Restaurant Review: Pho Thin, Hanoi, Vietnam

As a tourist in Vietnam, its easy to be sucked into tourist traps and served overpriced, westernised versions of traditional dishes. After a couple days of disappointment, I found this little gem of a shop that served some seriously amazing Pho.

When you walk through the door, you are greeted by the chef who is busy ladling hot broth into bowls. The interior of the shop looks slightly grubby with around 4 long tables and is sparsely decorated.

Within 2 minutes of sitting down, the waitress puts down a large steaming bowl of Pho with thinly sliced beef and lashings of garnish. Turns out there is no menu at this place as this is the only dish it serves!

The broth is absolutely delicious, wonderfully delicate and with no strong overpowering MSG flavour . Add lime and chillies to the dish and its a little slice of heaven.

Be aware that there is a sign inside that says 20,000 VND, however the real price is written by the door of 50,000 VND (USD $2.3). Pay on your way out. This is definitely one of the best Pho places in Hanoi and worth a visit and appears to be popular with the locals too!

What to eat: Only one dish! Sliced beef Pho.

Price: 50,000 VND (USD $2.3)

Location: 13 Lò Đúc, Phạm Đình Hồ, Hai Bà Trưng, Hà Nội, Vietnam

Rating: 5/5! Delicious!


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