Fresh soy milk.
It's the keen eyes of Speedy who spots it first, a nondescript shopfront but for the 6-foot tall raft of empty polyurethane bottles stacked by the door.
We have only just emerged from Rodriguez Brothers a few doors up, laden down with fresh chorizo and morcilla blood sausage and white anchovies and more, but we take one look at each other, grin and step through the door.
Fried tofu $2.00
$5.50 for three boxes or 1kg
The counter at the front at empty but we can hear plenty of noise down the back, a rabble of voices amidst a clatter of kitchen activity. A laminated menu of items in both Vietnamese and English is sticky-taped to the rear wall. The counter is bare but for a few bottles of soy milk and some plastic boxes of fried tofu.
A shop assistant hurries forward and helps us with our order. We both take some fresh soy bean milk ($2.50 for two litres). The milk is still warm in the bottle, and later when I try it at home, the milk is fragrant, slightly nutty and not overly sweet. It's a treat to have it whilst the milk is still warm.
Fresh tofu $1.70
$5 for 3 boxes or 1kg
I'm keen to try the fresh tofu and the shop assistant has to duck down the corridor again before returning with a tray. The two blocks of tofu are fresh from the steamer and hot to touch.
Fresh steamed tofu
The tofu is of the firm variety, more crumbling than quivery, and eating it warm enhances its subtle flavour.
Fresh tofu two doors down from chorizo and jamon heaven? This is why I love Sydney and its bountiful south west!
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477 Hume Highway, Yagoona
Tel: +61 (02) 9707 3239 (call between 1pm-5pm)
Open 7 days
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