Friday, September 21, 2012

Pho Ha Noi Vietnamese Restaurant, Erlangen, Germany

One of the best things to have during a cold day is a bowl of pho. There is something satisfying about the beef broth that soothes the rumbling tummy and stirs your taste buds. In the quiet student town of Erlangen, Pho Ha Noi Vietnamese Restaurant is where I go to get my fix of pho.

  Pho Hanoi

It is a small store situated right between a Turkish market and a bistro/cafe restaurant. There is nothing glamourous about the place, it has basic seating and it isn't the largest of places but the main attraction here is the food.

The location


Most Vietnamese restaurants in Germany serve food which has been a bit more suited to the local taste buds and it is no different at Pho Ha Noi. However, they do have an extra menu which serves some properly authentic Vietnamese noodles such as the pho, bun and also a couple of spring roll dishes. What I do order most of the time here is the Pho Hanoi, with flat noodles, thinly sliced beef (never overcooked I might add!) and a generous amount of herbs and bean sprouts. There is a few other versions of the pho here, one of them called the Pho Saigon, whereby the only difference is that they stir fry the beef first and add in some beef balls to the noodles. There is also a chicken version for non-bovine eaters. I prefer the Hanoi style as the beef is cooked to my liking and much smoother that way.

Another dish I like to have is the Bún bò Huế, with a spicier broth and uses Bun, a thin noodle (but is thicker than our Malaysian bee hoon). For those who want a break away from the standard soup noodles there is the Bun Bo La Lot. This is a refreshing dish which is sort of like a noodle salad and comes with some assorted vegetables and Bo La Lot, ground beef wrapped in betel leaves and grilled. It is served with a Vietnamese dipping sauce called the nuoc mam cham, which is sweet and savoury. The dish is very clean tasting and combining its elements together, it produces some very nice flavours with the crunchy vegetables and the aromatic Bo La Lot.

The star attraction... Pho Hanoi



Bún bò Huế


Bún bò lá lôt

Nuoc mam cham sauce


Verdict: Great authentic vietnamese noodles with minimal fuss.


Opening times: Monday to Saturday: 11.00 - 21.00; Sundays and Fridays: 14.00 - 22.00

Service: Brisk

Price: Between 6.90 to 8.00 euros for a bowl/plate of noodles

Location: Pho Ha Noi Vietnamese Restaurant, Kammerstrasse 4, 91054 Erlangen, Bavaria, Germany

Tel: +49 9131/9738441

*This is a guest post by The Unc. All photos taken with Samsung Galaxy SIII.

18 comments:

  1. normally those asian food in european countries are very good

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    1. Yeah, but Chinese food usually not to my taste. But their Vietnamese and Thai food is good.

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  2. That bowl of hot steaming Pho is so tempting. I am freezing in the office!

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    1. I have a horrid cold right now, and I would love a bowl of pho too!

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  3. It looks like such an unlikely place to find authentic Vietnamese noodles! Although nothing compares to eating the steaming bowl of goodness on a tiny plastic stool at a tiny plastic table in a tiny stall in a back street of Hanoi.

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    1. I really shd visit Hanoi sometime soon.

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  4. pho is damn ons! been to HCMC many times and always enjoyed them, have yet to try the hanoi version tho

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  5. Ooooooo...i am hungry n i just had lunch!

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    1. Tell me about it, I just had dinner and the first bowl of noodles makes my mouth water too!

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  6. The pho looks awesome! Look at those sliced beef!!! Would love to taste the soup... yummy!

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  7. Aiyor!!! Go Germany, eat their giant sausages lor... Their pork knuckles!!! Oooo...I like! Where got want to eat Vietnamese food one?

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    1. Aiyo! This guest post by my brother lah, who lives in Germany. Pork knuckles? German sausage? Cannot eat all the time la.. pho is a nice change!

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  8. ooh, a testament to the tastiness of pho! people all over the world love it! (unlike, say, durian, which people all over the world seem to hate, heh) :D

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    1. Any idea where is the best tasting pho in KL?

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  9. huhuhu it is in Germany!

    got no idea that Vietnamese food serve good in there heheh

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  10. Yeah they have some good Asian food over there.

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