Amazing Laos food with a Vietnamese pandan waffle and a coffee at Cabra Cafe for desert. Add beer at the Townie in Newtown and you have a perfect Saturday afternoon.
It says at the top of our blog page that we are travel nerds, we really are. Today we catch a train to Cabramatta for a feed rather than drive, it helps us pretend we are on overseas holiday. Now that's travel nerdy.
We get off the Train an Cabramatta facing the daunting task of deciding where to eat amongst dozens and dozens of great street foodie restaurants.
We walk about 40 metres and see this place, Savann Thai and Lao restaurant. The menu is full of amazing Lao dishes. We have struck street food gold.
It's your standard hole-in-the wall restaurant. The owner is very friendly and helpful.
They have sticky rice - woohoo! It comes in a little basket just as I remember from my time in Laos many moons ago.
Also as I remember from Laos, dishes often come with a plate of fresh herbs. What a great way to eat.
Our first choice is Larb Dib: raw finely chopped beef and tripe with chili, shallots, roasted rice powder and lemon to squeeze over the top. Wrap it up in lettuce, mint and fresh cabbage. $7.50. Oh yeah.
Lao Pork Sausage. I didn't have these in Laos but they do remind me of Northern Thai or Chang Mai sausage, lightly spiced, very nice. $7.50.
Dipping sauce for the Lao Pork Sausages.
Dried beef. Also a taste sensation. It's like beef jerky, very chewy and cooked in a sweet sauce. $7.50.
Miss Chicken loves her googies so we try the 'Baby Duck Egg'. $2.50. The owner grins when we order it.
When we crack the top we realize what we are in for, this is that classic Asian street\bar snack of an egg with a semi-formed birdy inside.
That may sound disgusting, rest assured it looks disgusting.
There are feathers and as you can see above, a little duckie head. But it really is delicious, it tastes like a really 'eggy' egg, the strong flavour is tempered perfectly by dipping it into the salt/pepper mix. We have had this before in Vietnam and have developed a taste for it. We noticed that the locals often eat it slowly while nursing a beer.
Savann Lao & Thai Cuisine is at 5/2 Arthur Street Cabramatta. Highly recommended. Really highly recommend. Total feast of three dishes, duck egg, sticky rice and ice tea came to $25.
We have a wander round at get a swiss roll and a 'tiger' roll for laters.
Thanks Tim Tim Cake Shop!
And then we nearly wet our trousers when we find banh kep, Vietnamese pandan waffles. These are green with pandan goodness and light coconut kick. Oh my god.
One of my goals of the day was to find a Vietnamese coffee just like we had in Vietnam, as shown in this picture pinched from Wikipedia.
We couldn't find any but Cabra Cafe had the next best thing. The coffee is super strong, I mean really freaking strong, and super sweet. Just like Vietnam. It is frothy like it has been shaken and the glass is dense with ice. This stuff has a kick to say the least. The free pot of tea takes the edge off it.
Cabre Cafe is a lively place to have a coffee, seems like a very popular hang spot for local blokes.
There's nowhere like Cabramatta if you're after a sense of being in Asia without leaving Sydney, it's a great place to spend an afternoon. We head home stopping for a schooner at Newtown's beloved Townie. It's a wonderful life.