01 2014 Dec

Pho 10 Ly Quoc Su

Hanoi, VietnamTagged breakfast, pho, verdict: pass, vietnamese

Believe it or not, pho is meant to be eaten for breakfast.  Even though you probably heard that the broth gets richer as the day goes on, most Vietnamese people have pho in the morning. Not a problem for a glutton like me. And if morning meant 3am morning, even better. However, since I didn’t want to sacrifice on taste I decided, it’ll be what’s for lunch. It was right around the block from my hotel, which gave me some time to break a sweat and fight off my belly at the gym. Bad thing was that pho was on my mind throughout the workout. So before you knew it, I was there before the noon rush.

The place was pretty clean. I sat right in front, where you can witness all the action. Unfortunately, lonely ol me got paired up with a stranger already eating at a table. One of the things I didn’t figure out was the plate of banh quay, fried bread stick, that was there. Was it communal or did you have to order it. Everyone seem to have a plate at their table. Not sure why I was too shy to ask. I should have just taken one and look for any reaction. I’m king of awkwardness after all.

Anyways, nothing crazy happened. My bowl came out within five minutes while I was taking photos. I slurped it down. Cried. And crawled to the counter to pay. I think I was in and out within 15 minutes.

Pho 10 Ly Quoc Su
42 Hang Voi, Hoan Kiem
Hanoi, Vietnam

Verdict: Although I found out from my hotel that this location wasn’t as good as the original, the taste was just too bland. Time to hit the streets for good pho hunting.

The Storefront of Pho 10

See, with seating inside and not outside, the sidewalk was used for what it was intended for, parking for scooters. Not sure if this was a sign, but now I know better. If it was super crowded, it must be good. This on the other hand, makes for good parking.

The Ingredients @Pho 10

I love how places keep their stuff out in the open for you to see. No need to worry that things weren't fresh, you'd spot it right away and walk right back out the door.

The Condiments @Pho 10

After looking back at the other places I've been to, I have to say, things were pretty fresh here. It may help that they're inside, shielded from the toxic air outside. If I could only bring these along to every place I eat.

Ox Impressions: 

Pho Bo @Pho 10

Here's my beef noodle soup. Looks great doesn't it? You would be thinking the same thing I was. Unfortunately, you'd feel just as let down as I was. It's not to say it was completely bland, but it was a pho you needed to add sauce to. That would usually equate to a "meh" for me. But since I'm in the motherland, it's a "c'mon guys, this isn't funny." 70,000VND

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The OxPosted December 1, 2014 By the hungry ox

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