Diệu Hiền Quận, Ansan

The best thing about living in Ansan is the multicultural city at Ansan Station. The moment you get off the train, it’s like stepping into a Southeast Asian country, kind of like the wardrobe in Narnia that leads you to another world.

There are a ton of factories in Ansan which means there are also a ton of immigrant workers. These workers bring their families to South Korea and with nothing to do, they open up restaurants! Being away from home is already hard enough but to live in another country for work is even harder. The thing people usually miss most about their home country is the food (myself included). You can bet that the food here is authentic otherwise these restaurants would go out of business pretty fast!

The restaurant looks small from the outside but it’s a lot bigger on the inside. It was actually really crowded with many tables crammed in next to each other. I’ve also been told that this is the most popular Vietnamese restaurant in the area so there were a lot of people inside.

I’m trying to find the best pho in South Korea so I went with the Pho Ga (Chicken Pho). Just based on how it looks, I like that it’s very simple with only a few ingredients. And honestly, I must say that the broth tasted just like my grandma’s! This means the broth must have been simmered for hours (my grandma usually simmers it overnight). The only thing I didn’t like was the chicken. It was really dry and didn’t taste fresh at all. Next time, I want to try the pho bo (beef pho).

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (I give it 5 stars simply because of the broth).

Location: Ansan Station, light blue line (line 4) and get out at exit 1. There is a highway outside the exit. Take the underground path to get to the other side of the highway, walk straight for a block, then turn left. The restaurant will be on your right at the end of the street.