I've been searching far and wide to find the best Pho in Adelaide ever since I was first introduced to this dish back in 1996 when I went to Melbourne. I had a Pho there, and fell in love.....
Fast forward to now and many many many Phos later, I believe I have found the best in Adelaide - Hoang Gia Quan. After consulting with many of my Vietnamese and Cambodian friends, they 'tend' to agree this place is good, but each have their own allegiance to different places. However, all of them agree that this place has the best Combo rice.
Extra large Combination Pho.
The key to a perfect Pho, is the soup. Everyone has their preferences, but I don't like my soup to be too sweet. I have tried waaaay too many places that have a very sweet soup, or too many onions, or not hot enough. Hard to explain, but this place, serves it 'just right'. The soup is not boiling hot, just enough to cook the raw beef, and can slurp the noodles almost instantly I put the side veggies in without burning my tongue. One other important factor is the size. Many places advertise X-Large, but when the dish comes out, its not enough to fill the gaps between my teeth. This place is a good size.
There are different types of Pho, Beef only, combination (comes with tripe, beef balls, cartilage, etc) and beef balls or chicken!
In addition, lime is the key and hot Chillis.. very hot chilli too is what makes this place awesomesauce!
Combination noodle soup
For those who are not game enough to eat Pho, they do have some soft-core food selections. The above dish is a combination of things, pork, char-sui, squid, prawns, in a very garlicky soup with spring onions and chives. Noodles are of the dry variety, however you can order fresh noodles instead.
This restaurant is very accommodating, you can choose many different things and add and remove things as you please.
Combination broken Rice
Just looking at this dish makes me drool..... as stated above, many of my friends have stated this restaurant serves the best broken rice. Their Pork Chops are insanely awesome, their bbq pork skin is crispy and ratio of fat:meat is just perfect every time we have it. This is a 'MUST ORDER' dish, no doubts about it.
Lots of parking available because it is right next to the Arndale shopping centre
Hoang Gia Quan
16 Hanson Road
Woodville Gardens SA 5012
Right around the corner from this place is a Vietnamese Bread Roll place. No, nothing like the crappy Soonta Rolls you get in the city, and not as overpriced as some places.... this place charges $3 a roll.
This is just an intro to rolls, I'm sure we'll be getting more and more of these reviews up soon, so stay tuned.
Vietnamese Bread Roll - Combination meats
For 3 bucks, you really cant complain.
blogged by: Hayes