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Pho Thin (Lo Duc)

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Name: Pho Thin (Lo Duc)
Address: 13 Lo Duc, Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi

Directions: Southeast of Hoan Kiem Lake several blocks.

Phone: unknown
21.01818543356866 105.85536360740662 Category:

Description: A popular beef Pho spot that has been around for decades and is known for its special way of frying its beef before adding it to the soup.
Rating: 3.73 on a scale of 1 to 5. Based on 18 reviews.

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address icon 3C Le Van Luong Street (Golden Palace Building, 3rd Floor), Thanh Xuan District, Thanh Xuân, Hanoi

phone number icon 02432223329

18 Reviews (Followed by 10 users)

March 7th, 2015 at 11:06 am

Best Pho in Hanoi for the winter months. Rich, flavorful, smokey. Busy enough to feel reasonably sure what you're getting is fresh any time of the day. Open all day. A classic stop for a reason.

1.000 năm Thăng Long
March 27th, 2011 at 11:39 am

I've tried this once and found it quite tasty. You can definitely taste the stir fried beef. it tastes great w some hot sauce and garlic added. I'm usually squeamish about ordering quay from these kind of places, but it looked ok here so i had some here and it was not bad.

All and all i still prefer the traditional pho bo, but its nice to mix it up from time to time.

also, i'm not sure how to update the address on this thing but it's 15 Lo Duc

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July 18th, 2013 at 8:29 pm

First ate at this place in 1993. Been regular ever since, in both senses. I don't understand the comments saying the cloudy broth is not traditional. In fact the reverse is true. This is indeed the traditional broth. Cloudy with flavor, all natural. A real broth. Much of the decor hasn't changed in 2 decades. Nor has the grumpy brusque service. Nor has the pho. I've tried every real pho place in Hanoi over the years and this place is the stand out and the only place id take visitors.

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December 15th, 2012 at 7:53 pm

Some people complain that the soup is not as clear as other places..

For me the broth in this place is simply amazing - I dont want clear, i want rich and full of flavor.

I go here 2-3 times / week, and i have not found a better place yet.

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April 7th, 2011 at 10:55 pm

Pluses: the flavour of the broth. Yep, a good mark here (notwithstanding my reservation below). The fried beef is an interesting tweak of your standard pho bo, too, even though I definitely prefer sliced cooked beef (chin). I think their prices are quite reasonable (30k a bowl), considering recent across-the-board rises at street restaurants city-wide, as well as the fairly generous helping of beef, and the fact that this is a "famous place".

Minuses: the soup. It's tasty, but it's dirty and cloudy. The cooks here clearly don't subscribe to the golden rule of pho - clear broth. And it's much more greasy than normal pho soup, too, which really doesn't go with the noodles at all. You'll have a film of grease on your lips by the time you've finished your bowl. And whilst I've lauded the flavour of the broth, I have to say it also has a strong gamey taste and smell that is ever so slightly wrong. Disconcerting. The fried beef is kinda chewy, too. I prefer the chin at my favourite pho bo place (I'm never reviewing it!) - it's tender, lovely and reminds me of roast beef. This place does their beef differently, but certainly not better, in my opinion. Oh, and they way overdo it with the spring onion garnish - they pile the stuff high! Too much. And today there were some rotten pieces in my bowl.

Before I level the next criticism, let me make it clear that I eat at these kinds of places all the time, and I'm not a squeamish Pho 24 enthusiast braving the grot of a Regular Joe's pho stall as a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I am Joe. I eat at places like Pho Thin on a daily basis. And I have to say that this place seems a fair bit more grubby than the norm. Everything has a layer of grease over it of a thickness that you might expect at a bun cha place, but not a pho seller. Furthermore, it is more than slightly malodorous - worryingly so, and the weather's quite cool now. I wonder how bad it gets when things heat up. Again, I'm an enthusiast of these kinds of places, and I know they don't usually smell of Glen 20, but this place is really quite stinky. And there's something about what's served up that doesn't quite sit right. Perhaps it's a combination of the premises plus the dirty soup with the ever-so-slightly off taste, the rotten bits of garnish in the mix, and the pile of greasy meat that just seems dodgy when your bowl's plonked down in front of you. After the first spoonful today, I distinctly remember pondering whether to abandon the rest of the bowl as a precaution, because it just didn't seem *right*. I seldom do that. And I didn't today - I ate the lot. And I'm fine. However, I'm not surprised in the slightest that some people have reported eating here, only to later experience stomach problems.

Okay, this place doesn't serve up your ordinary pho bo - it's worth going here to try out their style. However, I certainly prefer the more traditional varieties over what you get here. Couple this with the fact that, when I eat here, I get worried about the equilibrium of my stomach and intestines...well...all I can say is I won't be rushing back for more.

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