An Uong – Eat. Drink. Vietnam.
An Uong. Vietnamese to English, it literally translates as “eat drink”; a simple declaration of the to-do list at this small Richmond eatery. Richmond is packed with Vietnamese restaurants, but the food here is different to what you’ll find on neighbouring Victoria Street. Dishes are still made using traditional ingredients, but the execution has been revisited.
Take Mum’s Pork Belly (thit kho), for example. Traditionally this recipe sees meat braised in a big pot of stock. The result is flavoursome, but it can also be dry. At An Uong the pork is cooked sous vide-style overnight, keeping it incredibly moist. Other dishes use Japanese and Korean ingredients such as gochujang and miso. But rest assured, if you just want a good bowl of vermicelli or pho, they’re here too.
The 40-seat space doesn’t try too hard with decor. There’s an open kitchen, a few hanging plants and modest tiling – think of it as middle ground between a typical Victoria Street restaurant and, say, Windsor’s Hanoi Hannah. Flavours certainly compete with both, with a seasonal menu changing quarterly.
Aside from bottles of wine, everything on the menu is $20 or less, including all the Asian-inspired cocktails. Vietnamese beers such as 333 and Bia Hanoi are also available, alongside other Australians and internationals.