The days are counting down, the lanterns being strung and the red packets being stuffed. Yes, Chinese New Year is almost upon us and that means one thing in my eyes. Food.
If you haven’t seen my previous posts, I’ve teamed up with the City of Vincent to put the spotlight on four William Street restaurants that I think are must visits this Lunar New Year. From The Red Teapot, to Tak Chee and Good Fortune, I’ve already covered some pretty phenomenal dining destinations in Northbridge. And they all have one distinct thing in common: the cuisine they specialise in tends to revolve around Chinese roots.
But the festive season extends beyond there, and thats why for my final restaurant I’m including my go to Vietnamese joint: Tra Vinh. It’s a place that gives me goosebumps when I think of the deeply flavoured brother, the sharp dipping sauces and pork chops that make you want to gorge and gorge (and gorge!).
In a strip of stores and restaurants, I think it would be easy to walk straight by this place without taking notice: but you’d be sorely disadvantaging yourself by doing so.
Once you’re inside it’s distinctly welcoming. There’s a wonderful aroma circulating the room, with dish after dish hitting the table one after the other. Normally my go to is the beef pho, but there’s some other plates that catch my attention sometimes: the likes of the Vietnamese pancake, fresh rice paper rolls or even the bun cha. All washed down with a lemon soda – a drink that for me, is so distinctly Vietnamese as I had them twice a day when I was on holiday there.
It’s humble food at it’s best. And when you’re celebrating an occasion like Chinese New Year, it’s nice to have something more laid back, somewhere reliable. It was a no brainer for me to include, and I’m happy to round out my 2018 list with this place.
Disclaimer: this is a paid article sponsored by the City of Vincent to promote Chinese New Year for 2018. Photos by Monica Defendi.