Jan 6, 2022 - Food and Drink

Dive into Vietnamese food at Des Moines' Pho 515

Bun Bo Hue at Pho 515
Bún bò Huế at Pho 515 ($14). Photo: Linh Ta/Axios

If you're a pho fan and want to try something spicier and richer, then run, don't walk, to order Bún bò Huế ($14) at Pho 515 inside C Fresh Market.

  • The meaty soup has a red chili oil broth that screams "spicy." But don't worry, it's actually pretty mild and 515's has a hint of sweetness to it.

What makes it great: It's packed with tons of meat, including beef brisket, shank, pork and some unique cuts you've likely never had.

  • I eat the dish by putting broth in my spoon, nestling in some noodles and topping it off with meat and fresh veggies for a flavorful bite.

Of note: It's traditionally served with pork blood "tofu," but I typically ask to go without.

Where to find it: 10am-2:30pm and 3-7pm everyday, except Thursdays. 801 University Ave, Des Moines.

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