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The most famous Vietnamese dish outside Vietnam is of course, the Vietnamese beef noodle, or pho (pronounce as “fe-eh”). This is likely the first dish most people think about when it comes to Vietnamese food, and for good reasons – it is accessible, delicious, and uses ingredients familiar with most other cuisines.

Pho Cao Van, at District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Pho Cao Van, at District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

There are in fact, two slightly different types of pho, one originated from Saigon/HCMC, and another from the Hanoi, a distance of over 1100 KM away. While both soup stock utilizes beef & beef bone as a major component, the Southern version also incorporate a stronger presence of aroma from fish sauce. In a way, pho from HCMC is the one you usually get, especially outside Vietnam.

the traditional way is to give you way too much vege
the traditional way is to give you way too much vege

Pho Cao Van at Mac Dinh Chi road, however, is one of the few places that serves traditional Northern style pho at Saigon. At 40,000 VND and above per bowl, it is certainly one of the more expensive pho options out there, but also one of the more “authentic” versions there is.

squeeze the lemon, and dip those tendon in the chili sauce
squeeze the lemon, and dip those tendon in the chili sauce

I ordered a bowl with nothing but beef tendon (partly due to my failure in Vietnamese sign language, but no regrets), accompanied by a huge portion of fresh vegetable in which there is no way you can actually finish. The soup was light yet full of flavor from boiling beef bone over long hours. The tendon, melt in your mouth. It was absolutely lovely and not hard to see why this particular shop gets a steady stream of customers despite being rather shabby in appearance and yet charges a slight premium over others.

map to Pho Cao Van at Ho Chi Minh City

If you’re at Ho Chi Minh City, or anywhere else in Vietnam, you can’t go wrong with a bowl of pho, whichever versions it may be.

Phở Cao Vân
25 Mạc Đĩnh Chi,
District 1, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
GPS10.784681, 106.699296
Hours: 6 am to 10:30 pm

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  1. I have pho at least twice a month. It’s all about that broth.

  2. KY, my friend who is Vietnames cannot eat egg noodle only rice noodle due she get upset stomach from egg noodle. I like all kind noodle and rice noodle is very light and see easy for little kids too. I like spring rolls with rice noodle dish which I have for lunch not heavy just right during noon time,

    • Vickie: lucky for her almost none of the Vietnamese noodle’s made with egg noodle isn’t it? Spring rolls’ lovely too.

  3. beef tendon in original white colour, rarely seen, what we commonly have is braised version. How’s the taste?

  4. Never too much veggie! More greens, the better.

  5. Did u sing Love me, tendonly as u ate it?? hehehe

  6. wanna ask you where liau. mana tau scrool to the end vietnam.

  7. I love that food so delicious to taste. how is the taste

  8. kekeke rosberg

    the most delicious and yummy is Mee laa Khoo nis

  9. kekeke rosberg

    pho king delicious man…

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