You would think that after so many days in Vietnam, we would already have our first taste of pho. But with our constant chase for something more local to Hoi An, we only got to have pho many days later! We managed to find a spot called Pho Tung, which is popular among locals in Hoi An for breakfast. Come along with me to find out about their delicious pho! (・ω<)☆

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Another Hidden Gem in An Alley of Hoi An

Pho Tung is yet another local gem “hidden” in an alley in Hoi An. It seems that local gems are almost always in an alley. ( ´ ω ` ) Compared to Phin Coffee & Restaurant, which nearly got hubs and me into a quarrel, Pho Tung is less discreet in its location but still off the touristy path.

People were already roaming the streets of Hoi An when we were out and about, making our way to Pho Tung. But interestingly, once we made a turn off the main street, we were greeted with small food stalls visited mainly by locals. A few steps away, we were welcomed by Pho Tung’s signboard on a bright yellow pillar. (@´ー`)ノ゙

Enjoying Pho Among the Locals at Pho Tung

As with most local food spots, there was no one to greet us and show us to our table. This may be because this place is popular with locals, who usually already know what to do on arrival. So, as tourists, we began our journey into confusion. Haha! We spotted a table at the back and decided to sit there.

The signboard and the interior of Pho Tung in Hoi An

Slight Confusion in Making An Order

Before our arrival, we knew what we wanted to order. But the problem is, who and how do we make our order? (・・;)ゞ We waited a while and observed what people were doing around us before making our order. I mean, it shouldn’t be tough. It’s just approaching someone at the cooking station to order what we want, right? Well, kind of.

Hubs approached a staff at the cooking station to try to order our pho. And she pointed him to the back of the restaurant. That left us with many question marks, but we thought that was where we could order. So, hubs went there and returned to tell me that it was the bathroom. Haha! There was a miscommunication, and the staff thought hubs wanted to use the washroom. LOL. (´・ᴗ・ ` )

The cooking station of the restaurant

We were back to waiting until an older man, who I assumed was the stall owner, approached our table. He must have been wondering why we didn’t have anything on our table, so he approached us to take our order. With a friendly smile, gesture and limited English language, he passed us the English menu and took our order. Thank you, uncle! (´ ω `♡)

Getting Our First Taste of Pho in Vietnam

There are only a few items on Pho Tung’s menu, and we decided to go with the standard version called Pho Bo, which is pho with beef slices. The pho smelled so good when it was served to our table! I couldn’t help taking a quick sip of the broth to see how it tasted; it was so delicious! It was light yet flavourful. Yumz.

As we shared the table with a Vietnamese lady, hubs and I were trying to see how a local was enjoying their pho. We saw her adding all the condiments on the table into the broth and decided to follow suit. Hehe. (´• ω •`) We did not add everything, only the chilli and powder, since the broth was already so flavourful. For those who love a bit of spice in your food, definitely add the chilli and powder for extra oomph! (๑˃ᴗ˂)ﻭ

The plate of vegetables on the side and our Pho Bo (pho with beef slices) and the chilli powder condiment on our table at Pho Tung in Hoi An

I have been rambling on about the broth, as I think that was the star of the bowl of pho. Hehe. But the beef slices were great as well. They were thinly sliced and did not have a weird, meaty taste. They were cooked to the right amount so that they were soft and tender. It was an absolutely fantastic bowl of pho that hubs and I kept slurping them up until the end with no stop. Yum yum! (っ˘ڡ˘ς)

Things Worth Mentioning ASbout Pho Tung, Hoi An

About the Vegetables on the Side

You know how a lot of restaurants in Vietnam would serve vegetables on the side so that you can add them to your food? I thought the same for Pho Tung. An additional plate of vegetables was served on the side, and at that moment, I was so happy to see beansprouts on the side and not in my pho! For those who don’t like beansprouts like me, this might be good news for you, too~! ( ´ ω ` )

As I did some quick research about Pho Tung in preparation for this post, I learned something new from reading people’s reviews on Google. Apparently, the plate of vegetables can be made into a salad using some of the condiments on the table?! (⊙_⊙) People on Google were also saying that the owners taught them how to enjoy the salad. We also didn’t see other people doing it, so we didn’t know that was how we could enjoy the plate of vegetables.

Nevertheless, I thought this was an interesting find that you could try. Someone shared the steps on their Google review, and it is actually quite easy. You just have to add the pickled onion and juice, a splash of fish sauce, and an optional amount of chilli sauce to the plate of vegetables before mixing everything to create the salad. (´• ω •`)

Complimentary Tea for All

A pot of tea and cups were on the table, and it seemed to be a complimentary drink. Some locals were seen chilling at their table and sipping the tea after finishing their pho. Hubs and I tried it, and it tasted like Chinese tea. We didn’t order any drinks here so the tea was good to cleanse our palate after the bowl of flavourful pho. (ᵔ◡ᵔ)

Overall Experience at Pho Tung in Hoi An

Considering how touristy Hoi An is, it was nice to find a food spot with less of a tourist vibe. Not that there weren’t any, but just much fewer compared to the many food spots we have been to in Hoi An. The restaurant had no English menu, but once the owner knew we were foreigners, the English menu came out of nowhere. Hehe. It might not be easy to communicate with the owners and staff since they don’t speak much English, but their friendliness and hospitality have made visiting Pho Tung a pleasant experience for hubs and me.

Pho Tung and the alley that it is on in Hoi An, and a look at the interior from the outside

Besides the welcoming vibe, the pho was exceptionally delicious. I highly recommend you drop by here for a meal. But take note that it is only open for breakfast. So, if you are here for a day trip, grab the chance to come here before it closes, as you don’t want to miss out on this fantastic local gem in Hoi An~! ⸜( *ˊᵕˋ* )⸝

Information About Pho Tung, Hoi An


⏰ Opening Hours: 6 AM – 12 PM
☎️ Phone Number: +84 787 777 258
💲 Pho Bo (standard): 30,000 VND (~1.60 SGD)

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