Pho Bung Hang Trong
On the sidewalk of Hang Trong, near the crossing with Hang Bong
The word bung means to carry something with your hands. Add the word pho in front of this and you get pho bung, or true streetside pho. Open daily from 4pm to 8pm, here diners sit on low stools and wait for their servings, then self-serve without having a table to put their bowls on. The broth is especially clear and light, like consommé. However, the meat selection is limited. Bunches of minced green onion and coriander are put on top of the bowl, spicing up the broth. The noodles are quite good and the quay was crispy. 7 points for overall taste.
Pho bung is seen more as a snack — and at only VND25,000 for a small bowl, you can understand why. The eating-on-the-street experience makes this place super ‘authentic’. To me, it’s places like this that maintain the original spirit of street food.