196 Victoria Street, Richmond (map)
Met up with B on Victoria Street for hangover soup (aka soupytwist) last Sunday. It was a toss-up between pho and Shouting Box dumplings in chilli oil soup, but in the end we selected the former. I introduced B to Co Do, a great little Vietnamese/Chinese restaurant almost directly across the road from the Shouting Box.
B went for the classic Pho Bo ($7.50). It came out good and peppery.
I felt like trying something a bit different, so ordered one of the Bun Bo Hue soups that Co Do specialises in: Bun Bo Hue Thit Bo Tai (Hue Traditional Vietnamese Style Chilli Beef Soup with Sliced Rare Beef, $8). While I prefer the thinner rice noodles in pho to the udon-like noodles in Bun Bo Hue, I still really loved this soup - the broth was not too spicy, and the lemongrass didn't drown out the other flavours.
B and I were very impressed with the shared garnish platter they offered. I've only ever been to Co Do for pho - has anyone tried any of their other dishes?
If I'm feeling brave next time, I'll order the Bun Bo Hue Dac Biet (Hue Traditional Vietnamese Style Chilli Beef Soup with sliced beef, pork, beef loaf, pork hock, prawn cake and BLOOD)... if I can talk myself out of my squeamish position vis a vis consuming blood, that is! :)