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Fantabulous banh cuon I remember one of my favourite street chows in hcmc being their steamed rice rolls, essentially their take on the local chee cheong fun. Seeing it on MOC Cottages’s menu won a big 😍 from me, yet elicitated a huge 😱 when we saw the $14 price tag. How much can they possibly zhng this $1 street food to warrant that price, I thought. But then, look at that HEAP of pork on the rice rolls. Discounting flavour entirely, just that massive pile of chargrilled pork makes it completely worth the buck. And then you factor in the soft, silky, smooth rice rolls, the bed of fresh herbs and greens, and an amazing nuoc cham sauce on the side — absolutely gorgeous. Ain’t gonna lie, this completely turned the tables after their lacklustre banh mi.
Best Bun Cha In SG Ordered the sliced beef pho and Bun Cha. Soup - lighter than other stalls but not bland Pho - on the softer side Bun Cha pork is amazingly godlike best grilled pork that goes perfectly with the fish sauce Fish sauce - very authentic vietnamese slightly sweet slightly salty perfectly balanced umami Sauce - 3 types of sauce available. Chilli damn shiok. Avocado smoothie - blended in front of our eyes fresh
Bánh Xèo ($15). We really underestimated the size of the Bánh Xèo, or crispy pancakes, served here. This must really be a group sharing size, and justifies the price for an appetizer. These are Vietnamese style pancakes made with rice flour, tiger prawns, sliced pork, mung beans, bean sprouts and mushrooms, served alongside a dipping fish sauce and some fresh greens. I got a little confused at first as to whether the greens should be used to wrap the pancakes or to be sandwiched in between the pancakes since the greens were relatively smaller than each slice of the pancake. But it’s entirely up to you how you wanna eat it. The overall flavour was rather complex to me; it actually felt like a murtabak with lots of different ingredients, especially stuffed with mung beans and bean sprouts. The mung beans were a little mushy, that created a soft texture that I felt was conflicting with the crispy pancake. Similarly, I couldn’t taste evidently the prawns as everything was masked underneath the taste of mung beans. It’s a little greasy too and gets jelak after a while, hence highly recommended to eat with those fresh greens and to enjoy as a sharing plate.
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Bao Trio Chili crab + Mala beef + Salmon Mentaiko Baos served with a side of salad and edamame 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
Bao Makers 13/07/19 (Part 3/3) True to their name, the baos were what truly stood out in this restaurant. Now, if only they could be bigger... Chili Crab Bao ($4.50) 'Deep fried bun, fresh crabmeat with Singapore style chilli sauce' Simply comforting, deep-fried 'mantou' with loads of crabmeat drenched in a sweet and spicy chili crab sauce; Favourite bao. Taste: 10/10 Salted Egg Chicken Bao ($4.30) 'Steamed sesame bun, signature salted egg sauce, seasoned fried chicken' If you love salted egg, you will love this bun. Loaded with creamy salted egg goodness and a really juicy and crunchy slab of chicken. Taste: 10/10 Salmon Mentaiko Bao ($4.30) 'Steamed white bun, fried salmon, cod roe sauce, cheese, tobiko' This bao is essentially an elevated version of my salmon mentaiko bowl, with the rice being replaced by sweet fluffy buns and a rich cheese flavour to complement the mentaiko salmon. (Unfortunately, I do not remember the tobiko in the bun) Taste: 9/10 Overall, felt that this restaurant was a tad pricey without the discount but I guess I should be expecting that due to where its located. While the rice bowls are the ones that will fill you up here, I would strongly suggest skipping them and going straight for their baos. Personally, I will only come back again if I've another huge discount. See more at:
Bao Makers 13/07/19 (Part 2/3) Teriyaki Beef Steak ($17.80) 'Pan seared beef steak, house blend teriyaki sauce, onsen egg' This main was a lot better mainly because the rice was drenched in their house blend teriyaki sauce which was not too sweet. In fact, the rice was so flavourful that I did not mind eating it on its own. The beef steak itself was nicely seared and provided a nice slightly saltish contrast to the dish; Strong beefy flavour as well. I think my only gripe with this bowl would be that more beef could have been given. Taste: 8/10 See more at:
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