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Pho Dzung


After my disappointing meal at Mekong in the city, I was really inspired to find a new place preferably in the city.
This place was cleaner than Mekong, but I would have liked to be a lot cleaner. 11 other bloggers have blogged about this place.

My server, unlike the others has a really poor grasp of English and watched over me like a hawk. He was an older guy. He just plonked me at my table and said when I asked him which was the best pho he said “You choose”. The other younger guy was much better to me and the couple that came in.
I have been to a few of these pho places before and I know what pho is all about. Pho is a Vietnamese noodle soup with lots and lots of fillings. It’s like the chinese noodle soup but a big bigger and you can add in as little or as much mint, vegetables and condiments as you like. I have tried a medium bowl before and I know I couldn’t finish it. Hnece I went for the smaller bowls.
I had my usual special beef combination pho ($8.80 for a small) which was better than the disappointing dinner at Mekong. The soup was a tad bit salty but not overly so. This time the noodles were cooked and unbroken. This time there was brown sauce and lots of spring onions and fresh vegetables. But no pickled onions which I love with my soup. The tripe was a little too chewy but I loved the giblet.
I also had the Vietnamese white coffee ($3.50). It traditionally is with condensed milk and instant coffee. It wasn’t too bad, but my server could have told me to stir all the milk in. I found it was really sweet at the end.
I think I’d prefer to come here more often and maybe with my pho loving friend from Mekong. I know he’ll love this as much as I do.

Mekong


Mekong is a Vietnamese place that specializes in Pho. They have been around for donkey’s years but last year there was a decline in customers.
I didn’t really want to go but my friends in the Japan club really wanted to go and I enjoyed their company.
One of my friends really liked them for their cheap pho.
The place looked a tad bit dirty from the outside. But when we got inside our tables were clean, but the toilet was not. The bathrooms was small in size.
Our table of four was really cramped and we were shoved in the corner. I can understand why though- it was busy at 6.30pm.

There was free tea which we as students enjoyed.
Food came out five minutes after we had ordered. This is not a good sign because it means that it was microwaved.
My friends liked their small ($8.9) and large ($9.9) phos. I got a chance to try out one of the beef sausages and god it was really spicy. The friend that got the small one complained that it was not spicy enough and he wanted the brown sauce. Btw: where’s the pickled onions that comes with this?
My other friend and I had the spring rolls with rice vermicelli ($9.5). I had the vegetarian version and my friend had the meat one. My friend didn’t really like it and I have to agree on this as my noodles was cold and slightly undercooked. I would have liked it better if it was slightly warm. The pho shops in Footscray and Richmond does a better version of this. But I loved the spring rolls and the vegetables as they were fresh.

Sorry Mekong I really did want to like you, but you made me feel dissappointed. I’d give you a meh. There is a slight chance that I might return only just to try out your pho.

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Bhanh mi


Bhanh mi is a type of Vietnamese roll with fillings. Just like your typical sandwich except you can choose your fillings and your sauce. There is also chillis as well if you want.
They are priced somewhere between $4-$6 per roll. You can buy them in Richmond, Newmarket, Footscray, Dandenong etc.

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