With as many Pho restaurants as there are in Dallas these days, you would have thought I would have had some by now. But I just ate my first bowl of Pho ever here in Hanoi at a little place called Phở Gia Truyền, which translates simply to “Traditional Noodle Soup”. That’s all they serve here, you can get a small, medium or large bowl.
Pho is usually eaten at breakfast in Vietnam. At this place it is served with tender cooked beef and a few herbs and veggies, but the secret to great Pho is in the broth.
The locals are literally lined up down the street to get into this place, where you pay $2.20 for a large bowl of Pho. You’ll sit all together at little plastic tables on wooden stools in a tiny, crowded restaurant with no air conditioning- because it’s the best damn stuff you’ve ever tasted.