Miss Chu has taken Sydney by storm, this isn’t new news. We can’t seem to get enough of her. The original store is a hole in the wall on the Corner of Bourke & William Streets in Darlinghurst. Since the opening of that first store, Miss Chu’s cuisine can be found in three other locations in Sydney and two in Melbourne. She is doing something right.
Even though I have heard her food is great, I wasn’t excited enough to go out of my way to pay one of her establishments a visit. Why? I just couldn’t get excited over something I make all the time at home, rice paper rolls. It was a visit of a close girl-friend to Sydney that finally got me to Miss Chu’s. She really wanted to go and I was happy to join her.
Staff at Bondi are friendly and helpful. If it is a nice day try and secure an outside table, inside is a little dreary. They have traditional rice paper rolls, but mix it up with non Vietnamese fillings as well.
Beside rolls you can order a choice of steamed dumplings, deep fried spring rolls, warm vermicelli salads, stir-fry dishes, salads and soups.
It was interesting to try fresh rolls with more funkier fillings than the norm. Miss Chu is known as the ‘Queen of Rice Paper Rolls’. I have to be honest here, I have eaten at a few restaurants in Cabramatta that would give Miss Chu a run for her money. Miss Chu’s are nice, not what you would expect to find in a Vietnamese restaurant, but that’s not why you are visiting.
We did actually ask if the egg omelette roll could be made without the balsamic caramelised onion. The request was for Miss A, my girl-friend’s six year old, who was dining with us. Surprisingly our request wasn’t that simple, they had to check as it seems the rolls are pre-made. Yes, they did provide us with one sans the onion.
I do love my Peking duck pancakes, these were okay but lacked the nice crisp skin I adore. The prawn & crab net rolls were crunchy, tasty and I could have quite easily eaten all four myself.
The squid tender with a light and crunch salt and pepper coating. A nice big bunch of herbs and greens accompany.
Miss Chu’s has a free App available for the iPhone. It allows you to look at the menu and order without having to queue. I did download the App to play around with, but unfortunately I found it to be buggy and it froze. They may have updated it by now, but I deleted it off my phone as I knew I wouldn’t be using it.
Will I return? I can’t see why not if I am having cravings (as I do) for rice paper rolls and can’t be bothered making them. On the next visit I am very keen to try some of their salads. It also seems we can expect to see Miss Chu’s popping up in more locations as it is now a franchise operation.
Do tell dear Belly Rumbles reader, what filling do you like in your fresh rice paper rolls?
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