A and I love Vietnamese, but it had been a while since we’d branched out from our usual haunts and tried somewhere different. We decided to look at Zomato to see what had been voted the best Vietnamese in Perth and ended up finding a few popular eateries within the Mirrabooka area for banh mi and pho. Hu Tieu Thanh Liem had an endless stream of positive reviews so we decided to immediately visit to try it for ourselves.
On a Sunday afternoon, Hu Tieu Thanh Liem was bustling, but luckily we were able to get a table within the spacious venue. The décor is basic, but we weren’t there for the ambience – we were there for the food.
On the table, we find a tea urn with complimentary Chinese tea.
A ordered a serving of the fresh pork and prawn spring rolls ($7) to start with. They were quick to arrive and were the best spring rolls I’ve had – mainly due to the uber fresh and flavoursome herbs and filling. I loved the tangy, sweet dipping sauce as well, which was perfectly balanced. We ended up ordering a second serving.
A’s pho ga (chicken pho) ($12) arrived first and it looked and smelt amazing. A said that the pho gai was one of the best she’s had in Perth, and was light and fragrant.
I ordered Mi Heo Quay (dry egg noodles with roast duck) ($12.50) – a particular favourite of mine. I liked Hu Tieu Thanh Liem’s version, but it didn’t top my favourite version of this in Perth (Phi Yen in the Enex100 food court still has that accolade!). The roast duck wasn’t crispy which is what I would’ve preferred, but the serving size was very generous.
I’m really happy A and I branched out and tried Hu Tieu Thanh Liem. We’ll definitely return for the spring rolls and pho, and I can’t wait to try some more of their dishes.