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[San Francisco] Vietnamese Beef Noodles (Pho Bo) at Golden Flower in San Francisco

Eating Pho Bo (Vietnamese Beef Noodles) in San Francisco
Yummy Vietnamese Food in San Francisco

Tucked away in a corner street of San Francisco’s famous Chinatown, lies an unexpected find for me – a really delicious and authentic home-run Vietnamese restaurant. Newspapers and magazines articles adore the glass walls of this little eatery, but the true testimony of its popularity lies in the packed house during peak hours. Despite its humble setting and simple decor, hungry foodies (there are as many, if not more, Caucasians as there are Asians & tourists) gather here to eat authentic Vietnamese cuisine. I was in the States for almost 3 weeks (part-work, part-holiday) but on a relatively tight eating budget, so I am really glad to find good food at affordable prices (the bill comes up to about US$20 for two persons).

Golden Flower Vietnamese Restaurant

Neighbourhood: Nob Hill, Chinatown
667 Jackson Street
(between Beckett St & Grant Ave)
San Francisco, CA 94133

Eating Pho Bo (Vietnamese Beef Noodles) in San Francisco
Vietnamese Beef Noodles (Pho Bo) at Golden Flower, San Francisco

Eating Pho Bo (Vietnamese Beef Noodles) in San Francisco
Lovely garnishes for Vietnamese Beef Noodles (Pho Bo)

Their bowl of Pho Bo comes in a few sizes – If memory do not fail me, I think I ordered the small. The thinly sliced beef complements well with the hearty broth… but, you know what really delivers the final kick?

Sriracha Chili Sauce

What really adds the extra oomph to the lovely beef noodles, is this wonderful, spicy Sriracha chilli. While we were at the restaurant, we saw them filling up the empty bottles with this chilli sauce. I subsequently bought a bottle (same packaging) at Whole Foods Markets – it tasted similar but definitely not as hot as the one in the restaurant, so I think they may have added extra heat to this chilli to make it more potent.


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18 Responses to “[San Francisco] Vietnamese Beef Noodles (Pho Bo) at Golden Flower in San Francisco”

  1. daphne — August 11, 2008 @ 11:12 pm

    I love viet food and that looks like a fantastic place at SA. =)

    Any luck in locating the sauce??


  2. noble pig — August 11, 2008 @ 11:17 pm

    Wow these photos are beautiful even those of the teapot and condiments…JUST BEAUTIFUL. Thanks for sharing.


  3. Little Corner of Mine — August 12, 2008 @ 1:48 am

    We love Pho, almost eat it every weekend. :P By the way I also find it strange that the Sriracha chili sauce served in the restaurant is hotter than the one I bought from the store. I even recheck the brand name and it’s exactly the same. I’m thinking perhaps it’s the season thing, something the chillies that they harvest were spicier and thus produce a more spicy chili sauce. Normally it’s not as spicy.


  4. didally — August 12, 2008 @ 10:14 am

    The pho looks really delicious. Good luck on your quest for your chilli sauce! :D


  5. rita — August 12, 2008 @ 2:11 pm

    i think some fancy pants supermarkets might stock this?


  6. tigerfish — August 12, 2008 @ 3:16 pm

    There are a lot of good Viet eateries in California! Yes..and I MISS THEM SO MUCH :(


  7. Mary — August 12, 2008 @ 6:39 pm

    You can find Sriracha in any Asian grocery store. The big bottle should cost somewhere around $3-$4. It probably tastes hotter in the restaurant because you’re seeing everyone squirting it on their food like it’s ketchup – but it *ain’t* ketchup…

    I find the sauce seems a lot hotter when I’m eating it with soup or something with a high liquid content. The chili probably diffuses in the liquid and spreads it around more. But I like the fact that although sriracha is hot, it’s not SO hot that it takes the top of your head off and you can actually still TASTE the food!


  8. Kevin — August 13, 2008 @ 10:16 am

    I have not tired pho bo yet but it always looks so fresh and good!


  9. Katie — August 13, 2008 @ 11:07 am

    Yes, that was me in the photo. Thanks for the compliment!

    I have never tried Vietnamese food before, but it sounds delicious. It is a very intriguing cuisine.


  10. Dee — August 13, 2008 @ 4:44 pm

    i love pho!
    everytime we go somewhere nice to eat i bring my camera along, then the food arrives and i promptly forget. sad, huh.


  11. wiffy — August 15, 2008 @ 11:54 am

    daphne: no luck yet :P

    noblepig, didally, kevin: thanks! ;) :XO:

    LCOM: heh, thanks for confirming my suspicion too … btw I saw them re-bottling the chilli at the restaurant, so I wonder if they added any extra spice to the chilli ….

    rita: no luck so far from searching the fancy pants stores in Singapore, sigh :o

    tigerfish: heh … at least u have eaten for a good many years :halo:

    Mary: thank you so much! However I stay in Singapore, and I can’t find them in the vietnamese grocery stores … I shall perserve, heh… :idea:

    Katie: You’re welcome! Ah, u should try it some day ;)

    Dee: Haa! that happens to me lots of times too. We have must been overcome with hunger (or greed), heh :|


  12. anne — October 13, 2009 @ 8:36 pm

    I’m not sure if this is a joke or not about vietnamese food in San Francisco…considering how many good pho restaurants there are in the area…..


  13. V — January 18, 2010 @ 10:41 pm

    Haha! On my last trip to LA and San Francisco, I stopped by here since me and my family were craving for some good old Pho xD. I eat it a lot since we make it at home (Chinese/Vietnamese hehe xDD). But yes this place is very good.

    Highly recommended! XD



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