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Published March 13th 2016
A touch of Saigon in Enmore
One of my favourite cuisines especially for the hotter weather, Vietnamese food excels in delicious crunchy salads which are a brilliant combination of protein, carbs and vegetables. Having come read some favourable reviews, we decided to try Great Aunty Three in Enmore for some Vietnamese street food.
There is limited bar seating indoors which is more suited to single diners, but we were there for a catch up session with friends and wanted to be able to talk so we chose a table on the pavement outside. If you can put up with ricketty stools and tables which are a bit too low for comfortable eating, the outdoor dining provides an authentic Vietnamese street food experience.
There are no printed menus, there is a chalkboard menu inside and you order and pay at the counter.
One of the reasons I love Vietnamese food is the mix of sweet, umami, salty fermented taste of fish sauce and sour zing (from lime juice or pickles). The Bun lacked all of these - the accompanying sauce seemed rather syrupy when I poured it on, and didn't have enough fish sauce, chilli and lime juice. The pork meat was dry and overcooked, the crackling tasted like it had been cooked the day before (it was cold and hard), and the serving size was petite, which is perfect if you are not very hungry or want to save space for dessert.
With the rice paper rolls, even though the menu lists different flavours, you can only buy them in pre-packaged assorted boxes of 3 rolls for $8. My dining companion wanted to try the roast pork and roast duck rolls but was told he couldn't have both as the boxes were already prepackaged. The rolls were petite and unassuming.
The banh mi was the most generously sized dish we had, but the bread roll received less than glowing reviews. Banh mi is usually made with a crispy crusted bun with a cottony soft white interior; Great Aunty Three's bread roll was dense and lacked the crispy crust which makes banh mi so delightful.
The pho, like everything else, was not so bad that it was inedible, but not so good that you would want to visit again or recommend it to friends.
While there is better Vietnamese street food to be had, Great Aunty Three is an option if you are in the area and want a quick meal.