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Sep 2, 2008 08:38 PM

Pho in Tokyo ?

I went again to Thien Phuoc on Monday for what is always a delicious meal, but I felt let down by their pho.

Does anyone know a place to get a good bowl of pho? Maybe even with lime and cilantro and hot sauce on the table?

It seems like with the plethora of ramen shops and styles, pho, or pho style soup would be more popular in Japan but it doesn't really seem to be the case.

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  1. Paradise Macau in Shibuya?, their soups and rice dishes are pretty good and the portions there are decent sized.

    1. I always pass by the little pho shop inside Tokyu Food Show depachika in Shibuya. I've never tried it though. Here's a link- .

      Pho is usually beef broth and rice noodles, neither of which are very Japanese. It's not really related to ramen, despite the similarities in form.

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      1. re: Silverjay

        I often forget how bad the bentos are there and pick one up while rushing to work. I don't hold much hope for the pho, and beef broth is real expensive to make in Japan so I think good pho bo will be pretty tough to find, also the limes are expensive and the herbs are expensive too and some are unobtainable here.

        1. re: steamer

          Yikes, maybe I'll give it a try if I find myself in the area. Doesn't seem like the kind of place to make a destination out of.

          It's a shame there aren't many choices for us here in Tokyo.

          Silverjay, I'm aware that pho and ramen aren't the same. But on they are both warm noodle soups. If I had to explain to a Japanese person what pho was, I'd say 'vietnamese ramen' and vice versa if I was explaining to a vietnamese person what ramen was.

          1. re: lost squirrel

            There's no particular strong tie or history between Japan and Vietnam. Anyway,there's a lot of noodle soups out there from many countries, not just pho. I've heard minestrone called Italian ramen and okonomiyaki called Japanese pizza. The history of Chinese-ish ramen is at least 100 years old because of a historical influx of Chinese immigration at that time.

            Recommend doing a search in Japanese. When I did, a bunch of pho shops popped up- mostly around student areas. There's plenty of pho out there.

            1. re: Silverjay

              Student areas huh? That's good news, I'll check around Jimbocho next.

              1. re: lost squirrel

                not a student area, but i found another pho shop one block from my home in toranomon, so that's 2 in toranomon i found. haven't tried either yet, but i will report back. i'm not a pho expert though :)

      2. Something that might interest you is this month Sept. 21st in Yoyogi park is the annual Vietnamese festival. There's always a bunch of different vendors serving all kinds of Vietnamese food, incl. Pho. You could sample a bunch of different restaurants that day.

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        1. re: tokyozilla

          I'm already planning it, this coming weekend is the Sri Lankan festival as well.

          1. re: lost squirrel

            I went to Com Pho on Friday night for a quick bowl

            Things I like:
            -sriracha, fish sauce and lemon juice were all provided at the table
            -garlicky shrimp chips provided at the table
            -after ordering, a bowl of sprouts and cilantro was provided for my soup
            -decent noodles

            -pretty small for the price
            -soup lacked depth

            I consider this better than Thien Phuong's pho, which makes it the best I've had in Tokyo so far. Let's hope the vietnamese festival this weekend provides some more options.