Miss Van’s Street Food in Canberra

by Rosemarie John on November 12, 2015

Miss Van's Street Food

If I were to be asked, where my favorite place to eat is in Canberra? It isn’t hard for me to choose. It would be Miss Van’s Street Food!

Why? Because, I grew up in a multi-cultural country where food was an integral part of social/cultural integration; Vietnamese, Thai and Chinese cuisine were available at every corner you turned and Miss Van’s offerings have been the only dishes that have tasted very much to what I used to eat in Kuala Lumpur.

While my heritage is Indian, being Malaysian-born entitles me to a very different palate. Mine is a palate that can’t accept not eating at least four different cuisines in a week. For instance, I simply cannot do a whole week of Indian, Chinese, Malay, Mexican, Australian or Italian food. It has to be a mixture of various cuisines in order for me to function properly. Yup, I’m weird that way.

Miss Van’s has captured my heart… no wait, captured my stomach… oh you know the saying…. ‘a way to a foodie’s heart is through her stomach’? Haha, I can’t believe I just said that. I have been eating at Miss Van’s since 4 months now and while I may have repeated a few dishes, my favourite so far has got to be the Hainanese Chicken Rice (which is currently a ‘specials’ dish and not on their menu permanently. Oh how I wish it was!

The other aspect of eating at Miss Van’s is the location. I just love the laid back feel of dinning outdoors without having the need to frock up. I must add that in Malaysia, Hainanese Chicken Rice and Pho are not considered street food. It is actually considered proper sit down lunch or dinner meals. But hey, I’ll go with street food considering I do sit on a tarmac at Westside.

Joseph’s favourite restaurant at Westside is Daana, which serves the best Medhu Vada, Dosa and Biryani he’s ever had in Canberra. I shall leave that for another post. Meanwhile, here’s a look at what my adventures at Miss Van’s looks like.

My Vietnamese Iced #coffee and lemongrass chicken and rice from @missvansfood at @westsideacton #Canberra #food

A photo posted by Rosemarie and Joseph (@travelnbeyond) on

I just got transported to Malaysia, where I grew up, where Hainanese Chicken Rice was at least a twice a week affair! I remember always asking for extra coriander leaves from the stall owner and he would generously add it for me. These memories were brought on by @missvansfood Hainan Chicken Rice, this week’s special! The poached chicken in pandan broth and coriander and ginger pesto is my idea of a perfect dinner! Thank you guys for making my day! It was so delicious, I will have to have it again! #tastecanberra #canberra #canberraeats #thiscanberranlife #sofranksocial #all_shots #australia #australiagram #delicious #foodie #food #foodporn #getinmybelly #igers #igfood #igaddict #instafood #instayum #travelblog #yummyinmytummy

A photo posted by Rosemarie and Joseph (@travelnbeyond) on

Miss Van’s is located at Westside, 3 Barrine Dr, Acton ACT 2602.

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Paula McInerney February 12, 2016 at 7:58 am

Have to come back to Canberra soon, and explore more of the food trucks. I am about to have breakfast, but suddenly cereal is not cutting it.
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Evelyne CulturEatz February 12, 2016 at 12:04 pm

Wow that looks like the most amazing food truck ever, everything looks delicious! I am so with you in the food variety department.
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Denise Browning@From Brazil To You February 12, 2016 at 12:11 pm

Whoa! All these wonderful Asian dishes made my mouth water…


Serina Huang February 12, 2016 at 10:00 pm

I like a good Hainan chicken rice as well. It’s surprisingly hard to get right – I assume Miss Van’s nailed the rice as well as the chicken? Thank you for sharing your favourites. It will be a compass for the next time I go back there.
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Krista February 13, 2016 at 4:29 am

What a great place! I love comfortable places to eat where the food is fabulous and unique. 🙂
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Anna @ shenANNAgans February 13, 2016 at 8:39 am

I think of you and I immediately think of Miss Van’s, and vice versa. Haha. 🙂 All your amazing photos and updates have burned into my brain… Must eat Miss Van’s, must eat Miss Van’s. So, next week I am off on a cheeky date with my bestest for some of this deliciousness.
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Amelia February 13, 2016 at 12:48 pm

I love Vietnamese food so much and Miss Van’s is one of my favourites too! Great photos 🙂
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Elissa February 13, 2016 at 4:01 pm

I can’t believe I haven’t eaten there yet, it looks very tempting!


Eileen | The Food Avenue February 13, 2016 at 4:08 pm

I LOVE Miss Vans! The best banh mi in Canberra by far 🙂


Holly February 15, 2016 at 3:37 am

This food looks so good. My eyes must have communicated with my stomach, because it growled.


Tandy | Lavender and Lime February 15, 2016 at 6:10 pm

Everything looks amazing and I so want to make my own Vietnamese Iced coffee 🙂
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