Lost in a jungle of shops and restaurants in Hanoi is a local favorite place to get the hottest and most authentic pho.

Here, people share tables. You will be seated in front of a stranger or be asked to join a table with a group you don’t know. But that is not a problem. People, mostly locals and chanced upon by many foreign backpackers, get to meet people just by sharing a table and discussing how good the soup is.

Pho is a noodle dish made with linguine-like rice noodles, beef or pork slices, and  the broth that really goes for the kill. Fresh garlic and chopped spring onions are provided if you want the extra kick. You may also ask for this fried (maybe) type of bread that you may dip in the broth and eat. Somebody has to remind me of the name of that bread. But you can have as many as you want in this small restaurant.

The best thing, it only costs 55,000 Vietnam dong or two dollars and fifty cents!

The place is called “Pho lo Ly quoc su”. At least, that’s what on their signage. It’s near St. Joseph Cathedral in Nha Tho, Hanoi.


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