Vietnamese fast food? It is quality no matter what.
You may or may not know, but I entered a photography competition with Singtel once, and I ended up winning. Surprise, surprise. I struggled to remember what I had entered actually, but could not thank them enough. What did I win? Well only a three day, two night trip to Ho Chi Minh, and cooking class at Luke Nguyen’s Cooking School, Grain, for Mary and me. He is one of my favourite Chefs, and I have most of his books already, so I was massively excited. We left the older kids, but took Jude with us. What food fun in one of my absolute favourite cities on this planet, and of course, we get to dine at Pho 24, Ho Chi Minh one of the best Vietnamese restaurant in the city and one of our favourite pho places.
We have had Pho at this chain of restaurants before when in Hanoi, and I even introduced my mate Coleman to Pho Bo when he was a Vietnam-Virgin on his first trip to the country.
Pho 24, Ho Chi Minh was introduced to us as the best Vietnamese Pho in Ho Chi Minh by our taxi driver, and we went straight there whilst the hotel was making up our room. What a cracking 1st food experience in Vietnam for this trip, because it was indeed the best Pho ever. The broth is to DIE for, literally. I would have this as my death row meal, it is so very good. Great work Pho 24, Ho Chi Minh.
Let's have a little ISIFEARECIPE-dia on this iconic Vietnamese dish and Ho Chi Minh
It comes from the recipe’s component count, therefore the term “Pho24,” is the inspiration for the dish’s moniker. A simple dish, Pho’s recipes differ from region to region and among families and through generations despite its seeming simplicity. Every Pho stall owner has a different “secret” ingredient, which they are very likely to keep a secret from you.
Despite its widespread popularity, many individuals still get the pronunciation of pho horribly wrong. Despite the fact that most people pronounce it poe or foe, it’s actually said as fuh. There are so many people who mispronounce it that the waiters will know exactly what you’re saying if you go to a restaurant and ask for this dish.
Pho is one of the most well-known Vietnamese dishes outside of Vietnam. Despite the fact that it’s considered a national dish of Vietnam, this dish is relatively new to the Vietnamese culinary scene. Meat, rice noodles, and broth make up the three major components of a bowl of pho; however, there are many variations on the basic recipe. On top, you can put whatever herbs and toppings you like, and each purveyor is likely to have his/her specific offerings.
It is all about the broth, which takes up to 24 hours to prepare and contains some 24 ingredients including those secrets. Wow!!!
A wide variety of pho is available. Ph0 bo (beef) is the most popular, while ph0 ga (chicken) is becoming more popular. Lastly, heo means “pork.” Look for pho chay if you’re a vegetarian. Despite the ch added to the beginning of the word it actually sounds more like yay.
As the popularity of Pho 24 Ho Chi Minh grows year after year, more and more people are able to enjoy it. The Pho24 chain of restaurants operates out of 18 locations across Vietnam and Indonesia and Jakarta, Indonesia so you can internally immerse yourself in Vietnam’s rich food cultural heritage.
In Ho Chi Minh you can visit them at the following locations;
We dined at the first on the list, but it seems to be temporarily closed at the moment;
85 Đồng Khởi, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh 700000, Vietnam
Phone; +84 28 3825 7505
158D Pasteur, phường Bến Nghé, Quận 1
Phone; +84 28 3521 8518
Open 06:00 to Midnight
100 Nguyễn Lương Bằng,, P. Tân Phú
Phone +84 28 3888 6941
91 Nguyễn Hữu Cảnh
Phone +84 28 3514 3202
70-72 Lê Thánh Tôn
Phone +84 28 3993 9024
20B Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai, phường Đa Kao, Quận 1
Phone +84 28 3910 1038
Let's have a look at the experience at Pho 24, Ho Chi Minh
As far as I know, Pho 24 may be the only Vietnamese Pho restaurants that adheres to international standards. The iconic beef noodle soup, chicken noodle soup, and so on are only some of the many options available at Pho 24, Ho Chi Minh. It is all imported from Saigon and meets the same quality criteria as the other ingredients.
Elegant and polite, the Pho 24 restaurant chain retains the warmth and beauty of Vietnamese cuisine while maintaining a uniform quality of furniture design and staff support.
For those of you who haven’t yet figured out what “Pho 24” means, the soup’s ingredients include 24 special ones, it’s cooked for 24 hours, and its price is Vnd 24,000 a bowl, however, due to the rising market price and Covid-19 issues it might be more like Vnd 40,000 now. Also, the Pho 24 chain will soon be open 24 hours a day in order to reflect its name.
Now, just to set the stalls straight here. 24,000 increased to 40,000 sounds like daylight robbery right? Er, do a quick Xe.com currency conversion and you will understand that even at the highly increased price of Vnd 40,000 that bowl of beefy yumminess is going to set you back a mere SGD $2.40 a bowl. That’s less than Singapore hawker food these days. Amazing pricing for incredible food.
Jude Jude started the ‘let’s get local‘ process when we landed in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, this day. Good work son, you have blended in.
But now get your foodie game face on Jude Jude, we’re going Pho hunting!!!
Let’s take the advice of the taxi Uncle and go to Pho24. Hold on. a minute, it’s right across the street…
Pho Bo is a thing of BEEFY BEAUTY!!!
Pho Bo is an incredibly complex soup that is served so simply with no fuss, and no airs and graces. Do NOT forget, this has taken TWENTY-FOUR hours to make the broth and contains TWENTY FOUR ingredients.
The beef is sliced super-thin and laid on top of the soup. They’ll then pour boiling beef broth over that to cook it through the perfect pink2pink medium-rare. It is so flavourful and so very tender. How stunning does that look.
Optional garnishes usually arrive on a plate per person;
- Asian/Thai basil (hung que)
- Leaves of thorny cilantro (ngo gai)
- Bean sprouts
- Thai bird or dragon chillies, thinly sliced
- Lime wedges
What is the perfect accompaniment for Pho Bo at Pho 24, Ho Chi Minh?
Two things actually…
- An icy cold 333 beer
Wherever you go in Vietnam, make sure you search this brand out. This was 5 minutes down the road from our hotel, and also recommended by the limo driver.
It’s a Vietnam food Mecca!!!
Nothing posh here, just superb food at incredible prices. Super-busy, but very comfortable and a great place to watch the world go by outside (AKA scooters) with this delicious food and icy cold beverages.
Pho 24, Ho Chi Minh Menu
Our conclusions about Pho 24, Ho Chi Minh
One of the leading Vietnamese food corporations, Nam An, owns the Pho 24 restaurant chain. To now, they have a total of 60 Pho 24 restaurants in Vietnam and another 17 all throughout the world.
Pho 24 is a good option if you’re looking for authentic pho but don’t want to deal with the hassle of a roadside vendor. Served quickly and affordably, the pho here is truly a complex pleasure with notes of cinnamon, star anise, and basil.
Sautéed beef cubes, grilled pork chops over rice, and lemongrass shrimp are also on the menu.
What an amazing start to our Vietnamese food adventure on this trip. I love the fact that the old limo driving uncle said the best was Pho 24, the one we also viewed as the best in Hanoi.
This was our first step in to food of Vietnam for this trip at Pho 24, Ho Chi Minh. We all left so very very happy, because my goodness they do indeed bang out a cracking Pho. Best ever.
Where can I get Pho in Singapore?
We always get asked; “But where is there a Vietnamese place near me?” Well, here you go four examples of Vietnamese pho places across Red Dot at Joo Chiat, Katong, Orchard Road, and Dempsey Hill.
- Red Sparrow at Dempsey Hill – this is quality authentic Vietnamese fare nestled in between some big hitting neighbours like Burnt Ends, Siri House and Blu Kouzina
- Sandwich Saigon at Katong – rolls baked fresh every morning onsite, and even the soy sauce is homemade to secret recipe. Incredible Banh Mi & Pho too
- Long Phung Joo Chiat Road – no review of Vietnamese restaurants in Singapore would be complete with this place on Joo Chiat. It can be disappointing though because you cannot book and the queue goes down the road… Get there EARLY!!!
- Nam Nam at Wheelock Place – all the way down to B2 Wheelock Place to get your Pho fix on Orchard Road, but worth the trip
How about trying some ISLIFEARECIPE Vietnamese street food recipes to cook at home?
- Pho Bo Recipe – yes, I did indeed stay awake overnight to make the beef broth over 24-hours, this is my very own version of making this iconic Vietnamese soup
- Penang Nua – a stunning recipe for some Vietnamese street food (my version with a twist), made with beef and fresh basil and usually served on some breads
- Banh Mi – another iconic Vietnamese dish inspired by the French occupation with baguettes and pate, but this is my version of this street food