PHO BO GA MEKONG VIETNAM: A super casual eatery on Swanston street bustling with cheap Asian street vibes – full of people, cramped chairs, cheap cutlery and busy waitresses with rapid service but decent quality of food. Perfect for a cold wintry night to enjoy a hot noodle soup in a warm, vibrant restaurant. It’s decorated with pictures of famous people who have eaten at the restaurant, from Bill Clinton to Jacky Chan!
Beef and Chicken Pho (Medium) – $12.5
The good fat: Great portion size with decent price as this was good enough to fill 2 people. The meat was fresh and tender whilst the noodles had a great, gentle texture. The lemon added a nice zing and the broth was light without being too greasy or MSG-y. The bean sprouts and veggies made it an overall simple, but wholesome dinner.
The bad fat: I would’ve preferred the broth to be a bit stronger and for the sliced beef to come on a bit rare/pinker initially. I think overall it lacked a bit of seasoning for me, even though you could add chilli/soy sauce by yourself.
SHOULD YOU GET FAT HERE?
YES – Cheap, quality pho perfect for Melbourne winter but no spectacular flavours.