Korea is well-known for its variety of delicious soups, but Vietnamese soup (phở) has become more popular in Korea over recent years. This inexpensive and comforting Vietnamese dish consists of thin slices of raw beef cooked in a piping hot broth that has been simmering for hours. It is typically served with flat rice or vermicelli noodles and topped with Thai basil, cilantro, bean sprouts, mint, sliced hot peppers, and a squirt of lime. Here are three Vietnamese restaurants in Daegu to get your phở fix.
World Asia Market / Café Que Huong
This Vietnamese-run restaurant and Asian market was one of the first phở restaurants in Daegu and has recently gone through a makeover. The menu features phở as well as a variety of other Vietnamese dishes and desserts. The broth here can be a little on the lighter side, but it is served with a sizeable portion of beef. You can expect to find lemons in place of lime and a plate of mint, bean sprouts, and cilantro. Café Que Huong makes a solid bowl of soup that will be sure to satisfy phở cravings. Don’t miss trying the delicious sweet coconut dessert drinks (chè)!
Location: 775-15 Igok-dong, Dalseo-gu
Take the #2 Subway line to Seongso Industrial Complex station, exit 5. Once outside of exit 5, walk straight for about 5 minutes until you see a bus stop on the left hand side. On the right and in the diagonal alley you will notice a sign for the restaurant / market.
Located in Suseong with a view of the lake, this relatively new restaurant offers Vietnamese food with a Korean twist. While many Vietnamese restaurants in Korea also serve Thai food, Bui Vien’s menu contains, for the most part, Korean adaptations of some of the most popular Vietnamese dishes, including fried egg rolls (chả giò) and DIY spring rolls (gỏi cuốn). The phở’s beef is served already cooked, and the broth is quite flavorful and complex. To complete the dish, ask for cilantro, extra bean sprouts, and lemon (no lime here) on the side.
Location: Located on Suseong Lake on the same street as the multi-level Starbucks and a few shops down from Baqus. Click here for a map of the approximate location.
Phở Hà Quan
On a recent trip to the immigration office, I saw a sign for a phở restaurant across the street. Peering inside the no-frills restaurant, I noticed that Phở Hà Quan offered a variety of Vietnamese dishes and a couple types of Vietnamese soups in addition to the classic beef phở. The menu is in both Korean and Vietnamese with not many pictures to help, so you probably need to have some familiarity with Vietnamese food to know what you want to eat. While I didn't get the chance to try the soup, I have since heard from other phở fanatics that the broth is very authentic with the thin beef slices served raw as it cooks in the hot soup broth. Bean sprouts, limes, red chili peppers, and Thai basil are served on the side.
Across the street from the Daegu Immigration Office on Dongchon-ro. Click here for a map of the approximate location. From the sidewalk you should see a sign for Phở Hà Quan as shown above.
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