Trang’s Cafe & Noodle House is located a few shops down from Pho Huynh and next to BMT Vietnamese within the Newpark shopping centre. Since stumbling upon Nhu Mai last year and following a friend’s recommendation for a good bowl of Pho in Girrawheen, I’ve discovered a whole range of restaurants in this shopping centre and around the suburb serving Vietnamese cuisine! It’s been great!
Trang’s Cafe & Noodle House is small in size but could probably fit a number of people in there due to the communal table setting that runs down the length of the restaurant with individual table for four on either side.
Hot tea to start with!
The menu at Trang’s is quite extensive. Dishes are labelled in Vietnamese with an English description in the next line. An advantage of dining Vietnamese in the suburbs is the price! Most noodle dishes cost $10 for one and they are big portions. I find it hard sometimes to go back to the Vietnamese food in the city as they are smaller and more expensive in comparison. It’s all about the location I guess.
I’ve been to Trang’s twice now, this time round I ordered the Bun Bi Cha Gio ($10) – rice vermicelli with fine meat and spring roll dry. This tasted really good, well marinated beef, crispy spring roll (loved the filling) served with their homemade fishsauce. I requested for a bowl of soup to go with the noodle and the staff happily obliged. Just wanted something soupy to go with my noodles. The small bowl of soup that came was flavorsome, I was half afraid it might just be a MSG-laden soup but not so.
The others had the following:
- Pho Tai ($10) – raw beef hofan soup. Can’t come to a Vietnamese restaurant without trying their Pho! We ordered a couple of these. They received the tick of approval.
- Banh Canh Do Bien ($10) – drop rice noodles with prawn & pork. The drop rice noodle is a type of noodle found in Chinese cuisine as well, called the “mouse noodle”. It’s quite rare to find this type of noodles in Perth! Now I know where to go!
- Bun Cha Gio Chay ($10) – rice vermicelli with vegetable spring rolls. This is a great dish for those who love all things spring roll and crunchy crunchy crunchy! It came with a mix salad with pickles and roasted peanuts.
- Bun Xao Thit Bo ($12) – rice vermicelli with braised beef, similar to the above with the mix salad and roasted peanuts but with beef instead.
- Bun Bo Hue ($10) – rice vermicelli in spicy soup with sliced pork roll, cooked beef and Vietnamese sausage roll. Meat overload but this was my friend’s favorite!
- Com Chien Bo Luc Lac ($13) – fried rice with stir fried beef Vietnamese style
- Com Tam Dac Biet ($11) – broken rice with pork chop, shredded pork, fried egg homemade pork pate served with homemade fish sauce. This looked appetising!
Great, authentic and cheap Vietnamese food, what more can you ask for?