Pho Hien Vuong
319-341 Mains Rd, Sunnybank
Last night I made a quick pho stop in Sunnybank with a friend before spending hours, non-stop (literally) trying to beat old school Dr. Mario.
Pho Hien Vuong has a reputation of good, cheap pho (big servings too) and the other bonus is that they open till lateish every day. There's a small courtyard area outside and the inside feel is very typical of an Asian eatery.
The menu contains all your standard, typical Vietnamese fast food options. My friend ordered a chicken pho and I originally wanted the spicy beef but they were sold out so I got the prawn and pork banh canh (thick, round tapioca noodles). Most menu items having options re: size (small, medium, large).
We were feeling boring yesterday so we didn't bother with drinks/sides/appetizers etc.
The food comes quickly, as you'd expect and service is efficient.
The chicken pho was quite nice. I pointed out that I've never had chicken pho before and I got some sarcastic remark (from my friend, not a rude waiter) about how it's basically the same as beef pho but with chicken instead of beef. True but unnecessary :).
I like the thick noodles in banh canh - it's something I was only introduced to recently in Vietnam Corner and I think I'll be ordering more of in the future. Unfortunately, the pork slices were a bit dry for me and the prawns were too garlicky but the soup base was packed of flavor and I like how the whole dish doesn't taste oily at all.
One of the most fun aspects of Vietnamese dining is customizing your flavor with sauce/condiment/herb additions. I threw in Thai basil and chili plus loads of chili sauce. I think the effect is kind of Christmassy?
Or... am I getting carried away prematurely by all the marketing that's going around?