Banh Cuon Nhan ($11)

XUAN BANH CUON

Coriander is one of the most polarising foods out there; there’s even a Facebook page dedicated solely to denouncing this particular herb. As it turns out, there are genetic variants affecting somewhere between 4% and 33% (depending on which article you read) of people that cause coriander to taste like soap. I personally love coriander, but Chris can sense the stuff a mile off, and [...]
Special Beef Pho ($9, small)

PHO HUNG

I have a really awful habit. Because I live so far away from work, I usually have breakfast at about 6:30am in order to make it to work by 8:15am. Now in that 7 hour no-man’s land between breakfast and lunch, I tend to get really, really hungry. After all, working in a hospital usually means a whole lot of running around. A snack for [...]
Pho Special Beef ($9, small)

PHO HUNG VIET

It’s been a while. Although I love pho more than I love most people, the Australian summer isn’t exactly a time of year when I crave a steaming bowl of noodles. But thankfully the weather in Melbourne is as unreliable as ever, and a 20 degree day seemed like the perfect opportunity to fill the pho-void in my life. I’ll admit; I only ended up [...]
Rice Vermicelli with Grilled Pork Balls ($10)

THE PROUD PEACOCK

Call me easy, but a freebie can do wonders if you’re looking for the dubious honour of my favour. Now, sponsored blog posts are a different matter altogether, but when a restaurant adds a little something on top without asking for anything in return, that’s where the brownie points stack up. That probably explains why so many people love The Proud Peacock. The Proud Peacock [...]
Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken Curry ($16)

PHAMILY KITCHEN

Vietnamese food has been getting a bit of a revamp in the last couple of years. Though it’s still very much down-and-dirty in the outer suburbs, complete with sticky floors and food slapped onto massive plates, the inner suburbs have taken the trendy street food vibe and run with it. And being a big fan of nibbling my way through half a dozen dishes, who [...]
Chilli Tiger Prawns ‘n’ Green Apple Rice Paper Rolls ($6, 2pcs)

PHO N ROLL

Pho N Roll is a little Vietnamese cafe, hidden away in a bluestone building near Southern Cross Station. It’s easy to miss, but I found myself being led to it by my nose. The restaurant itself isn’t much to look at, being more of a series of tables in the foyer, but the intoxicating aroma of spices and beef bones hint at something a little [...]