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Hanoi's Best Pho Bo

Pho Gia Truyen
49 Bat Dan, Hoan Kiem
Price: From VND35,000 a bowl for pho chin
5.30am to 10.30am; 6pm to 10pm 
“Making pho bo is tough,” says Thang, the third generation owner of Pho Gia Truyen. “You need to pay attention to every detail down from the bones through to the broth and seasoning the beef. You need to be very self-disciplined.” And disciplined he certainly is. Every ingredient here is made to perfection. Take the broth, for example, rich and perfectly salted. Then there’s the meat. Tender and tasty. There’s a lot of it, too. The pho itself remains slightly al dente and even the condiments hit the spot. There’s no lemon or lime here, no kumquats. Instead it’s spicy garlic vinegar in a plastic jug, chopped chillies, the requisite chilli sauce and a quality, high degree fish sauce. Here, you have to queue up at the counter to get your bowl of the good stuff, this is probably the best pho bo in Hanoi.

Pho 10 Ly Quoc Su
10 Ly Quoc Su, Hoan Kiem; 42 Hang Voi, Hoan Kiem
Price: From VND35,000 a bowl for pho tai and pho chin
6am to 2pm; 5.30pm to 9.30pm
 Along with Bat Dan, Ly Quoc Su is probably the best-known street for pho in the capital, and the famous pho joint here sits at number 10. With eye-catching signage daubed in orange, the pho here is more typical of the variety you see around Hanoi, with pho chin, pho tai, pho tai gau and pho xao all making an appearance on the menu, which conveniently also comes in English. The pho tai gau, half done beef with brisket, is a perfect tipple for anyone who likes beef with a little fat attached to it. The meat is soft and the broth sweet, maintaining the taste of real bone. The condiments are good here, too. The home-made vinegar with garlic is a perfect complement. It’s also worth trying the quay sticks, which compared to elsewhere are really fresh. The owner claims to buy these bread-like dipping sticks from the famous quay stand at number 22 Hang Bo, Hoan Kiem. If you want to avoid the queues at Pho Gia Truyen on Bat Dan, this is a good alternative. It’s not as ‘special’ as its erstwhile competitor, but then nowhere is. 

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