The Valley’s Chinatown has a plethora of cuisines with different authentic Asian flavours. Fresh, healthy and wholesome Asian eats can be found everywhere, but did you know the Valley is home to a mouth-watering range of Vietnamese restaurants too? Prepare yourself for a culinary adventure into the Valley’s Vietnamese culture with some of our favourite places.
Perhaps you are a loyal lover of Vietnamese, but you still fancy a little bit of variety, Green Tea restaurant caters to all your Asian food cravings with their fusion-inspired menu. You can choose between feasting on a Thai chilli and basil stir-fry, a traditional Vietnamese pho soup, or even a Japanese style steak fillet – we’re getting hungry just thinking about it! Trying to choose only one meal will be a tough decision but don’t stress, you can always come back for more.
Having a meal out with the family? Head on down to The Vietnamese, a long-standing crowd pleaser owned and run by the Le family. These guys are veterans when it comes to the Brisbane Vietnamese scene, cooking delicious feasts using locally-sourced ingredients since 1983. In fact, the Le family’s own farm provides many of the delicious ingredients that make up their much-loved menu. Nothing beats home-cooking, especially when you don’t have to do the clean-up!
Speaking of home-cooked meals, Head Chef Hoa Nguyen invites you to her house! Well… to Vietnam House. Born and raised in Vietnam, Nguyen was her father’s cooking protégé. Now with a restaurant of her own, her culinary creations are oozing rich flavours that will take your tastebuds on the trip of a lifetime. You’ll want to come back again and again for their mouth-watering Vietnamese Pancake, Chả Cá Lã Vọng and much more! Pro tip: try the crispy skin pork belly, it’s delicious!
Eating out can be expensive, so for those on a budget, never fear, District 1 puts on a spread that won’t break the bank. Located in Ann Street at the top end of the Chinatown Mall, this intimate venue features a wall adorned with fashion and artwork evoking visions of a busy night in Ho Chi Minh City. All food is made fresh on order, and the meals are simple and traditional, but if you’re feeling adventurous, try your hand at some street snacks. Stuff your chops with some crispy pork dumplings or perhaps the crunchy prawns with sweet fish sauce *drool worthy*.
Before we let you go, we’d like to share one more morsel of insider knowledge. Bahn Mi Time is among the Valley’s best-kept secrets. Hidden in among Brunswick Street Mall’s endless array of food kiosks, the Bahn Mi Time stall is a true hidden gem! Just wait ‘til you sink your teeth into the buttery Bahn Mi bread rolls, baked fresh in store every day – crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. We recommend the Pork Belly Bahn Mi… mmmm!