Those of you who follow my blog know how much I love the enterprising old ladies of Cabramatta who brazenly sell their food and vegetables on the street despite the mean spirited crackdown by Fairfield Council.
One week it’s banh it, another I buy sam bo luong and another again, it’s nem. Well recently I went to get banh beo, small white pancakes with bean paste and prawn on top that you pour fish sauce over and devour. B ut do you think I can leave with just one thing, they cajole, they sweet talk, they appeal to my vanity, so I leave with four items… and they came to a grand total of $4! How could I resist.
And when I get them home, they make a gorgeous spread, I should have invited friends over, there was enough for an army.
I originally only went for the banh beo (below). And indeed they were delicious.
Then I was intrigued by some round dumplings that had mince and bean paste inside, also eaten with fish sauce. I’ve had these before and vaguely remember they may have originated from the north, but can’t remember it’s name. They WERE delicious.
Then the old lady next to the one I was buying from said I also had to buy from her, and so I had to out of politeness. So I got the fresh rolls (below), but these one contained bi, which is pork skin (it does taste very good despite my clumsy description).
So, so cool. I wish we had as many "old ladies" as you do! There are only a couple here in Footscray and they mainly sell little bunches of mint and various gourds. Thanks for the info on the banh it, banh beo and the stuffed dumplings. I have seen some before and never knew what they were called. I have been looking for banh beo for ages though and that was one thing I didn't know how it looked, so thanks again!
he, he, I am blessed, I do love the old ladies so… let me know if you can get your hands on banh beo and what you think of them, they should sell them at the counter of the Viet grocery stores
SCREW GROCERY STORES GET IT OFF OLD LADY !!
What an awesome spread, and all for $10! I love how they roped you into buying more than you were going to 😛
I live in Cabramatta but I’ve never taken noticed of the nooks and crannies of the suburb. Due to your post, I finally managed to try out the banh beo and it was delicious and cheap!
I should really take notice of my humble abode more often.
yeah they got nice food.. But i feel sorry for them .. last time i saw 2 cops forcing the grandma to stop selling ( no harm ) but she was crying not knowing exactly what the cops were saying but i think she got the message..
Its a shame to once again see the old ladies moved on. The council are absolutely cruel and are doing more damage than good