I got fever running like a fire,
For you I will go all the way,
I wanna take you higher
Gia Hoi, the newest Vietnamese restaurant to hit George St, makes me think of the Pussycat Dolls’ interpretation of the A. R. Rahman’s Slumdog Millionaire song.
If you ever get a terrible fake tan à la Lindsay Lohan, Gia Hoi is definitely the place to seek refuge while you wait for the orangeness to go away.
From the glaringly bright neon orange sign to the classy orange chopsticks, you could blend right into the walls and no one would notice! Everything is the colour of an oompa loompa: orange walls, orange uniform, orange chairs, orange menus, orange bowls, orange tables …but funnily enough, they had a yellow Grand Opening sign.
Gia Hoi’s street sign, and the charming display of its nearby vendors in the background
Grand Opening: 10% off!
My fellow food companion and I had spent the day (or the previous three hours) slaving away in the library over our Chinese assignment, so come 4pm, the perfect time to indulge our stomachs: well after the lunch rush had ended and just before the dinner rush would begin.
We were ushered inside by an eagerly awaiting man (I’m guessing the boss?), and an orange-clad waitress itching to take our order, pen and paper at the ready!
Special Beef Noodle Soup (Pho Dac Biet) – $9 (med)
This is one of the house specials of Gia Hoi – so much so that it’s even permanently advertised on the signage outside!
Tender slices of beef and beef balls, as well as onions, shallots, tripe and your all-favourite pho! :D
Accompanied with a dish of beansprouts and a wedge of lemon ..brings back childhood memories of eating at Flemington
Grilled pork and spring rolls with rice vermicelli (Bun Thit Nuong Cha Gio) – $9
Nuts, lettuce, and pork-jerky-tasting grilled pork (yummm), and the spring roll pastry tasted like biscuits!
Orange side dishes of chilli and nuoc cham
Don’t know how most people eat it, but I usually drown the vermicelli with nuoc cham and munchhh away :D
Chè ba màu (Three Colour Sweet) – $4
Shaved ice and sweet coconut milk, with green cendol, yellow mung beans, and red azuki beans, with a dash of peanuts on top
Superr sweet and super tasty! …it’s the SUPER drink for SUPERmen (according to Grace, it even beats the ice kachang at Market City)
Cam So da Sua Hot Ga (Orange, Soda, Milk Egg Yolk) – $4
This was possibly one of the strangest combinations I’d ever heard of, butttt Yes Men say yes!
Thick, creamy, egg-flavoured liquid flecked with orange; the first thing you can taste is condensed milk and carbonated soda, with a slight eggy aftertaste (Fear Factor, anyone?). Even though it was pretty nice, I don’t think I could drink more than a glass at a time ..verrrry s l o w l y as well (just because the idea of drinking egg yolk freaks me out)
And for those of you who missed the grand opening, never fear! I walked past Gia Hoi again today, and the banner was still there so CHANCES ARE the 10% discount is still on!
So hurry hurry hurrrrry! And even if it’s not, GO ANYWAY! and try some delicious phooo =9
Catch me, catch me, catch me, come and catch me!
I want you now!
Gia Hoi (visited 13/05/09)
709 George St
Tel: (02) 9211 0221