Phở is a Vietnamese noodle soup that contains either beef (bò) or chicken (gà). In my opinion, it is the most popular and known Vietnamese dish in the world. I remember years back when Vietnamese cuisine started becoming famous in Malaysia, the first Vietnamese dish I learned of its name is phở. Funnily even after all these years, I have never tried phở before. That is until my visit to Hanoi.
While walking around the street of Hanoi, we saw many places selling phở. I almost always want to try ’em but oh save my stomach I need to. If I’m visiting Hanoi for a longer period, I would do many unplan pitstops.
My very first phở at Phở Gà 26, Hanoi.
Because my sister doesn’t eat beef (tsk, I’m a recent beef convert), we went for the chicken version of phở for our day 3 dinner. I choose Phở Gà 26 because the online ratings were quite good and it seems that many locals find it quite good too. We arrived at Phở Gà 26 around 5.30pm and there was only a table occupied by a local couple. The table and chair are the low kinds and if I’m not mistaken there are only 3 tables.
Yes, they have English menu.
Chilis, cucumber and limes are provided on the table. We didn’t touch it though.
Both sis and I ordered phở nước @ 35,000 VND (~RM6.45) each. Nước, in this case, means broth. There was a generous amount of sliced chicken (they were tender!), spring onion and coriander.
The rich broth tasted like the chicken bone broth (stock) I make at home or something like those good old Chinese chicken kuey teow noodle soup. It was so familiar. Overall this bowl of phở gà reminds me of a homely feel, just like how one’s grandma would cook for her loved ones.
One thing I’m not fond of was the noodles as the texture was a bit off. Although I enjoyed the meal, sadly I had to leave the bowl with some leftover. The reason was that I had to leave some space in my stomach for 2nd dinner at Bánh Cuốn Quang An (which sadly we found out later were closed). I regretted not finishing the bowl.
Do come and give it a try. It’s not a fancy place, but you’ll surely appreciate the phở here.
Phở Gà 26
26 Lương Văn Can,
Hà Nội, Vietnam
Tel: +84 936 151 105
Opening time: 5pm-12.30am, daily