We admit it, we’re Hanoi pho fans. Watch our video to find out why we ditched the free Hanoi hotel breakfasts and ate big bowls of the best pho in Hanoi instead.
As a married couple visiting Hanoi, we didn’t expect to be doing a walk of shame past the staff at our quaint Old Quarter hotel every morning. However, that’s what it feels like when we snook out of the hotel each morning, ditching the perfectly fine breakfast for big bowls of Phở in the city where the iconic Vietnamese food was invented.
We know what many of you are thinking: Why would you skip the free breakfast? Read on to find out why.
Breakfast in Vietnam is prime time for soup, especially for Phở in Hanoi. It’s not uncommon to see droves of locals lining up for bowls of hot beef or chicken broth covering fresh, flat Pho noodles.
Probably due to intensely hot afternoons, Vietnamese days rev up early in the morning and it’s not uncommon for a Phở shop to open at 6 am. Add some freshly cooked beef, used to make Phở Bà, or chicken, used to make Phở Gà and you’ll have an extra special eating experience.
So many people, especially lovers of Phở, think they know the ins and outs of the globally popular soup. But there’s a sophisticated history behind Pho and it began, surprisingly, in the early portion of the 20th century with influences that ranged from the Chinese to the French.
We’ve eaten Phở in the United States many times, but always for lunch or dinner. Hanoi Pho is best when eaten for breakfast. Seriously, could there be a better way to start the day than a bowl filled with savory broth, slow-cooked meat and fresh rice noodles???
Hanoi Pho Video
Watch our YouTube video to see what it’s like to eat Phở for breakfast in Hanoi. Plus, you may learn a thing or two about the popular Hanoi creation.
Plan Your Hanoi Stay
You have to sleep somewhere when you travel to Vietnam to enjoy the best eats in Hanoi.
Many businesses have revised their hours due to COVID-19. Some may close, either temporarily or permanently, without notice. Be sure to check websites for updated information.
Get a Vietnam Visa
Don’t get stuck at the border when you travel to Vietnam!
We’ve personally used Vietnam-Visa three times to secure Vietnam visas and have been happy with their convenience and service.
Stay Connected in Hanoi
You’ll want WiFi on the go for mapping, ordering Grab cars, translating menus and posting Instagram stories.
One option is to pre-order a pocket WiFi unit that you can pick up at your Hanoi hotel and use all over Vietnam.
This is a great option if your mobile phone is locked and you want to stay connected. Otherwise, you can purchase a SIM card upon arrival in Hanoi.
About the Authors
Daryl & Mindi Hirsch
Saveur Magazine’s BEST TRAVEL BLOG award winners Daryl and Mindi Hirsch share their culinary travel experiences and recipes on the 2foodtrippers website and YouTube. The married Food and Travel content creators live in Lisbon, Portugal.