By Two Sisters
Disclaimer: I received a batch of food from By Two Sisters for free, I have reviewed the products honestly and the opinions written here and photos are my own.
Recently I was asked “By Two Sisters” to review their food, they were going to send me samples to try. Plus it was a business selling Vietnamese food, how could I say no?
The “Two Sisters”, Thu and Thy provide ready to eat meals to your home or office, using recipes from their mother who cooked traditional Vietnamese dishes for them growing up. They believe in using fresh ingredients without preservatives.
You can order meals directly from their website www.bytwosisters.com.au and have it delivered to your door within 24hours; there is even a short clip on how to prepare your meal. Currently they deliver to the Melbourne metro area and a bit further afar, check out their site for more details.
My delivery included the following dishes:
Lemongrass Grilled Pork with Vermicelli Noodle Salad
Betel Leaf Beef with Vermicelli Noodle Salad
Vietnamese Beef Salad
Vietnamese Prawn Salad
The first dish I tried was the Prawn Salad. I opened the packet that contained the vegetables of carrot, daikon and cucumber. The vegetables were shredded beautifully, all uniform and the perfect size because they still retained their crunch. I added the remaining packets of prawns, dressing, herbs and peanuts. The herbs were Mint, Vietnamese Mint and Coriander. The dressing was not too sweet and quite balanced. I would have preferred an extra hit of acidity and chili but that’s just my personal taste. Overall the dish tasted fresh and had the textual components expected from a salad, crunchy and sweet.
All the dishes were very easy to assemble, my only issue was with the warm salad dish, the Lemongrass Pork Noodle Salad. To heat the noodles and pork according to the instructions on the packet you need to heat it in a microwave. Since I don’t own a microwave I decided to heat the noodles and meat in a pan which caused the noodles to be soggy and not springy as it should be.
So for the next dish of Betel Leaf Beef Noodle Salad, I went to my mum’s house to heat in the microwave according to instructions. This time I had more success, the noodles and meat came out moist and pretty near perfect. I was advised that the plastic used in the packaging is BPA free and microwave safe.
Overall I was impressed with the freshness and taste of the dishes, it is a healthier option than other home delivery services. Even though I the food is not organic, the vegetables are sourced fresh and they do not use preservatives which is why I would recommend this for those who do not like to cook or have no time to cook as a healthier option to junk food. The food is fresh and not frozen which retain more of the vitamins and minerals. The food is not watered down or bland and keeps the integrity of Vietnamese dishes.
It is an easy process to order online, have it delivered and assemble yourself within minutes. The prices are reasonable with meals starting at $7.95 to $12.95.
I noted that there wasn’t any vegetarian options available in the menu, which is a bit disappointing since these dishes could easily be adapted and cater for vegans, celiacs and gluten free diets. I hope there are plans for these options in the future.
Well with summer rolling around quickly, I think Vietnamese salads would be a great addition to your meal times. Instead of a stodgy pizza you could be clutching a bowl of two sisters finest.
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