My latest CBD Vietnamese feed was the famous Miss Chu tuckshop, in Regent Place (George Street). I haven’t been there in a million years, and so hadn’t noticed the cool décor they have in place.
Even the water glasses (and seating?) aim to transport you to Vietnam.
The usual condiments plus eco-friendly cutlery and serviettes are provided next to each table.
This place gets crazy busy so it’s best to come early. To increase efficiency they use the pre-printed form system; you tick your order, write down your name, pay and wait for your meal that comes out the appropriate window (except for the rice paper rolls, which are handed out by the cashier).
It was cold but I was excited to see they had green papaya salad in the menu. I asked if it came with any sort of meat but it didn’t, and was suggested to add salmon for $4. The salad was delicious and the girl at the cashier was right: the salmon went really well with it. I liked the fact that it came with cashews instead of peanuts.
Green papaya salad ($14) + salmon ($4)
Sebastian ordered the seared Atlantic salmon vermicelli salad, which was apparently as good as it looked.
Seared Atlantic salmon vermicelli salad ($14)
Food was great but portions were on the smallish side. Sebastian suggested getting some rice paper rolls. I was a bit hesitant due to my recent realisation that I’m not really into rice paper rolls. But Miss Chu is the self-appointed “queen of the rice paper rolls” so it was fair to give them a shot. I was given permission to choose the flavour (anything except seafood): pork & pate. At $10 for 2 rolls I thought they’d better be good.
Pork & page rice paper rolls ($10)
And you know what? They were great. Best rice paper rolls I’ve ever had. Plus, you can ask for fish sauce instead of the usual sauce for a gluten-free option.
Miss Chu Sydney CBD Tuckshop
501 George Street
Sydney NSW 2000
(02) 9283 0357