Thursday, May 12, 2016

Po Hing, Mount Waverley by Bureaucrat

Po Hing is a blast from the past.  When yours truly was in her teens, this was one of the Chinese restaurants that my extended family used to go to on high rotation.  The appeal, back then, was that it served pretty decent food at a pretty decent price - a great way to feed a big family without breaking the bank.  Time moves on, and we started going there less and less.

My last visit to Po Hing would have been about 15 years ago(!) and I was curious to see what had changed.  The drab brown brick exterior is still there but there are new owners and it seems like Po Hing is now a Vietnamese-Chinese restaurant - with a heavier focus on the former.  While the interior is still your typical suburban drab decor it's an improvement from times gone past.  A new lick of paint, brighter light bulbs and the addition of interior window in a once plain wall provides much needed light into the room.

Po Hing, Mount Waverley, beef noodles, stir fry
The Lawyer and I ordered two dishes to share.  The stir fried rice noodles with beef had a good wok hei.  Lots of beef, charred rice noodles and lots of aromatic egg and onions tossed through it.

Po Hing, Mount Waverley, crispy duck, rice
The crispy duck with rice wasn't quite as good.  The duck was over-cooked and dry as a result.  However, the good point was that there was plenty of duck with a reasonable amount of breast meat.

Po Hing, Mount Waverley, prawn crackers
Our meal also came with a serve of complementary prawn crackers.

Po Hing, Mount Waverley, Pinewood

Po Hing, Mount Waverley, Pinewood


We liked it
We liked it.


So how was the food 15 years on?  It's okay - it's not as great as I had remembered it to be but it's good enough for me to keep this place in mind when I need a local Chinese/Vietnamese feed.  Given that the owners seemed to be Vietnamese, I wouldn't mind going back to try out the pho.

Find it at

Po Hing
29 Centreway
Mount Waverley VIC 3149
Phone: (03) 9803 3298

Po Hing Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

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