Mister Truongs is already number one of my favourite places on Chapel Street and somewhere has to be mind blowingly good for that to change. I feel lost if I don’t visit at least once a week, there have been times I’ve eaten breakfast, lunch, and dinner here.
The service is only okay due to a language barrier and there’s minimal seating but my lord is the food and coffee amazing. The portions are huge, fresh and best of all cheap.
As you walk through the door you’re greeted with a bain-marie full with hunks of crispy roast pork and the smell of freshly ground coffee lingers through the air.
I rarely get obsessed with just one dish because I NEED to try as many dishes as I can, this changed the day I tried Mister Truong’s rice vermicelli. For months I would wake up bright and early every Saturday morning to go and buy it for breakfast, sometimes lunch as well.
A huge bowl filled with rice vermicelli, fresh lettuce, cucumber, carrot, fresh mint and then topped with marinated grilled pork and served with Nuoc Cham. Healthy, fresh, filling and only $10!
The first time I tried Pho I wasn’t a fan, I found it bland and boring. That was until I tried Mister Truong’s; a rich stock filled with rice noodles, thinly sliced beef, green onions and coriander served with bean sprouts, lime, herbs and hoisin sauce with chillies. On a cold winter day, there’s nothing better than slurping the noodles and sipping the broth (pssst it’s also my number one answer to a hangover.)
If you’ve never tried Vietnamese coffee, close your computer, get in your car/bike/on public transport and go get one. The way it’s prepared is by placing coarse ground beans into a phin filter that slowly drips. You end up with a super strong brew that is then mixed with a little sweetened condensed milk. It’s everything you never knew you needed.
If you’re lucky you’ll visit when there’s one of many specials like a bacon and egg roll with a coffee for $5 before 11 am or $5 Pho.