10 Best Spots That Deliver Soul-Soothing Pho in Manila

You can get pho-nomenal versions of the Vietnamese classic at these places.

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PHOTO BY Facebook/Chi Em Gai - Vietnamese Restaurant, Moment Food ILLUSTRATION Warren Espejo

(SPOT.ph) If the West has their chicken soup as a classic soul-soothing dish you can always rely on, Vietnam has their pho—a.k.a. the traditional noodle soup you can also find on the streets. At its core, it consists of a light but hearty broth that’s made by simmering animal bones low and slow, topped with meat (more on that in a bit), fresh veggies like bean sprouts that add crispness, fresh herbs like mint or basil for zinginess, and neutral-tasting rice noodles that cushion the other flavors.

Pho is usually accompanied with beef (including lean cuts like flank or sirloin, fattier cuts like brisket, unctuous parts like the tendon, and so on), chicken, or seafood; heck, you can even find meatless versions around. Most versions are also served with optional seasonings and condiments like lime wedges, sweet-savory hoisin, or spicy sriracha—and though purists will argue that you should resist the urge to pour heaps onto your bowl (to let the broth shine!), they do allow you to customize the taste of the resulting slurps and chopstick-fuls just as you please. If you’re looking for great pho in Manila, these shops have you covered. You can get them delivered, too.

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You can get amazing pho at these restaurants in Manila:

Pho24

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Pho24 hails from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam and cooks the broth for their pho low and slow. The result? Deep and resounding flavor, whether you go for the Pho Beef Fillet (P252); Pho 3 Types of Beef (P252) with beef fillet, brisket, and meatballs; or the Pho Chicken (P252). All bowls come with rice noodles, thinly-sliced onions, and black pepper. And if you’re really after the fresh-off-the-stove experience, you can also go for their DIY Pho Beef Fillet Home Meal Kit (P540/good for two) that comes with everything you need to assemble your own pho. You can message Pho24 on Facebook or course your order through GrabFood or Foodpanda.

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For orders, send a message to Pho24 Philippines’ Facebook page. You can also find them on GrabFood and Foodpanda.

Bawai’s

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Thank goodness Tagaytay cult-fave Bawai’s has branches in Manila, because that means you don’t have to travel far to get your fix of their winning Vietnamese fare—including their pho! We’re big fans of their bright-tasting yet hearty Pho Bo (P365) or beef pho, which made it on our 2016 Top 10 Pho in Manila list, but their Pho Ga (P355) or chicken pho is well worth a try as well. They use ingredients imported from Vietnam as much as possible, resulting in a real-deal, vibrant flavor that’ll transport you straight to the said country. You can message Bawai’s on Facebook or give them a call for orders.

For orders, send a message to Bawai's Vietnamese Kitchen North Towers & Greenhills’ Facebook page. You can also contact 0917-566-5055 or 8355-4578.

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Saigon Corner

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This under-the-radar Vietnamese eatery in Quezon City deserves more love. They do a lot of Vietnamese eats well, but their pho lineup is a great place to start. There’s the Fresh Beef (P285) with succulent beef strips that melt in the mouth, the Beef Brisket (P285) with brisket and meatballs, and the Special Pho (P365) that combines the two. Try the more one-of-a-kind variations too—namely the Coconut Chicken Pho (P325) that combines chicken broth with young coconut juice and succulent coconut-meat noodles for slightly sweet meets savory sip; the Satay Pho (P300) with a deep beef broth given richness with peanuts and chili, plus meatballs and beef brisket; and the meatless Vegan Pho (P250). You can order through their Viber group, by giving them a call, or via GrabFood or Foodpanda.

For orders, join Saigon Corner’s Viber group, contact 0977-122-2944, or find Saigon Corner on GrabFood or Foodpanda. You can also check out their Facebook page.

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Phat Pho

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An institution in Cebu that was brought to Metro Manila shores by the Moment Group, Phat Pho makes pho with true-blue Vietnamese flavor by taking no shortcuts and using locally sourced fresh ingredients where possible. Their Pho Bo (P260/small, P410/large) or beef pho uses U.S. Angus beef for a tender bite and rich beefy flavor (it finished fifth in our 2016 Top 10 Pho in Manila list), while the Pho Ga (P245/small, P380/large) has thin slices of chicken that go well with the mellow soup base and nutty bean sprouts. If you love having spice in your life, try the Seafood Pho (P490/large) which has a spicy seafood soup base plus fish cakes, squid, and poached shrimp. And for an all-out experience, don’t miss the Pho Special (P290/small, P435/large) with shaved U.S. Angus beef, braised beef, meatball, and tendon for a mix of meaty, tender, succulent, and gelatinous textures. Just place your orders through the Moment Group’s delivery website, Moment Food.

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For orders, check out Phat Pho on Moment Food’s website.

Chi Em Gai

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You can get fresh and flavorful Vietnamese dishes at Chi Em Gai, and that includes their soothing bowls of pho. The Pho Bo (P189/solo, P349/sharing) or beef noodle soup and Pho Ga (P169/solo, P319/sharing) deliver a good dose of the natural flavors of their respective meats, while the lighter but no less hearty Pho Hai San (P389/sharing) or seafood noodle soup is a great bowl to down on a hot day. If you really love your meat, go for the Pho Bo Bit Tet (P399/sharing), which features juicy slices of steak. You can conveniently find them on delivery apps like GrabFood, Foodpanda, and Beepit.

For orders, find Chi Em Gai on GrabFood, Foodpanda, and Beepit. You can also check out their Facebook page.

Vinatrang Cuisine

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If you’re particular about your beef, you’re in for a treat at Vinatrang Cuisine as they make pho with different beef cuts—from the Pho Nam (P315) with lean flank and tender brisket, to the Pho Nam Gan (P315) with tender slices of round steak (one of our favorites in Manila!), to the Pho Bo Tai (P395) with flavorful sirloin slices and more. They also make a sinigang-esque Pho Hai San (P475) with a sour-spicy broth and assorted seafood as toppings. Simply visit their website to order, or find them on GrabFood or Foodpanda.

For orders, visit Vinatrang Cuisine’s delivery website or find them on GrabFood or Foodpanda. You can also check out their Facebook page.

Ca Phe Saigon

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This Vietnamese spot with branches in Mandaluyong, Marikina, and Antipolo captures the clean yet bright taste of the cuisine really well—and this applies to their pho, too. Their Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup (starts at P190/regular) was a contender in our 2016 Top 10 Pho in Manila list, thanks to its full-on beef flavor accentuated with fresh herbs and firm noodles. You don’t want to miss the other pho variations they’ve got, though—which include the hearty Vietnamese Chicken Noodles Soup (starts at P170/regular) or chicken pho with cinnamon and star anise for an extra dose of warmth, and the Seafood Noodles Soup (P330) that’s got a zingy lemongrass-atsuete broth and toppings of crab sticks, shrimp, squid, and lobster balls. Just give the branch nearest you a call to get your fix.

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See a list of branches and their contact numbers. You can also check out their Facebook page.

So Mot Vietnamese Cuisine

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So mot means “number one” in Vietnamese—and we’ll let you be the judge on whether they live up to that name, but what we can tell you is that their pho is amazing stuff. It’s got a broth that’s light yet umami and subtly tinged with the aroma of herbs, rice noodles that retain a slight bite, and tender meat—whether you go for the beef-topped Pho Bo Tai (P228), chicken-topped Pho Ga (P228), or beef-ball topped Pho Bo Vien (P228). You can order by visiting their website or via GrabFood.

For orders, visit So Mot Vietnamese Cuisine’s website or find them on GrabFood. You can also check out their Facebook page.

Tra Vinh Philippines

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Tra Vinh is another one of our favorite pho places in Manila. They come from Australia and specialize in Southern Vietnamese eats, the said noodle soup included—and their pho selection has something for everyone. You can’t go wrong with the Raw Beef Noodle (P270/regular, P350/large) that flaunts medium-rare beef slices so tender they melt in the mouth. But for a different experience, you can also go for the Spicy Combination Noodle (P280/regular, P370/large) that brings on welcome heat; the umami-filled Crab & Seafood Noodle (P290/regular, P390/large); or even the spiced Curry Chicken Noodle (P280/regular). You can give their Retiro or Little Baguio branches a text or call through mobile or Viber to place an order, and book a courier for delivery.

For orders from the Retiro branch, call 8742-1718 or contact 0960-680-8040 through Viber. For orders from the Little Baguio branch, call 8716-1718 or contact 0960-680-8041 through Viber. You can also check out their Facebook page.

Pho Hoa

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Pho Hoa is where you likely had your first taste of Vietnamese food locally—after all, the U.S.-originating franchise has been around for many years in the Philippines, with multiple branches in the Metro. Their pho remains a go-to for its straightforward flavorful makeup, and they’ve got quite the extensive selection, too—from 1 Pho Nam (starts at P354/small) with thin and meaty slices of beef flank; to the 50 Pho Chin, Nam, Gan, Bo Vien (starts at P352/small) loaded with brisket, flank, tendon, and meatballs; to the underrated but must-try 15 Pho Canh Chua Tom (starts at P432/small) with a tangy broth, meaty prawns, and slightly sweet pineapple. You can order from their website or via GrabFood or Foodpanda.

For orders, visit Pho Hoa’s website or find them on GrabFood or Foodpanda. You can also check out their Facebook page.

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