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Published November 14th 2016
Street food from Vietnam just got real
The City Cross Arcade in the CBD offers customers with a variety of options that make it an engaging, inviting, and sociable public space. One major component of City Cross is their food court - this place has seen so many cuisines from all over the world, each delivering healthy, tasty food that fills it up with an enticing aroma. Most recently, we have seen a shift in the type of food that is being served at the food court. People are becoming more health conscious and are opting to refuel on energy by going for food and drinks that are filled with nutritious value.
Ao Dai - the latest addition to the City Cross food court family
The latest addition to the food court family is the Vietnamese street food stall - Ao Dai. While the space itself might be small (understandably), it has been set up to represent a cute snippet that is pleasing to watch and buy affordable food from. The food stall has been designed with soft, faux-wooden panels, traditional rice hats, a full fledged ocean blue-colored bicycle that tempted me to take it out for a ride, and three screens with the menu displayed on them.
Ao Dai specializes in delivering fresh Vietnamese street-style food, where sophisticated meets casual through their decor. There are several healthy snacks and meals that are available here, All the dishes available here fall between $4 - $15, holding true to its name of being street-style food.
There are small bites such as cold rolls for under $4, Banh-Mi for under $8, and Bun Bowls with complimentary spring rolls for $10. whereas if you're after something more hearty, there are choices between a bowl of Laksa for $13 or less, rice pots for under $15, salad bowls for under $12, and Pho for under $12.
On their first day of business yesterday (November 14), Ao Dai was handing out free Banh Mis from 12pm - 2pm. It didn't take long for customers to join the queue and clear the shelves with all the ingredients.
A friend and I were two of the lucky ones to be able to get our hands on some Vietnamese food goodness. We got the grilled chicken banh mi and the roast pork banh mi.
The grilled chicken banh mi had a colorful mix of vegetables such as chili, capsicum, onion, cucumber, and cilantro leaves. Drizzled lightly in mayonnaise, the chicken meat was tender and juicy, with a crispy skin. The baguette was fresh and soft, which complemented the ingredients bedded within. It was a great meal to enjoy without breaking the bank.
The roast pork banh mi was served with pickled carrot, cucumber, fresh chilli, red onion and coriander. The roast pork was cooked well to present with succulent meat with a crunchy exterior. The spiciness from the chili was balanced well by the coolness from the cucumber. All in all, this was a very filling meal for the starving belly.
Ao Dai is open for business during City Cross hours and can offer you food to enjoy in the restaurant or to take away if you're on the go.
Menus for takeaway, chopsticks and serviettes for dine-in.