Hai Au Lang Nuong

Shop 2, 48 Canley Vale Road Canley Vale, New South Wales 2166

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Opening hours Sun-Mon 10am-10pm; Wed-Thu 10am-10pm; Fri-Sat 10am-11pm
Features Vegetarian friendly, Licensed, BYO
Prices Moderate (mains $20-$40)
Payments Cash
Phone 02 9724 9156

A pot of burning charcoal lands on the table, beside bo la lop nuong than (skewers of betel leaf-wrapped grilled beef) and dry sheets of ricepaper. The host spots first-timers and gives master-classes in rehydrating ricepaper. Then it’s DIY fun, filling them from big platters of salad and herbs. Hai Au is a bustling mini Hanoi with gaudy decor where families gather for congee, steamboat, claypot rice, stir-fries and smoky grills. Big spenders target mud crab or lobster, but sugarcane prawns are deliciously affordable. On weekends it’s all about barbecue, especially the signature organic grilled chicken with sticky rice.