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Bo 7 Mon Thanh Tam, Market City

Pho bo tai and ka phe

Pho bo tai and ka phe

It’s been a while since I’ve had pho – last time would have been Adelaide Pho. The setup here is a little different to most places I’ve been, as it’s in a food court. You have to load up on your hoisin and chili before leaving the counter!

The broth was sweet with a nice flavour, the beef was not predominant. I ordered bo tai but the meat was quite grey, even at the beginning, and was already sitting under the broth. There were fewer noodles in the bowl than I’m used to and the ka phe is not on par with anywhere in Vietnam (not enough condensed milk!) but was decent. I found the second half of the bowl pretty difficult to get through as the flavour got a little “same same”.

Still, overall a decent pho that is worth the trip, and the set ($11 for that and the ka phe) was good value.

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Adelaide Pho

This place has been on my “to try” list for a long time, since before I moved to Sydney. I just never made it there with the right group of people.

I finally got to try it, and it was great! Cheap, cheerful, simple restaurant with generous serves of both soup and garnishes.

Adelaide Pho Bo Tai

Adelaide Pho Bo Tai

The flavour was really good and it was easy to mix it up a little by adding some of the many condiments available, as well as garnishes from the plates.

I highly recommend Adelaide Pho.

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Newstar Takeaway

I’m so excited! Newstar Takeaway is a short stroll from my house and it’s my favourite type of establishment. Cheep, cheerful, and Vietnamese.

Newstar Takeaway Pho

Newstar Takeaway Pho

The broth was quite strong on the beef and less nuanced in flavour, but the Bo Tai was tender and delicious. The serve was massive and I couldn’t get through it. I loved the table trimmings – classic box of tissues, hoisin, soy, pepper and utensils galore. The background music was instrumental – the only missing element was a television or two!

Cold rolls / Rice paper rolls

Cold rolls / Rice paper rolls

I love some tasty cold rolls, though served with the sweet/chilli sauce and not the usual thick, hoisin based sauce.

Combination Rice

Combination Rice

The combination rice was decent but not overly exciting. Tasty pork but was a little dry, nice meat loaf, and the pork skin noodles were a little different to what I’m used to. A nice simple dish.

Overall, this was a great meal at a price on par with my favourite pho establishments in Adelaide, but around the corner in Balmain! Highly recommended if you live in the area.

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Pho Viet, Cabramatta

I was fortunate to visit Cabramatta on Sunday the 15th of September. I only meant to check out a nice pho shop with many positive reviews on Urbanspoon, but landed in the middle of Moon Festival celebrations! I allowed myself to get caught up in the festivities and visited the busiest looking Pho restaurant on the main drag, once I managed to squeeze my way through the crowd.

I ended up at Pho Viet, on the same street as Pho Tau Bay. Pho Viet was busy with a menu which was both short and long – longer than a pho only establishment, but luckily shorted than some 20 page menus found in cross cuisine establishments. The tables featured accompaniments, boxes of tissues and holders with cutlery. It also came with nice tea, with a pleasant sweet flavour. This took me back to both Vietnam and the more authentic of the Adelaide/North Western pho shops of South Australia.

I ordered my favourite, Pho Bo Tai Nam. It was served with a generous plate of Vietnamese basil, bean sprouts and a lemon wedge but no saw leaf herb. The well cooked brisket and rare beef were both tender, the soup was a darker brown colour compared to most pho broths, with a deep flavour. The noodles were quite good as well. I highly recommended this bowl of pho!

Pho Bo Tai Nam Pho Viet Cabramatta

Pho Bo Tai Nam Pho Viet Cabramatta

My partner in crime ordered the pork chop and broken rice, similar to the combination broken rice available in Adelaide. It came with a delicious sweet caramelized tasty pork chop, as well as pork loaf, pork skin noodles and a sunny side up egg, with broken rice and some token veggies.

Pho Bo Tai Nam Pho Viet Cabramatta

Pho Bo Tai Nam Pho Viet Cabramatta

I’m glad I visited Pho Viet, though I’ll definitely have to go back to Cabramatta and visited Pho Tau Bay! The prices are extremely reasonable, in line with Adelaide prices, lower than Sydney prices in general.

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Finding the Best Pho in Adelaide

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Pho from Pho Minh

I’m always on the lookout for a steamy hot bowl of beef (bo) or chicken (ga) pho. I’d like to know of more places in Adelaide. I’ve visited lots. Some have closed. Others just weren’t good enough. Let me know if there’s some I’ve missed!

I love pho. The first place I ever had it, back in 2007, was at Pho Minh, a little restaurant in a block of shops off of Days road. I’m pretty sure that is the location of the above photo. Pho Minh is fantastic. It specialises in Pho and the fresh noodles are well made. The flavour is really good as well.

Find them at: 7/86 Wilson St Mansfield Park SA 5012‎
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I next visited Yenlinh Vietnamese Restaurant, a larger restaurant with a range of other Vietnamese dishes. My friends loved trying other dishes they have, such as duck and chicken. The pho was still good. Nowadays people tend to go across the shopping complex to Pho 75 instead. Yenlinh is well worth a visit for more than just their pho.

Find them at: 113- 131 Days Rd Croydon Park SA 5008‎
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However, my favourite Pho place, because of a combination of size, patronage (always quiet, never busy), price (one of the cheapest places in town), range of dishes (something to keep everyone happy), flavour (only once or twice did they let me down in the four or so years I was going), was Pho Thanh. Pho Thanh was located on Grand Junction road, between South Road and Hanson Road, near the Shell Petrol station and next door to a billiards lounge. It closed in mid 2011, and I’ve been searching for a regular pho haunt ever since. Another of my favourites, when I was working in the city, was Charlie’s Shack, which closed some time in 2012.
Charlie’s Shack
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Pho Bo Tai at Nghi Ngan Quan

Another place worth visiting is Nghi Ngan Quan, at Ferryden Park located inside Ferryden Plaza. The outside looks rundown but inside it’s dark decor, white walls and a few classy plants. Actually quite different from the usual white floor tiles and airy (while small) feel of pho eateries. No cheesy instrumental covers of popular ’90s singers here, but you still get the classic TV screens showing a mixture of Asian pop channels and Aussie rules football. There’s an extensive menu worth checking out and it has a great atmosphere.

Find them at: Shop 4/34 Wright St
Ferryden Park, SA.
Nghi Ngan Quan on Urbanspoon

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Disappointing Pho Bo Tai at Pho Hong Tam

Most shops were shut on a Public Holiday recently, so I went to a new place: Pho Hong Tam, next door to @Thai on Grand Junction Road. @Thai is a pretty nice Thai place, but the pho  was not tasty enough. They only do Pho and Broken Rice, but had no rice on the day either. I felt it was a pretty poor effort but obviously other people disagree, as it’s rated fairly well on Urbanspoon!
Pho Hong Tam: disappointing. Lacked flavour and had tough meat.
Pho Hong Tam on Urbanspoon

Here are some links to many of the best Pho places in town:



I can vouch for most, having eaten at eight of the Western Suburbs Vietnamese restaurants. In the second list, Pho 75 and Yenlinh are places I know and like.
Pho 75:
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What’s your favourite pho restaurant in Adelaide?


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Pho Han

Combination broken rice & strawberry shake

Combination broken rice & strawberry shake

Pho Han makes a terrific and consistent pho. Consistency is important with Pho – no one likes a tasteless broth, and plenty of restaurants I don’t go back to let me down on my first visit.

Their combination rice is also fantastic – I love combination rice, with the yummy pork pieces – crumbed, roasted (with crunchy, salty crackling), meatloaf and pork skin noodles – on top of broken rice, with a few pickled veggies and a sunny side up egg.

While I’m usually a coconut juice fan (I love the coconut pieces and it reminds me of Vietnam and Thailand), their Strawberry Smoothie is fantastic – more sour than sweet. The iced tea (pictured below) is also a favourite because I love the jasmine flavour.

Pho at Pho Han

Pho at Pho Han

I recommend Pho Han for all your pho needs, as well as a great range of delicious dishes, and old-fashioned family service. I’ve visited this place at least 4 times in the past year and have not been disappointed.

Pho Han opened in 2012, at 93 Grand Junction Road, Rosewater.

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Fork faces uncertainty


Food trucks are new and definitely decisive among the local community. While patrons love the opportunity to try new foods and there is definitely hype surrounding them, small businesses in physical premises are worried that they are losing business. Like this. The council has some stringent measures already in place for food trucks, only giving out a certain number of permits, having food trucks move locations after a certain amount of time, and not being able to visit the same place each day. Food trucks advertise their whereabouts over Facebook.

Fork on the Road is an event which attracts thousands of visitors, and as one of them, I can say that Fork is the reason I travel into the city. No permanent business in the city is missing out on my patronage at that time, because I would not be there otherwise.

I’m hoping that the Adelaide City Council will continue to let Food Trucks and Fork on the Road operate, as it is so important to have diversity.

Small businesses will hopefully keep their own patronage and it is easy to see why they are worried. They do have higher overhead costs (such as rent) and presumably rely on repeat customers. That said, there are some permanent businesses that I will never return to because I don’t like the food, or the quality/taste of the food that they serve. Permanent businesses should keep trying to be competitive – here I’m not talking about price, because I don’t think Food Trucks are particularly cheap. I’m talking about new, exciting and DIFFERENT flavours. I’ve loved Viet rolls for years. I love Pho. I like eating Bibimbap. Show me where the dumplings are and I’m all over it.

Offer me some lacklustre sandwich with wilted “fancy” greens or a heavy, dense rolls and dry chicken, and I’ll take my business elsewhere.

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Adelaide Foodie Scene

There is a range of fantastic food to be found in Adelaide. I want to share some of the fantastic and cheap choices that we have – no need to travel interstate to find good food!

Now and then, I will post about food from other states and territories in Australia, and even some locations around the world – like the Pho Ga below, which is from my trip to Vietnam in 2010.

Delicious pho ga and soy bean milk from Vietnam

Delicious pho ga and soy bean milk in Vietnam

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