Pho Hoa Pasteur, SaigonUpdated 2/3/09. Pho Hoa Pasteur holds a special place in my early teen heart and memory. Not just because of its hearty bowls of pho. No. Not the Pho Hoa Pasteur you're thinking about. I'm talking about the original place in Saigon.

Pasteur Institute, across from Pho Hoa Pasteur SaigonI don't remember frequenting Pho Pasteur in Saigon all that much before leaving the country in 1975 - Pho Pasteur as I recall it, not Pho Hoa Pasteur. More importantly this place (and this street Pasteur) is special to me because I bicycled along this street everyday going to school in the early 70's.

Located at 260C Pasteur, Pho Hoa Pasteur has changed quite a bit I'm sure, but I don't remember exactly what it was like. When you're in an environment for thousands of times, you tend to ignore it. But then I was always concentrating on getting to school on time. We take things for granted I guess. Any way when coming back in January 2008, I had to stop by and have a bowl of pho here. Afterward we went outside and I took this picture of the Pasteur Institute across the street. Pho Hoa Pasteur is the original place.Pho Hoa Pasteur Saigon bowl of pho bo

I'm postulating this is why many restaurants in the US (and I'm sure elsewhere outside of Vietnam as well) are named some variations of Pho Hoa Pasteur. The place was that well-known and popular.

For the hard-core (or the curious) fans who want to read more about Pho Hoa Pasteur, the Pasteur Institute across the street from it, and the history behind it, click over to read about "Street of Saigon: Pasteur", courtesy of SaigonToday.net.

Pho Hoa Pasteur Saigon garnishesHere's what I had and my ratings:

Jan 16, 2008

Pho tai, chin (beef: rare, well-done brisket), large size.

  • Pho noodle: (4/5)
  • Soup stock: (4/5)
  • Meats: (4/5)
  • Garnishes*: freshness (5/5)
  • Garnishes: extra points for fresh ngo gai (5/5) - Ngo gai galore!
  • Extra points: 3 for clean dining area, comfortable ambience, authentically friendly service.
  • Total points: 26

* No points for expected garnishes of sprouts, Thai basil, lime and chiles.

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This is my favorite Pho place anywhere! I went there after a long, long trip by bus and train, sat my sorry self down next to a huge fish tank that seemed way out of place and ordered Pho Thai Nam Sach, which just seemed to amaze the half a dozen tots that were supposed to be slurping up their own noodles at the time. When the bowl made its impressive appearance, I bent over it and just inhaled the aroma, delicious! Then I tore 5 or 6 basil leaves off and was about to toss them in when an… Read more »

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Anyone tried Vietnamese Pho with clams. I was back to saigon for a short holidays and my friends brought me to this noodle place and I tried it. Wow, it was really good although not the authentic beef pho. Especially the spicy soup with pho and clams and there are other side dishes like clams with chilli and lemon grass. I got the name card but was informed by the waiters that they are moving in 2 weeks time. New address is at 52A Nguyen Binh Khiem, District 1. Try it. You will not be disappointed.

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Nope, it was Pho but this pho is a thicker version which is the northern style. But the sate soup was good with it.

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