I was recently lucky enough to be gifted a complimentary voucher from Zomato to visit MissChu, a delightful little Vietnamese tuck-shop located on Whitechapel High Street. With its fun take on traditional Vietnamese cuisine and unique atmosphere, it’s a definitely a good place to stop by if you’re looking for a quick bite to eat in East London!
MissChu was established in 2007 by a Laotian refugee, Nhaji Chu, whose family escaped to Australia during a Communist regime in 1975. Aspects of her childhood can be gleaned from the interior design of the cramped but cosy venue, including the walls decorated with photos of stamped refugee visas and fairy lights made out of badminton shuttlecocks. After taking our order at the counter from the very friendly server,we sat down in anticipation for the meal to come.
For additional drinks, we also ordered banana milkshakes, which were deliciously creamy and dusted with a coating of cinnamon powder, as well as a pineapple and mint slushie (not pictured) which was super refreshing and zingy.
First up came the Sashimi Tuna, Avocado and Seaweed rice paper rolls. I love tuna and avocado so this choice was a no-brainer for me- the roll also includes some pickled ginger which gives a sweet kick to the otherwise mild flavours in the roll. I’d definitely recommend this fresh-tasting, healthy starter!
The traditional Peking duck pancakes were delicious and reminded me of home. For those of you who have never tried Peking duck before, it’s basically thin slices of roasted duck, served with scallions, cucumber and hoisin sauce- all wrapped up in a thin flour pancake to create a little parcel of goodness.
We also ordered Tiger Prawn Spring Rolls , which were incredibly moreish, crunchy and fragrant- I could have eaten 10 of these- and a papaya salad with prawns (the papaya shreds were a little bit too chewy, but the prawns delicious). Also not pictured was a steamed custard bun, which provided a sweet end to our meal.
Overall, though there were a few hit and misses, the food was tasty and definitely a healthy alternative to other available takeout restaurants in the city- so next time you’re craving for some deep fried KFC or McDs- pick up the phone and order from MissChu instead!
This meal was kindly provided by Zomato (thank you so much!). All views are my own.
91 Whitechapel High Street,
London E1 7RA