Mother’s Day Dinner at Vinh Ky

Vinh Ky
114 Victoria St
Richmond, VIC 3121
(03) 9427 7768

For dinner on Mother’s Day, Sister A suggested we try a Vietnamese/Chinese restaurant called Vinh Ky on Victoria St that was recommended to her by a Vietnamese family she tutors. Since it came so highly recommended by Vietnamese natives, I went with high expectations.

I met my family (plus Mother K’s partner H who was filling in for Father T) for dinner at 6.00PM Sunday night. They had spent the afternoon at the football, watching North Melbourne loose to the Western Bulldogs and so were sad and hungry. They had already ordered starters to down their sorrows by the time I arrived.

First came the prawn spring rolls ($6.90 for 6). Beautifully crispy without being oily,  you could definitely taste the spongey prawn meat inside. But to me, a spring roll is a spring roll really, so I anxiously awaiting what was to come. I barely had time to take a photo before the family snapped them up. They do come as a serve of 6..

Next, shredded pork rice paper rolls ($6.90 for 4). I don’t know how these could be considered “pork” flavoured, as I couldn’t actually taste any meatiness. They came with the typical Chinese plum dipping sauce (not pictured) which I love and spooned over every mouthful.

For the last starter, my family had ordered san choi bow ($6.90 each). Always a family favourite, it was tasty, if not a little messy.

For mains, I chose the sizzling scallops, which came with mixed veggies ($18.90). I was disappointed to see that the chef had sliced the scallops thinly, rendering them pretty devoid of any seafood flavour. I did, however, enjoy the mix of veggies it came with and the accompanying sauce.

Sister A chose the fantastic chicken with garlic, spring onion, ginger and black bean ($15.90). Taste wise it was very traditional, and the meat was beautifully tender and moist.

To round off our mains, Sister E chose the chilli pork ($13.90). I wasn’t impressed with what arrived: gewy, translucent pale pieces of pork in an almost fluorescent sauce. It didn’t make me want to leap in and start eating it, though it tasted better than it looked.

For sides, Sister A requested the Chinese brocolli with oyster sauce, which arrived beautifully green and tender, perfectly cooked ($11.90). We also ordered steam rice (not pictured.)

Being Mother’s Day, we had to order dessert, so from the short list of options we chose to share two banana fritters ($5.90 each). Nice crispy batter encased a slightly under ripe banana, served with two scoops of the usual Chinese restaurant ice cream.

I wasn’t overly impressed by my visit to be honest. Somehow, while I was eating I felt like I had tasted everything before. While everything was well cooked and tasty, it lacked originality. Very traditional food at reasonable prices, but I wasn’t wowed.

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5 Responses to Mother’s Day Dinner at Vinh Ky

  1. Jasmine says:

    Hi,where you would suggest for really tasty Asian food in Melbs – mid-price range? I am constantly disappointed by quality around the Chinatown and Victoria street areas – but keep being told to go there as im new-ish to Melbs. Love the blog btw 🙂

    • Sarah says:

      Good question Jasmine! What kind of Asian do you like – Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese..? And where abouts in are you – eastern suburbs, CBD..?

      • Jasmine says:

        Hi Sarah, I like ALL Asian food but specially Thai and Vietnamese, and a really good Chinese too… I live over in Elwood – but am always happy to drive for decent food 🙂

  2. Sarah says:

    Well, I’m no expert on Asian food come to think of it (we always had it growing up so I think I always opt for other cuisines now!) But I’ve been meaning to try Purple Peanuts in the CBD for Japanese as I’ve heard good things about it, and I think it’s quite cheap. I’m very partial to Japanese, and love Hako on Flinders lane too (though that is a bit pricier but really nice). If you don’t mind getting in early, I really enjoyed my trip to Chin Chin for Thai, though the line can get a bit crazy after 5.45 but it has such a good drinking/eating vibe. Laksa King (Maylasian) and HuTong Dumpling Bar (Chinese) have great reputations too, but if you’re looking for something classy (and a bit pricier) Red Spice Road does beautiful Modern Thai. Gingerboy is another great, pricier asian place too. All of those are CBD. My little sister LOVES (and I mean LOVES) Xiaoting Box in Richmond which is Chinese. And if you’re after dirt cheap Vietnamese, Thy Thy on Victoria St is an institution. Hope this helps 🙂

  3. Jasmine says:

    Thats awesome! Id better get started soon on trying ALL these out, as that’s quite some list! Thanks so much 🙂

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