Fast food in LA... upcoming barbecue meats in Austin... Let's take a breather and talk vegan. Trust me. You'll appreciate the calorific downtime. The thing is, vegan doesn't have to be all boiled lentils and celery sticks. You can still get things blessed in the deep fryer. Oh - did that get your attention? Here's my review of An Lac in Cabramatta for Time Out Sydney.
An Lac Vegan Restaurant
Are you sick of getting stuck with the token vegetarian dish on a menu? Take a seat, then, buddy, cos you’re about to go weak at the knees. At An Lac, you can bask in an entire menu of options that will create a foreign sensation known as menu indecision – yep, that’s 60 different Vietnamese dishes to choose from, and not a vegetable stack to be seen.
Mi can xao chua ngot $12
Glutinous tofu stir fried with sweet and sour sauce
Mock chicken wings - how real do they look?!
Start with goi cuon prawn rice paper rolls (4 for $6) or get stuck in and roll your own ($18 for two people). You’ll score a mountain of fresh lettuce, bean sprouts, carrot, mint and perilla leaves that you roll up with vermicelli noodles and your choice of fried fish, barbecue pork, stir-fried beef or barbecue meatballs. Dunk your rice paper roll into some nuoc cham fish sauce dressing (vegetarian, of course) for extra sweetness.
Banh hoi nem nuong $18
Steamed vermicelli with bbq meatball served with rice paper and salad
On a Sunday lunchtime there’s a happy mix of Vietnamese grandmas and families and a few in-the-know Caucasian couples stopping in for a bite to eat. The décor is simple but clean, with lime-green walls and friendly staff sporting butter-yellow T-shirts emblazoned with the feel-good message “Be veg, go green, save the planet."
Bun rieu vermicelli in tomato soup $10
Banh mi hap bi $18
Steamed bread roll with shredded pork and salad
And if you’re still not convinced, you can stick with the spring rolls. Always a winner.
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An Lac Vegan Vegetarian Restaurant
94b John Street, Cabramatta, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 9727 5116
Monday to Sunday 9am-7pm
This article appeared in the July 2013 issue of Time Out Sydney in my monthly Food & Drink column Eat This! [Read online]
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