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EAT & DRINK Wednesday, 09 December 2015

Hanoi Pho noodles - Another point of view.

This article will not mention famous Pho restaurants or the way Hanoians enjoy Pho but only talk about the affordable Pho which you can eat on the side roads or at the corner of the street

Pho - the same old topic. The number of people talking about Pho is uncountable, from Vietnamese famous author like Nguyen Tuan, Thach Lam, Vu Bang... to normal people who love Pho.

However, this article is totally different. It will not mention famous Pho restaurants or the way Hanoians enjoy Pho but only talk about the affordable Pho which you can eat daily on the side roads or at the corner of the street.

There is a Hanoi Pho map. In that map, there are always famous restaurants that are popular among Hanoians such as : Pho Ly Quoc Su, Pho Bat Dan,... They have always been the top of Hanoi Pho to most Hanoians.

Pho Ly Quoc Su.
Pho Ly Quoc Su.
Pho Ban Dan.
Pho Ban Dan.

 However, in fact, not many people in Hanoi often go to those famous restaurants to eat Pho, they just go their once in a while. Then, where do Hanoians eat Pho ? You might not know that everyday, on the side of the street, there are many food stalls selling Pho. Those nameless stalls only have some small tables and plastic chairs but they still attract many customers every morning. 

People like to eat Pho on the side road. 
People like to eat Pho on the side road. 

 Long before, Hanoians didn't use to eat Pho with Chinese cruller, egg or bean sprouts... whereas, nowadays, they are served with Pho very often. Maybe it's because the modern Hanoian don't really mind about the sophistication of Pho anymore. They eat Pho for breakfast just like other food like sticky rice or bread.

You might feel that the way the modern Hanoian enjoy Pho is not as sophisticated as before, but it doesn't mean that the Pho culture of Hanoians is fading away. Traditional Pho and affordable Pho are like two sides of the paper, they exist parallelly and contribute to the diversity of Vietnamese cuisine.

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