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Food Discovery Trip at Cabramatta

22 Jan

I planned a food discovery trip to Cabramatta and had a list of restaurants and food I would like to try, however this wasn’t a really successful one. I was planning to try the crispy chicken dry noodles at Tan Viet Noodle House, but it is currently under maintenance until 2nd Feb. I was also planning to try the doughnuts and fried banana fritters at Kaysone Sweets, but again the shop is closed and will be reopened on 25th Jan. I was pretty disappointed, but luckily still got to have some Vietnamese food.

After realizing Tan Viet Noodle House wasn’t opened, I was so hungry that I just randomly went into a restaurant, without trying to find the other ones recommended by many food bloggers.

Pho 54, Cabramatta

This restaurant is the typical kind of Asian restaurant, not too fancy interior and average service. The moment I sat down, I asked for the menu and the man just pointed outside, because they only have the menu on one of the walls, so I had to get up to check out their menu. I wasn’t too sure what to go for, so I just went for the first pho on the menu, which the man referred as Pho Special.

Pho Special

Pho special (AUD9.50)

The Pho Special was a combination of beef tripe, tendons, brisket and meatballs. For me, it was a pretty big portion. I would say it’s good, but not sure if it’s one of the best. One thing is note though, most of their customers were Vietnamese, so I guess it should be authentic and up to their standard.

It was so hot inside the restaurant, especially after having a big bowl of hot noodles and drinking some hot tea, so I was desperately searching for a cold drink. I was looking for a place called Hung Vuong to try their avocado shake, which was recommended by one of the food bloggers, but I couldn’t find it at all. During the searching process, I saw Viet Hoa Hot Bread, a place recommended for its Vietnamese roll. Of course, I couldn’t eat a pork roll after a big bowl of pho, so I went for their pandan waffle.

Pandan waffle

Pandan waffle (AUD$1.50)

The edge was crunchy; the inside was soft and chewy. I don’t really remember how pandan should taste like, so I’m not sure if it really has pandan flavour. At first I thought it was just like a normal waffle, but I actually finished the whole thing very quickly. It’s pretty good!

After the pandan waffle, I was still looking for a cold drink. I was wandering around, going in and out of the little streets and shopping centers, and came to Yummi Sweets. I have seen many people holding a cup of drink with the word “Yummi’ on the street, so I guess it should be pretty popular. It was also the only store I saw selling avocado shake, so I decided to give it try.

Avocado Shake, Yummi Sweets

Avocado shake (Small: AUD$4.0)

The lady put in a few chunks of avocado, some ice, some milk and something which I believe is syrup, gave it a quick blend, and voilà it’s done! It is very milky and creamy, with a hint of avocado flavour. At first I thought I couldn’t finish it, because it was very rich, but I eventually finished the whole thing. Try this if you like milk shake or something rich and creamy. If not, you can have a sugar cane drink, very popular choice among the locals.

Before I left, I also got some crumbed chicken thighs from Red Lea.

Red Lea, Cabramatta

The store is pretty big, one side selling fresh chicken, and another side selling friend chicken and chips. I heard that their chips are pretty good, but wasn’t in mood of having chips that afternoon, so I only got 4 crumbled chicken thighs.

Crumbed chicken thigh

Crumbed chicken thigh (4 for AUD$10)

Although they were cold the moment I arrived home, I found them pretty good. The skin, of course, was no longer crispy, but the flesh is still juicy. I would love a little bit of seasoning though, so I had to add a bit of pepper before munching them down.

Pho 54 (2/54 Park Road, Cabramatta, NSW 2166)
Environment: 7/10
Service: 7/10
Food: 8/10

Viet Hoa Hot Bread (John Street, Cabramatta, NSW 2166)
Environment: N/A
Service: 7/10
Food: 8.5/10

Yummi Sweets (Park Road, Cabramatta, NSW 2166)
Environment: N/A
Service: 7.5/10
Food: 8/10

Red Lea (Shop 57 John Street, Cabramatta, NSW 2166)
Environment: N/A
Service: 7.5/10
Food: 8/10

Restaurant Review: Menya Noodle Bar, Chinatown

25 Jun

I have seen a lot of blogs talking about Menya, so I decided to take my friends there for dinner. We chose the Chinatown store, because we were at Central Station. The location wasn’t that easy to find, as I thought it was exactly on Quay Street; however, it was actually on the other side of the shopping center. It would be easier to find the restaurant if you walk from Market City.

Tempura Udon

Tempura Udon (AUD$12.50)

Deluxe Mini Ramen Set

Deluxe Mini Ramen Set (Don’t remember how much it was exactly, I guess it was around AUD$13-15)

I didn’t really enjoy the Tempura Udon, because the soup was too salty, so I had to keep on drinking water when I ate the udon. Another thing was the tempura, many bloggers have mentioned that too, they should serve it separately, because the crispy batter is one of the main features of tempura. The tempura shrimp and a seafood mixture tempura (not sure what it should be called) were soggy when I ate them.

My friend and I both like the ramen more. The pork was so tender and the ramen was just right. The gyoza weren’t that good, I was expecting a bit more because I had a look at their website the night before and the picture of the gyoza there looks nice. However, the gyoza weren’t hot and weren’t crispy enough. The teriyaki beef bowl was different from what we were used to, because the beef tasted like 蘿蔔牛腩 (a Hong Kong dish, something like braised beef). Though it was different from what we expected, the teriyaki beef rice was good.

I guess I might give it another try next time, or try other stores too.

Environment: 7/10 (Need to share with other customers at their 2 long tables, not a place you can sit down longer and relax after your meal)

Service: 7.5/10 (I would say it’s nearly self-served, but the staff did help customers finding a spot to sit down after ordering, and bringing up the food to you)

Food: 7.5/10 (Was expecting a little bit more than that)

Overall: Not my favourite Japanese restaurant, like their teriyaki beef bowl and the ramen texture is good, but not their tempura.

Address: Shop TG8, 8 Quay Street, Haymarket, NSW 2000

Official Website: http://menya.com.au/