I spent a Friday in Sydney for work a few weeks ago and when I arrived back in Canberra after a 12 hour return trip, I was tired and craving comfort food. My idea of ‘comfort food’ changes regularly – it could be ice-cream on one day and a big bowl of soup the other. On that Friday evening, I craved the latter and A and I made a beeline for an easy, casual dinner at Tu Do in O’Connor.
Tu Do is a Vietnamese eatery that is seen as a Canberra institution. It’s a casual eatery that focuses on simple, flavoursome Vietnamese food.
To start with, we ordered Vietnamese rice paper rolls ($8), with our choice of prawn filling. Our four rolls were fast to arrive and were full of fresh ingredients.
I ordered the special roast duck with egg noodle soup ($13), and requested it dry. I love dry soups as I can add as much or as little of the soup to my dish.
A ordered the crispy skin chicken egg noodle soup ($13), also dry. The accompaniments to her soup came out first, and consisted of fresh basil, bean sprouts, chilli and lemon wedges.
The crispy chicken lived up to its name, but we were slightly disappointed that A’s dish didn’t come with a bowl of broth on the side. Regardless, A really enjoyed her dinner (with her sharing half of my soup).
I loved our simple, delicious dinner at Tu Do. Don’t let the casual exterior deter you – the food is fantastic and it very reasonably priced. An additional bonus to Tu Do – it’s BYO, so bring a bottle with you!