We left the beautiful Coromandel behind and headed to the bright lights of the big city – Auckland. After checking in to our hotel on upper Queen Street, we headed out for some grub. As we wandered along the infamous Karangahape Road (K-Road), we stumbled across a small Vietnamese restaurant. Mom wanted to give it a try, and I hadn’t eaten any other Asian food in New Zealand so I figured it was worth a shot.
We both ordered the beef pho, a rice noodle soup dish. It was pretty darn good if you ask me. The broth was clear and the meat seemed really fresh. As usual, I added lemon juice and hoisin and chili sauces to the broth. Throw in some bean sprouts and call it a day. Mmm, mmm good!
The pho really filled me up and turned out to be exactly what I needed. It’s too bad I can’t remember the restaurant’s name though. I’d like to recommend it if you’re in Auckland and craving some soup to warm you up. Auckland might not be windy Wellington, but you can still get chilly in the upper North Island.
After a great lunch, we continued our exploration of the area by strolling along and window shopping along Ponsonby. There are some great boutiques and unique shops in the area, but we both walked away empty handed. Since I still have a bit of traveling to do, there’s no point in collecting any souvenirs. Photos and memories will have to do.