Vietnamese cuisine is famous for its noodle soup dishes. Large, steaming bowls of pho (thin rice noodles in broth with meat and vegetables) are popular at Vietnamese restaurants in Brisbane, and often come served with a regional twist. Down at Vietnam House on Wickham Street in Fortitude Valley, the chef's noodle soups are second to none. Classics like beef noodle soup are on the menu, while lesser-known dishes such quang style noodle soup (a classic celebratory dish from central Vietnam made with rice noodles, fish sauce, toasted rice crackers and more) or crab meat soup filled with tapioca noodles are also available.
For those who love seafood, there are plenty of delicious dishes to choose from at Brisbane's Vietnamese restaurants. There are many classic fish dishes on the menu at Green Tea Restaurant on Duncan Street, including entrees like prawn toast and fish cakes and pungent curries with prawns or fish fillets. For something a little more unusual, why not try the salt and pepper soft shell crab at Vietnam House on Wickham Street? Designed to share, this is an ideal choice if you're dining out at Vietnamese restaurants in Brisbane before a night out at nearby theatres, such as the Judith Wright Centre, or heading to one of the city's many bars.
If you're vegetarian, don't let the many meat and fish dishes on the menus at Brisbane's Vietnamese restaurants put you off. Vietnamese cuisine makes enormous and inspired use of veggies, nuts and tofu, so there are plenty of meat-free dishes available for you to try at Vietnamese restaurants in Brisbane. At Viet de Lites on Little Stanley Street, for example, you can sample rau xao dau hau (classic stir fried vegetables) or dau phu xao (stir fried tofu in cashew nut sauce), while those who want to push the boat out a little can try the bi xao dua (delectable baked pumpkin in coconut cream).
Heavy usage of ingredients such as coconut milk, jelly and sweet bean pastes in Vietnamese cuisine means that there are a lot of authentic desserts to try at Brisbane's Vietnamese restaurants. For a refreshing dessert, round off your meal at Viet de Lites with a che 3 mau made with the sweet pastes of red beans, mung beans and jelly and served with ice and coconut milk. For a more indulgent treat, you can opt for the traditional com nep than (a steamed and sticky black rice pudding) or a delicious kem chien (deep fried ice cream).