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Jul 4, 2013 08:44 AM

Pho and Ramen in center city

Hi guys, I'm looking for the best places to get pho or ramen anywhere in center city. I've read some out of date posts saying that the ramen was questionable in Philly, but perhaps it's changed recently.

Taking any suggestions, even if you have a suggestion of something delicious you've had in the area that is similar to ramen or pho. Have at it. Thanks!

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  1. Nom Nom Ramen is good for Ramen. Cheu Noodle house is doing good soups but its not traditional ramen, but still good. I am not a fan of any of the pho shops in Chinatown, after Pho 75 closed. I would go to Washington Ave.

    1. I have it on good authority that Cafe Diem on 8th St near Washington Ave. is good for bo bun hue.

      1. +1 Nom Nom, it is good, also have heard good things about Hiro on Chestnut St. Agree that the Pho in Chinatown isn't very good compared to what is available in South Philly but if you are really craving it they will do the trick.

        Also dont overlook the Chinese noodle soups in Chinatown, you can get good ones at Sang Kee, Ting Wong, and Nan Zhou. Sang Kee also has a closer location in Reading Terminal Market.

        1. For Ramen, Nom Nom Ramen is good. Terakawa Ramen is also good.

          For hand drawn Chinese noodle, then Nan Zhou is nice.

          I find Nan Zhou to be a touch better than Yummy Lan Zhou.

          For Cantonese wonton noodle, I like Ting Wong, M Kee and Sang Kee.

          1. Thanks a lot everyone. I plan on heading there within a week or two, and I'll check back with my results!

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            1. re: lelauren

              My daughter's friend, who is from Vietnam, was going on and on about how terrible Pho 75 is, and that she can't understand why anyone would go there. She didn't seem super high on any of the local places, but suggested that Nam Phuong is the best pho place around.

              1. re: Hungryin theBurbs

                Pho 75 is a national chain/franchise. Do you know if she was referring to any particular location? I have had decent Pho at the Adams Ave location.

                1. re: cwdonald

                  She was actually talking about the Adams Ave location, which I have also enjoyed. She said they use a powdered soup base and it is all salt. She was really going on about it. In that area, she said the place just inside the HK Market, and the stand-alone place outside the HK parking lot are both better, but not as good as the Washington Ave. places.