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Strathfield Good Food Guide : Food Guide 2011
vietnamese Chef Minh Mai PHO TOAN THANG Shop 9, 95 The Crescent, Flemington. Phone: 9764 3687 What type of food do you serve? We serve mainly traditional Vietnamese food but there is a little bit of Chinese influence in some of our food. How long have you been a chef? For at least 20 years but I have had this restaurant for about 10 years now. Where did you learn to cook? In my country, Vietnam. I think I was 16 when I started cooking and I learned to cook from my family. What is your specialty? We do the best noodle soup. I cook it from morning to probably 12 o’clock at night and use a lot of the cow including the bones to give it a special flavour. I also use different Chinese herbs, leeks and onions, which also add to the flavour. My customers love the size of this soup and say it is such good value for money. Where do you source your ingredients? From the shops around here, which are mainly the Asian www.ourstrathfield.com.au NOODLE SOUP INGREDIENTS 500g beef bones (legs and shin bones; the insides of the cow add good flavour too) 500g beef cut into bite-sized pieces 3 tbs Chinese herbs 2 small onions 1 leek 3 litres water 1kg noodles METHOD • Make sure you wash and clean the bones and cow parts thoroughly. • Add all the ingredients except the noodles and bring to the boil then simmer for at least 15 hours. • Cook your noodles then pour the soup mixture over them and serve with a spicy sauce. 2012 edition Recipe | grocery stores. Sometimes I will go to the Flemington markets but I can usually get most of my ingredients just here. What is your signature dish? They come for all of my food but mainly my special noodle soup. I cook it in a very large 120-litre pot for a whole day, which I think gives it the special flavour. They are here morning and night eating it so we are always packed with customers eating this soup. I suggest you don’t come on the weekend if you want to try it, though, because we are always very busy. Does your restaurant serve any dishes you believe to be Asian fusion? My menu mixes Vietnamese, Chinese and Malaysian cuisines and we try to keep the taste very traditional. 19
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