We head to the outer reaches of the Sussex Centre universe for some Saigon Pho.
Sussex Centre food court is a pan Asian feast. We've already tried Japanese Indo fusion, Taiwanese, Chinese, Korean, Hong Kong and Macau styles, and now we head for some Vietnamese.
One of Shawn's favourite Vietnamese lunch dishes, fried pork chop on rice. This one comes with a generous serve of pork meatloaf, grilled pork and shredded pork skin. Sauce on the side and a bowl of soup. About $10 and super filling.
There's a selection of drinks, cheap as chips ice tea for $1.20, Sweet Bean drinks and this sugar on speed coconut juice for $2.80.
Instead of the usual pho, Alison tries Egg, Chicken and Pork Loaf Noodle Soup for $9.80. The broth has a good chicken flavour, and the pork loaf (kind of like Vietnamese devon) and omlette strips offer some different textures. The chicken pieces were scarce, but when found hiding under the slippery spaghetti rice noodles were worth the effort.
Beef Pho, $8.80. Your standard beef noodle soup here, not overloaded with noodles so you could really enjoy the broth. there were other choices available including beef with tendon and special beef. We got our plate of been sprouts and a wedge of lemon on the side, but no Vietnamese mint which is unusual, though other folks got a little. Perhaps one needs to wear a shirt skirt to get some mint, Shawn will try it next time.
Jerry Seinfeld's comic nemesis Banya always claimed that soup is not a meal. So we added in a serve of Beef Cubes with Rice (about $9). The beef is barbecued so it has a flavoursome outer coating. Squeeze the lemon into the side serve of pepper and salt and dip the beef cubes into to intensify the flavour. Now that's a meal.
Saigon Pho is in the Sussex Centre Food Court is at 401 Sussex Street, Chinatown. Head up the escalator and into your dreams.