Review: Viet Hoa Hot Bread, Cabramatta

I may not know a lot, but I do know better than to ignore my cravings, especially when it’s for something as delicious as pandan waffles! As I needed to visit Cabramatta anyway (in search for a cheongsam for our Chinese wedding banquet later this year), I decided to skip breakfast that day and indulge in the food offerings at Viet Hoa Hot Bread, one of my favourite food joints in Cabramatta.

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The store isn’t much to look at, and the middle-aged women who run the store are more efficient than welcoming, serving you quickly and briskly without any smiles to spare.

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Sugar cane juice is one of my big indulgences, and what I like about the juice at Viet Hoa’s is that they mix in a little bit of orange/citrus juice – just enough to temper the overwhelming sweetness of sugar cane juice without diluting its unique taste.

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A small cup of sugar cane juice (with ice) is only $3.50. They’re also not stingy even if you choose the ‘ice’ option – the cup has a scoop of ice in it, but isn’t filled to the brim so you still get a generous serve of juice. You can choose the “no ice” option for an extra $1, but I quite like the way the ice cools down the juice and gradually waters it down a bit.

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This is what I’m here for though! The pandan waffles are only $1.50 each, and the blend of waffle mix, desiccated coconut and pandan essence make this the perfect snack for in-between meals…or a few of them could be a meal in itself. Not that I would ever do that of course…

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I also bought one of their steamed pork buns for $3.50. What this photo doesn’t show, is the fact that this bun is about three times the size of a closed fist – it is literally one of the biggest steamed buns I’ve ever eaten!

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The bun is a little soggy (it’s been sitting in the steamer for too long!), but this is more than made up for by the surprising filling. I’m not quite sure what I was expecting – a pork mince filling certainly, perhaps with some chives for flavour and interest. I certainly wasn’t expecting this solid pork filling that included vermicelli noodles, a quail egg, Chinese sausage and juicy shiitake mushrooms. I enjoy the bun so much that I find myself lambasting the fact that I can’t buy frozen packs of these buns for future breakfasts at home!

As my favourite food joint in Cabramatta, I’ll certainly be back to Viet Hoa Hot Bread – it’s cheap, cheerful, and constantly delivers delicious snack foods. Next time, I might even try their banh mi, which according to Noodlies, is one of the best in Sydney!

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