Vincent’s Noodle House has long been serving Lidcombe locals affordable Asian cuisine. While they no longer appear to be a small family-run business, having moved in to Dooleys Catholic Club, they’re still bloody popular.
Their pho dac biet (special beef noodle soup) at $10 costs more than your average Vietnamese cheap eat, but for the extra few dollars comes quality, reliability and consistency. The blanched noodles are slippery and soft and mix freely with tendon, tripe, beef meatballs, thin slices of rare beef and its garnish of sliced onion, shallots, coriander, basil and bean sprouts.
The slowly simmered beef broth is aromatic with star anise, cinnamon and ginger and is a brilliant example of the classic dish.

Vincents Noodle House at Lidcombe - pho dac biet, Vietnamese beef noodle soup
Pho dac biet (special beef noodle soup)

There’s no sauce better to accompany pho than a bit of sate chilli sauce mixed with hoisin sauce.

Vincents Noodle House at Lidcombe - classic Vietnamese condiments including hoisin sauce, chilli sauce, fresh cut chillis, soya sauce, fish sauce, vinegar and chilli sate sauce
Vietnamese condiments including hoisin sauce, chilli sauce, fresh cut chillis, soy sauce, fish sauce, vinegar and chilli sate sauce

Another favourite I adore is this simple hu tieu (combination rice noodle soup, $9.50) which is poached chicken, beef, prawn and bok choy with thin rice noodles in a cleansing stock soup. I think this has been westernized as there are no signs of pork liver, Chinese celery, fried shallots or garlic chives. I always add on two banh tom don (crispy prawn cakes, $1 each). The shrimps when eaten whole are crunchy and flavoursome, adding oomph to the noodle soup.

Vincents Noodle House at Lidcombe - combination rice noodle soup with crispy prawn cakes
Combination rice noodle soup with crispy prawn cakes

On this particular day, the crispy skin chicken in my mi ga da don (crispy chicken with egg noodle soup, $10) is disappointingly dry. It is the first time from about twenty other occasions where I’ve ordered this same dish. The skin is usually golden, glossy and crispy, hiding piping hot tender chicken meat beneath.

Vincents Noodle House at Lidcombe - egg noodle soup with crispy skin chicken
Egg noodle soup with crispy skin chicken

Vincent’s Noodle House also does a mean crunchy noodle ($12.50) which is an off-the-menu special you can request for. It is essentially a beef stir fry with a big slab of deep-fried noodles. They’re naughty but moreish.

Vincents Noodle House at Lidcombe - crunchy fried egg noodles with combination stir-fry
Beef stir fried with crunchy noodles

I can never leave a Vietnamese restaurant without ordering a traditional iced drink. At Vincent’s, they range from $3 – 4. Here we have the nhan nhuc da (dried longans in a rock sugar syrup with shaved ice), che dau xanh (mung bean with shaved ice) and the nuoc dua (coconut). They’re refreshing but are pricey at half the cost of a meal.

Vincents Noodle House at Lidcombe - shaved ice drinks including longan, mung bean and coconut
Icy Vietnamese drinks

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Vincent’s Noodle House
Level 1, Dooleys Lidcombe Catholic Club
24 John Street, Lidcombe, NSW
Phone: (02) 8745 6100
Web: www.dooleys.com/joomla/images/stories/documents/vincents_menu.pdf

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Jennifer is the founding blogger of I Ate My Way Through (originally, Jenius.com.au). Growing up in the multicultural melting pot of Sydney’s Inner West as a second generation Australian (of Vietnamese refugee parents of Teochew Chinese ancestry), Jen has always had a deep curiosity about global cuisines, culinary heritage and the cultural assimilation of immigrants. For Jen and her family, food is always at the centre of all celebrations, life events and milestones. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering and inspiring people to expand their culinary repertoire. When not running her two companies (she is also the Managing Director of The Bamboo Garden online marketing agency), Jen can be found exploring old-world charms at vintage markets and delving into local eats around the world. She has a weakness for fried chicken.
  • i think my dad’s a frequent visitor here when he plays mahjong hehe

  • That pho looks tasty, though I’m sure you had much better versions in Vietnam! We also have a good selection of restaurants here in London, but so far I haven’t managed to get to that many…

  • wow the Beef stir fried with crunchy noodles is huge. Combination rice noodle soup with crispy prawn cakes is actually one of my favourites, I always order it at my local.

  • Anh

    So glad to find you! I love to discover a nice Viet restaurant somewhere in the corner of Sydney. Great blog by the way 🙂

  • wow! I love pho! (: and love the ice cold vietnamese drinks. your blog is awesome, hope you don’t mind that I added you as a link!

  • Thanks for all the tips that only an insider would know. I love all of those dishes, depending on my mood. And a sweet Vietnamese drink is a must 🙂