Pho ever and ever.
Eating right and eating healthy can be quite a challenge for most of us. Admittedly, we enjoy the grease and fat that come with our favorite food. But undeniably, we still need to inject some greens into our system. What better dish than a perfect bowl of pho or a plate of fresh spring rolls to satisfy both our cravings and bodily needs?
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Vietnam’s signature noodle soup (Phở) is made from natural ingredients and only the freshest vegetables in the market because simplicity is key when Viet food is involved. In this list we give you undeniably cheap and healthy Vietnamese restaurants in the city.
PS: Vietnamese food wasn’t hailed as CNN’s 10th best cuisine in the world for nothing.
Vina Trang – San Antonio
Vina Trang is a hole-in-the-wall restaurant that serves authentic Vietnamese cuisine. They have several pho variations, but their Phở đặc biệt is strongly recommended.
Bawai’s Vietnamese Kitchen – various branches
Bawai first opened its doors in Tagaytay back in 2007. This homegrown Vietnamese restaurant uses only the freshest ingredients imported from Vietnam and is known for their signature ‘patis’ (fish sauce). Bestsellers include their Pho (Vietnamese Soup), Goi Cuon (Vietnamese fresh lumpia) and their delectable dessert, the Banh da Lon (Vietnamese rice cakes).
Cư Chi Bar – Poblacion
Cu Chi Bar is a Vietnamese themed bistro and balcony bar right in the heart of Poblacion. With the kitchen run by Vietnamese Chef Ryan Tung, it’s a great spot for healthy and affordable home-style comfort food.
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Me Love You Long Time – Maginhawa
A Southeast Asian stall at the popular StrEAT: Maginhawa Food Park serving Thai, Malaysian and Vietnamese specialties.
Zao Vietnamese Bistro – various branches
Zao offers your usual Vietnamese Pho that comes in different flavors: seafood, chicken, meatball, vegetable, and even tenderloin variants. For big groups, you can opt for their grilled meat platter.
Insider Tip: Their tamarind iced tea is a crowd favorite.
Old Quarter – Marikina
This quaint Vietnamese joint in Marikina claims to have the “realest” pho an banhmi in the area. They are open until late so you can get your Viet coffee and pho fix during the wee hours of the night. Booky Tip: Get their Pho and Ginger chicken.
Ba Noi’s – various branches
Aside from your usual Vietnamese menu, Ba Noi also offers iced blended coffee concoctions that come in different flavors: caramel, mocha, and white mocha.
Insider Tip: Their main branch in Kapitolyo is temporarily closed for dine in customers, visit their Estancia branch instead.
Streets of Saigon – Maginhawa
This food stall aims to bring the flavors of Saigon in Quezon City, particularly at the hip One Fifty Maginhawa Food Park. Streets of Saigon’s menu offers traditional Viet cuisine minus the expensive price tag (their banhmi costs P120).
No reservations accepted
One Fifty Food Place, 150 Maginhawa St, UP Village, Diliman, Quezon City
(02) 340 0405
Phat Pho – various branches
Phat Pho is a modern, street style Vietnamese restaurant that started in Cebu. Its menu offers no frills Vietnamese food that’s made from all-natural ingredients–no powdered additives here! The Moment Group is set to open another branch at the Powerplant Mall soon.
Insider Tip: They have set meals for as low as P265.
Tra Vinh – Banawe
Founder Mr. Van Chien Ho opened the first Tra Vinh restaurant in Australia 20 years ago. His award-winning franchise now serves several cities spread across the Land Down Under. Their bestselling soups are also available in big servings – ideal for groups of three hungry diners.
DiCofi – Salcedo Village
DiCofi is a hole in the wall coffee joint in Makati that sells authentic Vietnamese coffee and light snacks like banhmi and Vietnamese Pizza.
No reservations accepted
G/F Valero Plaza, 124 Valero St, Salcedo Village, Makati
Bon Banhmi – various branches
Bon Banhmi is all about the traditional Vietnamese sandwich. The menu is simple, you can choose from five banhmi flavors: traditional, chicken, grilled beef, roast pork, or just customize your own. Finish your afternoon snack with a cup of their special iced Vietnamese coffee.
Fun Fact: This hole in the wall joint is owned and operated by a Vietnamese couple.
Ca Phe Saigon – Marikina
The Vietnamese restaurant scene is starting to make an impression in Marikina as Ca Phe Saigon offers bang for your buck legit Viet food. A bowl of hot pho and Gỏi cuốn (fresh shrimp rolls) sells cheap for P120 each.
No reservations accepted
14 Red Cedar St, New Marikina, San Roque, Marikina
(0917) 801 6411
Vietnomnom – various branches
Vietnomnom is a Vietnamese restaurant along Maginhawa that serves traditional and authentic dishes such as com tam, spring rolls, banh mi, and pho.
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