For those who are sick of BLTs or cheese and gherkin sandwiches, there is a lunchtime option that really packs a punch. Bánh Mì Thit, literally meaning meat bread and often referred to as a pork roll, meat roll, or Vietnamese roll, is a delicious lunchtime meal that is gaining popularity in Australia. We know you can find them all over the place, but we want to know where we can find the tastiest and most flavourful meat rolls in all of Sydney.
These Vietnamese delicacies aren't to be confused with 'cold rolls' another Vietnamese dish. They are a French Vietnamese fusion consisting of a crispy bread roll, meat, paté, mayonnaise, coriander, and vegetables. Traditionally you'll find carrot and cucumber inside, as well as a good dose of chilli, but it also isn't uncommon to get some pickled radish. Unfortunately some places feel the need to add tomato and lettuce as fillers, but for an authentic taste avoid these if you can.
In Vietnam bánh mì is traditionally sold on the side of the road, but in Sydney you're more likely to find them in Vietnamese bakeries, or in dedicated roll shops. Thankfully they are still cheap, ranging from about $3.50 to $6.00. A very popular store for grabbing some rolls is Hong Ha in Mascot. You'll pay around $4 for a roll, and it is fresh and packed full of flavour. If this is your favourite place then you'll know they are so popular that they'll sometimes draw a line, so keep it in mind next time you're satisfying a craving.
If you're into the Vietnamese rolls, but like them a little different, then you could be a fan of Summer Rolls. As well as offering grilled lean pork, you can also choose from chicken breast fillet, BBQ steak, sweet chilli tuna, or vegetarian salad. They don't necessarily churn out traditional rolls, but at least they taste great. Taste Baguette are another place that still have delicious rolls, but keep them a bit different from what you'd find on the streets of Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City.
The fact is, there are so many pork roll, meat roll, Vietnamese roll, and bánh mì stores out there, that it can be quite difficult to choose one to visit for lunch. So let us know where you've found Sydney's best Vietnamese roll, so that others know just where to go.
By leah. - reader Monday, 29th of August @ 03:40 am
Marrickville Pork Roll
By janel8 - reader Monday, 29th of August @ 04:55 am
HONG HA! Mascot
By elena23 - reader Monday, 29th of August @ 03:52 am
By sarah153 - reader Monday, 29th of August @ 05:19 am
Redfern Bakery just passed the IGA on Regent Street
By jessi86 - reader Monday, 29th of August @ 05:57 am
Flourland in Liverpool
By envre - reader Monday, 29th of August @ 03:52 am
Lotus Story in Sydney Olympic Park.
Best thing to happen to that place since the womens 400m final.
By andre1 - reader Monday, 29th of August @ 04:55 am
You can't beat Cabramatta. Price is always the best and the people actually are Vietnamese - so they know what they are doing. Across the road from Cabramatta station on the west side is a really good one, the bread shop next to woolies, all of John Street.....the list is endless in Cabramatta!
By amy_b - reader Tuesday, 30th of August @ 10:20 pm
Agree, Hong Ha
By toves - reader Monday, 29th of August @ 04:19 am
The best Vietnamese pork roll take-away by far is Bay Ngo in Bankstown Old Town Plaza. Do yourself a favour and try this place out.
By klequ - reader Monday, 29th of August @ 12:41 pm
Parade Hot Bread in West Ryde. I've tried nearly all the bread shop in Cabramatta and nowhere has the Banh Mi Thit like the one in West Ryde, near the chemist & opposite the train station. I bought it for my Vietnamese friend to try and it's voted the best one so far.
By elast - reader Wednesday, 7th of September @ 04:38 am
Ashfield bakery on liverpool Rd
By keega2 - reader Tuesday, 30th of August @ 12:04 am
There are a few Vietnamese places in Epping, have a look there.
By Cornelia Deller - senior reviewer Monday, 29th of August @ 04:13 am
Neutral Bay - in Rangers Rd near corner of Military Rd
By geoff43 - reader Monday, 29th of August @ 04:47 am
Definitely Hong Ha in Mascot - at lunchtimes there is ALWAYS a queue, even on week-ends. I have been going there for over 15yrs. They also had a shop in Hurstville but sadly they had to close due to new bus interchange!
By Lynette - reader Monday, 29th of August @ 05:26 am
Pho @ Maroubra Junction. The best Vietnamese outside Vietnam
By b5650 - reader Monday, 29th of August @ 10:42 am
Hong Ha Bakery, Mascot
By Anonymous Tuesday, 30th of August @ 10:31 pm
The one in Mascot does do very tasty rolls!
By Bec Ninness - senior reviewer Wednesday, 31st of August @ 01:27 pm
By cpwor - reader Tuesday, 6th of September @ 05:58 am
Defintely Summer Rolls on Elizabeth St Sydney in Foodbase on Park
By alena0 - reader Thursday, 8th of September @ 01:33 am
A bakery on Hughes Street, Cabramatta - hands down winner! It's close to the Park Street intersection. (a few shops towards the train station) Try it :)
By spewg - reader Thursday, 8th of September @ 10:24 am
UNSW has two Vietnamese places that sell the rolls for either $4 or $4.50. They make a wonderful, cheap and tasty meal. I’m surprised that there are ones for even cheaper than at the university. I wish I knew what the sauce on them was called.