I suppose when it is a public holiday, especially between Christmas and New Years, Adelaide eateries come to a halt. Even the one cafe or a restaurant that you would think is open remains closed. Perhaps these are the only days in the year that they can have holidays.
I really wanted to eat Pho, so drove out to Port Adelaide and to only discover that hardly any Vietnamese restaurants were open. I blindly discovered this one, because they had tables and chairs outside. It was packed with people inside, so I thought it must be a good sign.
With few choices to choose from between rice or noodles. It didn't take long before I knew what I wanted. Initially I wanted vermicelli noodles, but when I asked the waitress, she had no idea what that was. She kept nodding her head and said yes we got white flat noodles. Oh well, that will do, I like pho.
Plenty of the condiments came out, enough sprouts and mint. There was no chilli and coriander, oh no how could that be?
The noodles and the ingredients - I chose rare beef, they were good. However I was very disappointed with the broth. The most important part of a pho bowl is the soup base, it is meant to be full of flavours, like a pot of soup that had been boiling for a long long time. I couldn't taste any of that, in fact all I could taste was just sweetness from the sugar that was added. It was definitely too sweet for my liking.
The prices were reasonable but I am not so sure about the pho at this restaurant. I have only tried the pho, maybe the rice dishes would be the better choice, who knows?
Visit Pho Hong Tam - 6/140 Grand Junction Road, SA 5013 - (08) 8447 4459