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Feb 14, 2005 01:27 PM

Vegetarian or Chicken Pho

  • k

Hi All,
I've been looking for a good place to get chicken or vegetarian pho. Past threads don't mention anything and every place I've tried only has beef. Can anyone point me in the right direction?

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  1. To Pho on Wabash (between Madison & Washington) has a vegetarian version. You have to ask for "vegetable pho with vegetable broth." I've also had vegetarian pho at Hai Yen on Argyle. They're very different, but both very good.

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    1. re: NK

      Does vegetarian Pho exist in Vietnam or is this just an adaptation for domestic dietary restrictions?


      1. re: rien

        I recently had chicken pho in Seattle and loved it - not sure if it's "authentic". Could be just a dietary adaptation.

        1. re: Kathleen

          I used to learn Vietnamese cooking from native-born cooks, so I can tell you that chicken Pho is indeed authentic. Beef Pho is a relatively recent version - it was the French who introduced beef into the Vietnamese diet. Prior to that Pho was made with pork or chicken. I believe beef Pho predominates in the North of Vietnam.

      1. re: JeffB

        At Tank Pho, you can ask for it with Tofu and Vegetables...awsome

      2. the best vegetarian pho in the city of chicago was at hai yen in viet-town. however, they have altered their recipe and now it is a bit sub-par compared to how it was before. in my opinion, the best chicken pho is at hing kee in new chinatown square. they also have awesome egg rolls and spring rolls to boot.