Chow!

Eating Out : Chow!, Darwin NT

Chow!

A new Vietnamese restaurant opened in Darwin while we were there and after dubbing Saigon Star as the provider of the best pho, we realised we had a new contender to sample.  We set our expectations fairly low and walked down to the Waterfront for a feed.

 

We arrived just as they opened and chose a table inside next to the window.  The décor was clean and attractive with a pretty feature wall and fabric lighting fixtures around a central bar.  We ordered some beer while we perused the menu.  While the laksa, Vietnamese savoury crepes and Lemongrass chicken caught our eye, Juz went with a beef pho and Dave selected the wonton and BBQ pork egg noodle soup.

 

Chow!

 

Our lunch came out fast, and was presented beautifully in designer crockery.  At first, Juz was a little disappointed that the ritual of adding fresh herbs to the soup herself was taken away, but after tasting the soup with the herbs already included, she realised there was a new winner.  The broth was clear and fresh and was beautiful balanced with cinnamon and star anise.  The noodles were soft, silky and fresh while the beef was tender and extra delicious when dipped in the provided plum sauce.

 

Dave’s soup was colourful but didn’t have as much appeal as Juz’s pho.  The dumplings were a little bland and the noodles needed more time to cook, but the broth was tasty.

 

Chow!

 

Overall, we really liked Chow! and look forward to our next visit.  They have a great selection of beer, their cocktails have funny names and the pho was absolutely delicious – quite possibly the best pho Juz has had since we left Melbourne.

 

http://www.chowdarwin.com.au/

 

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Noodles from Chinatown

Eating In : Chinatown, Broome WA

We were excited about having some Asian food when we got to Broome but as usual, the price was not right.  We simply could not justify spending that amount of money for one meal, when we could easily feed the both of us for the same price or less.

 

Juz had a brainwave – “Why don’t we go to Yuen Wing General Store, grab some kooky Asian noodles and cook them back at the hostel?” DEAL!  We went to Yuen Wing and had the choice of Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean noodles.  Dave went with Chinese beef and mushroom flavoured Koreano noodles while Juz went with Vietnamese Oh! Ricey Instant Pho noodles and chicken flavoured Koreano noodles.

 

Noodles from Chinatown

 

We scored two pots from the Kimberley Klub YHA reception and got to work in the communal kitchen.  Dave’s noodles were the egg sort so he put both packets into the water to cook simultaneously.  Juz had Korean egg noodles and Vietnamese rice noodles so the cooking time was a bit staggered.

 

The flavour of the noodles were standard – salty and non-descript – but Juz noticed a real change in aroma when she added the flavour packet from her Vietnamese noodles.  The star anise and cloves really came out and combined well with the typical chicken flavouring of the Korean noodles, while Dave’s beef and mushroom noodle combination was tasty but a bit spicy for his liking.

 

We ate in the courtyard out of the pot to save on dishes.  All in all, it was a lovely Asian lunch at a great price – $5 all up!