Hold the pho-ne guys, to celebrate all things phở, our friends at Mama’s Buoi are holding a festival dedicated entirely to the much loved Vietnamese dish. So, if you didn’t make it to Splendour this year, there’s another festival on the horizon and this one doesn’t require gumboots.
Mama’s Buoi obviously know the way to our hearts is through our stomachs and what better way to make us feel all warm and fuzzy inside than with a bowl of flavour-packed Vietnamese soup?
If you’re not accustomed to phở (do you even noodle soup?), now’s the time to get well acquainted. The menu at this Vietnamese restaurant in Sydney includes a big bowl of phở (of course), but it’s had a bit of a make-over especially for the occasion. Traditionally made with chicken or beef, this time the soup will be packed full of seafood including fresh prawns, squid and barramundi, cooked in a fragrant six-hour broth—yes, it’s time to get those adult bibs at the ready.
For those feeling a little peckish, the pho roll is the perfect appetiser. What the phở?! We know, we know, it’s a little crazy but think of this—one big rice noodle encompassing all of the deconstructed ingredients of a traditional phở soup. So like a rice paper roll, but without the rice paper, and with phở. Don’t think too hard about it, just eat and enjoy.
But, what would a festival be without the booze? Well, not to worry, Mama’s Buoi have thought of that too. The guys here have created their very own phở cocktail—a delicious combination of gin and Grand Marnier with, you guessed it, the flavours of phở. Rest assured, it’s not just an alcoholic phở with ice cubes. If you’re a sucker for spiced cocktails, this one is the perfect mix of sweet and spicy, with a refreshing touch. Almost like iced tea, with alcohol. Ummm sign us up?!
Of course, a menu without dessert, well that would be a sad menu indeed. To top off your evening of phở-nominal indulgence, the dessert is a rich milk gelato, infused with the flavours of phở. Sounds weird but, trust us, it strangely works. Don’t believe us? We dare you to try it.
So, if your bodies are calling out for something to get you through this final month of winter, Mama’s Buoi have prepared an un-phở-gettable dining experience for all you phở lovers. Here’s to hoping a few of these specialities find themselves a permanent spot on the menu…
All puns intended.
What: Pho Festival
Where: Mama’s Buoi restaurants across Sydney and Melbourne
When: Ongoing until the end of August, just ask for a menu when seated
For more un-pho-gettable food events, watch this space.
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