Great Aunty Three opened its doors to the public in late November 2014 and it has been stopping foot traffic on Wentworth Avenue with their signature gourmet banh mi rolls ever since. (Banh mi in its simplest form is a combination of French baguette and fresh Vietnamese ingredients).
First, we have to admit, $9 for a Vietnamese banh mi is fairly expensive compared to Chinatown's $4.50 or Cabramatta's $3.50 banh mi. However, when you compare with other lunch options in Surry Hills, a filling $9 lunch sounds relatively reasonable.
The filling was very generous and the pork was slow cooked for 12 hours until the flavour had soaked through and the texture was tender. The added pork crackling on top was just addictive and heightened the culinary delight of a seemingly simple roll.
Honestly, it was the most flavourful packed roll you can get. The bread was extra crunchy and the fillings were lip-smacking delicious. The addition of fresh, red chilli (optional) further elevated the flavour and every bite was an absolute treat. The delicate balance of sweet, salty, sour and spicy flavours was astounding.
We also ordered a Duck Roll "The Cabramatta" ($9), which contained succulent roast duck served on a bed of watercress & special duck sauce.
The freshly made baguette was crusty outside and light and soft inside. The generous fillings of juicy and tender duck in combination with fried onion, egg butter, pickled carrot and daikon (white radish), cucumber, coriander and hoisin sauce made this duck banh mi the ultimate foodie delight.
My friends devoured her crackling porkroll while incessantly exclaiming, 'OMG, this is so good!'. The duck roll was an instant hit with my other friend who wolfed down his roll and excitedly proclaimed that he would happily travel miles for a tasty lunch like this.
The rice paper roll were all freshly made, packed tightly with noodles, lettuce and herbs and your choices of tiger prawns, chicken fillet avocado, roast pork with granny smith apples, roast duck or soft shell crab.
They were absolutely delicious and I reckon they were a steal for $7.50.
On a hot Summer's day, a cold Vietnamese vermicelli noodle salad is always a wining option.
This grilled lemongrass chicken fillet noodle salad ($10) was loaded with mint, perilla leaves, carrots, lettuce, bean sprouts, fried shallots, crushed peanuts and fish sauce was just another sensational dish.
I wish the serving size is a bit bigger, as it was so delicious that I wanted more!