Stir-Fried ‘Pho’ – Pho Xao

stir-fried ‘pho’ – pho xao

‘Phở’ must be one of the most famous Vietnamese dishes in the world. People from different cultures enjoy a bowl of ‘phở’ with hearty broth, tender beef or chicken, and soft noodles. Vietnamese people eat ‘phở’ on a daily basis, from morning to midnight. There are many street food vendors and restaurants where have ‘phở’ in their menus. And, in this article, we want to introduce ‘phở xào’, which is a bit different from the noodle soup, the ingredients, the ways to process this dish as well as some of the best ‘pho’ restaurants where you can enjoy this unique dish.   

the introduction

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I. Stir-Fried ‘Pho’ – The Introduction

Stir-fried ‘Phở’ is very popular in Vietnam, not just in Hanoi. It is enjoyed by people all over the country, from urban areas to the countryside. The soft noodle combines with the fresh, sweet taste of thin, well-marinated beef slices (or chicken), as well as the fragrant, juicy green veggies make this dish one of speciality of Hanoians from the past until now. Actually, it is more simple and quicker to make than traditional noodle soup. A plate of stir-fried ‘pho’ can be made in just 15 – 20 minutes. Typically, a plate of stir-fried ‘pho’ with beef contains fresh noodle – ‘phở’, beef and sauce. Besides, it can have oyster mushrooms, onions, juicy seasoned tofu, etc.

Pho noodle soup is not different from stir-fried ‘pho’. Both of them include rice noodles, beef, and green vegetables. However, stir-fried ‘pho’ does not use the broth; instead, it is fried in a pan. Stir-fried noodles are nutritious, delicious and very attractive.

the ingredients

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1. The Ingredients Of Stir-Fried ‘Pho’

Vietnamese are fond of rice noodle and it is also a main ingredient for many dishes, including stir-fried ‘pho’. The texture of rice noodles is slightly chewy that is different from round rice noodles. Apart from rice noodles, this dish can include bean sprouts, onions, spring onions, soy sauce, sesame oil, chili sauce, sugar and salt. These ingredients can work with chicken, beef or shrimp. To get a different appearance, you can fry some fresh vegetables, such as peppers, broccoli and leafy greens. Generally, the ingredients of stir-fried ‘pho’ is not different too much from those of regular noodle soup.

2. How To Make Stir-Fried ‘Pho’

In order to make stir-fried ‘pho’, at first, you need to cook the rice noodles ‘bánh phở’ according to instructions and then rinse with water. People often choose the high-quality beef to stir fry with rice noodles. Sliced ​​beef will be marinated and oiled within about half an hour to soak. Next, fry the onions, bean sprouts and spring onion and add a little bit of salt. Then, fry the beef with the ginger in hot oil until it is cooked 3/4 part. Fry the rice noodles for one minute so that they do not over-stick to each other. Add dark soy sauce to taste and stir it well until the rice noodles absorb the color of the soy sauce. After that, add the beef to the noodles, add the onions, spring onions and beansprouts and mix all of these ingredients well. It also contains stir-fried green veggies with seasonal choices, such as leeks, broccoli, celery, onions, carrots, tomatoes, and garlic cloves. Finally, taste and add additional soy sauce, oyster sauce, salt and sugar. And now, you have a serving of stir-fried ‘pho’ that is delicious, multi-color and tasty.

II. Where To Eat Stir-Fried ‘Pho’

There are some restaurants where you can enjoy stir-fried ‘pho’ in Hanoi. Each ‘pho’ restaurant has a different style, but all of them are always packed with customers. And, here are some of the best ‘pho’ restaurants where you should visit to enjoy this unique dish in Hanoi.

1. Stir-Fried ‘Pho’ On Hang Buom Street

hang buom street

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This ‘pho’ restaurant is not easy to find, but it has been very famous in this area for a long time. So, if you love the stir-fried ‘pho’, you should not skip the pho shop at 11 Hang Buom Street. It only sells from 7 p.m, although on the nameless sidewalk, it is very famous in Hanoi old quarter with many locals and foreigners to eat. The secret of this restaurant is that before fried with oyster sauce, the beef is covered with a thin layer of powder. Also, the rice noodles are not too bold, and consumers can add soy sauce, chili sauce and fish sauce for taste.

It only specializes in stir- fried ‘pho’ with beef. If you are looking for a little dry ‘pho’, then the flavor here may be very agreeable to you. The meat is well- marinated, so it is sweet and crispy, and then it is mixed with fried green vegetables. The noodles are also fried here, but it still remains soft. However, the disadvantage of stir- fried noodles here is that they are soaked in oil too much. Therefore, you should call a cup of ice tea and pickled vegetables with noodles to reduce boredom.

Just like other ‘pho’ shops, rice noodles here are always accompanied with a plate of raw vegetables and pickled green papaya. Besides, the shop also serves cucumber slices to customers. Nonetheless, stir-fried ‘pho’ here is quite expensive but modest, just fit enough for women. In fact, the meat here is very little, so many customers who come to the shop have to call a bowl of bare cows. Overall, expensive but delicious and due to the central location, this ‘pho’ restaurant is one of the most favorite places for those who want to enjoy stir-fried ‘pho’ in Hanoi.

  • Address: 11 Hang Buom Street, Hoan Kiem District
  • Opening Time: 6:00 p.m – 3:30 a.m
  • Pricing: 50.000 – 110.000 VND
2. Stir-Fried ‘Pho’ On Bat Dan Street

bat dan street

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Phu My fried noodle shop at 45B Bat Dan is always crowded with consumers. The secret behind that is the salty and sweet sauce soaked into each noodle fiber, mixed into the vegetables with beef, making this dish more special than everywhere. Stir-fried ‘pho’ here includes plenty of beef, many different kinds of green leafy veggies, accompanied by sweet mango sauce and fresh vegetables. So, even though the price is quite higher than the popular shop, this restaurant is still favored by many people. This restaurant has been open for years, and it sells all day, both of which are enough to prove the attraction of this noodle shop. Actually, this is known as one of the best restaurants for those who want to try the taste of stir-fried ‘pho’ in Hanoi.

  • Address: 45B Bat Dan Street, Hoan Kiem District
  • Opening Time: 8:00 a.m – 11:00 p.m
  • Pricing: 30.000 – 66.000 VND
3. ‘Phở Yến’ On Cua Bac Street

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When it comes to finding ‘pho’ restaurants where sell stir-fried ‘pho’ in Hanoi, you should not forget this place. The noodle soup on Cua Bac Street is simpler and more pure. At peak hours, you can witness the crowded guests with the restaurant’s professional working style. The shop’s small side overlooking Nguyen Truong To Street is an industrial kitchen. There are always a few staffs always stir- frying and making dishes. The larger side overlooking Cua Bac Street are full of guests along both the house and the sidewalk. The ‘phở’ here is usually pre-processed, and filled up in large pots. When the customers call, the staff will quickly stir fry the noodles once again.

The taste or raw materials are not very special, but stir-fried ‘pho’ on Cua Bac Street is hand processing, tasty and professional service. The dishes of noodle are also full, and plenty of meat. In addition, many customers like this noodle shop due to its rich menu. Apart from stir-fried ‘pho’, this noodle shop also serves fried rice, fried noodles, French fries, etc. All of these dishes are also delicious with affordable prices.

  • Address:66 Cua Bac Street, Ba Dinh District
  • Opening Time: 7:00 a.m – 10:00 p.m
  • Pricing: 20.000 – 55.000 VND

Now, in Hanoi, there are some places where you can enjoy stir-fried ‘pho’. Each restaurant has a different flavor, so you should consider visiting some of these restaurants to determine your preference. Actually, this dish is worth trying if you have a chance to visit Hanoi or if you are a fan of ‘pho’ and looking for something different. This dish is so delicious and attractive and if you have a chance to try it, you will love its taste and never regret about your choice. Now, let’s go to any of these restaurants and enjoy this delicious dish with your friends and family members.

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