Super Bowl Pho & Bun Bo Hue
As of late, I haven’t been eating a lot of Vietnamese food as I have been eating a lot of brunches and Japanese food. Which is a big difference as I used to eat a lot of Vietnamese food and get sick of it.
Since it’s been a while, I have had cravings for Vietnamese food, and what better timing it was to be invited by Rachana to try out Super Bowl Pho & Bun Bo Hue, which has recently opened up in Richmond. Although it’s been open for a short period of time, they are already building up a large crowd. Why? Read more to find out!
To start off, we sipped on Jasmine tea and Sop Sop and I ordered a beverage each. I ordered the Chè ba màu, whilst, Sop Sop ordered the Nước dừa tươi.
Chè ba màu / Three Coloured Drink: Chè ba màu is a very common drink to have at Vietnamese restaurants along with their Vietnamese coffee. The word Chè, refers to a Vietnamese dessert / sweet beverage, whilst ba màu literally means three colours.
This drink here at Super Bowl consists of red azuki beans, mung beans, green glutinous rice drops and crushed peanuts served with coconut milk and topped with shaved ice.
I really enjoyed this drink and found it to be unique, as I was not expecting the crush peanuts. I don’t think I have ever had crushed peanuts in my three coloured drinks before.
Nước dừa tươi / Young Coconut Drink: This drink is one of my favourites as well, which consists of young coconut, sugar syrup and shaved ice. This drink here at Super Bowl is not made in house but the ones you buy in plastic tubs.
Although we were given the option of choosing our dishes from the menu, I asked Rachana to bring out their signature dishes of Super Bowl for us to try.
To start off with she brought out three different types of rolls.
1. Chả giò Hà Nội tôm thịt (Hanoi styled spring rolls): The only exposure that I have had with Vietnamese food are food from South Vietnam, as my family lived there for quite some time before coming over to Australia. So when this opportunity came up to try spring rolls from Hanoi, I was really excited to try. The Hanoi styled spring rolls are completely different from the spring rolls that we are very much accustomed to. The Hanoi styled spring rolls are rice paper rolls filled with prawn and meat and then deeped fried.
To serve, you roll these Hanoi styled spring rolls in fresh crisp lettuce, add a bit of vermicelli, coriander and húng lui, a Vietnamese herb that has spearmint and lime character. This is then dipped in Nước chấm, which is a dipping sauce made out of fish sauce, sugar, and lemon/lime juice.
I really like this type of spring roll as the rolls are much bigger, and deep frying the rice paper rolls that gives it a very rustic and rough texture.
2. Chả giò tôm thịt (Vietnamese Spring Rolls): These are the ones that most of us are accustomed to. In comparison to the Hanoi styled spring rolls, these spring rolls are thinner, smoother and fried until golden brown. When serving the same herbs, lettuce and dipping sauce are used, however the vermicelli is omitted. These spring rolls are addictive and served pipping hot at Superbowl, so be very careful when you bite into them!
2. Gỏi cuốn tôm thịt (Rice Paper Rolls) - These are the healthier rolls out of the three. These rice paper rolls are what I generally eat when I go on a diet haha. Rice paper rolls dipped in water and rolled with an array of fillings. The rice paper rolls at Super Bowl are very simple with lettuce, vermicelli, shrimps and pork, and served with hoisin sauce and crushed peanuts. Although it is very simple, it was delicious. The shrimps weren’t overcooked and the pork isn’t too dry. I like how Super Bowl serves the crushed peanuts in a separate dish to cater for people with nut allergies.
Whilst we were discussing the menu, Sop Sop mentioned about her trip to the States where she had a very huge bowl of pho as a challenge. How big is the superbowl may you ask? Well, it is equivalent to two large bowls and has about 2kg of noodles in that one bowl!
Peter decided to accept our challenge, which was to eat a whole superbowl to himself. It was probably the most intriguing and entertaining lunch I have had in a very very long time. I couldn’t stop laughing whilst watching Peter struggle through the whole bowl.
Did Peter finish the whole bowl? Well… he finished about 95% of the bowl, and struggled with the broth as it was too greasy. Alex however finished the bowl for him (Stole his glory), but we have to admit, Peter did very well! Good job Peter!
Next up, we had noodles. To be honest, watching Peter eat his Super Bowl made me feel very full. Whilst Peter was eating away through his superbowl, Alex, Sop Sop and I, shared a bowl of Beef & Chicken combination Phở, and Bún bò Huế.
The beef and chicken phở was great – thin slices of beef and chicken and the broth was rich and sweet in taste, which is most likely the result of boiling beef and chicken bones for hours. Generally when I have noodle soup of any kind, I would avoid the broth as it is is filled with MSG, as it will only leave me thirsty. This time round I had a fair amount of soup and didn’t find myself thirsty at all, which is great!
Bún bò Huế: When Rachana brought out the Bún bò Huế, I was very delighted, as it’s my favourite noodle dish to order if I go to a Vietnamese restaurant. It’s a noodle broth dish that originates from Hue, which was the former capital city of Vietnam.
The reason why I love this noodle dish a lot is because this dish is full of flavour. The broth is made by simmering beef bones, beef shanks and lemon grass and then seasoned with shrimp sauce and sugar. Also, very spicy chilli oil is added to the broth.
This was definitely a spicy dish, as I found myself coughing a lot, but I did appreciate the richness of the broth. This was served with shredded cabbage, lemon wedges, basil. Love it :)
By this very moment I was pretty full and running short in time as Sop Sop and I had to get back into the city to catch our Legally Blonde musical (Watch it! It’s an amazing musical!).
I wont comment on the bún thịt nướng chả giò vermicelli with char grilled marinated pork and spring rolls as I didn’t try the dish myself. However we had the next two dishes to take away home. I had the Combination Broken Rice to take home, but I left it in Alex’s car, and he ended up eating both dishes.
From what Alex told me, he really enjoyed both dishes.
I will comment that I did try a bit of the Cơm tấm bì sườn chả trưng combination broken rice whilst I was there and I have to admit the meat loaf and the pork chop was amazing!
1. Very busy restaurant, but service and food is very prompt.
2. All the dishes I had were spot on in flavours. I didn’t leave feeling thirsty like I usually do at Vietnamese restaurants.
3. Easily accessible, but parking is difficult, which is normal in Richmond.
Disclaimer: Peach and her guests dined in courtesy of Super Bowl Pho & Bun Bo Hue Management. The meal & drinks were complimentary. My reviews are 100% honest and is based on how I felt about the food & service at the time of visit