19 June 2014
Pork Roll Round Up ~ Vietnamese banh mi - Redfern and Waterloo
Along Botany Road in the heart of Redfern starting near the sculpture 'The Bower' and down to the studios near FBI radio at Waterloo are at least four hot bread bakeries selling banh mi.
We tried them all out using a simple set of rules:
1. Ask for a pork roll and only a pork roll. No chicken, meatball, fusion or 'specials'.
2. Different types of pork are allowed, including pulled or roast pork if that's all they do.
3. If asked for chilli say yes.
4. No variations, even if it means tomato or loads of lettuce added.
Terry's Hot Bread
First up at the top of the strip is Terry's Hot Bread.
While the roll is crisp, there is a swirl of sweet of mayonnaise added at the end that gives a creaminess to the salad rather than mixing in with the pate layer. $4.50 for a pork roll here.
Terry's Hot Bread is technically on Cope Street, but you'll see it as you step out from the train station walkway through to Botany Road.
5 Cope Street Redfern. Ph 02 9318 0980.
Stay on this side of the road for a walk down Botany Road toward Eddy's, a classic working bakery with lamingtons, hot pies and other lunchtime essentials.
The pork roll here is a classic. Good crisp roll, plenty of fillings, generous pate and mayo and great value at only $4. Always happy with a strip of pickled radish, something other rolls often miss.
Eddy's Bakery is at 11 Botany Road, Waterloo, next to the IGA. Ph 02 9319 0409.
Daily French Hot Bread
Heading down into Waterloo is the last of the old time bakeries.
Although there was a little bit of sneaky lettuce in this roll, it still had good crunch and fillings. A generous shake of pepper is visible in the strip of green onion. $4, which seems about the standard price around this street.
Daily French Hot Bread is at 39 Botany Road Waterloo. Ph 02 968 8136. This bakery has been around so long their signs haven't been updated with the extra '9' added many years ago to Sydney phone numbers.
Waterloo Hot Bread
The last along the strip is opposite Abbot's Hotel on Raglan Street, a small newer bakery that serves a good roll. They do lovely bright lemon tarts and raspberry jam tarts too, at around $1 a pop.
While all you might see straight up is carrot, there's a good wedge of roast pork in there. Again, $4.00 for this lunchtime wonder sandwich. There's a bain marie of love in this bakery with hot meatballs and chicken pieces you can throw in for a bigger lunch.
Waterloo Hot Bread is at 136 Raglan Street, opposite The Rag Land cafe.
While it doesn't do pork rolls, the Wild Cockatoo Bakery across the road from Daily French Hot Bread does a great line in after lunch cakies.
P.T Crown Bakery
A no signage bakery tucked deep inside a side street store. Thanks to reader Eloise who spotted this place.
Eloise described the rolls here as 'soggy' and we can only agree. Besides a not so crispy bun there's also tomato and lettuce, it's quite a salad fest. The fish sauce juices dribbled all the way down the arm, so be prepared for a clean up afterwards. At $4 it's not too pricey.
The bakery does do a wonderful little neenish tart for $1.50, the base is crisp and the pink and chocolate brown top is icing sugar sweet. Grab one when you get a coffee at the uber cool Scouts Honour next door.
P.T Crown Bakery is at 116 George Street Redfern.
Vietnamese Healthy Rolls
Away from the train station area in the heart of the Little Lebanon on the very border of Redfern and Surry Hills is a Vietnamese roll shop doing a good line in pork rolls and noodle soups.
The roast pork in this roll was incredible, a big wedge of pork that made it more of a hearty protein fill with good seasoned greens. While it was pricier than an average roll at $6.00, the price reflected the quality of the ingredients.
Vietnamese Healthy Rolls is at 573 Elizabeth Street Redfern.
Round up completed ... or is it? Any we have missed?
For more rolls, we've been mapping where we eat on a Pinterest board on banh mi in Sydney. So much pork, so little time to try them all.