France v Vietnam – 3AW


The quarterfinals of the Food World Cup are here!The format is a little different this round. Kate and Scorcher go flat for flat during a penalty shootout

Remember to name your favorite restaurant serving one of the kitchens that will compete next week for a chance to win a $ 200 Dineamic voucher. Next week, Italy faces Thailand!

France – Kate

SNACK – gougères – the product of France’s two largest exports – pastry and cheese. Hollow puffs of choux pastry, garnished with grated Comte cheese. They are perfect puffs of kindness.

SOUP – Surely Scorch will not go with Pho, I could put the dishwater against that! But instead, I’m going to opt for French onion soup. Golden, caramelized onions, a touch of wine, fresh herbs; topped with crisp French bread and melted French cheese.

MAIN – we will start with this classic fisherman from Marseille, the superb Bouillabaisse. Buckets of seafood, this inimitable creation which is the basis of the Provencal soup – garlic, onions, tomatoes, olive oil, fennel, saffron, thyme, bay leaves; and some Chablis on the side.

MAIN – then the Coq au Vin. Oschicken pieces on the bone for maximum flavor, crisp and crisp bacon bacon, pearl onions, mushrooms, all slowly braised in Burgundy wine. Magnificent.

Coq au Vin by Curly Whiskers

DESSERT – Too many options here … could it be tartin, classic chocolate mousse, soufflé, macaroon, clafoutis? For me, it’s the crème brûlée. Yes, it’s just a bowl of hot pastry cream with sugar on top, but put a butane torch on that sugar, burn it high above, and you have a cacophony of textures, with a gloriously simple touch vanilla.

So where should you go to get your French food? Here are three of Kate’s favorite French restaurants.

Petit Bar Français – 7/158 Barkly St Footscray –
Try the wonderful charcuterie platter; or chef Stefan’s bouillabaisse.

Curly Whiskers – 124 Martin St, Brighton –
Try their magnificent Coq au Vin Milawa Chicken farmer; or fresh spread apple pie or pear pie.

Omnia Bar & Bistro – 625 Chapel Street South Yarra –
Okay, so it’s “European”, but there are always crunchy French dishes on the menu! Try the duck liver parfait with black cherries, fennel pollen and spice pain; and gougeres whenever they are on the menu!


  • France-Soir, 11 Toorak Rd, South Yarra, 3141,
  • Bistro Voliere, The George, 129 Fitzroy St, St Kilda, 3182,
  • The French Brasserie, 2 Malthouse Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000,

Vietnam – Mark

SNACK – Banh mi – A dish always guaranteed to hit the bottom of the net. The French brought the wand to Vietnam, but the Vietnamese took it to another level. Fresh bread, pork, pâté, cucumber, carrot and a little chili if you like a touch of spice.

Banh mi

SOUP – Rare beef pho – The ultimate Vietnamese dish. You will find it on every street corner in all Vietnamese cities. It’s cheap and very tasty. Salted broth, rice noodles and thin slices of beef (or chicken) and sautéed with herbs.

MAIN – Sticky pork shank with caramel and tamarindm Annam. Presented on Masterchef, the pork was cooked for at least four hours in a braised broth, fried and brushed with a sticky tamarind caramel. It is both tender and crunchy, sweet and sour. (Kate’s description. A joke).

MAIN – Bun cha A bowl of fresh, healthy food eaten for lunch or dinner. Vermicelli noodles filled with pork meatballs, fresh vegetables like cucumber, lettuce, carrot and chilli and a nice nuoc nam sauce.

DESSERT – Vietnamese donut – hollow, delicious and addictive. The Vietnamese donuts are crisp, fried and sweet and covered with white sesame seeds.


  • KG4435, 325 Napier St, Strathmore, 3041,
  • Nhu Lan Bakery, 116 Hopkins St, Footscray, 3011/152 Victoria St, Richmond 3121
  • Vietnamese restaurant in district 3429, 91 Oshanassy St, Sunbury, 3429,


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