Saturday mornings for us generally means a brief contemplation as to what to do about breakfast. When I say brief, it is often an hour or so of comparing different options. Usually after an hour we end up doing what we usually do which is head over to Marrickville for Vietnamese.
This morning was no exception and we had the fabulous Hello Auntie in mind once again but were thwarted when we got to the front door and realised that they weren’t open. That struck me as odd as I figured 11:30am on a Saturday is a pretty reasonable time to be open. I’ve since checked their website and it states that they’re open on Saturdays from 11am so I don’t know what happened there.
What it did mean for us though was an opportunity to visit an old favourite, Thuy Huong.
This place isn’t going to win any awards for style but their dishes are authentic and delicious.
Every time I come here I walk through the door convinced that I will try something new on the menu. Every time I end up ordering the same thing as last time, namely Banh Xeo and Lemongrass Chilli Chicken. If only those dishes weren’t so good each time!
I have to admit, that after our experience with Hello Auntie, the Banh Xeo here at Thuy Huong looked a little underwhelming but it was still pretty awesome. The Lemongrass Chilli Chicken is just superb. It’s got this level of heat that sneaks up on you. It hits just a little bit harder with each bite and before you know you it you’re relishing in the struggle.
One thing that grates is how small their Vietnamese Iced Coffee serving is. Sure it comes in a decent sized glass, but the glass is full of huge rocks of ice. And it’s only half full of coffee – it’s literally gone in one sip.
Another little gripe is their eftpos situation. I know, it’s Marrickville and there’s a heap of places that are cash only – but don’t pretend not to be if that’s the preference. For as long as I can remember they have a sign telling customers that eftpos is available for purchases over $30 but as soon as they see you pull out a card they say their machine isn’t working and you’ll need to pay cash.
Is this still my faveourite Vietnamese place? No, I’m afraid that coveted title has most definitely gone over to Hello Auntie. But it definitely has a home in my list of places to frequent and I’ll undoubtedly be back before too long – with cash.