I don't have a problem with coffee, I have a problem without it. And, I follow a strict diet resembling an unsupervised child at a birthday party - but I prefer the socially-accepted term "foodie". Hold on, I'm eating!! IG @perthscrazycoffeelady
Published September 29th 2016
Perth's BEST Bánh Mì
It's like something from a movie...
Scene: [slow motion] flakes of baguette crumb hypnotically raining down across a suave black backdrop, Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture gaining orchestral momentum to create drama and suspense. Pan upwards to the base of the crisp baguette bursting at the seams with fresh coriander, carrot nubs cheekily poking out, too many types of meat to identify at first glance, a satisfying warmth creeping up from chilli so well-balanced the flavours are louder than the heat, and a single drop of sauce giving way and dripping off the edge of the baguette under the pressure of the biggest bite you can possibly fit in your mouth. You simply cannot get better bánh mì in Perth, this is pure bliss.
Generally speaking, French and Vietnamese cuisines aren't exactly common bedfellows, but this fused lovechild just makes so much sense. I mean, think about it... Why just have coriander and pork belly, when you can have pâté as well? Similarly with their array of to-go bites for when you're in a hurry - delicate patisseries including cinnamon apple pies and croissants parked just above pork puff pastries and Vietnamese pork buns. The bold decor further screams the unmistakable fusion from the rooftops through a spectacular chandelier juxtaposed with bright red lanterns. We have all seen that Old El Paso advertisement that gorgeous little girl dissolving the heated age-old argument between hard tacos or soft, with her cheeky quip, "Why don't we do both?". YES, you adorable little genius, YES! DO BOTH ALL THE TIME!! Le Vietnam truly encapsulate the best of both worlds.
The staff are super accommodating and love to chat with their locals who are on a first name basis. It was in fact their suggestion on a prior visit for me to be adventurous and try the Egg Coffee (which we'll revisit in a moment), to which a local chimed in and agreed it was amazing. Such a warm, inviting culture where everyone is up for a chat including staff who cannot wait to tell you what's in their food and what makes it so amazing.
Now back to this Egg Coffee, or Cà Phê Trứng as it is more traditionally known around Hanoi, Vietnam where it has been a staple since the 1950s. Typically prepared with egg yolks and condensed milk, this creamy cup totes a likeliness to "liquid tiramisu". One might reasonably expect an egg taste, but this couldn't be further from the truth. Think a slightly thicker and heavily-frothed cappuccino with hints of hazelnut and custard. All I can say is don't knock it before you try it, the locals don't rave about it for no reason!
As for the other benefits, Le Vietnam flaunt a plethora of other benefits including vegetarian and vegan options (which have also had their deliciousness confirmed by a particularly fussy vegan friend of mine), you can pay with Cupflick and receive all kinds of discounts and freebies (I once nabbed a free Top Dup donut with my coffee – YAY for freebies!), everything is priced well below standard Perth CBD charges, and the fresh juices! What really got me was this beautiful juice served with a garnish that doubles as a snack. I have mixed emotions about garnishes as I'm all for well-presented food, but at the same time, I get confused when I'm presented with inedible garnishes with a solely aesthetic purpose. Is it too much to ask to be able to eat it, too? No? WELL WHY DON'T WE DO BOTH?! You see where I'm going with this.
Just look at this beautiful, delicious creation...