At a time when Vietnamese street food was all the rage, Vietnamese Laundry opened up on the quieter western side of the city. Located inside an old laundromat, they started off with classic street food dishes that we are so familiar with today. 10 months later they’re still going strong, and together with Zomato, invited Adelaide Food Central and other bloggers to sample some of their dishes. All food and drink were provided free of charge.
To start off the night, we had the Pho Tasting Cup. It came out piping hot and was perfect for this cold weather that we’re having. The broth was rich and beefy, and you could see the fat globules floating on the top surface. The flavour was just right and it was a broth that even I would be proud of. There were a few strands of noodles, onion and raw beef slices thrown into the mix, which were all very nice. The only problem was that there wasn’t enough.
The Grilled Mussel with Spring Onion Oil and Crushed Peanuts isn’t currently on the menu. The mussels were tender and juicy, and worked well with the sweetness of the oil. The peanuts added a crunchy texture and were a good contrast to the other elements of the dish.
The Lettuce Cups were served with Roast Pork and Lemongrass Chicken. Lettuce leaves were used to wrap fresh Asian herbs, pickled carrot, vermicelli noodles, roast pork and lemon grass chicken. All wrapped up, the items were dipped into a Vietnamese homestyle dipping sauce. The dish was so simple, healthy and delicious.
The main for the night was the Shared Tasting Platter. This consisted of Lotus Chips, Soft Shell Crab Golden Cups, Pork Ribs, Prawn Coated with Young Green Flake Rice and Steamed Buns.
I started off the Steam Buns which were filled with vegetables and marinated meat. The bun was light and fluffy, and complimented the filling well. The Lotus Chips were really tasty and probably the best that I’ve had. Nice and crunchy, and perfect to snack on.
The Prawn Coated with Young Green Flake Rice was interesting because the entire shell of the prawn was left on when skewered. This may deter some people, but I found all the flavour to be in the shell and the crunchy texture made it even better.
The Soft Shell Crab Golden Cups were very well executed. The crab was lightly battered, and it had the same level of crunchiness as the prawn. Last but not least was the Pork Ribs. The meat was tender and succulent, and simply fell off the bone. The caramel base used to cook this gave the ribs a subtle sweetness.
I wasn’t sure what to expect of tonight’s food at Vietnamese Laundry. I was picturing street dishes with roast pork meat rolls and cold rolls, but instead was surprised with dishes that were more refined. Each dish tonight was very well executed, and the many small servings added up to something that was quite satisfying.
Vietnamese Laundry have certainly come a long way since my last visit. I was impressed by the food on offer and look forward to returning. I would like to thank the staff at Vietnamese Laundry and Zomato for organising such a fun event.
WHERE: 152 Sturt St, Adelaide