We identified My Street Food by the line of office lunchers snaking out of the door and onto the footpath. It sits on the same block of shops as the Quest Woolloongabba, on the busy Logan Road. There are a few other takeaway sandwich places nearby, but this was far and away the most popular. Fortunately for would-be patrons, there is off-street parking available undercover, and free of charge for retail customers. The decor is faux replica country (for want of a better description), with a couple of bench tables outside done up to look like the push-carts used by roadside hawkers, a little wooden awning over the front of the serving counter, and the menu items stuck on boards that resemble street signs. Seating is mostly counter-seat style inside the shop.
Despite the lines, service is very efficient, and people quickly get served with their food. Your order is taken, you get a number, and not long later, your number is called, either in a loud voice or over their loudspeaker, and you get to collect your food. Food-wise, they do a few items with variations on the theme. You can have banh mi, rice paper rolls, or vermicelli salad. They also have a rotating weekly special. It was pho today, but has previously been other items like fish cakes and crispy pancakes. Having had crispy pancakes in Vietnam, I think I will have to return when they serve them here. We tried rice paper rolls and banh mi. We had initially gone for the rice paper rolls with prawn and pork, but on the advice of the service person at the counter (said that was the most often ordered, but also quite ordinary), changed our order to the rice paper roll with spicy lemongrass chicken. The rice paper rolls have the lovely transluscent, supple skin you expect in a rice paper roll, showing off the ingredients packed into it. Vermicelli rice noodles, sliced carrots and cucumbers, and pieces of the marinated meat. With it, you can have either fish sauce or peanut sauce to dip.Thoughtfully, the two rolls are separated in the pack by a vegetable leaf, so the skins don’t stick and tear when you try to take them out.
If you have the banh mi, be prepared for crumbs to go everywhere as you bit into the crunchy-skinned roll. We had the classical triple pork roll, and the M.S.F. lemongrass pork roll. The triple pork roll was at least as good as those you get elsewhere. The lemongrass pork roll though, was the standout. Definitely have this one on your visit. You can taste the background of flame-grilled smokiness, and herby lemongrass freshness up front. Get a little bit of chilli with it for a bit of a kick.
The people in line do have it figured out. My Street Food is a place to visit for some tasty food at a god price.
Price point: $6-$7 for banh mi. $6 for rice paper rolls (2 in a pack, with dipping sauce). $9-$10 for vermicelli salad.
Address: 130 Logan Road, Woolloongabba
Phone: 07 3161 9380