The tantalising flavours of the Banana Flower Salad ($10.90) with prawns, chicken and mint, have drawn me to this tiny hole-in-the-wall setting three times already in the last month! I put my obsession with this happy, hawker-style food down to the warmer weather. You too can celebrate the start of summertime with a tangy Lotus Root Salad ($10.50) packed with prawns and sliced pork belly. These salads travel well, and can be supplemented by products from the great ‘Snakebean At Home’ range of pantry, fridge and freezer items on display in store. Talented Chef Nhut Huynh has also released a cookbook called Little Vietnam (RRP $49.95), with the opportunity to try out dishes like his unusual ‘Dragon’s Eye’ Steamed Omelette with Prawns ($11.00) in your food order. If you’re up for crunch, try the Soft Shell Crab ($22.50) which sits on an excellent green papaya and green apple salad. If you’re partial to rich and heady flavours, try the Viet-style Braised Pork ($13.90) cooked with star anise, young coconut and whole eggs. However if it’s comfort you’re after, go for the Roast Eggplant Mash with Spicy Chicken ($13.75). A warm bowl of it makes me as happy as a pig in mud!
Snakebean Asian Diner
95 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst
Ph: (02) 9380 8808 www.asianpantry.com.au