Pho is one of those controversial, finicky foods in Hong Kong, the subject of a never-ending heated debate about which place sells the most authentic pho. As the saying goes, “ignorance is bliss” so while the flame wars on “why my pho is better than yours” continues, I am nomming my way around Hong Kong eating pho of questionable authenticity.
My journey today brings me to Brass Spoon, a Vietnamese noodle shop on Moon St, Wanchai. I arrived at 11:30am and was surprised to see that there was already a queue outside the restaurant, which doesn’t open its doors for another half hour.
When the doors finally opened the restaurant filled up in minutes. The ordering system was simple, taking a page from the ramen shops. You tick what you want or don’t want on a piece of paper and hand it to the staff when you’re done.
I went with the premium raw beef pho, with standard amounts of everything else. I also added all the garnish into my pho, which some would say is blasphemy, but hey I don’t give a shit. The beef was tender with nice marbling and the rice noodles were silky and delicious. The star was definitely the broth, which according to the owner takes 12 hours to prepare. It was clear, flavourful and full of beefy richness. Ironically my only complaint was regarding the namesake brass spoon, which was way too shallow and hindering my ability to scoop up the lovely broth.
So while I have no idea whether Brass Spoon does Vietnamese food the “authentic” way your Vietnamese grandmother does it, it is nonetheless delicious, and the daily queues in the scorching heat are definitely a testament to that.
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat: 12:00-19:00, Sun & PH: Closed
Tel: 2877 0898
Website: http://www.thebrassspoon.com/ (not much to see yet…)