It is said that Sydney is one of, if not the most, multicultural city in Australia. Walking along the streets of Sydney, you could easily spot 10 different nationalities within minutes. And that’s the beauty of this city, the place that people from around the world call home. Within the metro itself, there are various suburbs that are heavily populated with a certain nationality, such as Chatswood where you would find many Hongkies, or Eastwood where you would find mostly Koreans, or in this case, Cabramatta, which is the home to many Vietnamese. Taking the train to Cabramatta was around 40 minutes from the city, and once we alighted, we saw rows upon rows of shops with Vietnamese names, almost as if we were in Vietnam itself. Since it was time for lunch, I did some googling and decided to go to Tan Viet Noodle House.
The famous crispy chicken
We were taken aback when we reached the restaurant, for we saw a long queue waiting outside the entrance, and we were famished. Saucer decided that we should wait in line, just to see what the fuss was about. After about 20 minutes or so, we managed to get a table in the rather spacious restaurant. Service was prompt, almost too prompt, as we were attended by a waitress once we’re seated, even before we had a look at the menu! She came back within a minute, and we had to ask her to attend to other customers first as Saucer couldn’t decide.
Ice White Coffee ($3)
Many of the tables had the Iced White Coffee, so we decided to try one too. It turned out to be the right decision, for the coffee was thick, aromatic and packed with oomph. Our only gripe was that the coffee foam probably filled up half the glass, so we only really had half a glass of it to drink.
Saucer ordered the BBQ Pork with Egg Noodles, served dry. It was almost like the Malaysian version of wantan mee, except that this was served with a bowl of soup and bean sprouts. Most of the Vietnamese restaurants here would ask if you prefer cooked or raw bean sprouts, since some do not like the taste of the raw version. With the raw version, you could dip them in soup to a make it partially cooked, without losing the crunchiness. Coming back to the noodles, they were very springy and well-coated with savory sauce, making them slurp-ilicious. It was also served with plenty of BBQ pork, but Saucer thought them to be just average.
BBQ Pork with Egg Noodles ($10)
Springy egg noodles
As for me, I couldn’t resist ordering the crispy chicken that filled the restaurant with a pleasant aroma. My dish of Crispy Chicken with Tomato Rice also came with a bowl of soup, and a side of pickled vegetables. I didn’t care much for the vegetables, but the crispy chicken stole the show. It was not only a feast for the eye, but to the nose and definitely to the palate too! The skin was golden and crispy, while the flesh was juicy, tender and flavorful. If there’s only one thing you need to order from here, it’s the crispy chicken.
Crispy Chicken with Tomato Rice ($12)
Tomato rice with pickled vegetables
We shared the two dishes ordered and ended up to be stuffed to the brim! The portion was sizable, and the chicken served was huge and meaty. If you’re not in the mood for pho, this is the place to go for a bite in Cabramatta, without hurting your pocket.
The packed restaurant
Tan Viet Noodle House, Cabramatta and the continuous queue
Tan Viet Noodles House
100 John Street,
NSW 2166, Australia.
Tel. No.: +612 9727 6853
Opening Hours: Lunch and Dinner Daily