I caught up with a friend for lunch a couple of weeks ago in Cabramatta which is kind of the midway point for us to meet between Parramatta and Macarthur. I wholeheartedly trust her to choose a great restaurant with delicious food, and this time at Que Huong was no different. My friend suggested Vietnamese pancakes…. I said, why not?
The restaurant isn’t very aesthetically pleasing but looks can be deceiving. I didn’t mind that we had to sit in the middle of a long table shared by a few other people or that there was only one tissue box to go around when the chilli attacked my senses.
When a plate of leafy greens followed by a small bowl of chilli sauce and then a large folded over omelette arrived, I was instantly intrigued. My friend walked me through the steps of how to eat the array of food before us and I had my first lesson in how to eat Vietnamese pancakes a.k.a Banh Xeo.
How to eat Vietnamese pancakes
1. Use a large piece of lettuce as the base
2. Add some mint leaves to the lettuce
3. Cut off a portion of pancake with your chopsticks and place into the lettuce mix
4. Fold the lettuce leaf in half and then fold up the other sides so the filling is enclosed
5. Dunk it in chilli fish sauce
6. Take a big bite!
It’s a bit messy but a lot of fun to put together and it tastes really good. And with all those greens it’s fresh and healthy too. The pancakes are crispy and filled with prawns and shallots and bean sprouts.
I love getting my hands dirty and trying new dishes from different cuisines and having a friend who can interpret and pronounce what’s on the local menus in Sydney’s multicultural districts like the south-west is super handy
Where is it? Que Huong Restaurant
Shop 16, 70 John Street, Cabramatta 2166
When was the last time you tried a new food? Did you enjoy the experience?