Review of Pho in France

Pho is a traditional, famous dish in Vietnam especially in Hanoi. Pho is the most popular dish among foreign tourists, because it has an extremely attractive and an unusually delicious taste. That’s why Pho is served in many other countries as well.

Pho Bo from Vietnam

The main ingredients of Pho

The main ingredients of Pho

Pho’s main ingredients are noodle soup and broth. Noodles are made from rice and then thinly mixed into powder. Broth usually uses pork or beef bones and simmer together with cinnamon, anise, grilled ginger, cardamom, sage, cloves, coriander seeds, roasted dried onions…

The meat used for pho broth is usually beef or chicken, Pho is usually served with fresh green onions, coriander, bean sprouts, lemon and chili…

The recipe and the process

Broth is the most important part of pho, to have a good taste it is necessary to use beef or pork bones. First, you need to wash the bones and then put them in a pot to boil with cold water.

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The first time poor some water into the pot, then boil the bones and to remove the blood from the bones which give a bad taste, then boil the bones again to make the real broth.

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Put grilled ginger and onion in the broth bring it to a boil, it will foam, skim off the foam until the water is clear. Vietnamese love a tasteful and clear broth.

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Then add spices to the pot such as cardamom, ginger, star anise, cloves, coriander seeds, cinnamon stick and simmer until the sweetness from the bones melts. The spices have to be cooked slightly before to release their flavors.

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After the broth is available, put the pho noodles in a large bowl, put the beef, add the green onions and finally pour the boiling broth into the bowl.

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Pho in Vietnam

We eat Pho tái nạm

We usually eat Pho for breakfast but you can easily find a restaurant that sells Pho all day and the menu at the restaurant is diverse with different kinds of beef parts : tái chín, tái gầu, tái nạm, tái bắp, gân, bò viên… which are different parts of the beef like the filet, brisket or joints.

Pho is served with a plate of cilantro, basil, onion, coriander, basil, bean sprouts , lemon and we eat Pho with chinese donuts stick and drink iced tea. On the table will be fish sauce, vinegar, chill, spoon and chopsticks. The price for a bowl of Pho usually costs 35.000 – 90.000 vnd. For the upscale places the dac biet or special version can go up to 110.000 vnd.

Pho in France

The first time i eat Pho in France

I tried Pho in a few restaurants in France and i was shocked because the bowl of Pho was huge and the broth is very delicious like in Vietnam.

And have all kinds of beef cuts in a bowl unlike in Vietnam where you can choose a specific cut. To be more specific, you will have the filet which will be half cooked since in France you can eat the meat uncooked, briskets, intestines, joints, beef meat balls, and some fatty meat as well.

First time trying Pho in France

In France they eat Pho with a plate of bean sprouts and lemon. On the table have fish sauce, salt, chili sauce, vinegar…The price for a bowl of Pho costs between 12 and 14 euros. They also have extra large options.

At the end of the day Pho in France taste very similar to Pho in America, the only difference is the broth is more likely to be salty than sweet.


9.0 out of 10

If they had a plate including of cilantro, basil, onion, coriander, basil, bean sprouts , lemon and Chinese donuts sticks, this dish would be prefect.

Pho in Nhu Y Restaurant

I hope they can keep the broth as good as it is because as an expatriate who crave for my hometown food, I am glad I can find some here.

If the dish are more filled here in France, around two or three time more food and always fresh home made rice noodles, the price also reflects this quality. With that current inflation in Europe, this has become a bit of an expensive dish.


My favorite Pho in France

Restaurant Saigon Bonjour

Address : 5 Prom. Michel Simon, 93160 Noisy-le-Grand

Phone : 01 43 04 14 45

Couple of other good restaurants

Pho Quynh

Address : 22 Rue Pierre Mendès France, 77200 Torcy

Phone : 01 60 17 26 32

Restaurant Nhu Y

Address : 99 Rue de Paris, 77200 Torcy

Phone : 01 60 17 65 11

What do you think?

Written by dudeoi

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