Have you heard of Pho 24? It’s one of the most popular food chains in Vietnam having it’s beef noodle soup as it’s signature dish. I’ve been traveling to and from Hoh Chi Min City in Vietnam as this is only about 1.5 hrs ride from my job site. But I’ve never tried the beef noodle soup or “pho” at Pho 24. My colleague who also visits Hoh Chi Min a lot told me that their soup is really worth a try.
Last year, when I brought my kids for a vacation at Hoh Chi Min City, I really took the time to visit Pho 24 just for the experience. Of course, I’ve ordered their famous beef soup while the kids tried another dish. The soup wasn’t at all bad but it wasn’t able to satisfy my palate. I admit, I was a bit disappointed coz I’m really having high expectations after I’ve heard so much about this place. Although my kids said their foods were okay although not that great. In fairness, their facility and service is good. The place is clean, cold and having a free wifi.
The price ranges from $3 to $5 and about $2 for the drinks. Not so bad but since I didn’t enjoy the food that much, I would rather spend that amount elsewhere. Hoh chi Min City had numerous restaurants and you will never fail to find a good one that will suit your discriminating taste. Some foreigners who are more adventurous would prefer having the beef soup on the street stalls where you have to squat in a little plastic stool while having a taste of their authentic Vietnamese style “pho”. In fact, some Western people prefer the taste of the soup on the street stalls. I wanted my kids to have the experience of trying some street foods which I consider acceptable but they were a bit hesitant at that time. Nonetheless, they managed to eat at one of the food stalls at Ben Than night market in an open air which were being flocked by tourists.
Overall, Pho 24 is still worth a try. It has a number of chains within Hoh Chi Min City, Hanoi and I’ve heard that they have opened the franchise and this food chain can now be found at Cambodia and in The Philippines, as well.