Day two… I was blessed to have my Uncle and Aunty take my boyfriend and I around the tasty town of Cabramatta. The snacks, drinks and restaurants are embedded in my memory and if only there was such a thing a smell-a-blogging, you would understand why.
Dong Ba – Bun Bo Hue ( Spicy Beef and Pork Noodle Soup) $8.00
If you love Bun Bo Hue, there’s only one place to go for it in Sydney. Dong Ba. At any one of their branches you can hear slurping noises from all the happy customers as soon as you step into the store.
Bun Bo Hue is a Vietnamese noodle soup. The broth is mildly spicy, with flavours of lemongrass and other herbs. A good broth should be boiling for hours with bones, mainly beef.
Dong Ba’s Bun Bo Hue soup is so aromatic from the hours of stewing broth, and you can really tell by just looking at the colour of the broth. The toppings on their Bun Bo Hue include slices of pork, beef and Cha Lua.
Cha Lua is like a Vietnamese meatloaf or ham.
Condiments for Bun Bo Hue ( Spicy Beef and Pork Noodle Soup)
The condiments which you can add to your soup includes lemon, beanshoots, lettuce, red cabbage and mint. Adding the condiments to your soup will give it a bit more texture and flavour.
Dong Ba – Bun Bo Hue ( Spicy Beef and Pork Noodle Soup) with Condiments
The final result after adding some condiments and a bit of chilli. A balance of salty, sweet, sour and chilli with lots of meaty flavour. Simply amazing.
Dong Ba – Thit Bo Luc Lac (Shaking Beef) with Extra Fried Egg $10 approx.
Thit Bo Luc Lac is also known as ‘Shaking Beef’. It’s marinated cubes of beef served with red rice. I love this dish most when the beef is cooked to a perfect medium. I also love it with a fried egg.
The ‘Shaking’ refers to the cooking method which is shaking the wok as you cook the beef. That’s all.
Entry into Cabramatta
Kaysone sweets specialise in anything from containers of snacks, honey toffee vegetable chips to drinks and shakes. A must stop not matter how full you are.
Honey and Toffee Vegetable Chips $4.00 for 100g
My absolute favourite chips are the Taro Chips with Honey Toffee. The chips are kept warm and crispy, they are then covered with lashings of their honey toffee. It’s worth getting your hands sticky for.
Banana Sticky Rice $2.20
I bought a Banana Sticky Rice with Coconut to take home since I couldn’t eat it all the time. When I got home it was still warm. The sticky rice was fragrant from being wrapped in the banana leaf and had a few charred marks which were delicious. Topped with coconut milk and crushed nuts this was a perfect dessert or snack!
Asian Drink Station
There are a lot of places who have these stations all around Cabramatta. The idea is that you choose the ingredients you want, and they make a drink out of it.
My Boyfriend’s Shake
He picked strawberry, jackfruit and mango, which is then blended with condensed milk, crushed ice and sugar.
Your choice of 8 selections for $4.50, I chose Lychee, coconut cubes, jackfruit, omega 3 seeds and a mix of jellies. It is then topped with sugar syrup ,coconut milk and shaved ice.
Banh Kep (Coconut and Pandan Waffles) $1.50
My favourite flavour of waffles. Biting into the waffle, there’s strings of coconut in-between fluffy light batter.
Nem Nuong (Grilled Pork Skewers) $2 approx.
Don’t let the the pink colour throw you off. These lovely pork patties are like an asian rissole. Chewy, peppery and tasty.
More Custard Puffs $4 for Small $5 for Large
I bought a small container.
Yellow Dragon Fruit $9.95 a kg
I thought I’d better include a picture of a fruit to appear healthier.
Red Lea Hot Chicken
On one side of Red Lea they sell their farm fresh poultry, and on the other side there are warmers of fried chicken, bbq roast chickens and other goodies. Kind of like a before and after shot.
Red Lea Warmer of Deep Fried Goodies
We shared a box of the spicy chicken chippies and they were amazing. In the background, a tray of chilli powder hot chips. If only I had a unlimited stomach space.
The Best Sign in the World
What more can a girl ask for?
Red Lea Fried Chicken
The best thing about Red Lea is not only is the qaulity of the chicken and flavours amazing , but the pieces are separated so you choose exactly what you want! I’m a thigh girl myself.
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