A far cry from food court dining: Streets of Saigon

Please, don’t be perturbed by the location. Yes, it may be part of a food court but it isn’t just any food court. It is, in fact, the squeaky-clean, marble table-topped, ultra-mod Level Five Westfield Sydney food court.

Located in the far corner of the food court, near dumpling expert Din Tai Fung, Streets of Saigon is like a glammed-up street stall. While the colourful signage is fun, it is not the location or the restaurant’s aesthetic that wins us over – it is the food. Owner Tu Anh Nguyen said that after moving to Australia, she searched fruitlessly for a restaurant that served the simple flavours and street-style dishes of her home country. Nothing was worth writing home about. So, to fill this gap in the market, Tu Anh decided to open Streets of Saigon: “My passion is to bring the delicious street foods that I grew up with to Australia using traditional recipes and the freshest ingredients to retain the authenticity of true Vietnamese flavours – Streets of Saigon serves what I would serve to my family.”

Owner Tu Anh Nguyen at the launch of Streets of Saigon

Have you, like Tu Anh, tasted the real Vietnam? A piping hot bowl of Pho from a street stall in Hanoi? Or have you rolled your own rice paper rolls and slurped fresh sugar cane juice in Ho Chi Minh city? Streets of Saigon impresses with its steamed fresh rice paper rolls, salads and vermicelli – all served without MSG, gluten or any added preservatives.

Anna Lisle

Read more about Streets of Saigon here

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