Author: Thang Ngo

Pork Rolls: a complete list of ingredients

Banh mi thit ingredients – a complete list… Readers have been asking about the ingredients that go into a Vietnamese banh  mi thit, or pork roll. Thanks to the folks at Vinata’s, noodlies, Sydney food blog and TN Films can reveal all the mouthwatering components that make pork rolls Sydney’s tastiest and best value food. There’s a new pork roll price war in Cabramatta, combo deals, multiple packs, free mini pork rolls – it’s fierce! Prices range from $2.80 to $4.50 for the standard pork roll, arguably Vietnam’s best known food. While the taste is sky high and prices...

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Merrylands with Taste Food Tours

From Afghanistan to Persia. A three course fine diner will set you back more than a three hour cultural and food adventure through Merrylands with Taste Food Tour. Merrylands reminds me of Cabramatta decades ago; vibrant, intriguing but off the radar to the rest of Sydney. We venture here once every couple of months and have visited some eateries; Aaboll Ethiopian and Mazar Afghan. Thanks to an earlier Taste Food Tour, we’ve also experienced Kabul House and foraged through Ryyan Supermarket. Today, thanks to Tony Hollingsworth and the folks at Taste, I’m back for round two. Check out noodlies, Sydney food blog’s...

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Cheers on Bridge, Korean, Lidcombe

Spicy, sweet, oily and cheesy – what’s not to like?! A heady, sensuous korean dish that’s sure to please, and be remembered for a while. Don’t know if it’s the pizza colour palette, the glistening twinkle of shinny oil, or the gooey cheese stretch, just be warned – heads will turn when this dish hits the table.  This is our one of our favourite dishes, Korean chicken marinated in gochujang (chilli paste) but dialed up to the max. They’ve added extra chilli because it’s much spicier than usual. But it’s the layer of melted cheese you’re likely to notice first...

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Quan Huong, Canley Vale, Vietnamese

Finding outliers can be so rewarding Noodlies, Sydney food blog reckons this eatery succeeds despite being in the middle of nowhere. Or is it because it’s in the middle of nowhere? If you’ve driven to Cabramatta from the east and take the well worn short cut that locals use, chances are you’ve driven past Quan Huong (fragrant) Vietnamese Restaurant.  The eatery is just off the Hume Highway on Landsdown road, you know, the Maureen Motors turn off (hasn’t that dealership been around for decades!). Quan Huong is immediately to your right, next to the liquor shop, the only other...

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Five lessons learnt from 17 years of blogging

Thought about starting a blog? The longer you wait, the further you’ll fall behind, personally and professionally. I started writing online content in 2000 out of necessity. As a newly elected local government councillor, I felt having a blog/website was the most effective way to connect with constituents in the Fairfield Council area. It was a pragmatic decision, and one that has had a profound effect on my personal and professional development. Back in those days, I used MS Frontpage, a clumsy program to create and maintain a website. Through trial and error, I learnt the basics of building...

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