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Published July 18th 2012
While wandering around the city on my lunch break, I found the perfect place to feed my Banh Mi addiction. It's called Quik Quak - a Banh Mi, hot duck wrap and juice bar all in one!
Tucked beside the Bostonian Apartments on Edward Street, across the Road from Stellarossa coffee shop, Quik Quak serves up the tastiest Banh Mi in Brisbane's CBD. Banh Mi is a signature Vietnamese sandwich made from a crunchy baguette filled with grated vegetables like carrot and cucumber, then topped with juicy grilled pork or chicken and a special sauce. Some places use pate or garlic aioli, but Quik Quak use a Japanese mayonnaise style sauce – all though are equally delicious.
While the shop's interior is quite small and dingy, live plants, bright coloured ceiling lamps, a food fridge stocked with cute dumplings and colourful fruit, and the sounds of Jack Johnson or Sting beaming through the stereo go a long way in creating a little ambience. You can order a take-away, or eat in at one of the few low-set tables with cube stools or pull up a bar stool at the lunch bench.
Choose from BBQ char sui pork bun ($3), a variety of dumplings (pick up a set of three for $4), fresh duck wrap ($8.50), honey ginger chicken wrap ($7.90), chicken Banh Mi baguette and pork Banh Mi baguette ($7.90), fresh prawn baguette ($8.90), chicken wonton soup ($6.90) and spicy Thai wonton soup ($6.90).
Fresh juices are made to order with seasonal fruit. You can order a small size for $3.50 or a large for $5. Other drinks like Vietnamese iced coffee (two shots of coffee poured over ice and sweet milk), coffee frost, hot Segafredo coffee, San Pellegrino water, and yummy smoothies in delicious flavours like wildberry, are also available.
You can pick up a 'Quik Quak lunch combo' which includes a wrap or baguette plus a juice for only $10.
Staff at Quik Quak are friendly and service is usually pretty fast. This could owe to the fact I've never seen the place jammed with people - but now the secret is out, I guess I'll brace myself for more of a wait next time. Something I'm quite prepared to do for good Asian food that is this cheap and fresh.