Located at a prominent spot at the crossing of Phạm Ngũ Lão and Cống Quỳnh, Phở Quỳnh is quite crowded with locals, tourists and expats alike during lunch and dinner time, and you might wonder where to find a table that is not occupied. Hint: Try upstairs, the restaurant is bigger than it looks at the first glance.
They offer a couple of choices for the lover of traditional Vietnamese rice noodle dishes and of course my all time favorite, phở bò, which comes in a rich, fragrant, dark broth, fresh beef and all the ingredients that belong to a good bowl of phở. Limes, chilies, herbs, bean sprouts and the condiments. But honestly, the condiments are absolutely not necessary.
Time to dig in. Even now that I am writing, the memory makes my mouth water and I wish I would be there right now. Seems I just decided what is for lunch today, maybe I should try the chicken phở for a change.
My big bowl had cost me 60,000 or 65.000đ, which is on the upper end of the scale for noodle soup, but still okay. Of course, there are cheaper places around, but Phở Quỳnh convinced me with constant good quality on a daily basis. I mean the difference to other quality phở places is marginal, but consistency is what matters in this case.
When ever I have a chat with tourists and they ask me what food to try in Vietnam, I send them there for a good phở experience.