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Quan Thanh Vietnamese and Chinese Restaurant

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by Karina Roberts (subscribe)
Fashion loving, coffee drinking, food obsessed Brisbane gal and Mum of one. Full time killer of indoor plants, publicist, magazine writer, sometime blogger. Visit my blog at and follow me @urbanprincessk
Published October 26th 2011
Quan Than's Rice Paper Rolls

I've never been to Vietnam, but I'm pretty sure this is how rice paper rolls are meant to be. Quick, simple, fresh and tasty!

I'm not a fan of the fancy schmancy modern fusion Vietnamese places. I love the authentic Vietnamese digs with their giant bowls, mismatched crockery and well, usually lack of words. (It's about the food people!) I usually get my pho fix in Darra or Sunnybank, but this time was Quan Tranh in West End.

I had the rice paper rolls (with fried tofu) and my bestie Bernice had the prawn version. We shared a tofu noodle salad. It came out pretty quickly, and perfectly. Just the right amount of ingredients that you could eat it in 3 perfect mouthfuls and packed just tightly enough that all the insides don't fall into your sauce in the first mouthful. Rice paper roll making is a precision science for me, I'm sure the lady out the back though can make them blindfolded in her sleep.

Tofu Noodle Salad

The tofu noodle salad was pretty much the rice paper rolls - without the rice paper bit. If I'd realised that I probably wouldn't have bothered and gotten something else to share on the menu, which was pretty extensive.

We got there at 12.30pm and it was about half full inside so we sat outside and by the time we left this place was packed. And this was a Monday lunch crowd. That's a pretty good sign right?

All in all, if you're after fuss free, authentic Vietnamese at a very reasonable price, this is your place! Vegetarians be warned though, I'm pretty sure the dipping sauce has fish sauce in it. Sadly it was too late for me and I scoffed it down without realising. I didn't bother asking if it was - I'm just going to stick my head in the sand with this one.
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Why? For great rice paper rolls
When: Open 7 days
Where: 5/75 Hardgrave Road West End
Cost: Meals are priced $10-$15
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