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Monday, July 22, 2019

Banh Cuon Ba Oanh, Marrickville

Banh cuon steamed rice noodle rolls at Banh Cuon Ba Oanh in Marrickville Sydney

Never had banh cuon? You need to. These silky rice noodle rolls are a traditional Vietnamese breakfast staple, usually cooked at little roadside stalls as swarms of scooters zoom past. The newly opened Banh Cuon Ba Oanh is about as close as Sydneysiders can get to the real deal. That includes a tiny kitchen cloaked in clouds of steam and squishy tables with ankle-high stools (no joke) that will test your flexibility.

The proof is in the banh cuon and Ba Oanh delivers - expect thin layers of house-fermented rice batter expertly ladled and steamed until soft and silky. Peer into the open kitchen and you’ll likely find Ba Oanh herself, family matriarch and restaurant mascot, in amongst the action.

Ba Oanh in the kitchen making her famous banh cuon at Banh Cuon Ba Oanh in Marrickville Sydney
Ba Oanh in the kitchen making her famous banh cuon

Banh cuon cha que steamed rice noodle rolls with cinnamon pork at Banh Cuon Ba Oanh in Marrickville Sydney
Banh cuon cha que $11
Steamed rice noodle rolls with cinnamon pork

Order the classic version ($11) of this Northern Vietnamese dish and your rice noodles will be rolled with a rubble of pork mince and flecks of crunchy black fungus mushroom. Dunk them in the sweet and salty nuoc cham fish sauce dressing and savour alongside slices of cha que (a pale baked pork sausage seasoned with cinnamon), soft herbs and deep-fried shallots.

Banh cuon thit nuong steamed rice noodle rolls with grilled pork at Banh Cuon Ba Oanh in Marrickville Sydney
Banh cuon thit nuong $11
Steamed rice noodle rolls with grilled pork

Alternatives include plain rice noodle rolls served with grilled pork ($11) or a soft set organic egg ($4).

Banh cuon truong steamed rice noodle rolls with egg at Banh Cuon Ba Oanh in Marrickville Sydney
Banh cuon truong $4
Steamed rice noodle rolls with egg

Banh cha quat grilled pork with vermicelli and salad at Banh Cuon Ba Oanh in Marrickville Sydney
Banh cha quat $11
Grilled pork with vermicelli and salad

Bring a handful of mates and you could easily order everything on the one-page menu. Continue the nood-fest with bun cha quat ($11), cold vermicelli noodles eaten with grilled pork, salad, pickles and nuoc cham, or hit up the sticky rice combos.

Yellow bean sticky rice with free range chicken at Banh Cuon Ba Oanh in Marrickville Sydney
Xoi trang hay xoi xeo ga chay bo $11
Yellow bean sticky rice with free range chicken

It involves glutinous rice either cooked plain or mixed with yellow beans and boosted with your choice of poached free range chicken or sweet braised pork with pork floss ($11 each).

Yellow bean sticky rice with braised pork at Banh Cuon Ba Oanh in Marrickville Sydney
Xoi trang hay xoi vang thit heo kho $11
Yellow bean sticky rice with braised pork, pork floss, onion and cucumber salad

Chao free range chicken congee with fried bread and pork floss at Banh Cuon Ba Oanh in Marrickville Sydney
Chao $11
Free range chicken congee with fried bread and pork floss

Free range chicken congee, a restorative rice porridge ($11) rounds out the menu. It’s a terrific version, savoury soul-reviving heartiness amped up with pork mince, pork floss, fresh shallots and crunchy slices of deep fried savoury donuts. Vietnamese locals are already loving this cheap eat addition to Marrickville. We reckon you will too.

Vintage metal chairs at Banh Cuon Ba Oanh in Marrickville Sydney
Vintage metal chairs

Entrance to Banh Cuon Ba Oanh in Marrickville Sydney


Banh Cuon Ba Oanh Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Banh Cuon Ba Oanh
343 Illawarra Road, Marrickville Sydney
Tel: +61 (02)

Opening hours
Tuesday to Sunday 8am-3pm; 5pm-7.30pm

This article first appeared in Time Out Sydney. Read this article online or read more of my Time Out Sydney reviews.


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posted by Helen (Grab Your Fork) on 7/22/2019 12:05:00 am


1 Comments:

  • At 7/22/2019 10:05 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    That's my kind'a food. Can't wait til the weekend...

     

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