Tra Vinh, Inala

Tra Vinh, Inala

Tra Vinh Inala

I’ve tried Tan Thanh, supposedly home to Brisbane’s most authentic Vietnamese food and best pho. I’ve given CT Coffee & Restaurant and another unmemorable place on the outside of Inala’s Civic Centre a go, as well. The latest Vietnamese restaurant I’ve ticked off from Inala’s commercial centre is this – Tra Vinh.

It was a bit of a family gathering on this particular outing, so going by my brothers recommendation, we nabbed a table at this unassuming eatery that’s clearly popular with 20-somethings, local folk and their offspring.

Tra Vinh Inala

Pho at Tra Vinh Inala

A thermos of tea swiftly lands on the table in record time, along with multi-page menus offering a plethora of Vietnamese and some Chinese staples. It may have been the middle of winter in southeast Queensland, but working up a sweat sipping hot tea when it’s 18°C outside doesn’t quite work for me. I needed something cool, refreshing and colourful.

The three-colour drink may not have hit the brief, but it sure hit the refreshment factor. Crushed ice, coconut cream, red beans, strands of green jelly and a good dose of sugar. Buzzing.

Rice vermicelli noodle salad with grilled pork & spring rolls

A few of us order soups. A couple of beef pho (10) that are loaded with the usual suspects of thinly shaved meat, some brisket and rice noodles. The other is a prawn & pork soup (10) with egg noodles; equally satisfying and typically generous in size.

The rice vermicelli noodle salad (10) is all kinds of delicious. Especially the grilled pork part of it. Golden, crunchy spring rolls sit alongside the meat, with cucumber and lettuce greenery also blanketing a hefty mound of noodles. The deal is sweetened even further with a good splash of the provided nuoc cham.

Beef pho at Tra Vinh Inala

Tra Vinh Inala

I ignored the fact that I’d be on the nose all day after scoffing the supremely tender salt & pepper pork (14). The lightly crusted nubs have just the right amount of seasoning, heightened even further with a generous scattering of garlic. Or should I say heavy handed? Even the fried rice was bang on.

Vietnamese salt & pepper pork

Egg noodles with prawns & pork

  • Tra Vinh
  • Shop 8, 19 Wirraway Parade
  • Inala Civic Centre, Inala 4077
  • 07 3278 9997
  • Tra Vinh Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


Snapshots around Inala Civic Centre.

Thai wooden statues

Seafood market

Seafood market

Golden trevally

Vietnamese street food

Inala Civic Centre

  • Barry Ozmo

    just great seeing pics of my sunday morning pleasure.i havn’t tried that restaurant so thanks for the heads up.

  • Rice vermicelli noodle salad and che ba mau is my favourite combo in summer! You’ve given me cravings now – even in the depths of winter!

  • AmandaChewTown

    That Inala Civic Centre looks like a great place to visit if I’m ever in Inala… and I’d head to Tra Vinh just for that salt and pepper pork. Looks just like my kind of indulgence.

    • I love going there every time I’m up in Brisbane visiting the family. And it’s less than 2 minutes drive from my parents!

  • What a fun and exciting place! Hubby and I love trying new places and we love Asian. Just Discovered a new Asian sauce recipe made with sweet soy sauce – never heard of that before. Making bbq chicken again with it. Your shots make me want to dive into those bowls and not come up for air until all of its gone. Are we going to see you duplicate any of these recipes?

    • Sweet soy, or kecap manis, is one of my favourite asian condiments. It’s really nice in marinades, too. I won’t be making anything I tried in Inala, I’m afraid Marissa. Am about to head overseas and won’t be seeing my kitchen for some time!

      • Journey well and be safe! Looking forward to seeing lots of interesting photos 🙂

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