It may look like an incredibly random kiosk on a little side street in Darlinghurst, but Miss Chu is a rare gem in Sydney where the hawker style street stall is brought to life with scrumptious little Vietnamese nibbles and drinks on offer. We’re peckish today and it’s quite hot so we stop by the stall for some afternoon snacks from the self professed “Rice Paper Queen”.
I feel a bit like a little kid ordering from a school canteen because the kiosk window is elevated off the ground so you’re looking up to place your orders with the stall-people. But it’s all in good fun as I’m reminded that this is meant to be an authentic street stall experience just a stone’s throw away from the Sydney CBD, thanks to the haphazard decorations of steamers and empty bottles hanging off bamboo sticks which frame the kiosk window.
Tiger prawn and green mango ricepaper rolls, $6.50 for 2 rolls
We sit down on the milk crates covered with tea towels as we eagerly await our food, within a short while we get our tiger prawn and green mango ricepaper rolls first. I can’t really taste the mango at all but there’s plenty of vermicelli noodles, lemongrass and prawns in the roll to be flavoured with fish sauce, hoisin sauce and some chilli sauce in a cute little squirt bottle. They’re nice and fresh, just what you need for a pick-me-up on a hot summer’s day.
Peking Duck pancake, $2.50
I absolutely LOVE Peking duck pancakes at Chinese restaurants but hate that you can’t order individual pancakes if you’ve just got a bit of a craving for it and don’t want to eat a whole duck’s worth. Miss Chu knows exactly what I’m talking about; her answer to my dilemma is to sell individual hot little Peking duck pancakes for just $2.50 a pop so you don’t feel too guilty indulging in a bit of oily duck goodness with some soft cucumber and hoisin sauce. They are pretty small compared to what we’re used to at restaurants but it is so delicious that I want more but restrain myself because we’ve got dinner soon.
Lychee and cucumber, young coconut frozen crushie $6.50
I’ve never been a huge fan of coconut drinks but I can’t resist lychee flavoured anything, so we go ahead and order the frozen coconut crushie with lychee and cucumber which turns out to be very refreshing.
I’ll admit that I had my misgivings about Miss Chu’s. At first glance it sticks out like a sore thumb with its quirky vibe but if you don’t mind sitting down on some unconventional furniture, you won’t regret your experience here because they do Asian canapes the way that they should be done. There’s also stalls at Bondi Beach and the Opera House, but for those who are too lazy to trek over there’s even an old school bike delivery service.
Cutest delivery bike!
1/150 Bourke Street
Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Phone: (02) 8356 9988