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by Million Elephants (subscribe)
I'm a wine professional, living in Bangkok and travelling frequently throughout South East Asia. I'm a huge fan of Laos and Cambodia and off the beaten track travel. Feel free to contact me at:
Published July 2nd 2016
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pho 24 melbourne vietnamese food
pork pho

The last time I ate Pho was in Hanoi, so it was with a little trepidation and deliberation that I decided to take in some hot broth on a cool Sunday Lunchtime.

Pho 24 is a big open cafe with an outdoor area for when it's warmer. It has a rather abbreviated menu, Pho, Rice paper rolls, Bahn Mi (only until 5pm, guessing this is when they run out of bread) and a couple of salads and rice dishes.

I ordered a large Pork Pho, which came quickly and was stacked high with bean shoots, sliced shallots and herbs. The pork was very thinly sliced allowing it to be cooked instantly, but it was a little too thin and insubstantial.

All up the flavours were good, but the stock lacked a little punch, easily remedied with Sriracha and bird chillies. The main difference between this and Vietnamese Pho is the amount of oil and fat in the stock, which I think provided a greater depth of flavour to the dish over all.

pho 24 melbourne vietnamese food
Sriracha anyone?

In the morning in Vietnam you can see the stock being ladled out of a pot, full of bones and off cuts. The fat is not separated but skimmed off the top and used in the stock, in the right proportions.

In my option this adds a depth of flavour the leaner dish at Pho 24 cannot match. That said it was a big fresh tasty soup that's left me with a warm feeling inside. I'll definitely be back.
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Why? Hot steamy fresh and healthy soup
When: 9am - 10.30pm
Where: Opposite Southern Cross Station
Cost: moderate
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