Most New Yorkers are familiar with Pho by now, but not all Pho is created equal. For those who don’t know, Pho is Vietnamese rice noodles which are served in a soup with meats and various spices. District Saigon is one of New York’s best varieties of this popular Vietnamese street food. You can smell the depth of flavors of their Pho as soon as the bowl is placed in front of you.
The exact recipe at District Saigon has been passed down from owner/head chef Lam Lien’s mother and are closely guarded secrets. They will tell you that the hours-long process of making the broth and the exact balance of ingredients are just as important, and they take these things very seriously at District Saigon.
In fact they take the recipe so seriously that less than a handful of people know it including Lam’s son, who is also a chef at the restaurant. If the flavor is not perfect, the chef preparing the day’s broth will call Lam and go through all the ingredients from the start, and if necessary they will start over. When it comes to authentic Vietnamese Pho, you can’t do much better than this place, especially when you consider the fair prices and friendly service.
Pictured: Round Steak and Brisket Pho
37-15 Broadway | Astoria, NY 11103 | (718) 956-0007