Last Thursday I ate. I think that is a good enough description of how my entire day was planned.
It all started with a Twitter call-out.
Where is the best pho in the CBD?
I’d been editing an article on pho the night before and staring at the writers photo just had me craving a bowl. See, I’m CBD specific because I was already in town and I don’t drive, so there was no way I could make it into the Western or Northern suburbs just to get a bowl. The resounding choice for CBD pho was Thanh Thanh, from people who loved it and people who had just heard rumours.
I’m getting a lot better at eating by myself, and this was a solo lunch. I picked the green paw paw salad & combination pho, plus a custard apple smoothie on Celeste’s recommendation.
combination pho, lemon soda, custard apple smoothie, green papaya salad.
I’ll agree with others who have said the pho isn’t as beefy as some others, but believe me it was still delicious and completely hit my craving, it was just a bit subtle. The green papaya salad on the other hand was just delicious, fresh herbs with crisp grated vegetables, pork, and dripping in sauce. The perfect mix of sweet, salty, sour, and spicy that Vietnamese salad dressings are so well known for. I also grabbed a lemon soda- very reminiscent of the nouc chanh that was part of our staple diet in Vietnam, but with soda water.
I’m also so glad I read Celeste’s review before heading along, because the custard apple smoothie was just delicious. Smoothies are one of the things I miss from Vietnam. When we’d go down to the Tourist area of HCMC for breakfast we’d always grab a fresh fruit smoothie to go with our banh & egg. The flavours at Thanh Thanh were interesting: custard apple, avocado, and durian are the ones I can remember, and they were good value by Adelaide standards. I’ll admit though, it still hurts a little paying $10 for a bowl of pho.
Thankfully my large lunch meant that I wasn’t hungry for the rest of the day, because my dinner date with Sam at T-Chow wasn’t until 9:30pm. He had work to keep him occupied beforehand, I had my nieces. I got there half an hour early and did a bit of people watching, with a bit of extra focus on the two cute Frenchmen dining across the road.
I ordered the Salt and Pepper Soft Shell Crab, San Choy Bau, and Eggplant & Pork Hot Pot. Sam had lemon chicken and some Asian greens.
Does anyone have a preferred spelling of San Choy Bau? I’m lost with which combo to choose. Anyway, the food. It was all tasty and filling. I would have liked a bit more of a crabby flavour with the soft shell crab, but the San Choy Bau was fresh and crunchy. I think it’s the perfect start to a meal. I of course over ordered, because I can never settle on one thing, so there was quite a bit left over by the end of it.
Suprisingly we still at room for dessert at Sweety. I’d passed it earlier in the day on my way to Thanh Thanh, and figured I’d never tried it before so we may as well give it a go.
The room was a little too big to be quite as empty as it was, yet despite there only being a handfull of people inside our food took forever to come. We were starting to regret the choice because we were just so tired, and were hoping to just grab a quick bite to eat.
I had the Egg White & Almond Tea (hot). It was deliciously warm, and had just the right amount of sweetness balancing out the slight marzipan flavour of the almond. I really wished we didn’t have a 40 minute drive ahead of us, because this would have been the perfect dish to have right before hopping into a nice warm bed. I wasn’t a fan of my red bean on ice (drink), but I think that’s just a personal taste thing. Usually I’m jumping all over the place trying to get my hands on some red bean, but this just didn’t work for me, I did like it when I got a spoonfull of red bean and ice cream.
Overall Sweety left a lot to be desired, I’m sure we’ll be back to check it out again, but it’s not leaving any lasting memories with me.