Tom: This is yum! This is like being at Slanted Door.
Kirstin: Ah. So we had Zuni and now Slanted Door.
Tom: All my favourite restaurants in San Francisco.
Kirstin: You know I’ve never been to Slanted Door, but you always tell me about it. One day!
Tom: Well I like going there on a Thursday lunch time and having a cheeky lunch.
Kirstin: But without me!
Tom: Well I wish you were there! And this is yum!
Kirstin: It has all the Vietnamese feels, doesn’t it?
Tom: It’s the fried shallots…
Kirstin: Yes, I’m going to smell of fried shallots all day now. Oooops. Also I couldn’t find palm sugar, sorry Gwyneth. And I still don’t have a spiralizer, so I bought the courgette ready spiralized. And the Armenian cucumber. I have no idea what that was all about. So a bit of a faff, but worth every second.
Tom: This is epic! My favourite lunch for a very long time.
Kirstin: I think we need to go to Vietnam some time. It’s so delicious! Right, let’s going back to listening to The Police.
Peter: Where’s the rice?
Anna: There is no rice. Just stir-fried greens.
Peter: But there’s rice in the photo.
Anna: I think I’m going to give up making Asian food. The last few times just haven’t worked. This isn’t a disaster, but it’s really not very exciting. Which I suspect is due to my cooking, more than the recipe.
Peter: It could do with a bit more kick. Maybe the chillies aren’t that hot?
Anna: Maybe. But I’m not getting lemon grass either. And I had to start this last night so it marinated overnight. That’s two days of effort. Not much effort, but more than my usual repertoire of meals requires. This is why I don’t cook new things any more.
Anna: This tastes and smells just like authentic Vietnamese. Or the Vietnamese food we used to eat in Sydney. Making this has taken me straight back to that restaurant we went to in Glebe with Edyta and Mark. We had the summer rolls and I’d never had anything like them before. Isn’t it brilliant that a smell can take me back to seven years ago like it was yesterday!
Peter: It does taste pretty authentic. It’s delicious.
Anna: It is, isn’t it? I love this. I love this type of food. If there wasn’t so much bloody chopping involved I’d make it every week.
Peter: Well I do like a good noodle so I’m happy for you to make it any time.