With Vietnam as its heartland, you will leave delighted that you ventured out of the CBD, with this food guide to Cabramatta in your pocket.
I had the pleasure of indulging in a foodie guide with the one and only
, Instagram extraordinaire, first generation Vietnamese and subsequently raised in the suburbs surrounding Cabramatta (fondly known as Cabra, by the locals). I too also grew up in the area, and looking back didn’t realise how culturally rich it was until I came back to eat up a storm.
45 minutes on a train from the city centre of Sydney, and you are transported to little Vietnam. The street is hustling and it's sure to give you a rush - from the market sellers, to the sound of the surrounding Vietnamese twang, and the wafting street food -it’s good, real good.
Use our map below, for your guide to Cabramatta, match up the numbers with our top picks and treat yourself to a slice of South East Asia in Sydney’s backyard.
1. Pho Tau Bay - 12/117 John St Cabramatta NSW 2166
We started off, as most do in Vietnam with a big bowl of Pho, from Pho Tau Bay. This place has made quite a name for itself, some claiming it to be “the best pho in Sydney”. For this reason, you may have a bit of a wait and you can expect to share tables, but it’s definitely worth the wait.
2. Eastland Supermarket - 109 John St Sydney NSW 2166
3. Tan Viet Noodle House - 2- 3/100 John Street
Vinh assures me that the crispy chicken here is the best in Cabra, and judging from the line, I trust him. Succulent with a secret spice batter which makes for the perfect crunch, and dipping sauces until the cows come home. Go here for some good bird!
4. A&A Cakes - Hong Kong Shopping Plaza
5. Viet Hoa Hot Bread - 2/100 John St Cabramatta NSW 2166
A pork roll shop, which is open 24 hours, yes you read correctly 24 HOURS. This place is cheap and cheerful and although it doesn’t serve what we consider to be the best roll in the area (more on that later) - it sure is convenient for the locals in replacement of the traditional kebab run.
6. Cafe Nho - Belvedere Arcade
7. Red Lea Chicken - 57 John St Cabramatta NSW 2166
8. Thu Phung N-49 Park Road Cabramatta
9. The Hot Bread Shop - 9/44 Park Rd Cabramatta NSW 2166
10. Peaking Duck - Cabramatta Freedom Market (Enter through Dutton Lane)
If you are still feeling peckish, a small little shop tucked under the Cabramatta Freedom Market, has you covered. The store has no name (that I could decipher at least), but we will call it peaking Duck for the sake of argument. Get hot sticky peeking duck here, and any other part of the animal you feel like- pig trotters, chicken feet, hearts these guys have got you covered. Perhaps not to everyone’s taste, but the duck is finger licking good.
I hope you have enjoyed the tour of postcode 2166 - Cabramatta. Be sure to let me know if you make it out to discover the taste of Asia. Another big thanks to Vinh, for showing me around and making sure that I ate at the best places.
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