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10 Best Places For Pho in Sydney

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Published April 8th 2015
It's Pho 4 Life
We've all experienced the magic of Pho at some point in recent years. Pho has become such a huge food phenomenon in recent years that we sometimes forget it's been around for much, much longer.

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For people unfamiliar with Pho, it is a Vietnamese noodle soup made with rice noodles (bánh phở), herbs, meat, and a rich broth. It is a popular street food that is nutritious, filling, and inexpensive, eaten throughout the day in Vietnam. The name 'pho' (phở) has various readings, but is typically pronounced like a mixture of 'fur' and 'f-uh'. Have a listen here.

There are two main components in a bowl of pho: the broth, and the ingredients. The broth for beef pho is made by simmering beef bones, oxtail, flank, charred onion, ginger and other spices; chicken pho uses a similar broth made from chicken bones, meat, heart, eggs, and gizzards. Both broths use the same spices for flavour, including cloves, star anise, coriander seed, ginger, onion, black cardamom, cinnamon, and fennel. Here's a recipe to try at home.

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Sliced Beef, Tendon Pho - Alpha, Flickr

The ingredients vary depending on the kind of pho you're having, but a typical beef pho contains different cuts of beef: the flank (lean and fatty), steak, and brisket. These are finely sliced, and added raw, to be cooked in the hot broth as it is served. My favourite kind of pho is the variation found in southern Vietnam, which also has tendon, tripe, and meatballs.

So, out of the many Vietnamese restaurants dotting the map, which are the best in Sydney? Here's a list of ten, compiled with help from my pho-loving friends, in no particular order:

Pho Tau Bay
12/117 John Street, Cabramatta NSW 2166
Phone: (02) 9726 4583

This tiny restaurant has been named one of the best pho restaurants in all of Sydney. It is also one of the first to be established as well, beginning in 1980 as a pop-up stall in the owner's garage. You should be prepared to wait for a table, because this place is almost always packed.

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Pho dac biet - from

Pho Saigon
92 The Crescent, Homebush West NSW 2140
Phone: (02) 9746 1692

Saigon is a favourite amongst the locals in the area, and for good reason. It's delicious, quick, and so affordable. It gets pretty packed on the weekends though, so be prepared for a bit of a wait to get seats.

PHD Pho Hai Duong Vietnamese Restaurant
308 Illawarra Rd, Marrickville NSW 2204
Phone: (02) 9559 5078

PHD has one of the best broths I've ever tasted, full of rich, amazing flavour. It was featured in the SMH Good Food Under $30 edition, and in The Sydney Magazine for Best Pho. You can make a reservation, or order online at their website as well.

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Image from Pho PHD Facebook

Gia Vien
79 Burwood Road, Burwood NSW 2134
Phone: (02) 9715 6161

This arguably one of the best places for pho in Burwood, even though it often gets overlooked. There's something almost rustic about this tiny restaurant that takes you back to the basics of home cooking.

Pho Ann
70-72 John Street, Cabramatta NSW 2166
Phone: (02) 9723 2529

You really can't go wrong with Pho Ann. The pho comes in two sizes, large and small, and at very low prices too. This place can get pretty busy on the weekends, so you'll probably be asked if you wouldn't mind sharing a table with other diners. Saying yes will get you a table faster.

Huong Xua
4/217-219 Canley Vale Road, Canley Heights NSW 2166
Phone: (02) 8764 4117

54 John Street, Cabramatta NSW 2166
Phone: (02) 9755 0388

Huong Xua in Canley Vale, and their sister store in Cabramatta, is the home of the Pho Challenge. If you can eat a 2.5kg bowl of their pho in 11 minutes or less, you'll get that bowl for free. If not, it's still an affordable $17. Noodlies has some tips to help you tackle this challenge.

Pho Toan Thang
90/95 The Crescent, Homebush West NSW 2140
Phone: (02) 9764 3687

Before there was Pho Saigon, there was Toan Thang. We've been coming to this restaurant as a family for decades now, and there's almost always a line out the door. The turnaround is pretty quick though, so we never have to wait that long.

Pho Pasteur
295 Chapel Road South, Bankstown NSW 2200
Phone: (02) 9790 2900

Pho Pasteur is another one to make the SMH Good Food Under $30 list, delivering large portions for affordable prices. It's been a longstanding neighbourhood favourite, and for good reason too.

Old Thanh Huong
1/356 Illawarra Road, Marrickville NSW 2204
Phone: (02) 9558 0657

Old Thanh Huong is value for money at its finest. It's extensive menu goes well beyond pho, and the service is fast and friendly. It's closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, though.

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Old Thanh Huong -

An Restaurant
27 Greenfield Parade, Bankstown NSW 2200
Phone: (02) 9796 7826

Does the name sound familiar? Well, it should, because this is where the head chef of Pho Ann in Cabramatta started out. It boasts the same rich broth, and is affordable, fast, and clean.

Where are some of your favourite pho haunts? If this is your first time trying pho, you're in for a pleasantly warm, and wonderfully filling time this winter!
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