A freelance writer living on the Gold Coast, Anna loves all things travel and adventure.
Published September 7th 2011
One of my all time favourite meals is the traditional Vietnamese noodle soup called Pho. In Vietnam it's eaten anywhere and at anytime. Consisting of stock, beef or chicken, rice noodles and a range of greens and sprouts, it really is the quintessential Vietnamese dish.
Usually the hot broth, including meat and noodles, is served alongside a plate containing your greens and spices. You are then free to experiment with flavours and can add as much or little basil, sprouts, onions, and chilli as you wish.
Moving to the Gold Coast, I found the realisation that I may not be able to regularly enjoy Pho anymore quite worrying. Finding a good supplier of true Vietnamese food is not the easiest task and I didn't expect to do so in a little beachside town like Tugun. This was until I discovered Viet Hoa Gardens, just around the corner from my house on the Gold Coast Highway.
The food available is Vietnamese and Chinese inspired, and best of all, they serve great noodle soup. The venue, which looks quite unremarkable from the road, is actually not too bad and most importantly it's conveniently located and easily accessible from the highway if you are passing through town. You can dine inside or outside, they are licensed and do BYO and of course takeaway is available too.
The soup was delicious and had the desired effect of quenching thirst and hunger without actually filling you up too much. I particularly liked the faint taste of star anise, which just brings the whole dish together. The Vietnamese spring rolls also went down a treat. Other menu options include a range of salads, meat and seafood dishes as well as delicious entrées like Dim Sims, prawn crackers, shredded pork rolls and much more.
If you are at the Gold Coast or on your way through, Viet Hoa Gardens is definitely worth a try and you will be surprised by their wide range of food options and great value for money.