150 Victoria Street
Richmond VIC 3121
+61 3 9428 8680
It was a cold weekend, even for winter and even for Melbourne. And while I liked nothing better than to sit at home with season one of The Newsroom, I had markets to visit, dried scallops to buy and parents’ birthdays to celebrate. Seriously, like I could fit the Olympics in! I was, however, able to fit phở in over the weekend. Prior to attending church on Sunday afternoon, I decided to pop by one of Richmond’s many phở restaurants for a spot of comforting Vietnamese beef noodle soup.
I liked Pho Hung Vuong 2 the minute I walked in. I liked how I was welcomed with smiles as soon as I walked in from the rain. I liked how the waiter told me he was able to fry me up some prawn and pork spring rolls even though they weren’t on the menu. I liked how phở comes in different sizes (small, medium and large). And I liked how the owner of this business supports his mates from Tigerland by proudly hanging a framed and signed photo of the Richmond Football Club on the restaurant’s wall.
I wasn’t even halfway through the preface of Quiet when the smiling waiter arrived with my sliced beef phở. When you’re trying to save cash (woe credit card bills!), $7.50 does go a long way. Now, I’ve been to quite a few Vietnamese places where you have the luxury of choosing the size of your phở bowl. However, I’ve never come across a small-sized bowl as big as this. Okay, so it ain’t no bird bath but it comes pretty close to what a medium-sized bowl look like anywhere else.
The phở was delicious. While I let my beef cook in the burning hot broth, I slurped on the slippery noodles which there was a lot of. The broth was comforting and tasty but did not have the same level of depth Chu The’s phở had. It also had a fair bit of MSG. In saying that, it was a pretty decent bowl, price-wise.
The prawn and pork springs rolls ($8.50 for eight) weren’t bad either. While they obviously contained more pork than prawn, they were alright for what I paid and I liked that they did not skimp on the lettuce leaves (unlike some places that only give you a Myki-sized piece per spring roll).
While there are better places to have phở in Richmond, I don’t believe this will be the last time I’ll be dining at Pho Hung Vuong 2. Okay, so if Victoria Street was London and this were the service games, then Pho Hung Vuong 2 would grab a minor medal in MSG usage. However, they will confidently make up for it by winning gold in both friendliness and speed.