A stop at the Sussex St. food court was at least a weekly thing for us when we lived in Ultimo. Usually walking through Chinatown on our way to work we would stop for lunch on a regular basis. It was usually always a choice of Saigon Pho and Happy Chef (occasionally we'd branch out and have omu rice next door or some BBQ meats).
Today is no exception. We're in the city and swing by for a quick lunch. The decision was Happy Chef or Pho Saigon. We both swung both ways for a while having trouble deciding, but eventually the choice is made, a big bowl of pho bo and iced tea will tickle our taste buds.
The broth here is so heavy on spice, but still with a rich beef flavour, some squidgy rice noodles underneath and more than ample thin slices of fresh raw beef, sliced white onion and spring onion all floating on the top. There's a plate with a mound of fresh, crispy bean sprouts, Thai basil leaves and a wedge of lemon that are all added to the soup. A little of the chilli vinegar mix just enhances all the flavours.
A big cup of icy cold ice tea and this is one mean lunch for under 10 bucks! And it's a nice side trip when Vietnams not on this itinerary.
Sussex St Food Centre
Level 1, Shop F6
401-403 Sussex Street,
Haymarket Chinatown, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 9212 5387