Hao Phong is your massively menu-ed, always busy, go-to Vietnamese in Footscray. It is fresh, fast and delicious as we Melbournians have come to expect Vietnamese to be. Last night was the second time I have been, and our waiter used to work at Thanh Thanh in Victoria St, Richmond, my all-time fave V. restaurant - a good omen!
Chicken Coleslaw - fresh, light and who can pass up a sleazy prawn cracker
Seafood Char Kway Teow - toothsome fresh rice noodles, egg, turmeric, lots of mixed seafood (may I be a purist and say, correct me if I'm wrong but it was not really char kway teow, but quite happy nonetheless)
We also had crispy squid which despite being battered rather than crispy rice/cornflour coated, was sinfully squidlicious. Tea was hot, fresh and not bitter at all. Great restaurant - love it.
Hao Phong, 136 Hopkins St, Footscray (between Leeds & Nicholson Sts)