Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Hungry in Vietnam - Abandoned Building Pho

Pho on Nha Chung, Hanoi

Pho mang



Pho mama

Abandoned building pho

Pho meal

Nam (beef brisket)

Gio Cheo quay

pho trash

Abandoned building pho joint

Jeremy and I found this make-shift pho shop in an abandoned building by our guesthouse. The small stools and pho mangs caught our attention and we were easily lured into a mid-morning pho meal. So far, Hanoi pho bo (beef) has been very light and we're really enjoying the Hanoi way of eating pho with the Quay (chinese donuts). Their nam (beef brisket) was also so perfectly tender. Fried goodies and pure pho...so good.

Pho Bo Tai Nam 15,000d (~ 93 cents)
Side of Quay 1000d (~ 6 cents)

Abandoned Builidng Pho
Pho Nha Chung
Old Quarters, Hanoi


Chubbypanda said...

Ooooh... Adventurous... =)

JadedOne said...

It's truly amazing how different the pho looks there compared to here. So much more fresh looking and delicious!

I love how even the trash on the ground looks good haha.

Wandering Chopsticks said...

For the best bun cha and a side of cha gio with crab, go to #1 Pho Manh in the old quarter. It closes early so go for lunch.

Oh man, and I'm totally craving some Cha Ca La Vong too!

Jeni said...

Chubbypanda...adventurous..not really. Just trying to eat like the Vietnamese. The street food is so much better (and cheaper) than restaurants/cafes. It's the way to go here.

Jadedone..seriously, the stuff is in it's purest form. Pho here is so simple and great.

Thanks Wandering Chopssticks...we were planning to go to Cha Ca La Vong at the end of our trip back in Hanoi. Any other suggestions for Hanoi?

Wandering Chopsticks said...

I can't remember the street so you'll have to ask your hotel people, but around Ho Tay (West Lake) there's a street for pho cuon. Basically the big ho fun sheets with sauteed beef and greens wrapped into a roll. This was the latest food trend two years ago. And Cam Chi is the "gastronomic" street. Umm, I think that's it. Besides cha ca and bun cha, I'm not a fan of food in Hanoi. I think it's much better down south. :) Oh! but I heard they opened a branch of Quan An Ngon in Hanoi now. Everything's good there, well, at the Saigon location anyway. But I loved the banh da ca loc (rice paper, snakehead fish, and dill soup). Cha Ca La Vong is pricey by VN standards. $75,000 VND per person, but it's all you can eat.

Jeni said...

Hey WC...we just ate at Quan An Ngon last night. Sweet set up. Looooved their nem nuong cuon banh trang...sooo good. We're leaving Saigon today, back to Hanoi. We were planning to hit up West Lake and walk around...adn then to Cha Ca La Vong. I agree with you about the food. The south is the way to go for the stomach goods. Thanks for the recs mama!

la dra said...

Just catching up-- ever since you used the word "whore" I've been banded from you page at work. fascists! So here I am on my day off...

Anyway, congratulations on your anniversary That was one ROMANTIC dinner! very impressive.

Your Vietnam photos are amazing, and I can't wait to see more! I love the trash picture! Stay safe!

Jeni said...

La Dra...D and I are talking about a ride up to B-fields for some Basque food. We'll let you know if we ever make it up there!

Chubbypanda said...



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