Eastwood, dubbed as an Asian food hub northwest of Sydney, offer such a variety of restaurants and styles in such small vicinity that it takes multiple visits to really appreciate the multicultural nature of the suburb. Although more famous for its dual Chinese and Korean strips aligning either sides of the train station, there are authentic Vietnamese restaurants in Eastwood littered across the entire food district.
Here are some absolute local favourites to try in a Vietnamese restaurant in Eastwood:
Pho – noodle soup
It’s a classic landmark dish in a Vietnamese restaurant in Eastwood, and a perfect winter warmer for a relaxed night out. There are many variations of the dish: beef tripe, beef balls, raw beef and beef brisket… However, they essentially contain the same staple ingredients: rice noodles, beef, noodle soup, bean sprouts and coriander. It’s something about the crisp freshness of the bean sprouts against the noodles which melt in your mouth that has the locals addicted. You really haven’t eaten proper Viet food unless you’ve ordered this classic in a Vietnamese restaurant in Eastwood.
Banh mi – pork rolls
Did you know that banh mi is actually French influenced? Originating on streets of Saigon, during the colonial era, the baguette roll is stuffed with marinated pork, carrots, onions, radish, cilantro and mayonnaise. A bite will warrant a sour, sweet and salty crunchy mouthful of the slaw and pork, all framed by the airy crumby baguette roll. This is a guaranteed hunger cruncher for the lunchtime munchies, and should be sold at any Vietnamese restaurant in Eastwood.
Ban xeo – sizzling cake
A lesser known dish that is nonetheless mouthwateringly delicious. It literally translates to ‘sizzling cake’, named after the sizzling sound it makes when the pancake batter is poured onto the hot pan. It’s a thin savoury crepe stuffed with shrimp, bean sprouts and pork, which is wrapped in lettuce and dipped into fish sauce. The flavour is a crispy and fresh crunch that is another lunchtime favourite in a Vietnamese restaurant in Eastwood.
Bun cha – grilled pork
One of the most popular dishes in Hanoi, capital of Vietnam, that is guaranteed to get your mouth watering when dished up in a Vietnamese restaurant in Eastwood. The dish features small patties of seasoned pork grilled over charcoal, noodles, lots of herbs and nuoc cham-based sauce. Recommended as another lunchtime dish, the freshness of the herbs will be a summer favourite.
Ga tan – chicken soup
A staple in any Vietnamese restaurant in Eastwood, and perfect if you’re looking for a winter warmer that is clean, hearty and soothing. It’s a chicken soup that has been rumoured to have medicinal value. A variety of vegetables and herbs are stewed with chicken, making it a nutritional and flavoursome broth.
A vibrant salad for the summer heat waves guaranteed to refresh your tastebuds. In a Vietnamese restaurant in Eastwood, it will come dished up with julienned carrots, unripe mango and onions tossed with mint and basil herbs. The sauce is a nuoc cham and and lime-based marinate that ties in together well with boiled shrimp and roasted peanuts for an extra crunch.
There you have it, a small compilation of unique dishes to try in a Vietnamese restaurant in Eastwood. To wash it all down, try an iced coffee, herbal tea or coconut water for a refreshing, rounded meal. You really don’t have to travel to Vietnam to get the authentic stuff – it’s right here in Eastwood.