Sang’s Takeaway Food Restaurant, 136 Mitchell St, Maidstone. Phone: 9318 8188
Sang’s is situated on the Mitchell St strip that houses Los Latinos and in a premises that once accommodated an Asian eatery of an entirely different kind.
The space has undergone a cheerful transformation to become a pretty nifty Vietnamese joint with a cleverly constructed menu and chefs-in-white all a-bustle.
Open just a few weeks, Sang’s is celebrating its arrival by running a hefty 20 per cent discount until May 25.
That’s code for, “Get your skates on!”
Sang’s has six kinds of rice paper rolls at $4 for a pair; there’s seven kinds of beef pho, all for $10.
A similar number of rice and broken rice meals cost the same.
I love Vietnamese chicken curry – especially the one I score in St Albans, though we sometimes grab takeaway when the dish is available at Minh Hy.
So scanning the Sang’s list of bun/vermicelli, my attention is grabbed by the chook curry variety – also $10. This is a twist on a dish usually served with rice or – even better – a crusty bread roll.
In this case, the usually runny curry gravy/soup is subsumed by the softish mound of vermicelli, which in no way diminishes my enjoyment.
Nor does the fact the chicken pieces are small and on the bony side.
The chilli heat is quite high for Vietnamese chicken curry and the tender spud and carrot bits are happily joined by a plentiful amount of basil and coriander. I love it when coriander becomes more than a mere garnish!
Anther non-standard dish that leaps out at me from the menu is Vietnamese pancake, while I’m betting the Singapore noodle and pad Thai will be worthy of exploration, too.
Sang’s seems ideally positioned to be successful – I reckon the locals in the immediate neighbourhood must be delighted.
If eating in, I suggest grabbing one of tables to the rear to avoid the nasty gusts that gallop through the wide gap between door and floor at the front.
Anyone know why the name change at Sang’s? I just hope that Duc is OK and the food is the same quality, saves a trip into Footscray and/or Sunshine.