28 April 2019

Ho's Bakery & Cafe ~ Vietnamese \ Strayan - Sydenham

We salute Sydenham's local lunchtime saviour, Ho's Bakery & Cafe.

Along busy Unwins Bridge Road the food pickings are slim. Ho's Bakery and Cafe to the rescue, a corner bakery that does double duty as a Vietnamese restaurant and cafe. With big breakfast plates with bacon, eggs and hash browns, bowls of pho and dishes of broken rice and pork chops, what the hey have a pork roll as well and a custard tart for afters.

The menu above the counter shows off the selections. The shop is a working bakery, so there is takeaway bread and baked goods as well. The place doesn't stop the Saturday morning we are there, the small tables are turned over quickly, gangs of kids ride by on scooters and stop for cakes and burly tradies are making DIY bacon butties from the breakfast plates.

Pork roll - $5. Alison is a serious banh mi nerd and gives this one both thumbs up. The roll has a good crisp outer and the filling has good layers of cha lua, orange shred and fresh coriander.

Fresh and generous innards. Chunky pork bits, mmmm.

Pho - beef rice noodle soup - $11. Top shelf. The small size is plenty big. The broth is a not too sweet, and there's the option of adding chilli sauce and hoisin for a bigger flavour.

Spicy beef & pork noodle soup - $11. Also top shelf. The meat is a mix of beef balls, slices of beef, chunks of cha lua and a couple of wiggly tendon bits. The broth spice level is perfect for us, made all the better with a squeeze of lemon.

Ho's Bakery & Cafe is on the busy corner of Unwins Bridge Road and Railway Road, Sydenham.

Ho's Bakery And Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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