All the best phos are no where near where I live. Hence sadly, it’s not a regular occurrence for me to enjoy one of my favourite Vietnamese dishes. I stopped by Yen Linh in Croydon the other day after running some errands for only the second time ever. Like most Pho restaurants, the decor is nothing to look at, service is basic and everything is at bare minimum. You just go there for the food. For me that’s not an issue, I grew up eating street side hawker foods, service doesn’t exist. You order, they nod, somehow remember your exact request, your place in the long line and your face so they can deliver to your table. It’s actually pretty amazing.
As usual I had my order of Rare Beef & Beef Balls Pho. I do love the thin slices of rare beef that just cook as they pour the hot soup over it. Simply tender. I’m big on herbs and spices, some would say too intense so I always put the whole amount of mint and basil in. Squeeze the lemon and push the bean sprouts down. Yes, I love bean sprouts too. The soup today however wasn’t quite hot enough, it wasn’t even steaming so it was a bit hard to soften the herbs and sprouts. As much as it might take me forever to eat, burning my tongue along the way, soup noodles has to be piping hot. There is no other way to have it, whatever cuisine it is – piping hot!
Yen Linh’s pho satisfied the cravings though it’s nothing like my favourites Thanh Thanh or Pho Hong Tam. The broth doesn’t have as much depth. Having said that if I’m in the area I will still stop by for a bowl of beef noodle goodness. Besides, there’s an Asian grocery just across where I could do some shopping after.
Yen Linh Croydon
131 Days Road
Croydon Park SA
08 8340 2999