I’m always on the look out for delicious Vietnamese food and its very hard to stray from my usual which is Tra Vinh. However, when learning that the owner of Phong Vinh is related to the owners of Tra Vinh I thought I’d better give it a try. The menu is very extensive, but there are heaps of pictures to help your decision.
Goi Cuon Tom Thit (Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls with Pork and Prawns)
These came out a minute after ordering and that’s my kind of vietnamese restaurant.
Goi Cuon Chao Tom (Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls with Prawn wrapped Sugarcane)
These came shortly after.
Che Thai (Iced Thai Drink)
Iced Thai drink packed with longan, sea coconut, mixed jellies and coconut milk. Topped with shaved ice and Durian. Note: If you don’t like durian please advise the waitstaff not to put it on top. Even if you try to scoop it off afterwards, the smell still lingers. It was still delicious and thirst quenching though.
Banh Ouc Chao Tom (Rolled Rice Flour Noodles with Sugarcane Prawns)
Usually when I go to a new vietnamese restaurant I always try the Pho to test the authenticity. However, I rarely come across this childhood favourite on a menu. A tasty prawn paste, similar to the texture of thai fish cakes, carefully wrapped around a stalk of sugarcane and is then grilled or deep fried. The patty remains moist and sweet this way. It is served with a generous serving of noodles and nuoc cham. I had to order another serve of the nuoc cham as it was so yummy.
Nuoc Cham is a dipping sauce also known as ‘fish sauce’ commonly served with Vietnamese dishes.
Com Tam (Broken Rice with Pork Chop, Pate and Egg)
This is to date, is the biggest serving of Com Tam, I’ve seen in Perth. It was tasty too. Somewhere under the mountain of delicious bi is a crispy fried egg and marinated pork chop.
Bi is shredded pork skin and may sound unappetising, but it’s crunchy, textual, nutty and goes great in rolls, rice dishes and noodle dishes – I could eat it by itself!
Bo Kho Noodles (Stewed Beef Noodle Soup)
Ex-Fatty’s friend had the Bo Kho Noodle soup with combination noodles at no extra charge. There was a mixture of egg noodles and rice noodles. She couldn’t finish it.
Overall, it was a very enjoyable meal. The portion sizes were huge, food was great and the staff did not mind us hanging around for a chat afterwards.