FOOD, Food reviews, Uncategorized PHO VIETNAMESE 22 July 2006


Pho Vietnamese
Down the road from 8 Quay St
Haymarket, NSW 2000

I randomly popped into this Vietnamese restaurant as I walked past, since it was packed with people. It’s just down the road from Cafe Joy, but I can’t remembere the exact address – sorry! Cheery and fairly modern-looking, I initially was a bit unsure as to whether they would be authentic. But the owner and waitstaff were Vietnamese, so I rested easy 😛

Quickly decided on Crispy Skin chicken with Tomato Rice – a staple of mine. It’s easy to differentiate between good and bad Vietnamese when you always have the same dish 😉 To cut it short, it was fantastic!!!!! By far one of the best I’ve had, it ranks up there with Pre-Pho @ Eastwood, if not better. The chicken was super plump with a lovely flavour, and the skin was really crisp with no fat or excess oil. Loved the dipping sauce too – a sort of fish sauce & chilli mixture, with just the right amount of kick and flavour. Just perfect. The tomato rice wasn’t too sour but was just mildly flavoured.. it went well with the clear broth that was served with the meal. Happily, every table had a mega flask of hot tea which was on the house – brilliant! It was cold and raining outside, and after the meal, my belly was all warm and filled and happy. Delish 🙂


Crispy Skin chicken with Tomato Rice

Complimentary hot tea can never go wrong

40 Comments

  • isla_quack posted on July 22, 2006 at 7:51 am

    ever since u recommended me the crispy chicken rice at pre-pho, i’ve been going there so often just to eat that coz the chicken is so soft and juicy! along with the garlic butter prawn noodles *yum! that one looks just as nice 😉

    Reply
    • beverly posted on July 22, 2006 at 10:18 am

      Yes it’s lovely there! But I like this place more now, as it’s a lot more central for me to get to..

      pre-pho’s garlic butter noodles are so yum hey :)~ I also like their Beef rice-noodle soup with crispy skin chicken.. or with pork chops. Yum!

      Reply
  • finding_tricia posted on July 22, 2006 at 8:13 am

    Tomato rice uh, never tried before but it sure sounds healthier than butter rice. And yep, hot tea can never go wrong.

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    • beverly posted on July 22, 2006 at 10:21 am

      I’ts REALLY nice.. I like it more than fried rice I think. I drank gallons of that tea since it was there, hehhe

      Reply
  • thefragrantelf posted on July 22, 2006 at 10:13 am

    Whoa, that looks SO good, looks so tender and juicy. I love crispy skin chicken.

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    • beverly posted on July 22, 2006 at 10:22 am

      Me too, I think it’s not TOO bad either.. since it’s not really greasy like KFC, maybe because it’s fried so quickly? And love how the chicken’s all fat and juicy, yum!

      Reply
  • jarmz posted on July 22, 2006 at 10:20 am

    everytime i read ur food-posts i get very very very hungry….
    *pout*

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    • beverly posted on July 22, 2006 at 10:31 am

      Hee! I’m about to post some more.. but healthy sushi this time 😛

      Reply
      • jarmz posted on July 22, 2006 at 11:01 am

        *slurps*

        ill be waiting!

        Reply
  • kathsonno posted on July 22, 2006 at 11:59 am

    Oh there’s nothing better than filling up your insides with warm food while it’s raining outside! What a great idea to have the complimentary flask of tea!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on July 22, 2006 at 10:55 pm

      I knooow.. the weather is just terrible lately! This was so satisfying 🙂

      Reply
  • oo_mimi_oo posted on July 22, 2006 at 12:14 pm

    the chicken looks crazy delicous!!

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    • beverly posted on July 22, 2006 at 10:55 pm

      Hehe it was so yum, Vietnamese make the best crispy chicken!

      Reply
  • starbucksweetie posted on July 22, 2006 at 1:48 pm

    Looks like pure comfort food.

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    • beverly posted on July 22, 2006 at 10:56 pm

      That’s exactly what it was.. washed down with a TON of free tea, haha!

      Reply
  • isla_quack posted on July 22, 2006 at 7:51 am

    ever since u recommended me the crispy chicken rice at pre-pho, i’ve been going there so often just to eat that coz the chicken is so soft and juicy! along with the garlic butter prawn noodles *yum! that one looks just as nice 😉

    Reply
    • beverly posted on July 22, 2006 at 10:18 am

      Yes it’s lovely there! But I like this place more now, as it’s a lot more central for me to get to..

      pre-pho’s garlic butter noodles are so yum hey :)~ I also like their Beef rice-noodle soup with crispy skin chicken.. or with pork chops. Yum!

      Reply
  • esthered posted on July 22, 2006 at 3:52 pm

    That looks really really really WOW! :)~

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    • beverly posted on July 22, 2006 at 10:56 pm

      I think Vietnamese food in Australia’s one of the best… always so delish :)~

      Reply
  • finding_tricia posted on July 22, 2006 at 8:13 am

    Tomato rice uh, never tried before but it sure sounds healthier than butter rice. And yep, hot tea can never go wrong.

    Reply
    • beverly posted on July 22, 2006 at 10:21 am

      I’ts REALLY nice.. I like it more than fried rice I think. I drank gallons of that tea since it was there, hehhe

      Reply
  • thefragrantelf posted on July 22, 2006 at 10:13 am

    Whoa, that looks SO good, looks so tender and juicy. I love crispy skin chicken.

    Reply
    • beverly posted on July 22, 2006 at 10:22 am

      Me too, I think it’s not TOO bad either.. since it’s not really greasy like KFC, maybe because it’s fried so quickly? And love how the chicken’s all fat and juicy, yum!

      Reply
  • jarmz posted on July 22, 2006 at 10:20 am

    everytime i read ur food-posts i get very very very hungry….
    *pout*

    Reply
    • beverly posted on July 22, 2006 at 10:31 am

      Hee! I’m about to post some more.. but healthy sushi this time 😛

      Reply
      • jarmz posted on July 22, 2006 at 11:01 am

        *slurps*

        ill be waiting!

        Reply
  • kathsonno posted on July 22, 2006 at 11:59 am

    Oh there’s nothing better than filling up your insides with warm food while it’s raining outside! What a great idea to have the complimentary flask of tea!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on July 22, 2006 at 10:55 pm

      I knooow.. the weather is just terrible lately! This was so satisfying 🙂

      Reply
  • oo_mimi_oo posted on July 22, 2006 at 12:14 pm

    the chicken looks crazy delicous!!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on July 22, 2006 at 10:55 pm

      Hehe it was so yum, Vietnamese make the best crispy chicken!

      Reply
  • starbucksweetie posted on July 22, 2006 at 1:48 pm

    Looks like pure comfort food.

    Reply
    • beverly posted on July 22, 2006 at 10:56 pm

      That’s exactly what it was.. washed down with a TON of free tea, haha!

      Reply
  • esthered posted on July 22, 2006 at 3:52 pm

    That looks really really really WOW! :)~

    Reply
    • beverly posted on July 22, 2006 at 10:56 pm

      I think Vietnamese food in Australia’s one of the best… always so delish :)~

      Reply
  • j0s1e267 posted on July 24, 2006 at 9:32 pm

    It looks soooooooooooooooo yummy! I have never seen it here, gotta ask my co-workers!

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    • beverly posted on July 25, 2006 at 12:33 pm

      Do check it out if you get the chance! The food really was so good :)~

      Reply
      • j0s1e267 posted on July 26, 2006 at 1:06 am

        Ohhh I checked with my colleague, she says that this dish is available but not popular here – what’s popular is tomato rice with beef cubes. I think I prefer the chicken version anytime!

        Reply
  • j0s1e267 posted on July 24, 2006 at 9:32 pm

    It looks soooooooooooooooo yummy! I have never seen it here, gotta ask my co-workers!

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    • beverly posted on July 25, 2006 at 12:33 pm

      Do check it out if you get the chance! The food really was so good :)~

      Reply
      • j0s1e267 posted on July 26, 2006 at 1:06 am

        Ohhh I checked with my colleague, she says that this dish is available but not popular here – what’s popular is tomato rice with beef cubes. I think I prefer the chicken version anytime!

        Reply

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