Authentic Phở in Daegu
Non-Koreanized Vietnamese phở is a rarity in Korea. Luckily for the Daegu resident, there is one gem that serves up a bowl very similar to what is offered in Vietnam. Welcome to World Asia Market and Café Que Huong. Tucked away on a diagonal side alley and behind another building, you would probably not care to venture back there. However it is worth the trek if you’re in the mood for great tasting phở and if you need to pick up a few grocery items not commonly found in Korean grocery stores.
Take Line 2 to Seongseo Industrial Complex Station.
Walk straight out of Exit 5.
There will be a big LG store on your right:
Walk for about a block and a half until you see a bus stop on the left. This should be about a 5-minute walk.
You can type that name into the Daegu Bus webpage and go directly there, if you would like. http://businfo.daegu.go.kr/ba/index/index.do?locale=en (Igok 1-dong Community Center/이곡1동 주민센터)
Behind the bus stop, on the right, is this shop and a side alley that runs diagonal to the main road.
Make an immediate right and you’ll see World Asia Market.
The restaurant inside this market is named Café Que Huong, but that name is not displayed anywhere on the façade of the store front.
The items pictured above the menu, along with many other Vietnamese dishes not listed on the menu, are available, but you must call first and order before arriving. Not too many people order those items, so they are not pre-prepared and easily served like phở. The owners speak Vietnamese, English and Korean.
If it’s your first time, get the beef pho (phở bò) for 6,000KRW.
It will come with a side of Thai basil, cilantro and some lemon wedges.
Garnish it with some Thai basil and cilantro.
Squeeze a wedge of lemon.
Add a spoonful of hoisin sauce.
Every table comes with hot sauce. Add that if you want an extra punch to your phở.
Mix everything together and enjoy.
Phở is either served with the wide flat noodles
or thin string rice noodles.
If you are picky about which type of noodles, then let the staff know.
End your meal on a sweet note with Vietnamese coffee, available for 3,000KRW a glass:
This type of coffee is very concentrated and sweet.
: Bún bò Huế
This tasted like phở with a little bit of chili oil and was topped with different garnishes, like beef balls and cured slices of pork. Note that bún bò Huế should not taste like that. It was still delicious, nevertheless.
Balut eggs (fertilized duck eggs – not listed on the menu) are available at 1,500KRW per egg:
Uncooked balut eggs can be purchased at the counter.
Fried noodles with veggies and slices of beef - not listed on the menu.
After you’re finished eating, you can also do a bit of shopping. Along two sides of the restaurant are shelves lined with goods from southeast Asia.
An assortment of Vietnamese instant rice noodle soups.
In the back of the restaurant is a refrigerator full of cilantro, Thai basil, mint leaves, lemon grass, lemons, and coconuts among many other items.
Stock up if you’re coming from afar!
★ Café Que Huong / World Asia Market
● Address: 775-15 Igok-dong, Dalseo-gu, Daegu, Korea
● T: 053-583-2004
● F: 053-583-2025
● HP: 010-2369-4683, 010-2398-3797