A quick but devine lunch of Banh Da Cua - crab soup - at Tra Mi Northern Vietnamese - Marrickville.
Shawn survives a stampede of pensioners at the Marricvkille Library book sale and celebrates with Vietnamese for lunch. The Vietnamese coffee here is a cracker - super strong, excellent.
#54 Banh Da Cua - $10. It's a huge serve and it's sensational. A thin, almost Chinese style broth, with delicious, lightly spiced crab cakes, fish cakes, veggies, and those devine little pork-mince-roll- wrapped-in-green-stuff-thingies.
The noodles in this dish are wonderful: flat, thick and brown in colour, taste a little wholemeal. The boss dude explains these are noodles only found in the the north of Vietnam. On the menu they are called red vermicelli.
Shawn returns another day for the prawn version - banh da tom - $10. A similar soup but with tasty little school prawns and pork. Simple and refreshing, the crab version is the more interesting of the two.
We've been loitering the Vietnamese joints of Marrickville for years yet we still stumble upon amazing dishes we've never tried. Love it.
Tra Mi Northern Vietnamese is at 275 Marrickville Road, Marrickville. Phone 9560 2032.
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