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Banh Cuon Ba Oanh

Stop by this Illawarra Road Vietnamese spot for its expertly made signature dish.
By Grace MacKenzie
July 13, 2022
By Grace MacKenzie
July 13, 2022

A clear sign of a great place to feast is a short menu — there's not a lot of choice, but it's a good bet that what is on offer is top notch. To see this theory in action, head to Banh Cuon Ba Oanh on Marrickville's Illawarra Road. The tiny Vietnamese corner spot is signposted with its sunshine-hued walls, hanging baskets and long lunchtime lines. And it specialises in a singular dish: banh cuon.

The dish consists of thin rice noodle — made in house — filled with mince and wood-ear mushroom, then folded into delicate parcels. Banh cuon cha que ($11) sees the filled noodles served alongside fried cinnamon pork, fresh herby greens, dipping sauce and housemade fried onions.

Want to pump it up? Adding a $3 serve of extra cha que (fried cinnamon pork) or a $3 hit of thit nuong (grilled pork) is a very sensible choice.

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