Vietnam is the birthplace of some seriously tasty dishes: fresh rice paper rolls, banh mi, green papaya salad, Vietnamese coffee.
But the dish that they’ve absolutely killed it with is, of course, pho. Originating in the north of Vietnam, pho is a flat rice noodle soup made with broth and spices, topped with meat and vegetables, and typically finished with bean sprouts, fresh mint or basil, sliced chillies, lemon, hoisin, and chilli sauce. Sound delicious? That’s because it is.
We’ve eaten our way around town to tell you where to find some of the best pho on the Gold Coast, pho-real!
Okay, we’re going out on a limb and saying this is some of the best Vietnamese food on the Gold Coast. Cheap, cheerful, served in a simple, brightly-lit dining room, with neon signage and traffic whizzing past out front; just as though it was transported direct from the streets of Saigon to Surfers Paradise. Owners Hai and Hue came to Australia as refugees in the 1980s, bringing with them age-old cooking traditions. In saying that, we’ve honestly never ventured far past New Saigon‘s steaming bowl of pho—chicken or, our go-to, tender beef strips and beef balls. If you’re a pho virgin, this is one of your best options for popping your pho cherry.
Where: 2789 Gold Coast Highway, Surfers Paradise
Can Tho Kitchen
Northerners in search of a delicious bowl of steaming pho needn’t look further than Runaway Bay’s Can Tho Kitchen. A long-standing family-run restaurant, Can Tho (pronounced Gung Turh) was named after the southern Vietnamese city which the family fled from in 1981, following the war in Vietnam. Can Tho has undergone a modern revamp by son, Vien who grew up helping out in the kitchen and has since taken over with his wife Thao and young family, injecting renewed energy to the décor, menu, and vibes. While the décor is funky, the pho recipe sticks closely to traditions with a star anise and cinnamon broth, both sliced beef and tender brisket, topped with crunchy bean sprouts, basil, and lime. Is this some of the best pho on the Gold Coast? We think so!
Where: 5/465 Oxley Drive, Runaway Bay
It seems modern South East Asian cuisine is really stepping into the spotlight of late, and the recent opening of Jimmy Wah’s is helping to solidify the trend. This stylish Vietnamese eatery in Burleigh Heads is a contemporary take on the classics. And while we miss the interactiveness of adding the adornments of bean sprouts, chillies, and green onions ourselves, Jimmy Wah’s beef pho is still utterly delicious, especially when paired with one of their flavour-packed banh mi rolls or the soft shell and papaya salad. O.M.G.
Where: 1724 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads
We know, it’s hard to go past all those tempting, fancy restaurants lining the streets of Broadbeach, but when you’ve got your mind set on pho, there’s really no shaking it. Right? Right! Our go-to when in this sunny precinct? The bowls of fragrant pho (beef, chicken, or pork) coming out of O-Me-Ly are always fresh and tasty. Quick service and a no-nonsense fit out make for a cheap lunch or dinner option—get yourself some.
Where: Shop 15/24 Queensland Avenue, Broadbeach
New to Gold Coast’s Vietnamese food scene in 2016, it’s all in the name for Surfers Paradise’s Chevron Renaissance eatery, All-Pho-U. Serving up traditional beef pho and chicken pho, but you needn’t stop there; this narrow family-run canteen has got you covered with plenty of other moreish treats like strong Vietnamese coffee, sizzling stir fries, crispy pork belly, and special fried rice.
Where: Chevron Renaissance Shopping Centre, 3240 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise
Did we miss your fave among some of the best pho on the Gold Coast? Tell us in the comments.
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