Don't be put off by the long line outside Hong Ha Hot Bread on Botany Road in Mascot, the wait is well worth it.
Hong Ha is home to the famous, yes that's right, these Chicken Rolls are famous throughout Sydney, with people travelling all the way from Cronulla to Mascot, just for a delicious fresh bread roll with a chicken breast filling and salad. The best part about these rolls, other than their tastiness, is the fact that they are only $4.50 and in Sydney paying less that $5 for any kind of sandwich is almost unheard of.
But back to these heavenly lunch delicacies, taking a bite into a Hong Ha chicken roll is like biting a crunchy yet soft roll that is full of flavour. The rolls are filled, or should I say overfilled, with Chicken breast, cucumber, tomato, lettuce, marinated carrots, mayonnaise, coriander, a secret sauce that I am convinced makes the Hong Ha Chicken Rolls that touch more tastier, and the option of chilli. There is a really great balance in textures and flavours that make this sandwich second to none.
If you're not a chicken-lover, Hong Ha Hot Bread has plenty of options on the menu, there are some delicious rice paper roll boxes that are reasonably priced; including Spring rolls, Ham Rolls, Pork Rolls, Tuna Rolls and the Meatball Roll, all prices under $5
The place isn't really known for the customer service or the glam factor of the bakery. Hong Ha is quite small, the staff are not overly friendly but are not at all rude. The bakery itself runs like a tight ship, there are about 6 people on service and pump out the rolls in less than 3 minutes. Don't forget to pick up a couple of bread rolls while you're there, they're reasonably priced and taste delicious.
These rolls can be enjoyed at any given time, but if your in a rush, get in early for lunch, as the lines can have you waiting for over 30 minutes. However, I have heard that large businesses in the area place large orders and get them delivered. My advice is get in early or just wait in line - believe me you won't regret it once you have a bite.