Pho Hung Vuong, Springvale

I’ve found myself in Springvale a lot recently. After my last “pho” post at Pho Hoang Dakao, I’ve clocked up at least five separate visits for shopping/eating in the span of just a few weeks – with most grocery stores closed for the Christmas holidays, Springvale remains a reliable source of fresh meat and vegetables.

 
I went there with just mum the other day which is a rare occurrence. It turned into a good ‘what’s up in your life?’ talk, as we’d both been preoccupied with our busy lifestyles lately. Aside from shopping, we grabbed a quick bite at our old favourite – Pho Hung Vuong.

Pho Hung Vuong is a tiny place, a lot smaller than the aforementioned Pho Hoang Dakao, with the menu being accordingly smaller as well. They serve pho and a few traditional Vietnamese dishes, but none of the other regular staples of such establishments – spring rolls, rice and stir-fry are all noticeably absent.

 
I ordered my usual – sliced beef with rice noodles ($7.50 for a “small” serve). I found Pho Hung Vuong provided a more generous serving of beef compared to Pho Hoang Dakao at the expense of a slightly less noodles. The beef was nicely and evenly cut, and didn’t shrivel up in the hot soup.

 

 
Mum ordered her usual as well – the “Special beef with rice noodles” (also $7.50). I don’t usually order this, as I prefer just the meat instead of the assorted cuts (tripe, tendons, etc.) present in her dish. Overall, it was near identical to my dish except for the textural differences from the “special” ingredients.

 

 
As always, we had the bean shoots cooked, not being fans of the raw variety. If you would like more bean shoots, it’s possible to get another serving (as we had done in the past), although you may also get a blank stare and a slightly unhappy face for your trouble.

 

 
For drinks, I had a Vietnamese white iced coffee. I find Vietnamese coffee to be quite strong (which I like) although it does also come with a lot of condensed milk, which makes it very sweet. Pho Hung Vuong’s version comes with crushed ice as well as ice cubes, which results in a cooler, icier, but potentially thinner coffee. I definitely preferred this version over Pho Hoang Dakao’s.

 

 
It turned out to be a quick, tasty meal and a very concise catch up, as we had a lot to do that day – last minute Christmas shopping for my kid cousins. I’ve always found shopping for kids to be a chore, and the only way to stop me from complaining is to stuff my stomach full of good food beforehand!

In closing, if you’re just out for good pho, I would recommend Pho Hung Vuong over Pho Hoang Dakao. Their beef is just that little bit better and the serving size and prices are about equal. However, if you or your companions are looking for entrees and rice dishes as an alternative then definitely head over to Pho Hoang Dakao.

Question time: Do you enjoy Christmas and kids shopping? Would you rather just give money than buying gifts?

Pho Hung Vuong
Phone: (03) 9558 5147
Shop 2 / 15 Balmoral Avenue, Springvale VIC 3171

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11 comments… add one

  • Choux-Fleur December 27, 2011, 11:39 pm

    mmmm pho. I ALMOST had it today but dinner plans got cancelled :( I don't mind shopping for kids if I'm just buying the odd present. But when you have to buy heaps, it's such a headache.

    In fact, I just despise christmas shopping in general. Maybe it's because there's really not much on offer in stores. I'd rather buy online as there are some really unique gifts online compared to the shops in shopping centres.

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  • marthameetslucy December 28, 2011, 4:59 am

    Now you've go me craving pho. Or a bahn mi. Or both. Shame its still breakfast time and no where is open yet.

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  • Daisy@Nevertoosweet December 28, 2011, 5:21 am

    I love vietnamese pho :) happy holidays hope you've had fun!

    I dun like giving people money because I like the process of choosing and getting a present that they'll remember but having said that i like it when people give me money HAHAHAH huge contradiction i know :P

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  • msihua December 28, 2011, 11:42 am

    Lovely Lovely… I think for me, Pho is not that big a deal as I don't eat beef anyway, so all the good beef and stock is lost on me as I only ever order chicken, and that's pretty much the same same as everywhere else :)

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  • WinWin December 28, 2011, 1:59 pm

    Pho Hung Vuong is my FAVOURITE pho place in Melbourne. I reckon it's the BEST (and Eugene the pho-expert thinks so too lol) :)

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  • JasmyneTea December 28, 2011, 3:46 pm

    I love me some pho, but I never really thought to order coffee from a vietnamese restaurant – I just always assumed it wouldn't be nice. I'll give it a try next time!

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  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com December 28, 2011, 5:16 pm

    Mmmm.. it's been a while since we had our share of a bowl of delicious pho.

    I love Vietnamese and Thai coffee's — strong, but delicious :)

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  • Rosa's Yummy Yums December 28, 2011, 8:19 pm

    What beautiful dishes! I love Vietnamese food.

    Best wishes for 2012!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  • Akika (Ichigo Shortcake) December 29, 2011, 12:59 am

    @Choux-Fleur, I totally agree! Although online shopping takes time to arrive and often I don't plan ahead so last minute shopping's unavoidable :(

    @marthameetslucy, I think I'm going to Springvale again tomorrow and a bahn mi sounds really good right now! :D

    @Daisy, hope you had a good holiday so far too! I like getting money and I don't like shopping for presents. :P So it's better for me XD

    @msihua, you don't eat beef? That's such a shame! You're missing out :P

    @WinWin, I didn't know you and Eugene liked that place? XD You sound very passionate about it too…lol

    @JasmyneTea, you should order Vietnamese coffee! It's quite strong and tasty. If you don't like condensed milk in your coffee, there's also black coffee available but they're usually cold.

    @Kiran, I agree, the coffees are delicious! :D

    @Rosa, best wishes to you too!

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  • John Toh July 19, 2012, 10:14 am

    HI, love your blog and your photos, i have just started using DSLR, and was just wondering do you use flash when you take your food photos? they looked so vibrant and crystal clear. Keep up the good work
    John

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    • Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake July 19, 2012, 1:39 pm

      Thanks for visiting my blog and I’m glad you like it! I never use flash and I really mean never. It makes the food look unappetising and over exposed. I usually crank up the ISO and increase the aperture (or lower the f-stop value which is the same thing) or in extreme low light, I use a my iPhone’s back light with a thin tissue held in front of it to give me a bit of light. But remember that natural light is your best friend. :)

      Hope this helps and good luck with the DSLR!

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