Friday, February 18, 2011

We're back in action!

Hi there faithful readers and thanks for sticking out the long break. I'm back in business after completing a thoroughly enjoyable MBA unit (even if I am utterly exhausted on the other side of it all!) and have much to catch up on. I thought I'd start by reviewing a cheap and cheerful little DIY Vietnamese restaurant in Footscray - Star. 

Where: Star Restaurant (149 Nicolson St, Footscray, VIC, 2011) 
What: DIY rice paper rolls
Rating: 13/20 

Now, I'm not an expert on Melbourne's western suburbs, but my delightful friend, V (who blogs about similar food related things over at The misadventures of MissC - check it out!) is my guru on all things "Wesside", as we like to call it. She recommended that we (accompanied by our long suffering partners) head out to try some DIY rice paper roll making at Star. 

The restaurant is a typical cheap and cheerful inner city Vietnamese, complete with mandatory lurid laminex tables. The DIY BBQ/rice paper roll option is tucked away in a predictably long menu, complete with a couple of less obvious crocodile and venison dishes. Naturally, being the patriotic Aussies that we are, we had to try a side of croc to accompany our venison and beef rice paper rolls.

Overall, the experience was fun and interactive, the ingredients were fresh and tasty and the company was fabulous! 

There's really little more to say - instead I'll let the pictures do the talking.

This is how a pro rolls a rice paper roll:

...and this is how Georgia's turns out.

There's clearly only one solution - practice!

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  1. what this call? the food u eat what is it? like the vietnamese name

  2. Hi Anonymous, I don't know the Vietnamese name, but according to a Chinese-Vietnamese friend, the Cantonese name for rice paper rolls is "mai ji goon". Does this help?