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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Hung Vuong, Cabramatta

cha gio spring rolls

I had a friend in high school who used to mortify me with her favourite indulgence. Avocado shakes. Yes. That's one sentence.

And sugar.
Condensed milk.
Cow's milk.
And lots of ice.

I was horrified.

But I'm older now. More mature. And I'm a foodblogger. It could only mean one thing…

Hung Vuong

We headed out to Cabramatta for some snacking action at sentimental dessert house favourite Hung Vuong.

drinks menu

There's an entire catalogue of fruit drinks for the thirsty sweet tooth. Iced brewed teas and iced milk teas are only $3 with flavours ranging from lychee, kumquat lemon and paw paw, to taro, red bean and kiwifruit.

If you like your drinks a bit thicker, fruit shakes, smoothies and frappes are $3.50 and include the usual flavours plus exotic jack fruit, custard apple, durian, carrot, green tea and pennywort.


And then there are the layered tropical icy drinks, a pick-n-mix of Asian sweet stuffs topped with shaved ice, a ladle of evaporated milk (sometimes coconut milk) and a squirt of bright red strawberry syrup. In Malaysia it is known as ice kacang, the Filipinos call it halo halo, the Vietnamese know it as che [number] mau, the number indicating how many varieties of sweets are contained within.

che 7 mau
Che 7 Mau $3.00
7 choices drink

avocado shake
Sinh To Bo $3.50
Avocado shake

I only had eyes for the avocado shake, and surprisingly, it was quite good. The avocado flavour is intense, like a thick liquid avocado ice cream. It's incredibly rich though, and about halfway I start to feel a little queasy. It's tasty though, and I plough on, sucking desperately towards the bottom searching for more.

Pandan waffle with sticky rice
Pandan waffle with sticky rice $2.50

There's a huge selection of boxed meals and desserts out the front, so we snack on sticky coconut rice as well as pandan waffle stuffed with rice as well. Glutinous rice is steamed with coconut milk and coconut shreds then tinted with food colouring in intense shades of orange and green.

sticky rice
Sticky rice $2.50

There's an order for a pork chop with fried rice

Com Duong Chau Suon $8.50
Combination fried rice with pork chop

and a plate of cha gio for Snacking: Round Two.

cha gio spring rolls
Cha gio spring rolls $6.00

The spring rolls take an eon to emerge from the kitchen (about twenty long painful minutes when the pork chop only took ten) but they are golden in colour and fresh from the fryer.

They arrived accompanied by traditional Vietnamese partners of lettuce, mint, grated carrot and nuoc cham.

lettuce and herbs
Lettuce and mint

nuoc cham
Nuoc cham dipping sauce
Fish sauce, water, lemon juice, garlic, sugar and chilli

Take spring roll, wrap in lettuce and mint, dip in nuoc cham and eat.


cha gio in lettuce

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Hung Vuong
65 John Street, Cabramatta, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 9723 7270

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posted by Anonymous on 7/26/2006 11:58:00 pm


  • At 7/27/2006 3:38 am, Blogger barb said…

    I love your blog not only is it educational but very pleasing to the eye with your photo's. Now having said that most eat with their eyes first, I know I do. When sayin, say avocado shake my mind immediately conjurs up guacamole. Good for you for trying it.

  • At 7/27/2006 5:31 am, Blogger tytty said…

    hi helen,

    i must point out though that malaysian's ais kacang has no coconut milk. we use evaporated milk.

    < : - tian

  • At 7/27/2006 6:10 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hi Helen, Great post. Loved the bloggers special as well! Question - I am not too familiar with Cabramatta, but would like to do a 'grazing tour'. I don't really fancy the idea of driving there, unfamiliar terrain etc. Is there a fairly reliable guide, apart from those organized tours? Ever had Simone and Martin tagging along on one of your sojourns there? If so, they can be my guide! Thanks

  • At 7/27/2006 8:17 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Thanks again for having your site make me extremely hungry here at work. I really do appreciate it. :-)

    I love reading your site & just looking at the pictures! aggh I love food!!!

  • At 7/27/2006 9:25 am, Blogger ragingyoghurt said…

    those pandan waffles look amazing!!

    i am still unsure about the avocado shake though. me, i would've gone for the jackfruit. mmm...

  • At 7/27/2006 6:06 pm, Blogger thanh7580 said…

    I had been making avocado shakes for years, even before the shops started selling them here in Melbourne.

    Cabramatta is such a great place for cheap Vietnamese/Chinese food when I used to live there.

    Now I live in Springvale in Victoria, also great for Vietnamese/Chinese food. In fact I think the quality here in Melbourne is even better than in Cabramatta now after I recently went to Sydney. The service is definitely better and cleanliness is 10 times better here. All the restaurants here now sell avocado, jack fruit, lychee, custard apple (mislabelled since its really sour sop that they use) shakes. My all time favourite, which just beats avocado shake, is durian shakes. Mmmmm so pungent and delicious.

  • At 7/27/2006 7:02 pm, Blogger Food For Life said…

    Great food blog!

    The avocado shakes are seriously great. And soo easy to make as well.

  • At 7/28/2006 10:09 am, Blogger Veruca Salt said…

    I'm glad I finally plucked up the courage to try the avo shake.

    All those wasted years thinking they were super gross.

  • At 8/20/2006 11:34 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    avocado shakes are also a filipino favorite. my papa doesn't even run it through a blender. just mashes it up and mixes it with milk and sugar in a bowl. and lots of shaved ice. yum.

  • At 4/25/2009 1:45 am, Anonymous Grace said…

    Argh this place looks fabulous! pandan waffles and sticky rice and soo many wonderful ais kecang toppings.......... *no idea where this restaurant is but must go*

    I wish I could subscribe to your 'bakeries and sweets around sydney' dropdown menu

  • At 4/26/2009 12:09 am, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Grace - Ahh this place is great - it's on the main street of Cabramatta. And lol, you can subscribe to my rss feed but no bakery feed as yet :)


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