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Hanoi's Best Pho Ga

Pho Hang Dieu
1 Hang Dieu, Hoan Kiem
Price: VND30,000 for white meat, VND35,000 for a bowl with dark meat
5.30am to 1pm 
Anyone who’s ever eaten hearty Eastern European chicken soup will see some serious parallels here, such is the nature of the broth and tenderness of the meat at what we believe may well be the best pho ga eatery in town. Located on the corner of Bat Dan, owner Ngoc Anh has been serving the good stuff in the same spot for 30 years. She inherited the business from her mother. “I’m happy because I can serve pho every day,” she says. “We are always crowded and there are zero complaints from my customers.” Although the chicken broth is rich and nicely salted, providing enough leeway to add condiments to get that perfect taste, the standout ingredient here is the meat. Sensational. Using only ga ta, free-range chicken, the flavours are subtle, the texture soft. Add some kumquat and chopped lime leaf, and we’re somewhere close to heaven.

Mai Anh 
32 Le Van Huu, Hai Ba Trung 
Price: VND45,000 per bowl
5.30am to 4pm 
Originally a portable pho stand, or ganh pho rong, the present restaurant has been running since 1981 and with its fresh, bright, chrome table tops and plastic stools, it sits in contrast to its more traditional, wooden benched competitors. Selling between 60kg and 70kg of pho noodles every day and 70 to 80 chickens, according to the present owner, Thanh, the eatery’s success lies in the great combination of good broth, chicken and the banh pho, which is both soft and a little chewy. “It’s a very rewarding job and I love it,” he adds. “The only time that we close the restaurant is during Tet. We close for one week and it’s too long. I really miss the restaurant.” Thanh is right. Here, they truly sell a decent bowl of soup, the two added moc or pork balls creating a nice touch. The broth is nicely but subtly spiced, the noodles are about right and the condiments seem to fit. But when it comes to the quality of the meat, there’s only one winner, Hang Dieu.

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