It may look unassuming from the outside, and, on the end of a street with some of Hanoi’s higher-end bars and restaurants, you might just stroll straight past. But a peek on Trip Advisor is enough to prove that wandering past would be a mistake. If you want some authentic Vietnamese food whilst in Hanoi, Pho Mau is a top-rated option. Just round the corner from Hoan Kiem Lake, it’s an easy stop off on a day meandering round Hanoi’s Old Quarter.
Now, I’ll be honest here. I’m vegetarian, but Vietnamese street food rarely caters for veggies. There are a few places that do, and I’ll share those in later posts, but I’ve learnt I need to accept that occasionally when eating local food, there will be a meat stock and/or fish sauce being used. I can’t guarantee that asking for veggie pho here will mean it has no meat stock in it, so please check if that’s an issue. There are many places in Hanoi that cater for veggies/vegans and I’ll post separately about them.
What is Pho?
Pho is a noodle soup made up of broth, herbs, rice noodles and usually meat. Chicken pho is ‘phở gà’ in Vietnamese and ‘phở bò’ is beef. Many smaller establishments will sell one or the other, not both. Some seasoning is added in cooking, but the best part is being able to add chillies, lime, soy sauce and pickled garlic at your table to suit your taste.
A trip to Pho Mau in photographs
Pull up a seat.
Choose your condiments.
Squeeze your lime.
Pour soy and sprinkle chillies.
Pho Mau can be found at 1 Bao Khanh, Hanoi, Vietnam