Bún bò Huế

Takeaway, Pho, Farringdon

It seems that since they’ve started naming the storms, we get one every week. This week it was the turn of Storm Imogen, which made for a very wet and windy London on Monday. Not so good for getting out and about, but perfect soup weather. While I went for the Cauliflower and Coconut, Ed and Paul plumped for a hearty Bún bò Huế each from Pho.

This is Paul and Ed
Ed and Paul – look at those happy faces

Bún bò Huế  is a popular Vietnamese soup containing rice vermicelli (bún) and beef (). The soup originates from Hue, a former capital of Vietnam and the dish is made by simmering beef bones with lemongrass and adding fermented shrimp sauce, sugar and kick-ass chilli oil.


Pho (the restaurant) serve the takeaway soup in a deconstructed way, giving you a bowl, the main ingredients, herbs and the broth separately, so that you can put it all together yourself. The spoon could be a bit bigger, as it slips into the soup if you don’t watch out, but it’s a minor point. There’s no shortage of brisket beef and or noodles.


It’s nutritious and delicious and according to the boys it’s a pretty good soup, with lots of flavour and perfect for a winters day. It’s definitely one for those who don’t mind their food spicy, as it warms you up in more ways than one! A fiery 7 spoons.

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Content with thanks to @edeverett and @paul_huston