In celebration ofAustralia’s wonderful food scene, we’ve compiled a list of the top five feedercountries of international students into the Australian tertiary educationsector and listed our favourite places to indulge in the correspondingcountries’ culinary delights.
Melbourne is littered with Vietnamese eateries but CBDoutpost Little Brother is a standout. While they offer old school options in the vein ofbo kho (beef stew) and bun bo hue (spicy noodle soup), the fried chicken banhmi (available on Fry-Days only) is as good as you’ll find.
Upmarket, modern Vietnamese is all the rage at Ms G’s, wheredishes like cheeseburger spring rolls, chicken katsu banh mi and doughnut icecream dominant the menu. If you’re having trouble deciding, the $67 banquetwill satisfy any cravings.
West End’s Quan Thanh keepsthings simple in the best possible way, serving up traditional Vietnamese farefor eating in or taking away. Get more bang for your buck with the $22 dinnerspecial, featuring four spring rolls, steamed rice and a choice of a beef,chicken or pork dish valued up to $14.50.
Get things started at Sapa Rose with a mixed entrée of prawnrolled with avocado in ham and crispy roast duck skin before graduating to abowl of chicken pho ga. Make sure to save room for bo cuon la lop, beef morselswrapped in betel leaves, sprinkled with crushed nuts and served with fishsauce.
There are Thai and Malaysian tendencies on the menu at Chow but there isno need to look beyond the Vietnamese offerings. Tender beef pho, pork bellybanh mi and shredded chicken rice paper rolls are all available, as is atraditional Vietnamese iced coffee to wash it all down.
Traditional Vietnamese is the name of the game at Tra Vinh, whichoffers not only pho, bun and rice paper rolls but other less known dishesincluding banh canh cua (drop rice noodle with crab meat). Pair it with someprawn spring rolls and you’re laughing.
Ngh Ngan Quan, or NNQ as the locals call it, offers a great dining experienceby fusing traditional and modern Vietnamese techniques. Stick with a classic beefcombination pho or get creative by rolling your own cold roll and getting stuckinto a goat and taro steam boat.
Pho Phu Quoc is a Canberra staple, serving up traditional Vietnamese noodlesoups and vermicelli bowls, as well as some more exotic options like ajellyfish salad entrée. Dine in or take advantage of the free home delivery forthose living nearby.