[Ho Chi Minh City] Was looking for the best Pho in Ho Chi Minh City, and was directed to shops such as Pho Hoa Pasteur, Pho Le, Pho Minh, Pho Quynh, Pho Hung, Pho 2000, and Pho Dau.

Phở Hoà Pasteur has been serving diners since 1968, making it a culinary landmark in Ho Chi Minh City found in District 3.

That is 56 years and perhaps millions of bowls of served, and still counting.

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It started as a street stall catering to the evening crowd and later grew into the establishment it is today.

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You will see it occupying a two-story space across the street from The Pasteur Institute.

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Locals and tourists alike make it their must-visit destination if they want to slurp on authentic, traditional Vietnamese Pho, especially after it is listed in the Michelin Guide with a Bib Gourmand.

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Pricing for Pho is simplified – the normal size bowl is VND90,000 and big size VND105,000. (VND90,000 works out to be about SGD4,90, USD3.65).

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They do have one-offs like small noodle soup without beef (VND15,000) or small meat (beef or chicken) and soup (VND60,000).

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When I took my first sip of the Pho, I knew why they were so popular.

Do not let the simplicity and colour of the soup fool you – the broth was clear yet so flavourful and comforting.

How they encapsulate so much depth and delicate sweetness in that soup beats me, but it was all-in-all a good bowl.

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Here they use all sorts of beef cuts from tendons to beef balls and beef paste, from raw beef to well-done brisket.

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They have a well-done flank, fatty flank, and crunchy flank, you name it.

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The tender meats, coupled with the soft texture of fresh rice noodles and crunchy bean sprouts, create a textural dance in your mouth.

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I noticed the rice noodles were thinner and firmer than most I was used to, yet it was still slippery-smooth.

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If you are extra hungry, add some Spring Rolls (VND75,000 for 5 pcs) which were crispy and meaty; or a couple of fresh cold rolls (Summer Rolls) for (VND30,000).

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But of course, they can’t please everyone. Reviews are finding the venue lacking in glamour, while others see that as authenticity.

Others find pricing more expensive than other eateries.

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The many tourists flocking to taste their Pho might diminish the eatery’s charm. And at times the staff can’t catch up with the volume.

To me, still a bowl of belly-warming Pho worth going for.

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Phở Hòa Pasteur
260C Pasteur, Phường 8, Quận 3, Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Opening Hours: 6am – 10:30pm (Mon – Sun)

Google Maps – Phở Hòa Pasteur

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