My Canh Vietnamese restaurant at Bankstown

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My Canh Vietnamese restaurant at Bankstown

Before we knew it we were seated and examining the huge and varied menu for goodies with over 220 items to choose from. Warm tea arrives in a cute little metal teapot and two small plastic tumblers. I see items such as Chicken's Feet salad and Beef Fondue (I ask about this later and it's not cheese but vinegar) but I wanted to try Special Beef Ph? ($9) as the evening has a slight chill to it and I know my husband likes noodle soups. I peruse the menu for another less soupy offering and am a little stumped due to the myriad of options. My eyes rest on the Bun with spring rolls and BBQ Pork ($10), something through culinary kismet was featured on an episode of Food Safari just a few days ago. We order this and as for something to drink, the Avocado shake is just begging to be ordered by me and my husband sees the Durian shake and orders this ($4 each). Our waiter is friendly and efficient.

My Canh Vietnamese restaurant at Bankstown bean sprouts

We're not waiting long at all, within a couple of minutes, the bean sprouts and basil arrive along with plum and chili sauces for the Ph? and the Vietnamese dipping sauce arrives for the Bun. In the Food Safari episode they explained that a girl's marriage worthy status was based on her ability to make this dipping sauce and a prospective mother in law would be served this so she could inspect how well her potential daughter in law could make it. If the seeds and chili float, then it's good. If not, well I guess you end up in dating Siberia. My Canh's sauce of course floats.

My Canh Vietnamese restaurant at Bankstown avocado durian shake

Avocado and Durian Shake $4 each

Our Shakes arrive and the avocado is a lovely light sweet and frosty shake. It's also incredibly rich yet still manages to be refreshing so a little goes a long way. I dislike Durian but for the sake of trying it, I sample my husband's Durian shake. Yes, it's that smell again. I quickly pass this back to him. I'm convinced my husband only orders Durian due to its reputation and like boys tend to do, he likes to order the most hideous sounding thing and live to tell the tale. He was seduced by the folklore and legend of the Durian being banned from the streets and my description of gagging and running away when my mother first opened one up in our home. He admits that he doesn't like it and admits it may have been the idea of a stinky fruit that made him order it.

My Canh Vietnamese restaurant at Bankstown BUn with springrolls and BBQ pork

Our Bun and Ph? arrives. I try the Bun first - it has nothing to do with an actual bread bun, its a noodle dish with the opaque thin vermicelli noodles underneath a tumble of salad, mint leaves, spring rolls and BBQ pork. I spoon the dipping sauce over the noodles and it's perfect. I love the crunch of the vegetables and mint and the very fresh crispy spring rolls cut in thirds. The BBQ pork is delicious too and oops I may have found that I ate a bit more than my alloted half.

My Canh Vietnamese restaurant at Bankstown Special Beef Pho

Special Beef Ph? $9

I then try the Ph? and the broth is richly flavoured yet light and sustaining. I add some bean sprouts which still remain crunchy and some lemon to give it flavour and its delicious. The fatty beef pieces I dip in the chili sauce which is very spicy especially given the presence of freshly chopped chilis. There is also tripe and meatballs as well as another thinly sliced leaner beef. For me however, adding the basil is overkill and I find it overpowers the Ph? broth. My husband likes the basil in it but I pick out the leaves.

As much as I don't want to move out of my safe, and what some may say is boring North Shore enclave, I do wish we had a late night haunt like this.

My Canh Vietnamese restaurant at Bankstown

My Canh Vietnamese restaurant

29-31 Greenfield Parade Bankstown

Tel: +61 (02) 9796-7586

Open 7 days

11am-11pm

Surcharge for Credit card/add 50c per takeaway container