The great thing about living in Sydney is one need not go overseas to have a fill of different authentic cuisines. I've shown you different areas of Sydney Metro that has Koreatowns and I've also written about Chinatown. This time, let me bring you to a gastronomic tour of Cabramatta, Sydney Metro's Vietnamtown.
Located in the Metro South West, Cabramatta is Sydney's Little Vietnam. Although there are restaurants that offer different cuisines, majority of the establishments here are Vietnamese. A short walk from Cabramatta Train Station to John Street and you'll find a long avenue of restaurants and shops. This is where you can have a glass of Iced Vietnamese Coffee at Cafe 86 or have some Pho at Pho Viet and Tan Viet.
In a bakery called Viet Hoa Hot Bread, we chanced upon the Banh Kep or Pandan Waffles. Sweet, fluffy and soft. Perfect when eaten hot and fresh.You will see a few establishments with Sugar Cane Makers. Fresh Sugar Cane Juice made only when one orders. They're refreshing and healthy.
We went to Eastland Supermarket for some fresh produce and rice cakes. It's a bigh store full of Asian products. Outside the store are fruits that liven up the place.
You can also find sliced and packed fruits should you want the convenience just eating it right away.
Vietnamese delights such as desserts, rice cakes, nuts and jelly cakes on take away containers.
We went inside one of the laneways of John Street and found more stores. One store offered cooked dishes for take-away. They looked delicious but I didn't buy them when we where there. I swear though that next time I had the chance I will definitely buy us some of these.
Tim Tim Cake Shop (Shop 16, 105-107 John Street) sells simple but delicious cakes of different flavours such as Sesame Roll, Green Tea Roll, Pandan Roll, etc.
Other than food, we went thru some of the shops but spent more time at a video store that sells DVDs of Asian dramas. Of course we gravitated towards the Korean dramas haha.We were so full from all coffee and lunch we had at Cabramatta so we just bought a few desserts to share with our relatives. We got rice cakes, bean cakes and a Taro Roll. I also bought a pack of sliced Green Mangoes.
In the coming days, I will share with you the Vietnamese restaurants we've eaten at Cabramatta.
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