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Where's the Best Vietnamese Pho in Sydney?

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Published March 12th 2012
Pho An beef pho
The beef pho from Pho An Restaurant

When a case of the munchies hits Vietnamese people after a late night out, it is not the kebab shop or McDonald's drive thru they head for, it is for pho.

It is also not uncommon for them to have pho (pronounced `fuh') for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner. And anyone who has come across this dish will understand why. Because describing it as beef noodle soup just does not do it justice. Like most popular Vietnamese cuisines, it is the clever combination of fresh, simple ingredients that makes it taste much better than it looks.

The medium rare beef pho at PHD Restaurant
The medium rare beef pho at PHD Restaurant.

Pho is traditionally made with beef or chicken pieces and rice noodles with bean sprouts, mint leaves and Asian basil in a tasty broth filled with seasonings such as roasted ginger, coriander and fennel seed.

Pho-natics of the dish are often on the search for the best they can find and fortunately there is no lack of great places to get a good bowl of pho in Sydney.

PHD Restaurant in Marrickville.
PHD Restaurant in Marrickville.

A personal favourite of mine is the medium rare beef pho at PHD Restaurant in Marrickville. Their regular sized bowl of lean, tender meat and the most fragrant and tasty broth will only set you back $9. Located on Illawarra Rd amongst an abundance of Vietnamese restaurants, this place is always busy with pho addicts coming back for more.

The beef pho at Pho Tau Bay Restaurant.
The beef pho at Pho Tau Bay Restaurant.

Cabramatta is always a great suburb to find the most authentic Vietnamese cuisine. One that stands out is Pho Tau Bay. This restaurant was actually named the best pho in Sydney in an online poll conducted by the blog Noodlies in 2010. It also boasts a very cheap yet incredibly tasty bowl of pho.

Pho An
Beef and chicken phos at Pho An Restaurant.

Pho An Restaurant in Bankstown is a pure dedication to the dish and a popular destination for pho lovers. There is nothing but many a type of pho on the menu but this large restaurant is constantly filled with people slurping away.

Perhaps a more accessible pho destination is the Pho Pasteur franchise which has places in Parramatta, Haymarket and Blacktown. The meat is lean, the ingredients are fresh and the price is once again very kind.

The where and what makes for the best pho is always up for debate and finding new places is half the fun. Let us know where you think the best pho is Sydney is.
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The best Pho is from Dong Ba at Cabramatta and Bankstown!
by amy7 (score: 0|8) 2681 days ago
In Parramatta, we would have to say Vietastic is the best, the aroma is just mouth watering and so cheap!
by nnguy (score: 0|3) 2296 days ago
An restaurant in bankstown
by clmel (score: 0|4) 2601 days ago
Ha Noi Quan in Marrickville has the BEST Pho I have ever had and I am always on the lookout for a Vietnamese restaurant that can out do this one. It also has the best ever Salt and Pepper Squid in Sydney!
by kburt (score: 0|6) 2681 days ago
Actually Danny's in Bondi Junction is serving pho now even it's a cafe! We tried it since we live close by and it was surprisingly amazing.

We tried An in Bankstown, regularly eat at the one next to pho pastor. But in my personal opinion, Danny's is far better.
by yukik (score: 0|2) 1865 days ago
I have to say Pho Pasteur was a total let down and the one next door too. I have however found absolutely delicious Pho at the Living Juice bar in Broadway shopping centre. It's tucked away near the medical centre so you have to look out for it but it's so worth the minor detour. Lovely lean beef, tonnes of herbs and some of the best stock I've tried in Sydney. All served by really friendly and helpful staff. Go try it!
by emily (score: 0|2) 2491 days ago
Pho 88 in Newtown. It's only a few months old, located in the Funky Brewster's location.

I don't like Pho 236, it tastes like tendon. But I won't get my laksa anywhere else.
by himme (score: 0|4) 2533 days ago
Pho Tk, In marketcity (next to the iga) has the best pho in sydney! rich broth and tasty, drink my bowl every time
by u_fuk (score: 0|3) 2454 days ago
Lol.. me and my previous workmates used to enjoy yummy pho at neutral bay! on wycombe road, just 2 shops down from Japaz restaurant.Yumm
by jiggy (score: 0|2) 2568 days ago
Love Marrickville!
by skwee (score: 1|21) 2570 days ago
Canley Vale also have a great range of Vietnamese restaurants with 'Pho'.
by fung. (score: 0|3) 2573 days ago
Naughty chef hunter connection in wynyard!
by Andr3 (score: 0|2) 2674 days ago
Faifield RSL
by kushi (score: 0|2) 2681 days ago
Phamish in Darlinghurst. Pho to die pho.
by kumik (score: 0|4) 1748 days ago

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