Street Food Vietnam

Street Food Vietnam – author event with Chef Jerry Mai

Street Food Vietnam

On Tuesday 7 May, Melbourne chef, owner of the award winning restaurant Annam, and the immensely popular Pho Nom restaurants, and now  author, Jerry Mai will be joining us for the Melbourne launch of her new book: Street Food Vietnam.

Date: Tuesday 7 May
Time: 6.30pm
Cost: $10
Venue: Books for Cooks

Street Food Vietnam is Jerry’s homage to the food of her community, family and childhood.  As a chef, Jerry has had many influences working in illustrious kitchens including Dandelion, Ezard, Gingerboy, Seamstress, and David Thompson’s Nahm but it is her family heritage and the food of her Vietnamese childhood that is perhaps her biggest influence.

This is a wonderfully authentic book, from a chef at the top of her game cooking the Vietnamese food that Melbourne loves. 

Please join us for  some wonderful tastes, a cold beer, and  an intimate chat with Jerry Mai

About Jerry (in her words!)

I was born in Vietnam in the late 1970s, but in 1984 my family moved to Australia and I didn’t return to the country of my birth until 1992. I was 15 at the time, and the trip was completely overwhelming: the incredible smells, flavours, people and, of course, the crazy traffic!

It was my first introduction to Vietnamese street food, and I was immediately hooked. The streets were filled with food vendors selling endless dishes, some of which I’d never seen before. The smell of the smoke and meat cooking on those little charcoal grills lured me to the stalls and had me eagerly watching what was being cooked up.  The streets may have changed and modernised over the last 25 years, but many of the local street-food dishes have stood the test of time (along with a few flash-in-the-pans that have come and gone). Every year I visit different regions of Vietnam to try new food experiences, and I am never disappointed. As a chef, I find myself reinvigorated after each visit and inspired to recreate the flavours I discover on my journeys in new and unique ways.

Jerry Mai

About the Book (again in Jerry’s words)

This book is the culmination of my long love affair with Vietnamese food. It encapsulates the dishes that I dream of when I’m not in Vietnam, along with the food I love to make in my restaurants. Vietnamese food is the heart and soul of what I cook, and it’s a big part of what I love about my heritage.  Some of the recipes in this book are dishes I grew up eating at home. As a child, I would stand on a stool in the kitchen and watch my mum slave over the stove, whipping up amazing food for our family and friends to enjoy. If banh xeo was for dinner,
the house would be filled with the smell of fresh herbs and the sound of sizzling as the batter hit the hot wok. Banh xeo night at home was like playing musical chairs, as each person took turns to make the next pancake. I loved the hands-on nature of the dish and the challenge between me and my brothers to see who would make the best banh xeo!

Please join us for what will be a wonderfully warm and rewarding evening.  As always, we’ll be tasting a few recipes as well as chatting to Jerry over a Vietnamese beer or two.

Can I buy/pre-order signed copies of Street Food Vietnam?

Yes – copies will be available for signing and purchase on the night – $35.  If you can’t attend we can organise to post signed copies to you.  Postage (tracked & insured): Victoria $7.95; Australia wide $9.95; overseas we’ll quote.

I’ve already purchased the book – can I bring it to be signed

Well…to be honest…we’d rather you didn’t…we do these events to sell books. We subsidise our events by the sale of books on the night. We would prefer not to have to increase our event fee. If you did want to bring a book along for signing, please consider buying another book instore on the night to support our events.

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

As alcohol may be served, attendees must be 18+ or accompanied by a parent/guardian

 What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

If you have been to one of our events before, please note we have moved to the northern side of the Queen Victoria Market.  Our new address is 115-121 Victoria Street (next to A Shed)

We recommend public transport.

The 19, 20, 57 (Elizabeth St)and 55 (William & Peel St) trams go past the Queen Victoria Market and run frequently.  We are in the Free Tram Zone and are a short 50m walk from the Elizabeth St Queen Victoria Market stop and the Peel St Queen Victoria Market stop.  Melbourne Central and Flagstaff railway stations are two blocks away.

Parking restrictions apply in the Melbourne CBD until 8.30pm.  You can park on Queen Street near the corner of Victoria Street.  There are limited parking spaces on Victoria Street.

 Is my registration/ticket transferable?

Yes – to another person – just have them present your ticket on the evening.  

What is the refund policy?

Tickets are not refundable because it is a catered event but can be transferred if you can’t attend. 


 Please advise of any food allergies or intolerances.

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