Pho Phu Quoc (6 Cape St, Dickson (02) 6249 6662) is one of my favorite Vietnamese restaurants here in Canberra. It's unpretentious, simple and focuses mainly on serving great food to those who visit. I can't believe that i have not blogged about it although i've been there on countless occasions (i guess they were all impromptu, thus no camera in hand). On my last visit, i was pleased to see that they've done a few upgrades to the restaurant by adding more decorations with a Vietnamese flare to its walls. We started our meal with a Vietnamese Three Colour Drink which was nice and refreshing. It is made with herbal jelly, red bean, green jelly strips, red jelly strips, ice and coconut milk and my favorite part? The green jelly strips.
As entree, we decided to get a Vietnamese Beef Salad to share. The beef salad was nice and tasty, although a bit hot for me (yeah, i can't take spicy food). The beef was tender and the tomatoes were surprisingly sweet which altogether bleanded well with the sauce.
And for mains, we ordered a Vietnamese Broken Rice and a Hainanese Chicken Rice. I had to order the broken rice just because it's one of my favorite Vietnamese dishes. The dish consists of a pork chop, a Vietnamese dish called bì (thinly shredded pork mixed with cooked and thinly shredded pork skin), a pork meatloaf and some pickled vegetables on a bed of broken rice. So many (delicious) things in a single dish that makes me happy while eating it and the dish itself is done quite nicely at Pho Phu Quoc - i have to say that the pork chop was lovely~
The Hainanese Chicken Rice was quite satisfying too, with tender and juicy pieces of chicken served with flavoursome chicken rice. The dish also comes with the Vietnamese Dipping Sauce (Nuoc Cham, i think) for those who would like some extra flavour in their dish - i didn't need too much of it as dish itself is already packed with flavours.
Overall, the dinner at Pho Phu Quoc was certainly good and pleasant. It is one of those restaurants where you are assured to find simple and nice authentic Vietnamese food when you absolutely can't think of anywhere else nice to eat. Although not blogged here, there are dishes that you simply have to try at Pho Phu Quoc, the Campfire Beef and their Pho!