Review: Pho 76, Green Valley

Apparently this place is quite famous for students of the local high schools. We were just looking for a place to host our Christmas lunch, so we came to Pho 76 to sample the menu.

Pho 76 is a little Chinese & Vietnamese resturant as part of the Green Valley Plaza. They also have a sister store as part of the Wetherill Park shopping centre, but I am informed that the original is the best.

The place is decked out with a red feature wall and chandeliers. There are
booths along one side of the wall, which is where we are seated.

We order:
Pho Bo (Beef Noodle Soup) $9.00
Bun Cha Gio (Spring roll vermicelli with Beef) $10.00
Muc Xao ot/Ran Muoi (Salt and Pepper Squid) $12.50
Mi Xao Don Thap Cam (Combination Crispy Noodles) $10.50

I get the spring roll vermicelli, even though it isn’t on the menu (it is at
Wetherill Park Store). The noodles are fat rice noodles instead of skinny
mung bean vermicelli rehydrated with hot water. The sauce is a weakened sweet chilli sauce which gets thick, sweet and cloying so that by the end of my dish it gets too much and I can’t finish it.

The salt & pepper squid is springy in texture, the batter having become slightly soggy whilst cooling down. It is served on a bed of crispy noodles, the only vegetables are the shallots which have also been deep fried.

The combination crispy noodles offer a good mix of flavours, and my colleague enjoys it immensely.

It turns out that I have been flavouring Vietnamese Beef soup incorrectly all these years! Instead of tasting the broth, then adding fresh lemon juice, fresh chilli, mung bean shoots and herbs to taste; You are supposed to get a sauce dish, and mix half hoi-sin sauce and half chilli sauce. You then proceed to add some to your soup, and then dip your beef into this sauce mixture before consuming. By the end of the pho, you’ve run out of sauce! I tasted some of the broth before this mixture was added, and it was flavourful and complex.

Tasty and cheap. Recommended.
Pho 76 Chinese and Vietnamese Restaurant

Shop 18a, Green Valley Plaza
178-193 Wilson Road
Green Valley 2168
(02) 9826 7676.
10.30am-9.30pm, 7days

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