When you see a Viet noodle shack this good looking with it’s clean, shiny veneer table tops, LCD screen showing Viet pop classics and neon lights, you’ve got to treat it like the season’s prospects of the Richmond Tigers. With extreme scepticism. But walk into this busy Footscray Vietnamese food shop and you’ll be greeted by the shouts of conversation and the sounds of something being slurped out of large white bowls in front of them. Probably should have one of those.
Having just reached for the soup spoons and choppers, out comes a white bowl of your own filled with a browny tinged broth, white rice noodles, slices of rare beef garnished with a bit of onion and chopped spring onion. A pho worthy of the machete gauntlet run, the meaty broth has depth, a little on the saltier side as the flavour lingers after a mouthful. Basic pork spring rolls executed well coming with a quality fish dipping sauce.
With so many along Hopkins, it’s one of the better places along the busy street. Unlike that hapless crew from Richmond, it’s one that lingers in the top four.
4 / 5 yums!
Where? 136 Hopkins Street. Footscray, VIC
What? Under $10