Brisbane's best Pho Tai
Gabbi Briner | On 27, Dec 2013
What isnâ€™t there to love about a steamy, beef infused broth? Pho Tai is the Vietnamese specialty that can be enjoyed in both hot and cool weather.
Around 14,000 Vietnamese call Brisbane home, and their food-oriented values have penetrated Brisbaneâ€™s diverse, cultural fabric.
Vietnamese restaurants are renowned for serving fresh, light Asian and French cuisine including rice paper rolls, salads, and soups.
On the hunt for Brisbane’s best Pho Tai, I spoke to Minh from My Pho Bar.
“The only way to create the perfect Pho is to use high quality beef bones, the perfect ratio of herbs and spices, and to let the broth brew for about 12 hours”.
Except he couldn’t tell us their secret ingredient.
MY PHO BAR
My Pho Barâ€™s main focus is, you guessed it, Pho! It sells a variety including beef tripe and spicy chicken along with traditional Vietnamese starters and mains. It also gives a detailed description on how to eat your Pho, and provides an entertaining history of its origin. There is the additional excitement of the â€œPho Challengeâ€ where $35 gets you a bucket-like bowl of Pho, and your picture up on their â€œChallengersâ€ wall if you dare to attempt and complete this festive feast.
What: My Pho BarÂ
Where:Â 6/19 Kooringal Dr, JindaleeÂ
When:Â Sunday, Tuesday-Thursday 11am-8pm, Friday & Saturday 11am-9pm
Contact (07) 3376 9746
A family owned joint nestled among other Asian restaurants on Fortitude Valleyâ€™s bustling Wickham Terrace.Â The Pho is cheap, exceptionally tasty, and the garnishes are fresh. Their extensive menu overlaps into Chinese cuisine and it ensures you can satisfy all your guests, no matter how fussy they are. Their Pho is PHO-nomenal, and your experience will be enhanced by the capable and friendly staff at The Vietnamese.
What:Â The Vietnamese Restuarant
Where:Â 194 Wickham St, Fortitude Valley
When:Â Â 7 Days 11am-3pm, 5pm-10pm
Contact:Â (07) 32524112
This Vietnamese favourite recently changed hands but never fear, Trang has retained its strong reputation. The Pho bowl is slightly smaller, but you can upgrade for an extra $2 to a larger size if youâ€™re fanginâ€™ for extra liquid. It’s the little things make the difference at Trang, the Pho dish comes with shallots, optional fresh chilli and delicious little crispy onion pieces in addition to the conventional garnishes. The Pho itself is divine. Be warned, at lunch and dinner-time, the place is always packed which may result in an atmosphere that borders on unpleasant.
What:Â Trang Restaurant
Where:Â 2/59 Hardgrave Rd, West EndÂ
When: 7 Days 10am-10pm
Contact: (07) 32551610
Tuck into a bowl of Pho near you and enjoy the tastes of one of Brisbaneâ€™s vibrant ethnic communities.