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Published December 18th 2016
Satisfying Vietnamese street food in the Myer Centre
Pho Dau in the Myer Centre is now open at shop 15 of Level A, opposite NeNe Chicken and Teppanyaki Lovers. Pho Dau serves the traditional Vietnamese dishes such as pho (noodle soup), banh mi sandwiches (with meat and salad), rice paper rolls, vermicelli salad and crispy chicken with rice. They also do in house Vietnamese style sodas and tea drinks.
Everyone eating at the counter,like I imagine Vietnam to be.
On one visit I ordered a beef pho and a housemade Vietnamese soda. While I found the staff pleasant and the service reasonably fast, the pho itself was simple - the soup broth didn't taste very meaty or full flavoured. In comparison to others I've had it was probably lacking lemon or chilli - fine if you don't like chilli!. There was a decent amount of bean sprouts which is good to see however.
It did smell nice as I was walking past the shop originally however. I was able to watch them prepare the Vietnamese style soda which was made with a fresh lemon, soda water and ice. Having only been made with soda water it wasn't as sweet as I was expecting, though this could be a traditional recipe and would be healthier anyway.
Pho Dau's drinks menu beside the kitchen window.
One a later visit, I tried the grilled pork banh mi for $6.90 and I got two rice paper rolls for $5. The banh mi was pretty good for the price. It was a simple style without too many fillings or extra flavourings except a hint of satay. I liked the soft, warm bread and the fresh included veggies (carrot, cucumber and red onion). The pork was grilled, as opposed to the more common (in Brisbane), pork belly, but there's no Vietnamese custom to suggest any particular style of meat!
Tasty pork roll in a warm bread roll!
The rice paper rolls were simple with a hint of mint, the lettuce was crispy. It came with a container of dipping sauce which seemed to be hoisin but with some more peanut flavouring.
Rice Paper Rolls
I can't say it's the most amazing Vietnamese food I've had, but certainly for, satisfying, fast and reasonably healthy Vietnamese street food Pho Dau is a good choice. Certainly, their longer opening hours make them more convenient than the other Vietnamese street food places around the CBD.