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Published March 17th 2015
Pho-nomenal stuff at a pho-nomenal price
Pho 75 is a simple food stop for lunch and dinner that concentrates on what it does best - Vietnamese pho, which is also known as beef noodle soup. This tasty and affordable venue is tucked away in a small shopping complex just off Regency Rd and Days Rd in Croydon Park. From first-time pho eaters through to the experienced beef-noodler, you will be sure to leave with a full stomach and a smile on your face as you walk out the door.
Pho 75 can easily be overlooked from the outside so keep a look out for the flashing sign.
While the address is listed as being on Days Rd, you actually need to turn off into a small car park surrounded by shops, then head over to the shop lined with closed vertical blinds. Because of this, the restaurant might appear closed when viewed from the outside, but don't be fooled - look out for the flashing sign and head right in. You don't need a booking here as the turnaround of diners is quite quick. We do recommend coming here for lunch though, as the crowds are a lot thinner than at dinner time.
Arrive early or for lunch to ensure a table, otherwise this place fills up quick.
Inside, the restaurant is simple and clean. The chairs are quite comfortable and each table has a supply of sauces and chopsticks for you to use. Don't worry if you haven't mastered the chopstick yet, forks or spoons are also available. A chilli oil is also available that we highly recommend, just add to your pho if you love that extra heat. A quarter of a teaspoon will give your soup a spicy kick, otherwise if you must have your eyes watering you can amp it up to a full teaspoon per bowl.
Keeping it simple, choose your type of beef first.
Next, select your size and any extras then you're ready to go.
Choosing your beef is simple, the most popular being the rare beef. Don't be scared by the name, while the beef is rare to begin with, once it has been placed into the boiling pho soup it is cooked within a minute or so. This is because the beef is sliced ultra thin, so if you still like it a little pink you'll have to be quick to pluck out the beef before it's cooked through. Alternatively you can order the beef to be brought out on the side and add it in when you are ready to cook to your liking. The thin slices also ensure the meat is nice and tender and will soak up the flavour of the soup while still being easy to bite through.
As for the soup sizes, we found the small to be more than enough for us. If you do like to eat a lot, perhaps the large or extra large would be the way to go - or just add in some extra noodles to fill the spot. Serving sizes for the price and quality are exceptional, which is why we are happy regular customers.
Fresh sprouts and Vietnamese basil liven up the dish.
Once your pho is ordered, you will receive a plate of bean sprouts and Vietnamese basil. The basil has a distinct flavour and aroma which is quite different to normal basil found in Italian cuisine. The basil is a must have in the pho as it blends well with the soup flavours and tastes fantastic with the beef. You can eat the leaves, so let them soak in the pho for a while to soften them up. The bean sprouts will shrink quite a bit, so throw in as many as you like. The crunchy texture mixes well with the noodles and beef. The other two items are lemon and fresh cut chillis. Once you've added the sprouts and basil, give the lemon a good squeeze and mix everything through. The added citrus brightens up the dish with a little zing in every bite. Finally, the fresh chilli is very hot so if you do pop a few slices in consider taking out the seeds if you want a milder pho.
Ensure your meat is nice and brown before you dig in.
Tai Pho, or Rare Beef Noodle Soup, is great dish that really hits the spot, especially with all the extra sides thrown in. While the serving size is large, the soup component is quite light, so you leave feeling satisfied with no need to roll out of the restaurant. If you are eating with chopsticks, the best way to eat the dish is with the soup spoon in your left hand and chopsticks in your right. Then, using the chopsticks, place a mouthful of meat or noodles onto the spoon, while slightly dunking the spoon into the Pho for a tasty sip with every bite. Don't worry if you slurp either, it's considered to be a good sign and means you are enjoying the dish.
A small bowl of these noodles are usually more than enough.
For a truly Vietnamese experience you can't go wrong with a cup of delicious iced coffee. It will come served in a drip container over a glass of condensed milk. Simply wait for the coffee to dip all the way through, mix nicely and pour over the accompanying cup of ice to enjoy. It's just as nice hot if you prefer not to pour over the ice, but we think the icy cool drink goes well with the spice and heat of the pho.
Coffee fix time? Try a Viet-style coffee with condensed milk.
Alternatively you might like to try our absolute favourite, the Three Bean Drink. Like an es cendol for those who love their Asian dessert, this drink consists of coconut milk, condensed milk and shaved ice packed with a mix of sweet beans and green cendol jelly. This is definitely a drink for sweet-tooths, since it's pretty much a dessert in a glass. We highly recommend giving this one a try if you haven't done so already.
Our favourite - the Three Bean Drink - comes highly recommended.
We give Pho 75 4/5 Wanders for Pho-ragrant Pho served up Pho-resh and delicious. This is some of the best Pho in Adelaide.
Where 1 Wander isn't worth getting off the couch for and 5 Wanders should leave a trail of dust in your wake: it's that good.