Sydney Food Diary: MissChu, Darlinghurst

IMG_5580 This Sydney food phenomenon is still delivering

MissChu has been around for a long time in Sydney, and I liked the way it sort of took the city by a storm. The freshest rice paper rolls I’d ever tasted (because often, a regular Vietnamese rice paper roll, tastes a bit plain to me). These ones made me understand what the fuss was about. Matched with a smart selection of other Vietnamese street food, it was cool to see how someone was producing smart, affordable food, with such authenticity and flavour, it was changing Sydney’s tastes.

IMG_5582So, it was sad to also read about MissChu’s rise and fall and partial collapse a few years ago. The story stuck with me: expanding too quickly, without the right management in place. It seems though that the chain is back on its feet, in some form. The Darlinghurst branch is still there; I believe the one at the Sydney Opera House is still running, and a new one is to take over the old Russian Coachman restaurant in Redfern (which was a fantastic heritage convict-built building, lately with two huge concrete naked angel nymphs on each side of a doorway which I really hope they keep).

IMG_5583In any case, it’s been years since I’ve had MissChu’s and I was happy to find that it was as good as I remember. Basically, a perfect quick meal, packed with flavours, and even a surprise. The ‘special’ dumplings turned out to be stuffed rice rolls… and so delicious. The duck pancakes were perfect. The Vietnamese spring rolls also perfect. The afore-mentioned rice rolls, and we split two steamed buns, one pork and one vegetarian. We managed to grab one of the handful of tables on the footpath, and there was a nice buzz of people dropping by to grab food, mostly take-away. I think all up it was 30 bucks for the two of us, and for a good portion of yummy food.

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