June 19, 2010

Eating Tour in Cabramatta

For me one of the best things about living in Sydney must be the large variety of cultures and cuisines it has to offer. Today I joined a few food bloggers on a tour around Cabramatta, guided by Amy and Betty who are both locals and know the area like the back of their hands. The amount and variety of food available is just mind blowing: food is everywhere and everyone seems to be there mainly for the food. I was absolutely fascinated by everything I tasted and saw today. I can't help feeling like I have just spent a day in another country!

Here's what we ate and saw in Cabramatta.

When you're in a Vietnamese area, you can't go past pho. This was my first ever pho with rare beef, beef briskets, beef balls & beef tendons. So very tasty and warming.

Some street snacks: Nem Chua is Vietnamese cured pork with pork skin, chili, garlic and mint.
Such an interesting texture and flavour.

Small savoury dish with egg, prawn and spring onions - Very oily, but so soft and delicious.

Fresh durian
Avocado and durian smoothies pured thick and mixed with ice and condensed milk. I quite liked both of them, but probably couldn't have a whole lot of either.

Banana blossoms

The local ladies selling their home made dishes

More fresh produce

Loads of fresh fish and other seafood, and so cheap it's unbelievable!

Colourful cakes

Vietnamese cakes and desserts, 3 for $5!

And a selection of desserts I came home with... A bit sweet for my taste, but so colourful and fascinating!

Pandan waffle, look at that colour and yum, I could have these every day!

Small custard cakes were fresh and still warm.

How popular is this place?

The locals know where the food is good...

and this crispy chicken was absolutely delicious! The best I've ever had. No doubt about it.

And there is a wide selection of drinks available, like these ones: the egg yolk milk & soda was my favourite and the drink with beans and pearl barley was definitely interesting!


A popular Vietname & Chinese Fast Food Shop

Condiments at Tan Hung Vuong

Banh Hoi Nem Nuong: BBQ Pork sausage on vermicelli noodles topped with crunchy peanuts. Those sausages were so tasty!

Banh Cuon: Steamed noodle sheets with pork mince & wood ear mushrooms

Umm, guys are you sure there is a restaurant there?

Oh well what do you know, there is one!

Duck leg with egg noodles at U.E. Chinese Restaurant

Beef with egg noodles - The beef was so tender and tasty

What an amazing, unforgettable day. Thank you so much Betty and Amy for showing us your suburb and thank you to all others for coming along!


  1. Nice one Maria! I am astounded that you posted this so quickly. It was a fantastic day and I am surprised how fast it flew by. Hope to do this again at another suburb!

  2. ooh ive always wanted to try the egg yolk milk and soda! is it sweet?

  3. Amy: Yea I can't wait for the next one!!

    Suze: It is sweet, but not overly so :)

  4. Hi Maria!
    Thank you for this post. I've been meaning to go to Cabramatta and eat lots of good food for a while now, so this is gonna help! If you intend to go back one day, let me know :-)

    Do you already know Thang's blog? www.noodlies.com
    He knows his stuff too about good eating spots in Cabramatta!

  5. Lovely post. Great memories from our day!

    And you were telling me that you weren't a good photographer. Those photos are ace!

  6. You are one fast lady! I doubt I'll even start on my photo's today. What a great day we had, so much good food and street snacks and how funny was that sign at the toilets?

  7. Great tour & really enjoyed the food. Nice to meet everyone. Mr K

  8. Great round up!! Always love reading posts about cabramatta!

  9. Fab photos Maria! I'm really glad I came out with you guys, it was good to be surrounded by fresh eyes.

  10. That toilet sign - was that at Tan Viet? (The crispy chicken place) lol! =D

  11. I could eat pandan waffles everyday too! Love them and love Cabra! Great to hear you that you had a great experience :)

  12. i should really pay a visit to cabramatta !
    the cured meat thing looks interesting, do you eat it as is ?

  13. Monica: Yea you can eat the meat straight like that!

    Angie: Yes, Tan Viet :D

  14. I love Cabra - it's fantastic isn't it? The produce is so fresh, the turnover is fantastic and the prices are dirt cheap! What's not to love?

  15. Where is that restaurant down the alley?

  16. Betty's Cabramatta tours are fantastic! I really enjoyed it when she showed us the area :)

  17. Nem Chua! I love this so much! Tan viet always has a line but so worth waiting for :D

  18. Hi! I just got your comment on my blog and I had to come visit - and BOY and I glad I did! My bf's Finnish so I have an instant affinity with you and hey we're from Sydney too!! (though stuck in London for another few months hehehe)... I LOVED this post on Cabra and you like durian? OMG we can totally be friends! I tried the Jansson's Temptation at a Scandi Smorgasbord last Christmas and thought it was a delicious potato bake hehe... anyway, catcha around on the web :)

  19. Betty is such a great tour guide especially when she shows people around her home town :) LOVE the food there alot!!!


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