Hang-O-Pho is a Vietnamese restaurant that isn’t scared to have fun. Not only is the name a punny reference to the purported hangover-ailing qualities of pho, the restaurant is decked out in all sorts of quirky details, including a recreation of Leonardo’s The Last Supper with the disciples wearing rice hats.
The signature dish here is, of course, the pho. Completely MSG-free, Hang-O-Pho’s broth is sweet and aromatic, made by cooking beef bones, fresh oxtail, chopped brisket and more than 10 different herbs and spices for 20-plus hours. As for the noodles that sit in the soup, the owners tested more than 30 different types before settling on an al dente rice noodle that comes straight from Vietnam. Aside from the must-try Hangover Cure raw Angus beef pho ($78), it’s also worth trying the restaurant’s non-noodle dishes, including the grilled meatballs ($38) and garlic butter chicken wings ($68).
If 2017 was all about banh mi – we love the offerings at the likes of Le Petit Saigon and Co Thanh – 2018 looks set to be the year pho takes centrestage. Rich, simple and oh-so-comforting, it’s hard not to love a well-made pho. Recent months have seen a slew of new Vietnamese restaurants opening, all boasting the beloved noodle soup on their menus. If you’re a fan of flavourful broths made from fresh ingredients, check out our recommended places to try pho now.
And if all these new openings have you ODing on Vietnamese, try one of Hong Kong’s equally comforting best claypot rice dishes or top hotpot restaurants.