After much research and fellow foodie advice I stumbled upon Miss Saigon on Forest road. It's a popular, simple and 'nothing flash' Vietnamese joint that is already half packed at 10.45 am when I enter it's sliding door. You just know it's going to be good.
You can sit outside if you want to people watch, but it was a tad windy for my liking and I didn't fancy my food being whisked away by gale force winds.
Next to me is a mix of condiments like hoisin, chilli, soy, fish sauce, salt and pepper for those that like 'extra kick' to anything....like me. Plus you grab your own spoon and knife or chopsticks. No forks here! You will see why in a sec...
Playing in the backround in some peculiar Vietnamese tunes that even my Shazam app could not decipher.
I order the 'Banh Xeo' (pronounced BAN SOW) for $10.90. This literally means sizzling cake. It's a savoury ,chewy, crispy fried pancake made with rice flour, water and tumeric powder...and NO eggs! This is filled with lots of delicious goodies like minced pork, boiled shrimp ( I think I got two), diced green onions, and bean sprouts. From what the waiter told me, the difference between a good banh xeo and a great one is the thinness and crispiness of the crepe. If that's the case then Miss Saigon hits the spot. (Even a not so crispy one would have been a hit for me)
My massive serve of Banh Xeo arrives with a side bowl of nuc cham ( dipping sauce) and a cane basket of fresh iceberg lettuce and a bunch of mint leaves. I realised that this meal requires you to go into 'construction mode'
I try and be discreet but what's the point? I am on my own and facing a window. No one is watching so I begin. First , the lettuce, then some mint , followed by a generous serve of the crepe. Now for condiment of choice...what the hell, lets drizzle it all on (ie hoisin, chilli and nuc cham too). What an explosion of flavours in my mouth. The crunch of the lettuce, the filling in the Banh Xeo, juicing streaming down my mouth and hands and just when you thought it was all over, Mr mint surprises you with her last minute attack ob your tastebuds! Get my point? I managed to make around eight I think all with various combos of chilli, hoisin and nuc cham. The chilli is extra hot and spicy. A winner.
To have this much fun with food should be against the law or at least R rated.
You should give this place a try if you are ever in the neighbourhood. It's fast , cheap and tasty!