At first glance the mobile shop in front of vintage store Petticoat seems to be a recipe for disaster. The moody Vietnamese boss and her shy assistant sell bara (fried ‘donuts’ of peas), roti wraps, noodles, spring rolls and bapao (steamed bread filled with meat). On top of it they sell French fries and fresh orange juice. Since you can buy just about everything edible, you run the risk of ending up with nothing good at all. Two months ago I ordered a special spring roll – only because a friend practically forced me to. After my first bite I was all smiles within a second: good stuff! Just like other ‘compatriotes’ this spring roll is thinner than a Chinese one. Unlike other Vietnamese spring rolls in Holland, this roll has a filling with an attitude: rich in ingredients, full of character. Behind the thin crispy ‘suit’ you’ll find cabbage, rice vermicelli and carrots. Usually these vegetables reign, but not here! In this snack it is all about chicken. Thanks to the right amount of pepper this roll tastes superb. Eat this wrapped chicken pure, with a sweet-and-sour sauce or with a little bit of an unforgettable chili-based sauce: the sambal badjak extra heet (extra spicy) of Toko Joyce in Chinatown, Nieuwmarkt 38.
Mobile snack shop
Vietnamese special chicken roll, one, € 1.50
Market at the Lindengracht, in front of number 99 (Petticoat), City Centre (Jordaan)
Each Saturday 9am-5pm