I am quite a regular fan on Vietnamese Pho Soup Noodles but never really know what the restaurants I frequent are called (I just look for the chicken and cow head on the window), I had quite a bit of trouble finding out the name of this new Pho contender I was recommended. Luckily, in this age of the interwebz a quick google search of “Springvale Pho”, Pho Hung Vuong 2 was the top hit and cemented the fact that this will be my new go-to Pho place.
To those who have yet to experience the magic that is Pho, it is a simple dish, where all the secrets and success lies in the soup base. It is essentially beef (or chicken) white noodle soup, but it is so good.
I ordered the raw beef (cooks in the hot soup) and beef brisket noodle soup –note the menu is in Vietnamese, so learn Vietnamese or ask the friendly wait staff – and the bowl that greeted me was generous in size. It comes with fresh raw bean sprouts, thai basil leaves, fresh lemon and chilli – I eat the bean sprouts on its own as I’m waiting for my dish, then add the thai basil leaves to the soup to flavour. I tend not to put all the sauces into my Pho, I know one sauce is chilli and the other is some sweet soy sauce and maybe a fish sauce thrown in, but I do know this place’s chilli oil sauce is great – so I ate that on the side.
It’s hard to describe why this Pho beats all Pho I have had in the past, maybe the cheaper price also helps win me over, but it was fresh, tasty and satisfying. And I guess that’s all you can ask when you settle down for a bowl of Pho.
TL;DR My new go-to pho place!