So I got into uminh okay but it was quite a journey getting there. It started off quite early as we had to get an early start. I was ready to go before sindi! We then headed off from vinh long. One thing that’s annoying is that its only 170km’s to ca Mau get it took us about 5 hours to get there. After about 15 minutes on the road I just ignored what was happening ahead. The reason that I said this is that people drive crazy. There were so many times where we overtook and there was traffic coming the other way! After a short journey we stopped and have some breakfast. That was pretty good; I had my usual, broken rice and an iced coffee. Next we went back on the road again. This time I got annoyed by the music, it’s really not very good in this country. Well the opera music is quite good but the music we had to listen to on the journey was low grade backstreet boys stuff. Read more →
This is a place that i have been pretty excited about for a while. It all started when i was on my holiday in Singapore, I was checking out my twitter to see what was going on in Perth while i was overseas and i saw a lot of people talking about a particular place in Perth called mama trans. So i asked google for advice and it mentioned that it was a new noodle place that has opened up less than a 5 minute walk from my work! This could be interesting. Read more →
This was the first day of my holidays and I knew for today I had one thing planned. To go to the gym.
I went to the gym in the morning and then once I finished working out I started to feel pretty hungry. I remembered that I purchased a spreets voucher a while back for what the pho and it expired in a few days so I decided to go there. Read more →
This is it, this is my favourite Vietnamese restaurant in Perth. In the next few paragraphs I will go into specifics as to why it is my favourite, basically I just find the atmosphere electric and the food is delicious.
On a saturday morning I received a message out of the blue from one of my buddies paul. The message simply said “HVS today?” Now ‘HVS’ is actually our code for ‘hardcore Vietnamese soup’. My answer was a simple ‘hell yeah!’ and a few hours later we were talking about food on a destination to eat food (we probably have a problem with food but meh!). Read more →
After a very stressful day at work I couldn’t wait to get out of the office and go for a nice meal with my sister. This place is somewhere that she has been recommending that we go for a long time, she said that the vegetarian fried rice is the thing to get from the menu.
We started with a very refreshing drink at the queens over the road then wandered in to the restaurant. We were greeted by some of the friendliest staff that I have seen in a restaurant in a long while. They were really friendly and accommodating.
We chatted for a little bit and looked over the menu, the menu was full of yummy choices and from my experience of spending time with some Vietnamese families most of them were quite authentic. As I Simon would have chosen the slightly different options on the menu we decided that Sarah should choose and she chose well.
As we waited for our meals I paused to look around at the decor, it was decorated very brightly with a lot of fiber optic ornaments held up on the wall. Towards the end of our meal we noticed that the restaurant was a little bit crowded aswell as the chairs and tables are quite close together. While we were waiting for our meal we could see people browsing flowers at the florist next door. It was quite amusing seeing the different kinds of flowers people tend to choose.
There wasn’t too long a wait before the entrees arrived, I was actually in the gents when the entrees had arrived. Sarah was very accommodating of my food blogging and waited until I had returned to the table to I could snap some photos of the meal. This was a prawn paste wrapped in sugarcane. I have had this dish many times in Vietnam and it is always one of my favourites. Normally in Vietnam they grill the prawn paste over charcoal, however here it was simply deep-fried. While I thought that this was tasty I certainly did lack the smokyness that the charcoal imparts to the flavour.
All the service was quite quick. Our main courses didn’t come out long after the entrée and we started with the vegetarian fried rice. The rice was cooked perfectly and it had a couple of little interesting touches like the beans were sliced on the bias and there were little chunks of silken tofu mixed through the rice aswell. I wouldn’t go as far to say that its fantastic, however it was a very nice plate of fried rice.
We also ordered the pork belly and egg clay pot. When I saw this item on the menu I knew that this was a little sign that we were enjoying authentic Vietnamese food. This had chunks of pork belly that have been braised with eggs in a caramel and fish sauce. This was fantastic, slightly tart while being sweet.
The other dish that we ordered was the tamarind prawns. This is a dish that Sarah loved but I wasn’t such a huge fan of. The prawns were deep-fried then coated in a tamarind and honey sauce which I found overly sweet. My favourite part of the dish was biting on the little crunchy tails.
Sarah’s opinion of the restaurant was “That I much enjoyed it, I enjoyed the atmosphere and the food was delicious.”
I would go back to little Saigon. There are a few items on the menu that i would like to try, instead of getting the pork belly cooked in caramel sauce you can actually get the caramel sauce cooked with catfish. That sounds pretty good to me.
One thing that you might know from reading my blog is that I love Vietnamese food, I love the freshness and vibrancy of it all. So when one of my work mates invites me to dinner with her and her friends and the place in question is a Vietnamese restaurant, I jump at the chance! Read more →
One of my favourite meals to go out for is breakfast. I don’t normally eat breakfast during the week because I’m so busy but I love reading the news while eating something. I have also learned after travelling that I much prefer the breakfasts in asia. So after moving to near Subiaco I went to the station street markets where there are a few food stalls. While slurping down a bowl of noodles there I found out that all of the stalls open at 9am for breakfast. Read more →
But what a condiment.
This condiment goes by the name of Sriracha (otherwise known as T??ng ?t in Vietnamese) and is a Thai chilli sauce that is loved all over south East Asia. There are many different brands and all of them vary slightly in terms of spiciness and flavour.
I have tried many of the different brands and the one that I keep going back to is the classic Sriracha by ‘Huy Fong Foods’. As you can see in the picture there is a picture of a rooster on the front, because of this I called it ‘rooster sauce’. Most of the other brands are slightly too watery and don’t have as much of a kick of chilli.
I had my first taste of Sriracha about 7 years ago when I went to a Vietnamese restaurant by the name of ‘Dao vien’ I was quite naïve then and I ordered what other people seemed to be eating. What I actually ordered was one of the greatest things ever, a steaming bowl of pho (stay tuned for a future blog post on this dish).
In a little plastic tray on the corner of my table were a number of sauces and condiments. I knew what most of them were except for this ruby red sauce, I wasn’t willing to ruin my noodles by pouring copious amounts of this unknown sauce in my bowl so the dish was so spicy it was inedible. So I put a littlesqueeze on my finger and tasted it…
What I tasted for the first 5 seconds was the intense flavour of minced bird’s eye chillies. After a few seconds my tongue subsided and I was able to taste the sauce and I fell in love. It has intense garlic, acidic and salty flavours along with the chilli. I was so enamoured with the sauce that knowing my father is also a fellow chilli addict I brought him back to the same restaurant the next week just to try this sauce. Now we both have a bottle in the pantry for unexpected chilli hits.
So another great thing about Sriracha is that it goes well on anything, not just Asian food. It’s fantastic on pizza, cous cous, pasta, chicken wings, and hot dogs. If you put a couple of drops in some mushroom risotto I am sure you will pass out. In the picture attached this is what my good friend sindi cooked for me, chicken wings cooked in a caramel sauce (a traditional Vietnamese home recipe) and some rice to which I thought it definitely needed a little hit of the rooster sauce.
In summary I think that everyone who reads this blog and likes spicy food should try this sauce as it’s amazing.