lemon, add some hoisin sauce and hot sauce. For more spicy taste, you take a few slices of chilli. Pho Phu Vuong is also served with coriander, cinnamon and culantro.
The discovery of Saigon cuisine is one of the must-do activities in the trip to South Vietnam. If you are keen on Southern pho, it is recommended not to skip the suggestions above.