Ha Nam Ninh: Hu Tieu Nam Vang Kho (Dry Pho)
Asians in San Francisco have a go-to dish that doesn’t seem to be as well-known with the non-Asian crowd. When someone says, “Let’s eat dry pho,” we already know what that means. Ha Nam Ninh is a Vietnamese pho restaurant in the Tenderloin. It’s never packed – or at least every time I go – so I’ve never had to wait to be seated, yet all local Asians know about it and love it. We all order the same thing: officially on the menu it’s #25 Hu Tieu Nam Vang, but we all order it as hu tieu nam vang kho, “kho” meaning dry, and since most of us don’t speak Vietnamese and can’t pronounce the name we just say #25 dry with a fried egg.
701 Larkin St
San Francisco, CA 94109