Tuesday, October 9, 2012

My Trip to Melbourne, Australia (Day 3): Mekong Vietnam

At the beginning of this trip, we decided to walk everywhere to really explore the cities. With so much walking, we could eat aplenty and not feel as guilty about it. So after going from Queen Victoria Market to central Melbourne, we were hungry again. I wanted something different and decided to pick Asian. There's actually a huge Asian population in Melbourne, let alone Australia so I knew it would be a good choice. We passed by Mekong Thai and I was instantly hooked. It wasn't fancy and yet plenty of people were going inside, mainly Asians. Nice.

As I said, not fancy at all. Glaringly bright, clean tables and simple chairs. But I know I was in the right place when people were ordering off the Vietnamese side of the menu.
We started the meal with cold summer rolls. We chose the 2 piece prawn roll ($4.50). It was the perfect light appetizer. Four pieces of prawn in each roll with al dente vermicelli noodles and lettuce wrapped in a springy rice paper. The accompanying peanut sauce was sweet savory goodness.
For my main meal, I had the Dac Biet Pho ($9.50 - regular size). It was rice noodles in a spicy beef broth with various cuts of meat including beef brisket, meatballs, tendon, bone marrow, sausage, and tripe. Overall, it was okay. Broth was very pronounced in spices like anise and ginger, the noodles were thicker than I'm used to but still al dente, and the meat (though different) was still good.
The usual sides of fragrant basil, bean sprouts, and a lemon.
Mr. M&P opted for a rice dish called Broken Rice with the Lot ($10.50). A bowl of rice was served with a pork chop, an egg,  shredded pork, and vegetables. This was a huge serving and delicious. The pork chop was juicy and well seasoned. The egg was overcooked in which the egg yolk wasn't runny anymore. The shredded pork and vegetables were easily mixed into the rice. The nuoc cham mixed fish sauce on the side cut through the fatty pieces of meat.
We both enjoyed this meal as it was filling and satisfying without leaving us feeling bogged down. We were fueled for more walking for the rest of the day.

Mekong Vietnam
241 Swanston Streer
Melbourne, VIC 3000
+03 9663 3288

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