10 January 2011
Hai Yen ~ Vietnamese - Marrickville
Hai Yen is another golden oldie Vietnamese joint in amongst that clump of gems on Illawarra Road in Marrickville. (This place has now closed, replaced by Pho Bac)
(Update 14 Jan 2011: This restauarant has closed and has been replaced by the owners of Pho Bac, two doors down.)
It's a stinking hot night, it's new years day, we walk to Marrickville with something light and fresh in mind. Many of our usual haunts are closed, which gives us an excuse to try a new place (like we need an excuse...)
Lotus Root Salad with prawns and pork. $13. The prawns are sliced in half, the pork light, but I couldn't quite work out where the lotus root was. The dressing was light and delicious, almost drinkable, and the dish was a perfect starter.
Grilled pork, beef and spring rolls. A jazzed up bun thit nuong, very tasty. There was only one little pork pattie, but it was damn tasty. The spring rolls are a great crunchy bonus, they are often found in a number of Vietnamese salads. About $9.
This dish is the surprise hit for the evening - Vietnamese style hot pot fish $12. This dish tasted like caramelised fish fillets, with a hint of saltiness, that classic sweety/salty combo you find in many different dishes like those little sweet fishy snacks. The flavour is intriguing and moorish, and we end up scooping chunks of rice straight from the steamer into the pot to get every last bit of goodness.
Hai Yen Vietnamese & Chinese Restaurant is at 308 Illawarra Road, Marrickville. Open 7 days 11am-10pm. Ph 9558 0093.