Learning about Mama’s Buoi owner, Bao Hoang is like reading my own life. His parents are Vietnamese refugees and his family love getting together to eat until full. Exactly how my family roll.
We sample a range of classic savoury Vietnamese dishes beginning with a cold starter Goi Cuon – fresh rice paper rolls pork and prawn filling $9 aren’t the same as the ones I grew up on, these are packed with colourful veggies and look visually appealing.
Mains are Goi du du traditional papaya salad with dried beef $17 a tumble of shredded papaya and carrot dressed in sweet, vinegary sauce. To bun vermicelli noodle salad bowl $16 traditional salad mix, herbs roast pork and crackling is a filling bowl of traditional ingredients containing everything you need in a balanced diet. There is a running theme in Vietnamese and that is everything just tastes fresh and vibrant.
Fried chicken ribs – seasoned with five spice & chilli-lime glaze $12 Who can say no to deep fried chicken? No one. The answer is no one.
I rarely feel drawn to typical Asian desserts so offerings of fudgy salted caramel chocolate brownie and panacotta are gladly enjoyed.
Ash points out that I have a high standard for Vietnamese cuisine because I’m from the hood of Cabra and I’m also Vietnamese. I don’t mind when flavours are swapped out as long as it gels together. While duck pancakes are traditionally Chinese, not Vietnamese the pulled duck pieces are lovely but I find it too sweet from the pineapple and honey.
Everything else we sampled from the menu is gorgeous
MsBrulee dined as guests of Mama’s Buoi. Opinions however are my own.