SINCE the temperatures are reaching Mekong Delta levels it somehow seems appropriate that the ToM is craving sriracha-infused Saigon Summer Salad (pictured). Viet Shack is a source of many delights from arguably South East Asia’s finest cuisine – bahn-mi baguettes, spring roll – and their own twists (chilli dogs and lemongrass chicken burgers).
From his tiny takeaway base in the Arndale Market Nelson Lam has proved a stalwart of the Manchester street food scene, winning the ‘Cheap Eats’ category in the 2016 Manchester Food and Drink Awards, while spin-off project next door Fusion Lab is up for (the more PC) ‘Affordable Eats’ this year. Both offer fast food with a healthy, additive free approach.
Now comes, announced via social media, the inevitable step-up to Viet Shack’s first restaurant in Ancoats – the new indie frontier. Lam and Co are taking over the old Squid Ink site, next to Kettlebell on Great Ancoats Street. Follow @vietshack to follow developments. “We will keep you all updated but also promise to keep up the humble food with good happy vibe," their last Tweet said. bring on that salad.