Winter might not mean chills in Melbourne, however that doesn't guarantee the absence of holiday sniffles. Luckily, we have the ultimate cure for you. It hasn't been scientifically proven, but we think Pho is magical. The steaming soupy goodness spiked with spice, fresh veg, noodles and protein is just what you need when you're feeling under the weather.
Melbourne has a lot of choice when it comes to Pho, pronounced "fur" (we know, we had no idea either) here are our top picks for when you've run out of tissues and just want to curl up in bed.
1. Hanoi Hannah
If you're feeling ill, it's probably best to get a takeaway from Hanoi Hannah. However, if you're feeling up to it, visit this joint for delicious Pho, world beers and perhaps even a cocktail. You never know, a bit of juice and some pho might be the thing you need to feel like yourself again. Their vegetarian option of silken tofu goes well with the veggie rice paper rolls if you need some extra sustenance.
2. Kin Vietnamese
Kin Vietnamese want you to know that they are the authentic choice in Pho in Melbourne. As Pho is having a bit of a moment and everyone and their dog has started to make it, it is important to know that what you're getting is good and wholesome. Especially when you're battling a cold. Choose something spicy to kick-start your immune system and shock you back into health. If you're not feeling up to eating much but still want to get some Pho goodness, try one of their small Pho cups, which use the same recipe as their main Pho, but in more budget-friendly portions, ideal for a quick snack.
Miss Chu was founded and is creatively managed by "the queen of rice paper rolls", Nadja Chu. Miss Chu's popularity can be measured in their three outlets across Melbourne which are usually packed during lunchtime service. They serve modern Vietnamese and Asian Food and like I Love Pho, they make it FAST. Their vegan Pho makes a good choice for sickly non-vegans and vegans alike. Alongside their Pho (which Miss Chu reminds us is pronounced "fur"), they also have a selection of sashimi and dumplings to fill you up. And you don't need reminding that you need your proteins and Omega 3s when you're ill!
4. Pho Cycle
Pho Cycle is a funky little Vietnamese restaurant located in South Melbourne. While you're there, try one of their Bahn Mi too. If you've never had one before, a Bahn Mi is a little nugget of Vietnamese sandwich goodness, guaranteed to give you the energy to get back on your feet.
If you're in the middle of a sneeze or you can feel it coming, try grabbing some Pho from our choices on Deliveroo.