Monday, April 5, 2010
Where do you go when you are starving and have only 15 minutes to eat and do a week's worth of shopping at the market? Answer: Truc Giang in Leeds St.
If it weren't for the venetian blind in the top shot, you would see the veritable mountain of pickled vegies that is normally in the front window, ready for stuffing into your crunchy roll. I got a hot tip that these guys did a special pork roll with grilled pork, so that was my pick.
I have eaten here before from the overflowing, colourful bain-marie, and it was good. Speaking of which, don't let the whole bain-marie factor put you off. Sure, it doesn't do the food any favours but it is a great way to try new things. Instead of perusing a menu, wondering what X is, and then just going back to your old stand-bys for fear of disappointment, you can work backwards and see what catches your eye, then learn what it's called.
I am pretty sure that everything in the separate unit above is 100% vegetarian. I forgot to ask because I was presented with this little beauty:
Mmm-mmh. Mmm-HMH! Dee-lishus. Tender pork, lots of grilled flavour, a whisper of hoi sin and just the right amount of juicy fat. Salad less refined than say, Nhu Lan - pickled carrot & radish coarser, cucumber chopped rather than sliced - but still fantastic crunch and flavour. Altogether a more rustic roll, which is a compliment in my book. The baby in the Baby Bjorn didn't appreciate a head full of crumbs - but she'll cope. And I got my shopping done in time.
(Tan) Truc Giang (map)
36A Leeds St, Footscray
Phone: 9689 9509
Hours: Mon - Sat 8am - 8pm, closed Sun