Nam Phuong – possibly my favourite Vietnamese place
Ok, so this place on first impression is pretty run-down and pretty much in the middle of nowhere – no kidding. This is the exact sort of place that any normal person would walk past and it would go completely unnoticed.
But, it came highly recommended from Thanh’s family, so why not right?
The spring rolls [top left] are much like the ones we make at home, with ample pork (*ahem* we actually started using chicken at home a long time ago due to health reasons) and oomph. None of that “carrot and I can’t tell what else is in it” style you get at many places.
Sugar cane prawns [top right & bottom right] – well they are what they are. Not my favourite.
Pork wrapped in Betel leaves [bottom left] I think it’s bo lo lot, my Vietnamese is terrible! These are actually grilled on a grill; not oven baked and not deep fried, pan fried or any fried. Excuse my poor English in this post.
Duck salad [left] – my parents genuinely loved this dish. The duck is a cross between salted duck and poached chicken – a little tingly on the taste buds, and incredibly moist and tender.
Vietnamese omelette (banh xeo) – is a ginormous plate of crispy omelette stuffed full with bean sprouts, prawns and mince flavoured with a light curry. Please order to share, or you will have no space for anything else.
Grilled Pork [top] – much like the betel leaves, one can really taste and smell the grill of the grilling. It is smoky and succulent. And sorry to be a spoil sport, but the little burnt bits are so damn good are really bad for you. But once in a while, ey?
Rating: Yummy+1 – this is probably the closest one will get to home-style Vietnamese fare in Melbourne. Serving sizes are very generous, flavours incredibly honest and homely.
Where: 957 Heatherton Rd, Springvale
Contact: 03 9558 4771
Service: Don’t expect fine dining qualities here. You ring a bell at the counter when you need some attention.