"Regular" southern pho is the type of pho you can find at most places. It is served with options of rare beef, flank, tendon, beef balls, etc, and comes in a beef broth. The noodles are skinny & light. You can add your own siracha and plum sauce to it. It also comes with bean sprouts, lemon, cilantro, and peppers. One of my to-go spots to eat normal pho is PPQ located on Clement & 24th Ave. Yes, the same place that is known for their garlic crab & noodles.
|Unfortunately, I don't have a picture of pho from PPQ but here is regular pho from Golden Flower in Chinatown.|
And the third type of pho that I enjoy eating is called pho bo kho, also known as beef stew pho. You can find this type of pho at some, but not all southern pho restaurants. It comes with the normal skinnier noodles, but with a red, tomato, stew broth. It's a little thicker than the normal beef & chicken broths. It's served with chunks of beef, tendon, and carrots on it. The flavor is amazing...both salty & sweet. There are a few good places I've tried that have this type of food. One in San Jose called City Restaurant, one in SF Chinatown called Golden King, and my favorite one in the Sunset called Pho Huynh Hiep 2.
Please see my Yelp List of pho places for more suggestions on where to go!