Travelblogue: Ho Chi Minh – Love in a bowl I


Ho Chi Minh.
Dusty, noisy, humid, overcrowded…
People complain it’s just another 3rd world developing city with no soul and blah blah blah… But here in the heart of the city, in true greedy girl style… I found love – in a bowl of noodles – actually lots of bowls of noodles.

Pho is the something I MUST MUST MUST have in HCM. And I only have it at one place – Huong Binh (The place of experienced person – it says on their card). This little shop at 148 Vo Thi Sau – Dist 3 (not too far from Dist 1) has THE best pho ga IN THE WORLD.

Served alongside are different cow and chicken parts, but we stayed away from the innards - preferring instead a peppery chicken meat ball which you see behind the bowl of pho

Served alongside are different cow and chicken parts, but we stayed away from the innards - preferring instead a peppery chicken meat ball which you see directly behind the bowl of pho. It's served in it's own savoury stock, which you can dip your noodles into...slurp!

The broth is clear and delicate but tasty. And with a liberal sprinkling of aromoatic spring onions, the mouth-wateringly pungent saw-toothed herb (a member of the cilantro family) and Vietnamese basil, it makes a heady conconction of meaty heartiness and refreshing crunch.

Of course there’s pho bo for beef  lovers too, and the most KICK ASS drip coffee I have ever tasted EVER! It’s a thick, caffeinated kick in the head, dripped into creamy sweet condensed milk. One sip is enough seduce your tongue and make your mouth forget any other coffee you’ve ever had! Huong Binh makes their own special blend of Arabica, Java and Cherry beans and roasts it in butter. Beats all other cafe sua da (iced dripped coffee) in HCM I reckon.

This place is a MUST visit! If you only have time to do one thing, forget the Kuchi tunnels and head here!

Saw-tooth herb on the top...

Saw-tooth herb on the top...

Here are some other Fun with Pho photos we took of the 2nd meal in our first hour in HCM…

Ready, set, squirt!

Ready, set, squirt!

Eating it like some of the locals do with chili and hoi sin sauce in the soup

Eating it like some of the locals do with chili and hoi sin sauce in the soup

Glamourous Pho models

Glamourous Pho models

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About Mizdee

Food, food, food. Apart from love, it's the other thing that makes the world go round. When I'm sad it's a comfort, when I'm happy it's a celebration and when I'm not hungry, it's just greediness. But hey! Why not? Life is short too pass up a good meal.

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