When trying to find a good eatery, it is generally a no-brainer that the busiest one is best. This logic prevails at Nhu Lan, a bakery adored for their Vietnamese salad rolls. Lunchtime today found the counter 4 deep, which is pretty much standard. Big colourful pictures on the walls let you know your choices, from mixed ham, BBQ pork or chicken, pork meatball etc. Normally the BBQ chicken is my fave (think sticky, glistening and an unnatural shade of crimson, chopped on a big rough-hewn chopping block concave from years of use) but decided to mix it up and go with the tofu. This is as far as I know a Nhu Lan exclusive, juicy fried cubes in a shiny, light, soy-based gravy with spring onion. The roll was also stuffed with the classic carrot/radish pickle, coriander, cucumber and chilli. It was to die for! J and I snarfed it in the car before we even pulled out of the parking lot. Tofu Nhu Lan roll now a classic in my book.
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Nhu Lan, 116 Hopkins St, Footscray (opposite the market, just past Leeds)