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Everyone loves to travel, whether it be to the romantic boulevards of Paris, the rugged Rocky Mountains, or the bustling streets of Vietnam. Usually the fondest memories of any trip are wandering the streets by hoof and tasting the delicious delicacies – enjoying ridiculously good meals that don’t break the bank.

Rejoice! You don’t have to daydream of your favourite far-away food any longer; you can pigtail it up to Libertine for lunch and enjoy their new street food menu. The new dishes will take you back to the bustling streets of Ho Chi Minh City without the suspicious smells and a billion cyclists about to knock you over. Your palate will also be treated to a pinch of Paris, but the Libertine staff won’t turn up their snouts should you fail to pronounce “plus de fromage” in native tongue.

In true Libertine style, the plates are perfect for sharing with friends, but there are also some options for those pigs flying solo (or too hungry to share!), like the pork ball baguettes or traditional Vietnamese salad bowls.

Deep fried black pepper tofu – I encourage all the tofu sceptics to give this dish a go. You won’t regret it when you bite through that crunchy peppered batter to discover the silky smooth goodness inside.

Steamed Mushroom Dumplings – Don’t underestimate these cute little bundles of joy. Inside the neat little package you will find seven types of mushrooms glazed in butter, with a side of soy for dipping. Ah-maz-ing!

BBQ Pork Ribs – Get ready to get those trotters dirty. These fall-off-the-bone ribs are marinated in an Asian bbq sauce that makes me salivate at the thought of it, and topped with herbs and fried garlic.

Tempura Soft Shell Crab – Don’t expect those skimpy little bits of crab meat you find elsewhere here; these delicately battered crabs are huge and perfectly accompanied with wasabi mayo.

Crispy squid – Another sensation from the sea, with perfectly crisp batter covering the tender tentacles, teamed with grilled lime, chilli jam and garlic aioli.

Duck Pancakes – Duck pancakes are always a crowd favourite and these are no exception. The coriander and turmeric pancakes hug the honey-lathered duck to create perfect parcels you won’t want to stop eating.

You can head to Libertine to satisfy your street food cravings from 11:30am Wednesday through to Sunday.

The bitter: I work in city, so unfortunately can’t make the most of this lovely lunch during the week
The sweet: The ribs are to succulent, sweet and finger licking good!
The damage: You won’t be paying more than $20 for any of these delicious dishes!

Oink Oink,

Truffle Pig

Libertine – No. 5, The Barracks. 61 Petrie Tce. Brisbane – www.libertine.net.au

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