Whether it’s their innovative rice paper rolls, vermicelli noodle bowls or their classic soup phở that you love, Roll’d is dishing out their latest noodle soup range this winter. Extracted from Roll’d owner, Bao Hoang’s mum’s (Phien Hoang) secret recipes, the traditional Vietnamese soups include the Bún bò Huế, Bánh Canh Cua and Mì Tôm Thịt.
The AU Review caught up with Bao Hoang who delves deep into his childhood memories, family history, philosophy and inspiration behind the new soup range and iconic brand.
One of Hoang’s favourite dishes and latest addition to the range is the Bún bò Huế also known as BBH. It is a spicy and tangy beef noodle soup infused with lemongrass and fermented shrimp paste with a smack of chilli oil. “Growing up, my mother would regularly make a giant pot that would feed us for 2-3 days. When I first tried BBH I actually didn’t enjoy it, but the flavours grew on me as I grew older. I don’t know what she does, but her broth and marinated beef are perfect time and time again.”
The Bánh Canh Cua which is translated to ‘cake soup’ has a thick seafood broth and is the perfect soup for seafood lovers which includes crab meat, fishballs, dried shrimp, tapioca noodles and a rich chicken broth. For pork and prawn lovers, the Mì Tôm Thịt is a thin egg noodle dish with chicken broth, pork belly and prawn.
As Hoang’s parents and older siblings migrated from Vietnam, they made certain to uphold their traditional Vietnamese recipes and bring them to Australia. “Food plays such an integral role in understanding and preserving culture. We’ve always known how good Vietnamese food is but growing up it wasn’t as prominent as it is now. My parents and older siblings came to Australia as refugees and carried many traditional recipes with them. I was fortunate enough to grow up eating steamy pho and fresh rice paper rolls daily. It’s these exact recipes and the flavours of home that my parents shared with us that has allowed the Roll’d menu to expand.”
With now over 82 stores around the country, Roll’d is continuing to expand further with 24 locations in the next 12 months. They are also releasing a Roll’d box Meal Box which is a ready-made kit filled with fresh ingredients alongside their secret family recipes delivered to your doorstep or picked up from any Roll’d store. “For us, opening Roll’d was an opportunity to share our culture and the fresh, vibrant flavours of our traditional cuisine. We wanted to reshape the image and make healthy and delicious food accessible to more Australians.”
For more information about their new soup range and Roll’d Meal Box head on over to Roll’d