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Pho Gia Truyen Bat Dan

49 Bat Dan, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

VND40,000 / VND50,000

 

 

Pho Gia Truyen Bat Dan is renowned for offering subtle flavours, and a clear broth, yet it is equally notorious for what some describe as its ‘arrogant’ service. Here you have to stand in line and pay in advance to get your bowl of soup. Thus the nickname — Pho Xep Hang or ’Line-Up Pho’.

 

Known for serving a classic version of Hanoi-style pho, the broth is light and slightly sweet, while the noodles are thin and cooked just right. The meat is fresh — the perfectly thin and tender sliced pieces of beef are rich in taste — while the bowl of goodness is rounded off by fresh green onion on top. Pho Gia Truyen Bat Dan is one of the few joints that do not provide fresh lime as a condiment. Say some diners, “They think the lime spoils the broth.” Here eaters have to make do with garlic vinegar and chilli.

 

Overall Verdict

 

Our judges rated Pho Gia Truyen Bat Dan as one of the top three pho bo places in Hanoi. The beef-sweetened broth and lack of MSG make this place a winner. Price-wise it’s reasonable too, and on a hygiene front, we gave pho xep hang an 8. The only downer? The bread sticks or banh quay weren’t crispy.

 

Damn!

 

 

 

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