A new American-style barbecue delivery outfit enters the running for best ribs in town. By Dana Filek-Gibson. Photos by Vinh Dao.
Across Saigon, barbecue has become all the rage. Beer halls, packed to the gills with after-work drinkers knocking back cold beers and tucking in to a host of grilled meats, dot every district, while a handful of trailblazers – most notably Quan Ut Ut – have cornered the Vietnamese market in addition to serving scores of hungry expats.
But for those who’d prefer to indulge in a spread of American-style comfort food from the comfort of their own home (and a pair of sweatpants), Sticky Fingers has answered the call. The delivery outfit has been dispatching bags of piping hot barbecue across town and drawing plenty of attention in the process thanks to its substantial dishes. Though the menu isn’t exactly extensive – no more than a few mains and sides – what Sticky Fingers does, it does well.
Lead into the comfort food with a hearty helping of pulled pork poutine (VND 95,000). This carnivorous variation on Quebec’s most famous dish swaps the cheese curds for pulled pork doused in homemade gravy to create a stick-to-your-ribs kind of meal. Cheese lovers will be pleased to know that the original is also available.
For a seamless fusion of sweet and savoury, The King’s grilled cheese sandwich (VND 95,000) is an unlikely combination. Thick, gooey slabs of cheese are accompanied by crispy bacon and sliced bananas, which add a surprising new element to this tried-and-true favourite. While bananas on grilled cheese are not exactly the norm, skeptics just might come around, as this extra ingredient lends itself well to the pre-existing recipe, with just enough variation to stand out among the other fixings but not so much that the savoury goodness of bacon and cheese are disrupted.
If, however, you order nothing else from Sticky Fingers, the pork ribs (VND 150,000) are an absolute must. A beautifully tender half-rack of American ribs, slow-cooked and swimming in the restaurant’s signature barbecue sauce, will undoubtedly result in Sticky Fingers’ eponymous condition, but meat this flavourful is well worth the mess. Add to the meal a side order of garlic mashed potatoes, coleslaw, french fries, pasta salad, corn on the cob or potato salad (all VND 30,000) and you’ve got a nice complement to a delicious, slow-cooked meal.
Sticky Fingers can be ordered online, either through its own website or via Vietnammm.com.
Tel: 09 06 39 64 61
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