Pho Hung

447 High Street
Preston, VIC 3072

I have a really awful habit. Because I live so far away from work, I usually have breakfast at about 6:30am in order to make it to work by 8:15am. Now in that 7 hour no-man’s land between breakfast and lunch, I tend to get really, really hungry. After all, working in a hospital usually means a whole lot of running around. A snack for those times is all well and good, except in reality, what ends up happening is that I start thinking about the pho I will be, or could be having for dinner. So by the time 5pm rolls around, I am practically frothing at the mouth for pho.

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I had tried to have dinner at Pho Hung a month or two back, but they were unfortunately closed for Chinese New Year. Not to be deterred, I eventually made my way back to this cheap and cheerful eatery, and all of its 337 menu items.

Special Beef Pho ($9, small)

Special Beef Pho ($9, small)

Pho was, of course, on menu. In fact, there were so many people ordering it that half a dozen bowls came out from the kitchen at a time, wheeled on a trolley. My go-to order is the Special Beef Pho ($9, small), with its clear, sweet soup and all the trimmings. The noodles were a bit softer than I personally like, and I prefer a bigger handful of sprouts on the side, but it was made up for by its freshness and quality. The beef sausage was especially good – studded with peppercorns and fall-apart tender.

Braised Combination with Vegetables on Rice ($12.5)

Braised Combination with Vegetables on Rice ($12.5)

For the first time in possibly ever, Chris had no shortage of other dishes to choose from whilst I inhaled my pho. He decided on the Braised Combination with Vegetables on Rice ($12.5) – a rather vaguely named dish that turned out to be a simple stir-fry of seasonal vegetables, meat, and seafood in soy-based gravy. The mix of crispy veggies and tender pieces of beef and chicken – there was even a couple of large prawns – was satisfyingly saucy and savoury, making for a complete meal all piled onto one plate.

When it comes down to it, Pho Hung is more or less interchangeable with the dime-a-dozen Vietnamese-Chinese restaurants you find scattered across Melbourne. I did find the quality of the ingredients to be somewhat better than what I’ve come to expect, but it also meant that our meal cost a dollar or two above average. You know what? When it comes down to choosing, you may as well flip a coin.

Rating: 12.5/20 – coin toss.
This rating reflects my personal experience at the time of visit.

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