Happy 2012 dear readers! There is no better way to start the new year than with a post about one of my favourite dishes to eat – pho. Pho Tau Bay is a little restaurant at the top of John Street (Cabramatta’s main strip) where my family and I used to go to religiously for that awesome vietnamese beef noodle soup. Til this day and about 20 odd years of eating this dish, I still think it is one of the best pho restaurants.
I always love a good cafe sua da along side my hot beef noodle soup. There’s just something about the bitter and sweet taste of vietnamese coffee that goes so well with pho. You get such a generous portion here – I love it! I must say Pho Tau Bay is always a hit with the cafe sua da – it never fails to disappoint me.
A small Pho Dac Biet is on order today – yes you are able to get a large size here if you really wanted to =P “Dac biet” means “special” which has a bit of all the meats – the beef balls, brisket, tendons and tripe (and most likey some other cuts of meats too).
What I favour most about Pho Tau Bay is that it is one of the rare pho restaurants that sell the asian donuts aka “yau ja gwai” to accompany the pho. As my family and I used to eat here so often, I thought it was normal to have the asian donut with the pho. After eating out with friends and even talking about it, I found out it wasn’t a common thing. For those who haven’t tried the two together, you really should give it a go :)
The noodles and broth at this place is purely amazing. I don’t think I can recall ever having a bad experience at all. Honest. The broth is flavoursome but not too heavy – it is still light and refreshing and slightly sweet. The noodles are perfectly cooked. They are soft yet still have a bit of body to it. There is plenty of meat to go around too. Ahhh how I could do with a bowl right now.
For something a bit extra; Thanh Ngo from noodlies, a local citizen of Cabramatta, conducted a poll in search for Sydney’s Best Pho in 2010. Pho Tau Bay was announced the winner, and I could not agree more :)
Pho Tau Bay
12/117 John Street
Cabramatta NSW 2166