You’ll find Pho Linh at number 163/10 down a small alleyway leading off To Hien Thanh street in Saigon’s District 10. I passed it yonks ago during the first Saigon streetcast movie and made the vaguest of mental notes to return one day. This morning my xe om driver suggested I’d like it. So here I am. It’s pho fashioned the Hanoi way. No faffing, no frills, just straight up beef noodle soup from grandma’s kitchen. A stern grandma. A grandma known to scowl and hand out a severe hiding to them’s that don’t sup their fill. Not the kind of pho you’d want an argument with. Head down, get the job done, and go. Hot, meatfilled, no namby-pamby Saigon snazzifery polluting this bowl. Pho Linh is a hard, honest, workmanlike pho and nothing more. It doesn’t need to be.