Published on 23 November 2021
Jerry Mai, Melbourne’s authority on modern Vietnamese and owner of street food sensation Phở Nom, has announced a three-month summer residency at Tucks Wine. If you don’t travel by chopper, this is your cue to make for the freeway immediately.
Mai and her team will be cooking at the idyllic winery on weekends from now until the end of February, with the focus on the charcoal grill and the meat above in a menu that champions Peninsula producers like Torello Farm, Main Ridge Bakery and Peninsula Fresh Seafood.
What does Vietnamese barbecue mean, exactly? With Mai on the tongs, you can expect Dromana Bay mussels in black pepper sauce and Vietnamese mint, grilled octopus skewers with lemongrass sate butter, and tamarind lamb ribs with cucumber, tomato and mint salad and prik nam pla, to name but a few options.
Wines come, naturally, from Tucks, with cider and local beers from nearby Jetty Road and Montalto.
Picnic blankets and chairs are encouraged; bookings are not. Hop in the car and beeline for the Mai-nia.
Bia Hoi summer residency at Tucks Wine, weekends from Saturday 27 November – Sunday 27 February, 37 Shoreham Rd, Red Hill South, 03 5989 8660, www.tuckswine.com.au.
By Frank Sweet
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