Our Top 5: Pho

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IMG_5027Hangover cure? Sure, but pho is also great for when you’re feeling under the weather. Mostly, though, it’s my go-to food for quick satisfaction.

Pho is made personal by what’s added (example, the amount of Sriracha) and the techniques in tackling the bowl. How do you proportion each bite, for instance? I used to just douse everything with sauce and make the bowl look like a crime scene, but I’ve become more civilized by keeping my sauce separate for dipping.

At its bare essentials, differences in broth, noodle texture or amount, as well as the quality of the rare steak and other meat or seafood sides make pho distinct, and thus determine where I’ll go to get it.

Everyone has a go-to place and will contest that their favorite is the best. You may disagree, but here are my top five pho places.

5. Pho Tri Vietnamese Restaurant

This bowl ($9, rare steak) provides the best value for the amount of food, with a light broth, abundant, chewy noodles and thin slices of eye round steak.

Pho Tri Vietnamese Restaurant
1307 Kalakaua Ave.
808-953-2279

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8 comments
Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

Where is @jlieu 's pho on this list? Oh yeah, because none of you have had the pleasure of having her make her pho for you! Hah.

CharlesAkimoto
CharlesAkimoto

It's sad the Pho To-Chau on River St. in Chinatown seems to have fallen out of favor. Although they still make their pho to the same strict standards as always, they just aren't getting the buzz that they used to. The pho is boiled and skimmed overnight to leave a perfectly seasoned bowl of clear broth and they top it with a generous portion of meat. Most people complained about the line out the door before, but now you can usually find a seat immediately. Pro tip: Ask for a bowl of broth on the side and you'll see how wonderfully spiced and clear the broth is without it being muddled by the different ingredients.

PMZ808
PMZ808

I've been to some on your list.  My favorite is still Pho Thinh 2080 S King St.

Myong
Myong

Good list! I always order a brisket and tendon combo with steak on the side. 


Huong Lan was my go-to for years and still is but I feel like they've been skimping on their tendons recently.


I absolutely love P&L but not sure if we're comparing apples to apples with their pho since their version is more of a twist on the traditional if I recall correctly. But it's still damn good.


Thanks for this post!

jlieu
jlieu

Muah!!! you're worth it!

PMZ808
PMZ808

@CharlesAkimoto Scary Pho To-Chau.  I got scoldings there.  "Half noodle for you next time!" yikes!  haha I still went back and she remembered me.  I swear they have photographic memory.

Myong
Myong

@CharlesAkimoto You're right. The line has gone down considerably recently. Maybe because there are so many more choices available now. But yeah, I remember liking that place when I ate there about 10 years ago.

josephhan
josephhan

@Myong Hah I guess the P&L is more like an orange. After hitting these places, I won't be eating pho a while.