Known as the second Vietnamese shopping/eating destination in Sydney behind Cabramatta, Bankstown is a good place to go to if you want to avoid the nasty weekend parking in Cabramatta. I frequently visit Bankstown on the weekend as it's only a 20 minute drive from the south when I'm craving for Pho or Bun Bo Hue.
Dong Ba is a Vietnamese Restaurant located in Bankstown with three other stores in Cabramatta. It's cheerful, full of locals and that's a sign it is pretty good. They're well known for their 'Bun Bo Hue' which is a spicy beef noodle soup. They also have many other dishes that are available but may not be the best but standard tasting.
Beef bones and beef shank are simmered with lemongrass for many hours with shrimp paste then added later on to form Bun Bo Hue. For those that haven't tried it, it has an acquired taste with unusual ingredients but it is a dish I definitely recommend for those who haven't tried.
The prices have increased since the last time I was here. Last year, the Bun Bo Hue was $7 dollars but it has now increased to $9 dollars which is still pretty decent considering the large portion.
The 'Bun Bo Hue Spicy ($9.00)' comes out steaming hot with vermicelli noodles, thinly sliced beef shank, pork cake, two slices of pig knuckle and one chunk of congealed pigs blood topped with onions and spring onions. A vibrant side of vegetables including bean sprouts, cabbage, mint and lemon wedge arrive at the table and can be added according to your liking. Refreshing and tasty. Great dish for the colder days.
The 'Com Dam Dac Biet ($10.00)' which is also know as special broken rice with pork chops and shredded pork comes with a egg cooked sunny side up. The pork on this occasion is marinated in lemongrass and then fried. This is eaten with the fish sauce. A side soup is also included. D finds this very standard and not that great compared to the one's he has tried in Cabramatta.
A good place to go to if you're in the area for authentic Vietnamese food.
2/296 Chapel Road South
Phone no: 02 9708 0327
8am till Late