Jung and I wholeheartedly loved the pho at Pho Gia Thuyen and had we stayed longer, we would have probably eaten there every day. We were tempted to go back, but I had also written down several other recommendations for pho, so we thought we'd try another place just for comparison sake.
We wanted to stick to traditional northern style pho, which is more beefy and simpler in terms of garnishes than the pho we get in the states. We walked along Phung Hung Street until we found Pho Bo Duc Khoi.
There is a husband-wife team that mans the kitchen at the front of the store. We went inside and sat down at an empty table. We ordered two bowls of pho bo.
This had a clearer broth than Pho Gia Thuyen, but still had a strong beefy flavor. This had thinner slices of beef and had chopped green onion and cilantro as garnish. Again, no siracha or hoisin sauce, which I learned is reserved for southern style pho.
A splash of lime was all that it needed. This had a hefty serving of wide rice noodles and Jung and I were stuffed after finishing it. This was a perfectly good bowl of pho bo, but if I had to chose between this one or the pho at Pho Gia Thuyen, I'd pick the latter.
Pho Bo Duc Khoi
77 Phung Hung Street