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Pho – cheap & modern Vietnamese street food

The cooler autumn weather is screaming for hot steaming soups. When travelling in Vietnam many years ago we fell in love with Pho, the clear soup with noodles and beef (pho bo) or chicken (pho ga), which is served with lime, fresh chili and Vietnamese greens.  In Vietnam they serve it at most street stalls, often for breakfast. Very delicious.

Back in Denmark we had to travel half-way through Copenhagen to find a Vietnamese restaurant. And the only modern one, Nhà Hàng, is ridiculously expensive as is has almost doubled its prices since it opened. That’s just not right.

Back to London, where there are quite a few Vietnamese restaurants, most of them in East London. We mainly eat out in Soho where Sam works and luckily Pho, a small chain of smart-looking restaurants serving cheap Vietnamese street food, decided to open another shop smack in the middle of Wardour Street.

We tried it a few days ago and their phos were just lovely. (Warning to purists: This IS a modernised version of Vietnamese, meaning trendy young waiters, cosy contemporary interior and not always 100% authentic food combinations.)

We both had the Pho Bo Dac Biet (with steak, brisket and meatballs). It was easily the best meatballs I’ve had in a pho soup; dark meaty and succulent and not chewy at all. I would have liked a bit more greens to garnish the soup and the stock was not mind-blowing, just very good. Pho also gets an extra point for putting a lot of sauces on the tables (two different chili sauces, fish sauce & hoisin sauce). That way you can mix your own perfect taste combination.

Prices are low: soups cost between 6.95 – 8.45 pounds. See the whole menu here.

Pho, 163-165 Wardour Street, London (plus 4 more locations)

Read about another of my favourite Vietnamese restaurants, Song Que Café in East London.

Yndlingsrestaurant – Misato

Foto: Mette Bassett

 Japanske Misato ligger i nummer 11 i Wardour Street i Soho. Der er tale om fastfood, i hvert fald går det stærkt på det lille, proppede sted, hvor folk står i kø for at komme ind gennem døren og stikke spisepindene i en bentoboks (madkasse-lignende boks med småretter) eller en af de mange risretter med for eksempel stegt makrel eller kylling og japansk karry.  

En sushi-bentoboks koster omkring 9 pund, og har man blot én gang haft pungen oppe på Sticks ‘n Sushi i København, så lærer man at sætte pris på den slags priser. Vi kommer i hvert fald tilbage igen og igen, på trods af køer og so-so service.  Læs mere her.  


Foto: Mette Bassett

In English: One of our favourite, cheap & japanese restaurants is Misato, 11 Wardour Street. They serve delicious and very filling bentoboxes, sushi and plenty of rice dishes with everything from fried mackerel to chicken w. curry sauce. 

Prices from 7-10 pounds for a main course = amazingly cheap and worth queuing for (as you always end up doing). Read more about it here.