After watching several cooking shows with Luke Nguyen cooking in the streets/boats/unusual locations in Vietnam, I have been dying to dine at his restaurant 'Red Lantern'. It is just a stone's throw away from my sister's place, so it was the perfect place to catch up with a friend for lunch:
Compliments from the chef...
Goi cuon - prawn rice paper rolls at Red Lantern
Muc Ruong Moi - lightly battered chilli salted squid
Goi Du Du - green papaya, tiger prawns & Berkshire pork salad
Goi vit - roast duck & banana blossom salad with pickled vegetables & Vietnamese herbs
Panfried tofu with lemongrass, in tomato, chilli & black pepper sauce - as my friend 'A' dubbed it...tofu a la Parmagiana
Bo Luc Lac - cubed pastured fed black Angus sirloin tossed in a flaming wok with garlic, sesame & black pepper
Chim Cut - twice cooked quail stuffed with Kurubota pork served with salad of fennel in citrus & soy dressing
Love my friend's satchel!
Spotted this cute doggy as we walked from 'Red Lantern' to our 'dessert' location...
Although my friend was stopped for photos at least 3 times within that one block (and not just by schoolgirls)...My sister, hubby & I chuckled a little each time, or when the schoolgirls yelled out from across the street: "We love you 'A'"!
Three guesses as to where I suggested we go for dessert...Yep, Bourke Street Bakery. How I love that it is so close to my sister's place (and Red Lantern)! I had the chocolate tart (pictured in the window) and yet another chocolate & rasberry mousse tart...My sister is coming to visit me this Friday, wonder if I should ask her to bring me some tarts?