Pho Hong Tam

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

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