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Mekong Eating House, Dixon Street food court

Mekong Eating House Dixon St Food Ct Vermicelli

Mekong Eating House Dixon St Food Ct Vermicelli

Dixon st food court is old, stuck in a timewarp, with half its shopfronts closed. It’s a little spooky, half empty even during lunchtime rush hour. There’s plenty of nice food options though, and the prices are more than reasonable.

I bought a salad. The sauce came mixed in, which was a little disappointing – I tend to eat my salads and mix them as I go, and not mixing it all together st the beginning. The flavour was great and it only cost me $9.

I’m planning to go back and try some other vendors’ fare.

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Vietnam Sunrise

Vietnam Sunrise hot pot cashews

Vietnam Sunrise hot pot cashews

When I was down in Adelaide last, I visited Sunrise Vietnam. I’d never been when I lived in Adelaide, though it was closer to my house than my favourite haunts such as Pho Thanh. The reason was, it looked too classy, and thus too expensive.

Things are different now. If I want to spend more than $15 on a single main, I’ll do what I want! Sometimes that still means I’ll avoid the place; other times, I’ll give it a try. I’m giving it a try. I still love my cheap and cheerful places more.

Here’s the chicken cashews hot pot. It was pretty tasty.

Vietnam Sunrise coconut curry

Vietnam Sunrise coconut curry

This coconut curry was creamy and flavoursome. It wasn’t mind-blowing, but it was nice.

Vietnam Sunrise salt and pepper squid

Vietnam Sunrise salt and pepper squid

Crispy, a little chewy, not as tasty as the classic Chinese dish.

Vietnam Sunrise pork ribs

Vietnam Sunrise pork ribs

This was just sweet and sour pork, with a crispy batter coating on the pork.

Vietnam Sunrise lemongrass chicken

Vietnam Sunrise lemongrass chicken

Good old lemongrass chicken. I thought the lemongrass flavour could have been stronger. For some reason, when I see a dish like this on the menu, I think it will always be that dry, “fresh” flavour of the lemongrass chicken or pork you get on a banh mi. It was saucy, but still delicious!

Look, it’s good, but drive up to Days Road or something, and treat yourself! (Or further down Henley Beach Road there’s the old school but tasty Viet Thai Restaurant, or down on Grange Road there is the fabulous Betel Leaf Cafe).

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Newstar Takeaway

I’m so excited! Newstar Takeaway is a short stroll from my house and it’s my favourite type of establishment. Cheep, cheerful, and Vietnamese.

Newstar Takeaway Pho

Newstar Takeaway Pho

The broth was quite strong on the beef and less nuanced in flavour, but the Bo Tai was tender and delicious. The serve was massive and I couldn’t get through it. I loved the table trimmings – classic box of tissues, hoisin, soy, pepper and utensils galore. The background music was instrumental – the only missing element was a television or two!

Cold rolls / Rice paper rolls

Cold rolls / Rice paper rolls

I love some tasty cold rolls, though served with the sweet/chilli sauce and not the usual thick, hoisin based sauce.

Combination Rice

Combination Rice

The combination rice was decent but not overly exciting. Tasty pork but was a little dry, nice meat loaf, and the pork skin noodles were a little different to what I’m used to. A nice simple dish.

Overall, this was a great meal at a price on par with my favourite pho establishments in Adelaide, but around the corner in Balmain! Highly recommended if you live in the area.

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