District 1 | Fortitude Valley

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District 1’s Pork Belly Bahn Mi

District 1, located in Fortitude Valley, is a newly opened Vietnamese ‘street food’ style restaurant, inspired by the city of Ho Chi Minh City. Not only do they serve up delicious Bahn Mi, with baguettes baked freshly in-store daily, but enjoyable rice paper rolls! If you’re looking for a homestyle cooking, or just need a late night snack (they are open till late) – this is the place to go. 

The Slow Roasted Pork Belly Bahn Mi ($10) with house made pate, traditional Vietnamese butter, sliced cucumber, pickled carrot, coriander and caramelised onion. This is probably the best Bahn Mi I’ve had this year, everything was just perfect, and that bread was so crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. The slow roasted pork belly was incredible and the crackling provided that extra bit of saltiness flavour to even out that bit of sweetness from the caramelised onion.

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The Pork Belly Bahn Mi and Peking Duck Rice Paper Rolls with Hoisin

We also had ordered the Roasted Peking Duck with Hoisin ($10.50) which is picture above with the Bahn Mi. To be honest, the rice paper rolls did not have much flavour by themselves but with the hoisin, it offers the perfect flavour to the peking duck. But overall, I really enjoyed these, it tasted remarkably fresh. Inside the roll itself had the peking duck (of course) cucumber, lettuce, Vietnamese herbs and rice vermicelli.

The service was quick and everyone was extremely lovely. I really loved the set up of the table – mason jar with the wooden cutlery, and the plant in a recycled lychee syrup can, all on a wooden table, it made it perfect to photograph. I will most definitely be returning here soon, especially for that Pho seeing it is winter and it would be a good way to warm up!

Location: Shop 7, 8 Duncan St, Fortitude Valley Queensland 4006

Opening Hours: Mon – Thurs: 10am-7pm Sat-Sun: 10am-late

Rating: 9/10

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