Date Traveled, February 2013
Hanoi's old quarter has some of the best food you can find in Vietnam, including an absolutely great bowl of humble Pho.
Chances are you will have plenty of great Pho on your trip to Vietnam no matter where you try it. We had great Pho at our hotel and on our cruise ship in Ha Long bay as well. But you got to try Pho in Hanoi's old quarter. Why...well just for the experience of it more than anything else. Hanoi's old quarter has a distinct charm to it and part of truly experiencing it is trying out the food in some of the crowded little nooks you find all over the quarter. I don't think anyone can promise you the greatest Pho you have ever tried but there are a couple of places that are well known and typically have people lining outside for a spot to eat.
One of those places happen to be Pho 10 located on 10 Ly Quoc Sur street in the old quarter. We decided to go there for dinner on a slightly chilly February evening when we were there.
There was a long line and we had to wait for maybe 20 minutes...what was really annoying was getting jumped over by some local Hanoians from behind us but we said a few polite excuse mes to the staff to remind them about us and we got seated quickly after that packed in on long shared tables with the other patrons. We ordered the Pho Bo or the Beef Noodle broth with sticks of fried dough which was very similar to the fried dough you get in Chinese restaurants typically with congee if you are familiar with that. The Pho was well made if not too flavorful straight out but the tables were full of condiments to spice things up to your satisfaction. The cost was cheap at around 15000 dong. It was a good experience and would be curious how it compares to some of the other Pho bowls around the quarter.