A and I have driven the straight road that connects Sydney and Canberra a few times now and I can confidently say it is always made better when we stock up on Banh Mi at Hong Ha in Mascot for our ride home. By the time we’re halfway between Sydney and Canberra, we’re both in need of a break and some food and Hong Ha’s banh mi always hits the spot.
A’s been frequenting Hong Ha for many years now, from back when she lived in Sydney. She had a craving on one trip and asked if we could do a quick detour to Mascot before hitting the M1.
There’s typically a line outside Hong Ha from about 11.30am. Don’t be deterred though – the line moves exceptionally quick. Within 10 minutes, A and I have our Banh Mi – pork ($5) for A and BBQ pork ($5) for me.
Halfway home, A and I stop to eat and there’s complete silence in the car while we’re eating (besides the crunch of the crusty bread!). Hong Ha’s banh mi is the perfect mix of sweet, savoury, sour and spicy flavours. The bread roll is super crusty but fluffy on the inside. The trio of pork, chicken liver pate and spicy red chilli (optional) provide lots of flavour. Texture is added by the pickled and fresh veggies. It’s the perfect amalgamation of flavours that have me proclaiming my love of Hong Ha’s perfect banh mi, however I know that this title is hotly contested in Sydney.
If you’re like us and need a mid-drive meal in between Sydney and Canberra but don’t want junk food, have a go at stopping at Hong Ha on the way home – it will definitely make your journey more enjoyable.