Pho Ha sits on one of the corners of the flabulous food section on Ben Thanh market in District 1 at stall number 1004. She navigates her kitchen through other noodle territory, but it's the pho that's her meat and potatoes. Pho Ha is one of three or four pho stalls on Ben Thanh. I'm a regular at this stall, but that doesn't mean this is souper soup. It's good, but it's not this good. Ms. Ha's broth is businesslike, but not burpmungus.
I ordered the Pho Tai (Raw Beef noodle soup), the beansprouts were pre-thrown in for me, and a 2 leaf herb plate (Basil & Cilantro) was plonked stallside together with a dish of lemon slices and chili slivers. Ha's broth has Hanoian aspirations, but lacks those all important meat thick juices. However, Ha also gives you a nifty little sauce - a ready mixed oyster sauce and chili sauce number - and her soup needs it. Sauce added, your intestines can kick back, relax and enjoy. Without it this is second rate soup - great if you knocked it up yourself at home, but not what you expect from a professional purveyor on Vietnam's finest.
This retails for 10,000VD. There's a decent market life view from Ha's stall and Banh cuon, Cha gio and Mi Quang are all within arms reach at neighbouring stalls, and can be ordered to your seat as required.