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Pho, the signature dish of Hanoi

“If you come to Hanoi, take a chance to eat Pho” has become the motto of almost every tourist travelling to the capital of Vietnam.

CNNGo emphasized that America has mobile food stalls, but Vietnam is the real “food paradise”. The capital, Hanoi, is placed among the top 10 Asian cities said to have the best street food.

Among the delicious street food, pho in Hanoi has been placed at No. 20 among the world’s best 500 culinary experiences by the Lonely Planet travel guide.

The noodle soup is typically associated with the capital city, as late Vietnamese writer Thach Lam wrote: "Pho is a specialty of Hanoi. You can taste it in other places. But only in Hanoi can you have delicious pho."

Thach Lam also said in his “Hanoi-36 streets of the Old Quarter” that pho is a daily dish of all Hanoians, and although it is available in many other places, it is at its best in Hanoi.


Hanoians are always proud of their subtleness, politeness and aesthetic taste, which are all conveyed in pho. Pho has become a standard of Hanoi’s culinary elite, which is a great combination of broth, meat, spices, herbs and banh pho (the rice noodle).

Addresses for best Pho in Hanoi:
Pho Bat Dan – 49 Bat Dan street (6h30-8h30am)
Pho Thin – 13 Lo Duc street
Pho Ly Quoc Su – 10 Ly Quoc Su street
Pho Bung – 1 Hang Trong street

Story: Thao Vy Photos: Thanh Giang

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