The Vietnamese have nailed it with many things in the culinary world. We’re not sure if it’s skill, luck, quality produce, or if they’re just showing off, but the fact is, Vietnam is the birthplace of some seriously good dishes. Fresh rice paper rolls. Bahn mi. Green papaya salad. Vietnamese coffee.
But the dish that they have absolutely killed it with is, of course, pho. Originating in the north of Vietnam, pho is a rice noodle soup made with broth and spices, topped with meat and vegetables, and typically finished with bean sprouts fresh mint, chilli, lemon, hoisin and chilli sauce. Sound delicious? That’s because it is.
So here are our tips for where to find some of Perth’s most unforgettable pho.
Brought to us by Masterchef alumni Jenny Lam (and her entire family), the banh mi might be the star attraction at Bunn Mee, but their pho is killer too. Why not get both?
Phong Dinh Noodle House
This popular Bassendean pho joint dishes out large portions of the soupy good stuff with all kinds of tasty beef fillings.
Hu Tieu Mi Ben Tre
One spoonful of pho from Hu Tieu Mi Ben Tre—or simply Ben Tre to the regulars—is enough to get you hooked. You won’t be able to stop yourself from coming back to this place, and why would you want to? The broths are hearty, the meats are juicy and the noodles are down right delicious.
Trang’s Vietnamese Cafe & Noodle House
For generous portions, friendly service and most importantly, amazing pho, mosey on over to Trang’s Vietnamese Cafe & Noodle House in Girrawheen.
We love a restaurant with a quirky name, so Canning Vale Phoever gets our vote. These guys have five different types of pho to choose from—our tip is the pho trio, which has beef, chicken and pork.
Tra Vinh is all about the beef pho, but they keep it different with seven different options. There's everything from combination beef to beef ball pho.
The masters of Vietnamese, the team at Lido have pho down to a fine art. You will not be disappointed with your bowl here.
Don’t be fooled by this fairly non-assuming suburban restaurant—they dish up some seriously good pho. So good in fact that non-locals drive to Girrawheen specifically for a bowl of the hot tasty goodness. Definitely some of Perth's best pho.
This place has been delivering delicious Vietnamese to the people of Perth for a long time, and they will not let you down with their hearty soup. It's definitely some of the best pho in Perth.
Fee Fi Pho Fum
This place has 13 different types of pho on the menu, including gluten-free and vegan options.
This family-run Vietnamese restaurant has been serving up traditional dishes for 30 years, and their pho is not to be missed.
JOONDALUP AND PERTH
While it might be a bit more hip and modern than other Vietnamese joints, Mama Tran dishes up some delicious, authentic pho. They've even got menus dedicated to vegan, vego and gluten-free peeps.
Pho 447 Asian Kitchen
The team who ran Dao Vien Vietnamese in Northbridge for over 23 years decided it was time for a change and relocated to Floreat, changing their name to Pho 447 Asian Kitchen. The space is tiny, but the pho is as good as ever.
Ever had that late night pho craving? Well U&I Cafe has got your back, being open 24 hours (or "twenty-pho hours" as they say) so you can get your pho fix whenever your heart (or stomach) desires.
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Image credit: Elle Borgward