House of Hoi An
1/40 Green St, Windsor
House of Hoi An might just be Windsor’s best kept secret. Hidden just behind the bustling Chapel Street, House of Hoi An boasts delicious and authentic Vietnamese food with a difference.
Trinh Diem Vy, or Ms Vy as she’s known by diners, has always had a passion for food. When she was a little girl she would spend her days dreaming about the flavours and textures of Vietnamese cuisine. Her focus and passion for food only grew throughout the years and she soon started planning her first restaurant.
Growing up in Vietnam during the war, Ms Vy realised that many traditional recipes that were passed down through the generations were forgotten and lost. Recovering, recreating and continuing to share these recipes has become her driving force in life, so that generations to come can continue to enjoy the harmonising flavours of authentic Vietnamese cuisine.
Ms Vy shares her passion through Windsor’s House of Hoi An, as well as her four restaurants back home in Vietnam.
Upon arrival enjoy a complimentary Vietnamese tea. The combination of ginger, lemongrass and cinnamon is a delicious palate cleanser and will leave you anticipating more of the aromatic flavours.
The menu aims to give diners an authentic insight into life in Vietnam. Start with a selection of Hoi An style street food. Budding chefs will love the roll-your-own rice paper rolls, with crispy rice paper, noodles, herbs and barbecued pork. If you’re after something light, try a serve of Goi Ga, a refreshing chicken and herb salad. There’s also a Hoi An style noodle soup with tender crab meat – it’s traditionally considered a romantic dish to share with a loved one.
Ms Vy says that often the most memorable dishes are the ones we grew up eating at home. She encourages diners to try a selection of dishes that she enjoyed as a child and now prepares for her own children. Tom Rim Nuoc Dua is a stand out – the dish features sautéed prawns served in a whole coconut with rice paddy herbs.
Another important part of family life is celebrations and special occasions. Hoi An’s celebration food focuses on substantial dishes that pack a flavoursome punch. If you can only choose one make sure you try Ba Chi Kho Voi Com Nep, free-range caramelised pork belly served with sticky coconut rice.
A tight wine list complements the menu, however if there’s a special bottle at home you would like to bring, House of Hoi An also offers BYO.
If you’re looking for authentic Vietnamese with heart and soul, House of Hoi An offers just that.