316-318 Victoria Road
Tel: 9560 8673
Open daily from 5:30pm
This was a very enjoyable experience. A bit more restaurant-like, classy and expensive than your average Vietnamese suburban restaurant joint, but Bay Tinh does have some great food.
- Crispy Pancake – Banh Xeo Authentic specialty pancake filled with prawns, pork, bean sprouts and served with salad, pickles and fish sauce. 14.5
- Stuffed Tofu – Dau Hu Don Thit. House’s specialty – Golden fried tofu stuffed with premium minced pork, black fungus and vermicelli, served house made tomato sauce. 18.5
- Pork in Caramelised sauce. 24.5
- Bay Tinh’s Famous Ballotine of Chicken – Ga Rut Xuong. This dish is the house specialty. The recipe and method for creating Ga Rut Xuong remains a secret known only to Bay Tinh’s owner who prepares the dish himself. The chicken is deboned in a very precise way, stuffed with a delicious mixture including minced pork and fragrant spices. The chicken is then slow cooked to develop the delicious flavour and tender texture before baking. Served with a rich plum sauce and sesame. Quarter 18.5 Half 28.5
The crispy pancake was pretty impressive, the pancake is indeed thin and crispy. It comes in a meat (pork and prawn) (which is in the entree section) and vegetarian option. Both are $14.5. The meat was succulent and well cooked, beansprouts added texture and bursts of freshness, and the sweet/sour sauce goes beautifully. The ingredient which wasn’t listed on the menu which I think tied the whole dish together was the mung beans layer on the bottom half of the pancake. It gives the dish some depth, soaks up the sweet/sour sauce and binds the ingredients together. I would definitely order this again and again.
Next the stuff tofu. Again enjoyable. Could be a bit sweet for some, but I really liked it, particularly the black fungus which gave added texture.
On to the pork in carmalised sauce – YUM. This dish looks very simple as it comes to the table. But the sauce although it is a fairly watery consistency, has a lot of flavour packed in it. The pork was succulent, juicy and melt in your mouth. Great dish.
Last but definitely not least was the boneless stuffed chicken. Now when it arrived a the table, it looked nice, but the stuffing looks quite a similar colour to the chicken… so I was wondering if this ‘stuffed’ part was going to live up to it’s hyped description on the menu… but it does. wow, really unexpectedly I think Bay Tinh packs so much flavour into the stuffed section of this boneless chicken dish. In the ‘fragrant spices’ it is definitely fragrant, and there is one spice in particularly that I can’t put my finger on, which is just beautiful. The sweet plum and sesame sauce complements the dish so well. Well worth trying.
The only downside is the amount charged for tea and rice. $2.50 for Chinese tea and $2.50 for rice, so you cop an extra $5 per person additional charge. I am probably more accustomed for middle of the range local restaurants charging about $1.5-2 for tea and $2 for rice, so I do think they charge a bit more than the norm for this considering the restaurant bracket they are in, with paper table cloths.
All in all a nice experience.
Value for money: 7/10
Overall Score: 30/40