by Mei Leong
I reckon if there’s an old lady in the kitchen, you’re onto something good! Pho Huynh’s very own senior citizen makes a mean bowl of pho. Adding sauces, plucking this and that onto plates, with one ring of the bell, bowls of hot pho rush out of her kitchen to the waiting masses itching for their fix.
Slivers of raw beef are fanned out on the soup and within seconds, the scalding heat turns the tender pink to opaque grey. Pho Huynh’s deep, beefy pho is smooth with a hint of oil floating on the clear broth. The soup is missing the usual grassy herbal flavours, but the appeal is in its simplicity. It tastes home made and as clichéd as it sounds – tastes like it’s made with love (aww). A plate of bean sprouts, mint and chillies later, and it’s ready to slurp.
My usual order of rice noodles (bun cha) with the works – grilled pork, spring rolls and fine meat – is a killer. This dish is all about proportions and this version with the triumvirate of pork is fabulous. The charred edges of honeyed pork are smoky and greasy against the refreshing noodles, mint and salad. Tossed together with nuoc cham, peanuts, strings of pork rind and crisp spring rolls – it’s soft, crunchy and succulently sweet and savoury. There’s no way I’d ever be vegetarian, but if I had to be, that bun cha would be a last meal contender.
Pho Huynh is a bargain for authentic Vietnamese food. It’s a bit far from Northbridge but for a ten dollar note, you’ll get authentic food (the place is full house during Saturday lunch), no-nonsense service and a pho fix to last at least until next weekend. If you love Vietnamese food, if you have to try this old lady’s food.
Shop 1/32 Balgonie Ave, Girrawheen WA 6064
T: (08) 9343 4929
Thu – Tue (closed Wed) 9am – 8pm
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