Sunday, August 29, 2010

Sydney Day 4 - Raise the Red Lantern

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?


  1. All the food on your blog always looks SO tasty :)! I'd really love one of those little tarts now haha :)

  2. Wow, when I saw the picture of 'your friend's' satchel I thought 'that guy looks like Adam from Masterchef' and then I scrolled down and it is is Adam from Masterchef! I don't know if you've mentioned him before but I'm having a bit of a schoolgirl freak out (a bit embarrassing)!

  3. I would like some delicious salt and pepper tempura squid treats now... cooked the 'right' way - from Chinatown Sydney! Ah, I envy the delicious food you are enjoying.

  4. I can't wait until Adam's izakaya opens up!

    Btw, great photos but what did you think of the food itself? My hubby and I went there for dinner a couple of years ago and to tell you the truth, it was a bit of a 'meh' affair for us. For Vietnamese food, the flavour just wasn't zing-y enough for us.

  5. OMG love Asian food and the presentation is so good

  6. cewek - I'm with you on RL's food, I must admit I was underwhelmed :( Small serves (well, admittedly I have a huge appetite), the green papaya salad and the quail were my faves, but nothing was mindblowing...Everything looked so mindblowingly tasty on Luc's cooking show!

    On another note, can't wait for Adam's cookbook! Had a sneak peek at the recipe list, and it looks AMAZING! :)

  7. Haha, I thought the exact same thing Kimberly!