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Pho Chu The (Richmond)

270 Victoria Street
Richmond VIC 3121
+61 3 9428 7797

I’ve been making all sorts of soups lately to soothe the winter blues and warm my bitter-as-of-late heart. From organic pumpkin soups to beef udon soups, I’ve tried, well, not all of them but I’m getting there. And instead of using store-bought chicken and beef stock, I’ve been making my own. With my confidence growing, I’ve been able to tackle soups that I would never have dreamt of being able to cook even six months ago. With that in mind, I’m determined to give good ol’ phở (Vietnamese beef noodle soup) a shot, much to Marty’s delight.

Unfortunately, several obstacles stand in the way of attempting to make phở from scratch. Firstly, I’m currently too busy to slave away for hours and hours in the kitchen. Secondly, where the hell do I get sandworm? Thirdly, my mum might love cooking but unfortunately she loves money – and saving money – more so whenever I mention that I’m going to be using the stove to make phở, she freaks out and starts going on and on about how electricity is so expensive which then results in a full-blown argument. Finally, it’s just easier to walk into a phở restaurant and have a bowl in front of you within minutes in exchange for a 10-dollar note.

My favourite phở restaurant is Pho Chu The in Footscray, a place worth trekking around town for. These days, I rarely go to Footscray due to time constraints but thank goodness that there is a Pho Chu The in Richmond, which is actually closer to where I live. Although the Richmond branch has probably been around for a while, this was the first I’ve heard about it so now I feel like an idiot but hey, you learn something new all the time.

I first came here with Marty earlier this year, after whinging about how we always have to go all the way to Footscray for phở and OMG, why couldn’t we just go to Richmond instead? He reluctantly agreed to go to Richmond – but just this once – and after a short tram trip, we found ourselves at the Richmond branch of Pho Chu The.

Like the Footscray Branch, this place keeps it simple. There is phở, phở and phở. And three sizes: small for $8, medium for $9 and large for $10. Oh, of course there are sundry items on the menu, too, but like anyone comes here for anything BUT phở.

Sweet, cold drinks make good accompaniments. When we were there, it was a bit warmer so the cold drinks – a Vietnamese iced coffee for me and a three-colour drink for Marty – went down a treat. Not that they wouldn’t have during the cooler months, of course.

While Marty enjoyed his large sliced beef and tendon phở, I loved my sliced beef and brisket phở in medium. For some reason, the broths tasted a bit different from the ones dished out at the Footscray branch – it was a lot cleaner which a lot of people may prefer but I like my broth with a bit more character.  PCT Footscray’s broth might be clean but it still has a raw edge to it and plenty of depth. Hence, I do prefer the phở at Footscray. Apart from that, though, it was a very well executed phở and certainly a place to enjoy a phở at when I can’t be bothered with the commute to Footscray. Or be bothered making my own phở, for that matter.

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14 Comments on Pho Chu The (Richmond)

  1. Neeno
    May 20, 2012 at 00:15 (4 years ago)

    Your mum sounds like my mum… I baked muffins once and she TURNED DOWN THE OVEN because she was saving electricity. What?!?!?!!?!?!

    Mum took me to Pho Chu The in Foots, she said it is better that Pho Hung Vuong (the chicken and cos one???) because the broth is less fatty, which I agree. What I didn’t like with PCT in Foots was the tendons were cut too thick?? But other than that, it is some good pho!

    I laugh every time I see the menu, number 10 on the menu is: “Ngau Pin + Duoi” which they translate as “ox tail” but neglect to mention what “Ngau Pin” is, bahahhaha.

  2. Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake
    May 20, 2012 at 00:58 (4 years ago)

    I used to have SO much pho it’s not funny…literally every weekend…they’re seriously addictive. I have most of mine in Springvale though because that’s near me, I should try this place. :)

  3. I-Hua Lim (@msihua)
    May 20, 2012 at 14:45 (4 years ago)

    I hardly ever enjoy Pho as much as you other people.. cause the chicken options, always taste the same.. #nobeefinmydietfail

  4. Hannah
    May 20, 2012 at 14:49 (4 years ago)

    Forget the soup, I think you should focus on recreating that three-colour drink. SUGAR TIME.

  5. Frank Barina
    May 20, 2012 at 15:08 (4 years ago)

    This place rockssss!!! love it love it love it! The original PHO! The aroma of the broth is so nice and the taste is just ohh so amazing! Went to vietnam with my boyfriend last week and man this by far is either on par or better than the one in vietnam. Apparently we have the best beef hence the soup is more flavoursome. Have a taste and dont forget to order their pork and prawn spring rolls.

    • libishski
      May 21, 2012 at 18:56 (4 years ago)

      Ah yeah, Aussie beef is the best, in my opinion. Really makes a difference :)

  6. Maureen (@OrgasmicChef)
    May 20, 2012 at 19:35 (4 years ago)

    I want to go there so much – pretty long walk from up here on the Sunshine Coast but if I start early :) Great photos!

  7. DL
    May 20, 2012 at 20:29 (4 years ago)

    I’m over Dac Biet… gimme Tai lol

  8. Ames
    May 20, 2012 at 21:50 (4 years ago)

    Oh Libby, why do you tempt me so??

    • libishski
      May 21, 2012 at 18:55 (4 years ago)

      I don’t do it on purpose!

      • Ames
        May 21, 2012 at 21:08 (4 years ago)

        lol I know you don’t mean to 😀 glad you get to enjoy lots of pho on behalf of us all!

  9. Sophie
    May 21, 2012 at 10:36 (4 years ago)

    Sandworm? Pho has sandworms??? *suspicious eyes*

    I could do with a Vietnamese coffee now though – it’d beat away the Monday blues!

    • libishski
      May 21, 2012 at 18:54 (4 years ago)

      That’s what I’ve been told!

      Marty told me that you can go without, or even use dried shrimp if sandworms are too hard to find :)

  10. Julie
    May 21, 2012 at 11:56 (4 years ago)

    Thanks for sharing the review. I always wondered which pho restaurant to go into when at Richmond. So far I been walking in ones that look busy (so far quite tasty but none has hit the spot yet). Will try this one next time =)


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