Popping by to window shop at Parramatta Westfield I decided to ring up my all time favorite shopping and eating buddy, Ms. Boobie Trap. It was such a relief that we came across Pho Pasteur as we were trying to avoid the shopping mall so our wallets won’t be too empty at the end of the day. Most Vietnamese restaurants serve phở Sài Gòn with every meals that is ordered. Typically this dish is complimentary with any main dish you order. Garnished with fresh crisp ingredients like lemon wedge, chopped chili, Thai basil that has a distinctive flavour of mint and nutritious bean sprouts. We really appreciated the generous serving of the Special Beef Noodle Soup includes beef and offal ($12.00 large) also known as phở. The silky smooth white rice noodles kept appearing over and over again like it was non-stop. Pho is primarily served with thick slices of beef, apparently between uncooked to cooked. This depends how long you prefer to soak your juicy tender beef. For example if you want it to be fully cooked, bathe it till you cannot see any pinkish colour. They were quite heavy on decorating the bowl with white onion strips, which adds more flavours to the broth. For beef pho, the broth is cooked with beef bones, charred onions and spices. The flavour and texture of the soup was enjoyable to sip.
For a scorching hot weather the Chè also known as Three Colour Bean Drink ($4.50) is a fun chilling dessert drink that is commonly made with yellow mung beans, kidney beans, red beans, clear agar worm strips, creamy coconut milk and sweetened condensed milk atop crushed ice. Truly a classic Vietnamese sweet beverage you’d find in almost every table. What I love about this playful drink is creating a mess within the tall glass cup. Every swirl you make with a shiny metal spoon or a plastic straw you are creating a new flavour.
Coconut Drink ($4) has long been a trendy drink for the Vietnamese and it was our duty to order it. So so SWEET! Even though our visit to Pho Pasteur was short and we didn’t order any other dishes, we quite liked the noodle soup due to the portion size and the flavour of the broth. And if you plan to save room for dessert but not sure if you can then the Three Colour Bean Drink is the solution. Teehee.