Thursday, June 2, 2011

Pho Hien Vuong @ Market Square, Brisbane

We had our fair share of pho in our two odd months in Melbourne. There's isn't really anything better than a bowl of hot soup with barely cooked beef slices and noodles on a cold winter's day. Not to mention it is one of the cheaper options too.


However with the warmer months, the last thing you want to do is sweat before, during and after a bowl of hot pho. Thankfully with the evident colder nights around, we couldn't wait to get back to our "pho" habit and there is no better place to start than in Market Square. With a reputation for being a jack of all trade (simply because there are so many restaurants serving so many different kind of asian cuisines) and nothing really standing out, Pho Hien Vuong seem to have proved me wrong with their pho.


With their long queues, old decor and furniture that looked past it's prime and busy waitressing staff; I swear these are prerequisites for an Australian pho shop judging from my experiences in Adelaide, Melbourne or Brisbane. 


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It was one of those funny days when you can't resist a cold drink despite the cold, just like the other day when we had ice-cream on a 10 degree night in short pants. 

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Apart from pho, there is the beef brisket noodles; thick gelatinous sauce, chunks of meat and carrot and smooth noodles. 

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How can one not order pho in a pho shop, its like not ordering fried chicken in KFC. The pho was pretty good, well boiled stock (not sure if there was MSG though), lots of beef slices and other parts you fancy.

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If you are tired of pho, there are the lemongrass pork and chicken chops served with rice, pretty decent too!

Cheap and delicious vietnamese food (a noodle and a drink goes for just about 10-11 dollars depending on the size you want), what is there not to like? The best part is you can always squeeze a bit of fish sauce if you need more flavour!

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Verdict: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars. It is what it is, cheap and fast pho, just don't expect the best of service, the quietest of ambience and a place to impress a girl on a first date (unless she totally digs pho). 

7 comments:

Sean said...

it's currently the weird weather season in kl. on mondays, it might be so warm, all we want is an icy drink. and then on tuesday, it'd be so wet and cold that we need some hot pho! :D

Michelle Chin said...

i'm wearing shorts around my house despite the cold melbourne winter! and i don't turn on the heater!

Gastronomy Gal said...

ahh- I ordered a cold drink yesterday and regretted it after my hands almost froze off!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

gastronomy gal: haha i had an ice cream outside the shop last week wearing short pants!

mchin: haha u look like someone who would b afraid of the cold, i guess wrong!

sean: well its reasonable in the day when the sun is up and freezing at nite!

babe_kl said...

i really missed Vietnamese food in OZland cos they're more authentic then those in KL

msihua said...

that looks really good.. Next time if you ever drop by Melbourne, we'll take you to authentic Viet :)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

msihua: i will take you up on your invite when im down!

babe_kl: kinda true, there is a fairly sized vietnamese community here in australia compared to malaysia.