Today was a grocery shopping day and we headed to Richmond to hit up the Asian supermarket, normal supermarket and the cheap fruit and veggies place to stock up for a cooking feast for the long weekend.
For sustenance we had lunch at Thanh Ha2 primarily because a colleague at work who frequents Victoria St often recommended it and secondly because it was close by to our shopping stops.
It looks quite typical Viet Victoria Street and reassuringly there were some Asian families tucking in to giant plates of food.
We had quite a roomy table which was welcome as we needed the space!
I had the bun bo hue which is the beef and lemongrass noodle soup. There was warm spice throughout and I enjoyed the different bits in it including some shiny cubes of liver which I thought I wouldn't like but actually they weren't strong in flavour. The noodles were nice and springy. The broth probably could be hotter. There was beef in it but I'm sure there was also pork so if you're a non pork eater, buyer beware as it's not in the description.
Steve had the stewed duck noodle soup and that looked inviting too with a duck leg floating in the bowl. The broth was pretty sweet which came from the dried dates that were in there and he enjoyed his bowl too.
We share a Vietnamese pancake which is pretty big and looks impressive. All golden yellow and crispy thin crepe like. The dipping sauce was flavoursome but really if it wasn't for the dipping sauce it would have been quite bland. Stirfried beanshoots with a tiny bit of pork and the odd mini frozen prawn. I wanted to order some spring rolls too but the waiter said it would have been too much.
The menu is huge with lots of items to choose from so it can be a bit confusing if you're indecisive like us. We enjoyed the lunch enough but definitely it's a place that relies on MSG. Could definitely taste it and felt the dehydrating effects afterwards.