What’s not to love about Vietnamese food? It’s fresh, it’s healthy and it’s really trendy at the moment. From the guys behind Mai Kitchen, the only Vietnamese restaurant with a vegan menu in Adelaide, comes Insta Streat. It’s a new pop up stall at the Producer in Residence section of the Adelaide Central Markets. Their menu has all your Vietnamese street food favourites and then some. Choose from Vietnamese rolls, skewers, Hanoi spring rolls, cold rolls and a range of authentic dishes. Like their parent store, there are vegan options available for the entire menu.
We started off by sampling some of the meat available on their skewers. The pork meatballs were well seasoned and chewy, the satay chicken was tender and succulent, and the fish balls were soft and delicate.
The Cold Rolls were the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. Wrapped in firm but delicate rice paper were fish cake, pickled carrot and vermicelli noodles. When combined with the dipping sauce, these really went down a treat.
Next were the Banh Cuan or Steamed Rice Pork Rolls. The rice rolls were firm and delicate, and full of well seasoned minced pork. The dish was topped with fresh crunchy vegetables and crispy onions to add good textural contrast.
The Vegan Dumpling Soup is perfect for the colder weather. The dumplings were firm and had a soft vegetable filling that was full of flavour. These were mixed in a medley of other vegetables that were swimming in a piping hot broth.
The Combination Vietnamese Roll is different to the traditional variety. This one was full of fish balls and satay chicken, and came with their accompanying sauces. The vegetables were fresh and crisp, and the pickled carrot added a nice tanginess. The Vietnamese roll was fresh and crusty, and held all the ingredients in.
The last dish was the Hanoi Spring Rolls. These meaty spring rolls were wrapped in a nice crispy rice paper. By themselves, a little oily, but when eaten with the fresh vegetables and pickled carrot, it all balances out.
Insta Streat is a real treat for people passing through the Adelaide Central Markets. The food is fresh and delicious, and with nothing over $8, it’s great value for money.
The guys behind Insta Streat and Mai Kitchen also offer a mobile catering service. If you’re sick of your everyday lunches and want something a bit more interesting, they certainly have you covered. All the food is cooked at Mai Kitchen and delivered fresh to your business. There’s no limit on how much you can order, just give them plenty of notice. More details at their website.
Insta Streat will be open at the Producer in Residence stall (north west corner) in the Adelaide Central Markets for the next 2 weeks. Make sure you go check them out!
WHERE: Adelaide Central Market, 44-60 Gouger St, Adelaide