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Published June 22nd 2016
Perfect pies, pho and banh mi
Searching for a fabulous pho? Look no further. Choose from traditional Beef Pho or Chicken Pho ($10), or VN's Special Pho ($11). Other noodle soup variations include Seafood ($11), Spicy Beef ($10), or Seafood Laksa ($11), or if you feel like steamed rice you can top it with Crispy Skin Chicken ($11), Grilled Pork Chop ($12), or Grilled Chicken.
lots of noodle soups and rice dishes to choose
Vietnamese banh mi ('ban mee') baguettes By definition, the Vietnamese roll or 'banh mi' starts with a light and crunchy French-styled baguette.
The classic version is a baguette spread with liver pate and an egg mayonnaise, with sliced cold cuts (usually pork). The filling is Vietnamese-style salad veges such as pickled carrot, cucumber, daikon radish, coriander leaves and the optional fresh hot chillies.
You might find the pate and mayonnaise a little strong if you are unfamiliar with this cuisine, so if you're a bit unsure, ask to have them omitted.
You can also substitute a different meat filling if you like. Their selection includes Pork, Cured Pork, Grilled Pork, Pork Meatball, Grilled Chicken, Grilled Beef, or Vegetarian.
Whatever you choose, the hero of the sandwich is the Vietnamese salad. Delivering sweet, sour and savoury, the salad tastes amazing on that perfectly light and crunchy baguette. For the full taste sensation, make sure they include coriander leaves and diced red chili.
You can choose a regular ($5) or large ($7), from the pictures on the wall, or from the containers in the sandwich bar.
made to order at the sandwich bar
$6 daily specials The selection changes daily for these $6 specials, and they are extremely popular. Customers often wait for the trays to come out at 10.30am, just to make sure they don't miss out. On our last visit, the daily specials were listed as Chicken Lemongrass, Ginger Chicken, Black Bean Chicken, Chicken Coconut Milk, Chicken Curry, and Chicken Green Curry.
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The 'plain steak' pie ($3.50) is an outright winner and hugely popular with all manner of folk, especially those of us who remember what a homemade pie is supposed to taste like. So get in early before they all sell out.
Other pies ($4) include Chunky Steak Onion, Chunky Steak Pepper, Chunky Steak Curry, Steak Mushroom, or Steak Cheese Bacon. The sausage rolls ($3) are delicious too, and their little party pies ($1.40) make tasty snacks for even the littlest appetites.
perfect meat pies and sausage rolls
French influence in Vietnamese cuisine
Vietnam was under French colonial rule for almost 100 years, before winning their war of independence in 1954. French colonialism influenced their architecture and their regional cuisines. The Vietnamese embraced the baguette and built a new street food cuisine around it. Welcome to banh mi.
To discover more about banh mi, check out Wikipedia.