Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Hung Vuong @ Footscray, Melbourne

Call me a snob but when my friend suggested that we should give Footscray market a go for groceries, in my mind I was like "Are you kidding me?" 

For those who don't live in Melbourne, Footscray is traditionally a Vietnamese area and in no better word for it, a dodgy suburb. Some bits of the town reminds me of Fortitude Valley in Brisbane, an area that my friend had asked me to avoid at all cost when it came to finding accommodation. I think you get the gist.

However, since the Wife hadn't started her job yet and we were on budget, we thought why not, just to save a couple of dollars.

Turns out it wasn't just a couple of dollars but much more! Look past the wet market and the amount of people walking back and forth, we realised prices were at least 30% cheaper for your chicken, pork and fish. So far, my peasant palate doesn't seem to note the difference but this week we bought some steak and I will report if there is any difference (since I am a bit iffy about my steak).

After shopping, we looked around for food and in a Vietnamese town, you can't look past Pho (I have been teased for pronouncing it as "Fo" instead of "Fer"). Hung Vuong was the first shop we saw and since it looked pretty clean and had a crowd in there, we thought how bad could it be?



Turns out be not too shabby and pretty good even though the stock was a little sweet but nothing that fish sauce can't fix. Portions were a bit small, although yes, I  did order a small but in my defence, a small portion in Brisbane is much more generous and filling.

 I am no Pho expert but if we find ourselves hungry after some grocery shopping, this seems like a logic spot to fill our tummies for AUD 8 a bowl (well maybe AUD 9 because I am going to size up).

Address and contact details:

Hung Vuong on Urbanspoon

Verdict: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars. Till I find a better place for Pho, this will be the place for a quick fix if I am in the area, dodgy or not.


Sean said...

the beef looks tasty, in an almost medium-rare way (instead of being cooked till totally brown, the way it's normally done for pho in KL) :D

Bangsar-bAbE said...

The pho looks delish! I like how it's pink at the centre. :)

Michelle Chin said...

I always hang around brunswick but never footscray. I don't think I live too far from both suburbs but the tram lines will drive us a big circle before reaching there.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

mchin: well why would u wan to hangout in footscray haha. i think if you really wanted to go there, the train station is probably more convenient?

bbabe: yeah, now inspired to go try making my own pho, probably will turn into sukiyaki haha.

sean: yeah i know what you mean, next time you should ask for beef slices on the side.

CUMI & CIKI said...

Fee Fai Fo Fum.. i smell the blood of a hungry chinese man :P

That kind of FO is it? :P hahaha

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

well thats how i embarassingly pronounce it..apparently its "ferr"....like "fur"....

UnkaLeong said...

We will be visiting Melbourne for a week, week and a half in the middle of next year. Will definitely give this place a try ;)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

u mean u not even goin to call me and go yourself???

UnkaLeong said...

Of course will call you lar and Nic :P I expect a guided tour thim. ROFL!

considerthesauce.net said...

Before it was "traditionally a Vietnamese area", Footscray was heavily Italian. There's still several remnants of that culture. And these days there's a strong African influence, with many restaurant and shops rubbing shoulders with the Viet businesses. "Dodgy suburb"? Eye of the beholder.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

considerthesauce: thats enlightening and yes now that you say, I do remember seeing a number of africans in the area. I agree if you don't visit and see if its "dodgy", you will never know.