With a Vietnamese restaurant on nearly every corner in Hong Kong, you might not think that great beef pho is hard to come by. But according to our resident food blogger Christy Ma (aka lolleroll), there is only one place that gets it right.
Vietnamese food, specifically pho bo, is one of my favourite kinds of comfort food. But coming across a good bowl of beef pho is not the norm when eating out in Hong Kong. Usually you get served Chinese ho fun noodles, that have gone a little too soft, with a few slices of uninspiring, overcooked beef.
Nha Trang and Bep are probably among the tiny handful of Vietnamese restaurants in Hong Kong serving pretty decent bowls of pho, but the best one I’ve have discovered has to be the one from Bun Cha Vietnamese Cafe & Restaurant. I think it was opened by a Vietnamese woman (who you will likely see in there), operated by Vietnamese staff, and all this authentic-ness shows in the taste of the food.
Beef Pho *must order* ($68)
It’s really hard to capture how good this pho bo tastes in a photo. Some telling factual descriptions include: they use actual pho which is still very al dente when served, I think I drank half of the soup base and the beef was medium rare (that you can see) and fatty. Tastes aside, it’s also a good portion at a very reasonable price of $68!
Cha Nem Spring Rolls ($88)
One bowl of pho bo each was an instant decision we made before even sitting down. But I always struggle on what else to order at any Vietnamese restaurant. The waitress enthusiastically approved of the Cha Nem (spring rolls wrapped in lettuce) and it turned out to be an excellent recommendation.
Banh Mi (Sandwich) ($60)
The waitress also said that the Banh Mi is very good here so we went with her suggestion again. There was some very juicy pork meat in there with a whole bunch of other stuff that made the sandwich very tasty. To be honest, though, I’ve probably only had Banh Mi one other time in my life, and the beef pho had left me too in awe to judge anything else!
Spend per person: $150-200
Bun Cha Vietnamese Cafe & Restaurant, 41-49 Aberdeen Street, Central, (+852) 2858 1990
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