Pho Chu The (Footscray)
92 Hopkins St
Footscray, VIC 3011
03 9687 8265
Compared to last year, I seem to not mind having phở as a dish when I go Vietnamese these days. Maybe my trip to Saigon changed that in me. Maybe it’s because the weather is getting cooler.Who knows? But yes I’d happily head into a phở joint for lunch or dinner now. They’re so satisfying and cheap!
I’m sorry I’m speaking so much about my life instead of the nuts and bolts of the eatery. But that’s the core of my food blog. I try to make it about why I had that meal. It should be about the people I have my meals with, and how it came about.
But let’s get into the bricks and mortar now. Wendee and I caught up on a Thursday night here at 7pm. It wasn’t busy and didn’t get busy aside from another table or two of diners. The day before, Jo told me she heard that this branch in Footscray is actually better than Richmond’s. So I had hearty expectations of this place. The lack of patronage was slightly freaky, but it was a Thursday.
Wendee ordered the phở gà đặc biệt (special combination chicken) $8.50. I got the phở bò đặc biệt (special combination beef) $9.50. Typical Singaporeans loving our offal spare parts. Unfortunately, both of us were underwhelmed. There was something strange about the broth and both of us didn’t like it. Don’t quote me on it, but I thought it tasted oddly one dimensional with not much detectable spice or body. It also didn’t arrive piping hot. The accompanying pieces of beef parts were okay. But I was not that fond of the pieces that had lots of creamy white fat on it, that’s one beef part that I don’t remember being served at the Richmond stall. The chilli ‘oil’ was also different. It was more a chilli sauce and just didn’t taste as good as the amazing chilli oil in Richmond.
Bottom line is, this Phở Chú Thể eatery in Footscray is far inferior to the joint with the same name in Richmond. I’ll now quote Lauren, author of Footscray Food Blog, who also dined here in 2009: