MissChu tuckshop is the new super hyped eatery in the city. It serves popular Vietnamese food like Pho and rice paper rolls. It seems that at one point, twerps were going a little gaga over it. Since I had the forced luxury of time before leaving for holiday, I decided to head down and check it out. Anh (@anhsfoodblog) was my lunch buddy and it was really good to catch up with her since we last met for mooncake making session last year.
My first impression of MissChu was “WOW”. I love the narrow space inside with small tables on one side and then low counter tables facing the kitchen. I love the space outside where there are low tables and stools. It was pretty unique.
I ordered a char siew bao or BBQ pork bun to start with. It was a pretty miserable looking bun. The skin was a little chewy and tough on the exterior. The pork filling lacked seasoning it seemed? I like my pork buns fluffy. This just seem a little stale. Not recommended or did I come at a bad time?
I am not a pho expert but did have a taste of Anh’s wagyu beef pho and thought the broth did not have the usual spice power. The comment that I had from Anh was that the fresh cut chillies had completely overpowered the beef and broth. If it’s pho, I will prefer more herbs and more bean sprouts as well please. And also I will prefer to add my own fresh cut chillies and where is that squeeze of lemon juice?
The menu mentioned that this was a traditional hanoi pork salad. It is what I know as spring roll pork vermicelli. I was expecting more julienne carrots, cabbage and herbs but it was lacking here. Maybe I am just used to the ones served in Footscray and Richmond. The pork spring roll was actually not too bad. Nice and crispy outside and packed with minced pork inside. Some sauce to coat this would be nice too. It was a little too dry.
It is a nice place for lunch and it is relatively affordable. However, I do have Footscray at my doorstep so MissChu may well be a once off experience. For those working in the city and crave for something different, this will be great especially where Vietnamese noodle places in the city is quite undesirable and packed with too much MSG. For those working in the city, I will choose MissChu over Mekong anytime.