Hidden in an alleyway behind Subway and one of our family favourites, is a busy little Vietnamese restaurant called Tuong Lai. At 11am, the place begins to pack with workers, old ladies tugging their grocery pull carts, mums and their kids. Like most typical Vietnamese restaurants in the area, the usual condiments, tissue box and cutlery are provided at each table. Luckily for us, we arrived early and were immediately seated. After our meal, a line had formed at the door.
tuong lai vietnamese restaurant:
spring rolls, pork and vermicelli lettuce DIY wraps ($11.00):
sugar cane prawns and vermicelli lettuce DIY wraps ($14.00):
Each DIY wrap dish is provided with a plate of fresh pieces of lettuce, mint, perilla leaves and bean sprouts. Now the fun part begins!
I do the exact same with the spring rolls and pork but usually I break the spring rolls in half so it's easier the wrap up.
My family and I have been coming here regularly over the past years for a quick, simple and cheap feed. On days where I'm feeling lazy, I would order com dac biet which is broken rice served with steamed egg patty, a fried egg, pork skin dusted in roast rice powder and a pork chop, steamed rice rolls served with fresh greens, Vietnamese ham (cha lua) and fish sauce or a vermicelli salad (usually bun thit nem - grilled pork) if it's hot.
If you're looking for a quick, cheap and casual Vietnamese meal, this restaurant you should definitely consider!