Posts Tagged ‘vietnamese’

Great Aunty Three, Enmore

You can smell the sweet enticing smell of cinnamon and carmelisation wafting down the street. After purchasing supplies at Alfalfa House, we wandered across the street to investigate. I only meant to get a coffee. But then I stepped across the threshold. The smell hit me, and I was a goner.

We ordered a bowl of beef pho ($8), a caramelised pork belly banh mi ($6), and Vietnamese drip filter coffee. You can get the bread roll sandwich with lemon grass chicken or carmelised pork belly.

The banh mi arrives first:

Banh Mi

The roll is scattered with sunflower seeds and laden with coriander and shredded pork belly. The bread was oozy and melty with the sauce from the pork belly.

Here is the bowl of beef pho (pho bo) :

Beef Pho

Such a shame I don’t have smell o vision.

It smells heady and sweet. But not like a beef based stock. After some discussion, it turns out it is primarily beef stock with a little chicken to add sweetness.

The broth itself is light. Sweet. Not too salty. There is a little plastic dish of hoisin and chilli sauce, but I find that the pho does not need it. The pho is now available everyday.

I have never had much success with my coffee dripper purchased in Richmond Victoria. Tighten the clamp too tightly, and the hot water barely gets through and result is sour and unpleasant. Too loose a seal, and the water flows too freely and the result is watery and weak. Here is a lesson on how to do it properly:

Vietnamese Coffee

The Vietnamese drip filter coffee smells fruity and sweet. The contrast is the taste – it is very bitter and aromatic from the condensed milk. The choc wafer roll is the perfect foil.

On this day, co-owner Michael Le is working on making a fresh version of those sticky vietnamese sweets. Can you imagine three colour drink, but flavoured with pandan leaf proper rather than the lurid green stuff in a small vial?

Worth a return visit!

Great Aunty Three Vietnamese
Mon – Thu: 1000 – 1500
Fri – Sat: 0900 – 1700
Sun & Public Holidays:1000 – 1500
(02) 9519 2886
Street: 114 Enmore Road, Enmore 2042


Miss Chu’s, Darlinghurst

The delivery vehicles for Mother Chu’s state in a mock Asian accent: “You Ling, we bling”.

misschu courier

I find this a bit offensive considering that the guy behind the counter is Caucasian. I do like the delivery bicycles though.

There is a range of rice paper rolls to choose from, but having limited stomach room I decide to go for the duck and banana flower, which is $9 for two, a $1.50 surcharge on the other rolls such as pork and green mango. The guy reaches into the fridge and pulls out a ready-to-go pack.

misschu duck

Banana flower is usually a deep purple colour. I cannot see any purple in the roll. It has an interesting shredded ‘fluff’ in one portion, I think it may be pork floss. The duck meat itself is rich and satisfying, however I find the roll itself quite plain in taste and texture.

Usually I gobble these things down without any sauce, but today I find that I need to use the entire bottle of sweet/sour dipping sauce.

I’ll be back to try the duck pancakes and the rolls with green mango. If I can find a uniform of the nearby school SCEGG’s to wear, I’ll even get 5% discount off my bill!


Miss Chu’s
150 Bourke Street
Sydney NSW 2010
(Near William Street)
1100-2130, 7 days

Pho Pasteur, Blacktown

pho pasteur by A Sydney Foodie
pho pasteur, a photo by A Sydney Foodie on Flickr.

Pho Pasteur in Chinatown, Sydney is well known. It is where local Vietnamese go to eat in order to feel at home because what is on the menu is, and the decor is plastic, the food is cheap and the staff are rude and abrupt.

Personally, I prefer Gia Hoi which is next door. There seems to be a lot more variety, it appears cleaner and the staff are friendlier.

The local paper indicated that Pho Pasteur had opened up a branch in Blacktown near the cinemas, within the shopping complex. It’s funny, because they moved into a shop recently vacated by another Vietnamese restaurant who had moved onto street level.

There was a text menu and a photographic menu; good in theory, but when the photos are the size of a 20c piece, it doesn’t help much. The prices were higher than in town, and higher than expected for suburbia.

We ordered beef noodle soup (pho), hot and spicy beef and pork soup, and steamed gai lan (Chinese broccoli) with oyster sauce.

There appeared to be a few teething troubles. One table ordered spring rolls. None of the waiting staff had explained to them that you use your lettuce leaf as your ‘plate’, and wrap it around the spring roll to eat. They had felt confused by the lack of personal plates, and so were using their teacups as tiny bowls. Another table had trouble attracting the attention of the waiting staff. Instead of the kitchen saying: “This dish is for table 6.”, the servers were wandering around until they found a docket which had a similiar item on it, and plonking it down. That’s how our broccoli ended up in the table next to us, and they didn’t know any better, so they ate it. This is a shame for the restaurant because that represents lost income.

Our noodle soup arrives. Traditionally, hot and spicy noodle soup arrives with a giant plate of shredded cabbage and purple banana leaf, or purple cabbage if banana is not in season. Not this time. I have no cabbage, lettuce or mint. I have to scavenge my greens from the bean sprouts and mint intended for the beef pho.

The broth of both soups is good, but there is a severe lacking of noodles. We had ordered the regular size, since that normally satisfies. It appears that because they offer both extra noodles ($1) and a large bowl size, the hank that went into our bowls was 1/3 the normal size. There were not many noodles that I could hunt down to eat.

We left the restaurant feeling strangely unsatisfied. The manager behind the till tut-tutted when we told her about the missing vegetables and went to check with the kitchen and waitstaff. Hopefully the difficulties we had we our meal are just initial teething troubles.

Pho Pasteur

Shop 4001A

Westpoint Shopping Centre “on four”

Level 4, Patrick Street Blacktown

open daily “till late”

(02) 9622 1621

Review: Pho 76, Green Valley

Apparently this place is quite famous for students of the local high schools. We were just looking for a place to host our Christmas lunch, so we came to Pho 76 to sample the menu.

Pho 76 is a little Chinese & Vietnamese resturant as part of the Green Valley Plaza. They also have a sister store as part of the Wetherill Park shopping centre, but I am informed that the original is the best.

The place is decked out with a red feature wall and chandeliers. There are
booths along one side of the wall, which is where we are seated.

We order:
Pho Bo (Beef Noodle Soup) $9.00
Bun Cha Gio (Spring roll vermicelli with Beef) $10.00
Muc Xao ot/Ran Muoi (Salt and Pepper Squid) $12.50
Mi Xao Don Thap Cam (Combination Crispy Noodles) $10.50

I get the spring roll vermicelli, even though it isn’t on the menu (it is at
Wetherill Park Store). The noodles are fat rice noodles instead of skinny
mung bean vermicelli rehydrated with hot water. The sauce is a weakened sweet chilli sauce which gets thick, sweet and cloying so that by the end of my dish it gets too much and I can’t finish it.

The salt & pepper squid is springy in texture, the batter having become slightly soggy whilst cooling down. It is served on a bed of crispy noodles, the only vegetables are the shallots which have also been deep fried.

The combination crispy noodles offer a good mix of flavours, and my colleague enjoys it immensely.

It turns out that I have been flavouring Vietnamese Beef soup incorrectly all these years! Instead of tasting the broth, then adding fresh lemon juice, fresh chilli, mung bean shoots and herbs to taste; You are supposed to get a sauce dish, and mix half hoi-sin sauce and half chilli sauce. You then proceed to add some to your soup, and then dip your beef into this sauce mixture before consuming. By the end of the pho, you’ve run out of sauce! I tasted some of the broth before this mixture was added, and it was flavourful and complex.

Tasty and cheap. Recommended.
Pho 76 Chinese and Vietnamese Restaurant

Shop 18a, Green Valley Plaza
178-193 Wilson Road
Green Valley 2168
(02) 9826 7676.
10.30am-9.30pm, 7days

Review: Viet Pork Rolls @ Sutherland Hot Bread Shop

Sutherland Hot Bread Shop

Sutherland Hot Bread Shop

I discovered this place a few years ago when I was mad with the mountain biking and adventure racing, and the Royal National Park was a favourite haunt for such pursuits.

Sutherland Hot Bread Shop

Don’t be fooled by the rival shop on the other side of the road which is open later on the weekends.

I have found this place to be the best place for the Vietnamese snack: the pork roll, even beating the much lauded Hong Ha in Mascot. Hong Ha’s pork roll I have tried, and I do agree that the queue goes out the door and down the street on a weekday lunchtime. I also agree that the bread rolls there are very crispy. But I found the ‘special sauce’ was applied too liberally, it was very dark, and the bottom quarter of the roll got soaked through and was inedible.

So being in Sutho recently gave me the excuse to visit my old haunt.

Vietnamese Pork Roll $3.70:

Pork roll from Sutho

Of course, I got this with the lot. The roll was slightly chewy and crunchy, the combination of flavours good, and there was even tomato slices included. The sauce was light, didn’t drip too much, and the pate was ever so more-ish.

Another classic Vietnamese snack that the bread shop stocked are the pork and prawn vermicelli rolls: $4.50 for three:

Pork and Prawn Rice Paper Roll

Rice Paper Roll

The rice paper pastry is soft, the filling contains loads of vermicelli, mint, coriander and pork, and whole prawns. It comes with a small tub of hoisin sauce with a light sprinkling of chilli throughout.


There are some places I have noticed that very sneakily slice the prawns in half to cut costs. Thankfully, not here.

What looked interesting as a place to revisit is the Flora Street Coffee Shop, situated just next door. This place was buzzing right up until close at 5pm on a Wednesday night, and they have freshly roasted coffee beans for $9 for 200g-ish I think.

Sutherland Hot Bread Shop
141 Flora Street, Sutherland
Open 7 days.
(02) 9545-2651