The Pho Gia Hoi empire has spread it's love over to Eastwood so we head in for some soup rehydration therapy.
We have headed over to Eastwood after hunting for books on a 30 plus degree day. We figured it was easier to be out and about than stuck at home whining about the heat and we could get a lunch in as well. Our first plan was for ramen but then we spied this newish opening and all thoughts turned to other types of noodle soup, a hearty ramen just wasn't going to cut it.
We are big fans of the city store and it's big bowls of refreshing pho, bun bo hue and their crab and fish cake udon soups. Their table condiments are some of the best you'll find, including a house made sambal of pounded chilli and lemongrass as well as the usual pickled ground chili, soy, hoisin and chili sauce.
Orange and egg yolk milk soda - about $3.50. It kind of tasted of sweetened, orangey milk, fun to try but not 'wow'. The plain egg soda is often better.
Bun Bo Hue - $11. Hot and spicy pork and with rice vermicelli noodle soup. The blood cubes in this soup aren't as palate testing as others, they are a mild flavour and the texture is similar to a hard tofu. The main chilli flavour sits along the top of the soup travelling in little spice islands of oil.
The plate of soup fixin's is a most generous one, piled high with bean sprouts and basil and underneath loads of shredded cabbage, lemon slices, mint and lettuce. Add as your heart desires.
Banh canh cua do bien -crab meat, fish cake and udon soup - $12. Mr Shawn has become obsessed with this soup after trying it a couple of times at Pho Gia Hoi's city store, it's one of his favourite soups in town. The soup is thick and gluggy at the start but thins out as you eat it, it has a mild crabby flavour and the thick, clear udon style noodles are superb: filling and flavour soaking. A huge bowl of happiness, served with the usual fixin's.
Pho Gia Hoi Eastwood is at 219 Rowe Street Eastwood. They seem to still be having a 20% off sale for their grand opening even though it was some time ago. Drinks not included.
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