Miss Chu, Bondi Beach

20 May
May 20, 2013

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.

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tiger prawn & green mango rice paper rolls $7.50/two

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egg omelette, avocado & balsamic caramelised onion rice paper rolls $7.50/two

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roast duck & banana flower rice paper rolls $9.00/two

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satay chicken & cucumber rice paper rolls $7.50/two

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.

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peking duck pancakes $3.50 each

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prawn & crab net spring rolls $6.00/four

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steamed bbq pork char sui buns $2.50 each

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.

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salt & pepper squid (bondi only) $14.00

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?

Sara xxx

Miss Chu
Bondi Potato Ghetto
178 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach
www.misschu.com.au

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10 replies
  1. paula says:

    I’ve been a fan of Miss Chu for a while now, I love how clean and tasty her food is but I have to agree with you on all your points.
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  2. Anna @The Littlest Anchovy says:

    Ooh I get cravings for rice paper rolls too and the duck and banana flower really piqued my interest! I hope I get there one of these days.
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  3. Christine @ Cooking Crusade says:

    Haha I had rice paper rolls for dinner! Miss Chu’s definitely has a much more imaginative filling choice than my dinner though, definitely seems worth a visit :)
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  4. Ramen Raff says:

    I’ve had some of Miss Chu’s dumplings at a masterchef live event and it was not bad. I would like to visit one their joints to get the whole experience.

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  5. Tina @ bitemeshowme says:

    The empire is just growing and growing. Well done to Miss Chu! I’ve tried their rice paper rolls and it really isn’t too bad. Because we make these so regularly at home, I sometimes hesitate dining out to eat this (the same feeling and issue I have with most vietnamese food). But it is worth paying for out of convenience.
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  6. Helen (Grab Your Fork) says:

    I do like that they they use perilla leaves in their rice paper rolls, and the crab spring rolls are super tasty! Love their flaky netting.
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  7. Miss Piggy says:

    I really like the original tuck shop and have eaten here a few times…I like the usual fillings in the rolls…plus I never make rolls at home so I’m happy to go out for them.
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  8. john | heneedsfood says:

    Not a huge fan of perilla leaves, so I’d be carefully pulling those out! I’ve actually only eaten at the Miss Chu at the Opera House, inflated prices and all.
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  9. Daisy@Nevertoosweet says:

    So lucky that another Ms Chu has opened up :) I’ve been meaning to go for the longest time but haven’t had the chance >_< will need to go soon hehe
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  10. Gaby says:

    I like the fact that they offer more variety in the fillings, despite not being “the best rolls in Sydney”.
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