…it was a pleasure to wine and dine at Guildford’s newest kid on the block, Vietnamese restaurant Hoang Kim.
My foodie friend who harks from the culinary melting pot of Hong Kong is a gastronome of Asian cuisine and was so impressed he is still salivating.
Entrees first. The rice paper rolls were a meal in themselves. They were huge fat rolls stuffed with fresh produce with a choice of minced pork, chicken or prawn. Fish sauce. Yes, it smells awful but it is the backbone of Vietnamese cooking, and the chef at Hoang Kim knows how to use it to its best effect. The zesty dipping sauce was mixed with water, chilies, garlic, sugar and limes and was a knockout.
The locally sourced tiger prawn skewers were lightly battered with a delicious coating of spicy peanut sauce. The salt and pepper squid hit all the right notes and was tender and melted in your mouth.
There were two stand out dishes. The stir-fry vermicelli with duck meat, a house special and the caramelized pork belly. The caramelized pork belly with two half-boiled eggs was exceptionally tender and juicy and the chunks of tofu in the mix soaked up the heavenly meaty sauce.
The Vietnamese know there’s more to a cow than ribeye and chicken bones is tastier than boneless chicken. That said the curry chicken with coconut cream and sweet potato was so good my Hong Kong compatriot licked the plate clean.
The banana sago with coconut cream and fried ice-cream was a warming end to the meal before braving the cold blustery night.
Hoang Kim also offers Australian dishes for younger, less adventurous palates and a warning if Pho is what you crave it is only served only at lunch.
The energetic owners have been on the Perth restaurant scene since the 80s and this they promise is their last venture before they retire.
Hoang Kim has just opened its doors but it was evident the couple have endeared themselves to more than a few regulars already. Word is spreading quickly about this value for money Vietnamese gem so book ahead.
Hoang Kim is located at historic Tindale House, James Street. Open lunch and dinner.