HO CHI MINH CITY | My last day in Ho Chi Minh City, just a few hours to spare, and so many places on my list that I wasn’t going to be able to get to. I had to think wisely about where to have my last meal, and Bò Kho Dì Út Ấn Độ was where I decided
It’s an unassuming, family-run hole in the wall laneway spot. And it’s where you’ll find one of the more unique noodle soup dishes in town. The speciality here is the Northern Vietnamese noodle soup dish, bò kho. It originated in China, evolving over the years for local ingredients and tastes. At its core, bò kho is a slow cooked beef stew, featuring slow braised, tender chunks of marinated beef and beef tendon, vegetables, and lemongrass. It’s hearty, yet light at the same time.
The family that runs this particular spot has Indian heritage, and what makes their version of bò kho so unique is that they infuse the soup with Indian flavours. While curry powder can be used to marinate the beef traditionally, the version here treats its Vietnamese and Indian components with equal regard.
The best way to describe this bowl of good stuff to someone unfamiliar with it, I think, is ‘curry pho’. It’s a best of both worlds kind of situation that comes together deliciously. You can order it with thin rice noodles, and/or bánh mi.
Bò Kho Dì Út Ấn Độ
Hẻm 5, 194 Võ Văn Tần
Ho Chi Minh City
Telephone: +84 767 700 881
Mon – Sun: 3:00pm to 9:00pm