I have been struggling to capture the food essence in Saigon. To say it is amazing is such an understatement. After much internal debate, it seems fitting to begin with the dish that most of us associate with Vietnam, phở, which is also considered the national dish of Vietnam. To be honest, I was not a big fan BP (before Paul). But, it is so much more than a noodle soup. The broth is rich and there are so many layers of flavors from the meat, noodles, herbs, peppers, bean sprouts, and spices. Like so many dishes here, phở origins go back to French colony days when the French pot au feu was introduced in what is now Vietnam.
Do you know how to properly pronounce the word “phở”?
There are many types of phở including our faves…chicken and beef. It is eaten here for breakfast, lunch and dinner and you can find it on every street and in every restaurant. Widely recognized as the best phở restaurant in Saigon is Phở Hoa. I agree…best beef phở for me so far. Here is Paul preparing his beloved breakfast phở at Phở Hoa.
In Saigon, the two most frequented and recognized phở establishments are Phở 24 and Phở 2000. You might say they are like the McDonald’s of phở here. Besides their soup, Phở 2000’s claim to fame is a visit from Bill Clinton (no comments from my conservative friends, please…apolitical blog!).
Here, a young lady is preparing the phở in open kitchen at Phở 24.
I am now a big phở fan. It is one of my favorite dishes here and that is saying alot. So much more to share about Vietnamese food. Happy to do the research for my blog readers! Leaving you with one more beautiful phở pic. LOVE to all, Lisa