Following the success of their first branch in Kilkenny, Khang's Noodles has recently opened a second branch going by the name Pho Khang's in Parafield Gardens. Much like Khang's Noodles, the place is pretty popular with the locals.
Great for those wanting something a bit different from the pho served at Vietnamese restaurants, the Lemongrass Spicy Beef & Pork Noodle Soup had slices of beef and pork that were cooked just right complemented by noodles that were al dente. While its name may suggest that the dish is spicy, the degree of heat is actually quite mild, making it great for those not used to spicy foods. As with pho, the dish was accompanied with bean sprouts and Asian herbs that you can add to the soup.
Lemongrass Spicy Beef & Pork Noodle Soup (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
One of the rice dishes that can be ordered, the Chilli Lemongrass Chicken Breast with Rice had a generous amount of chicken tossed in a lemongrass sauce that gave the dish a flavour that was a bit similar to satay. Some chilli provided a bit of heat and the cabbage the chicken was served on gave the dish an element of freshness.
Chilli Lemongrass Chicken Breast with Rice (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The pork chop in the Grilled Pork with Egg Noodles dish was done very well. It had a great 'char-grilled' flavour. The sauce the noodles were dressed in subtly enhanced their flavour and the topping of crushed peanuts added some crunch.
Grilled Pork with Egg Noodles (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Having enjoyed the Bot Chen at Khang's Noodles, we ordered the dish here to see if its quality is as good. To our delight, that turned out to be the case with the crisp exterior of the rice cakes contrasting well with the soft interiors. Served with the dish is a dipping sauce the rice cakes can be dipped in to add a salty flavour.
Bot Chen (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Similar to stir-fry dishes offered at other Vietnamese restaurants, there is a list of meat and seafood that you can choose from to be stir fried with your choice of sauce. We went with Basil Stir-fry Chicken. Although the chicken was cooked to perfection and the vegetables had the right amount of bite to them, we thought the basil flavour could be more pronounced to make the dish more enjoyable.
Basil Stir-fry (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Pho Khang's also has a very delectable Salt and Pepper Squid dish. The deep-fried pieces of squid were quite large and tender. The salt and pepper seasoning the squid was tossed in gave the dish that characteristic salt and pepper flavour without making the dish too salty.
Salt and Pepper Squid (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Although the texture of the Shrimp Omelette was not as fluffy as we had hoped, it was still fluffy enough to make eating the dish pleasurable with the shrimp cooked just right. The slices of onion and carrot also added a bit of extra texture with their firmness.
Shrimp Omelette (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The ambience of the place is what you expect from a neighbourhood café. A good number of parking spaces are available in the carpark in front of the restaurant.