Friday, 2 March 2012

Tan Viet Noodle House, Cabramatta - Sydney

The crispy skin chicken is super lovable.
Crispy chicken (Ga Da Don)

Plus, it's accompanied by a bowl of breath-taking noodle soup. Oh, what's not to love?

Tan Viet is a popular restaurant in Cabramatta, and in case you don't know what Cabramatta is, it's like a small Vietnam in South West Sydney. It is a very popular area (especially for Vietnamese) and everytime I pay the place a visit, it's always bustling with people walking and exploring.

Tan Viet is one of the Vietnamese restaurants easily found all over the area, and this is definitely one of the most popular. I hate visiting the restaurant during lunch or dinner times, when the queues are at the peak.

Tan Viet noodle house

The mother, grandmother, and I went there for a late lunch, and had to wait for about 10 minutes to get a table. It is easier to get one when you only need a table for two or three.

The interior is quite spacious, actually, with many small tables but less group tables. Fortunately, despite the fact that it's really packed, I did not feel suffocated or overwhelmed whatsoever.

Full house

The menu list is very simple and straight forward, ranging from noodles to rice dishes. If you fancy lighter meal, they also offer curries served with bread roll (banh mi).

Clockwise from top left: fresh beansprouts, hot tea, the queue outside, menu

The food lives up to all the popularity and buzz, I strongly believe. You may have guessed the restaurant's most popular menu, but let's talk about the others first.

The mother, as usual, avoided beef and settled on seafood egg noodles (Banh Canh Do Bien). It comes in a big bowl, very hot and aromatic with all of the herbs. There are juicy, medium-size prawns present, along with some squid and fish chunks. The broth itself is extremely admirable, very flavorsome and refreshing, despite the clear and plain appearance.

Banh Canh Do Bien - Seafood noodles (egg noodles) - $10

The grandmother had her combination egg noodles (Banh Canh Thap Cam) happily, and I think this one's is more interesting than the mother's. The soup filling includes seafood, beef tripe, meatballs, chicken slices, and char siu pork. The soup is practically the same with the mother's, but the variety of the filling makes this bowl of noodles soup a winner.

Banh Canh Thap Cam - Combination noodles (egg noodles) - $10

Now here comes the menu that everyone is raving about, the menu that makes a lot of people willing to queue; crispy chicken. It can be served with tomato rice, rice noodles, egg noodles, and drop noodles, or you can just have it alone. You can also choose whether you want soup with your noodles or not. Mine's served with egg noodles soup (Mi Ga Da Don). Some people love the noodles dry, but I choose to have the soup because it's awesome.

The crispy chicken, undoubtedly, lives up to the reputation. It's succulent, juicy, and wonderfully delicious, with perfect crispy skin which is not too oily. It's easy to swoon over such a piece of fried chicken. It's perfectly paired with the noodles soup, adding more deliciousness to the meal.

Crispy chicken served with egg noodles soup (Mi Ga Da Don) - $12

With dozens of Vietnamese restaurants in Cabramatta, something it'll take you some time to choose. Let me assure you, the crispy skin chicken is definitely a must-try, and it's worth the queue.

P.S. Forgive me if I am not publishing posts as often as I used to, as my long holiday is over and the first year uni life is kinda overwhelming and taking most of my time. I'll try to update as often as I can, though. Cheers! :)

Currency: $1 = IDR 9,500

Rating: 5/5 (Must try)
Incredible crispy chicken and soup, nice ambiance although can be noisy and the queue seems to be unavoidable, service is friendly and quick, price is affordable.



100 John St
Cabramatta, NSW 2166

Phone: (02) 9727 6853

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  1. Tan Viet is one of Cabra's most popular restaurants.. now you know why.

    By the way the main street of Cabramatta, John St has just been named Fav Eat Streat by SMH's EverydayEats 2012 this week.

    1. Oh, that's great! It's one of my fav street in Sydney, actually :)

  2. mmm the crispy chicken looks fantastic!

    1. It does, and it tastes fantastic as well! :))

  3. hmm it's been a while since my last cabra visit, I miss the durian shake... more like durian puree mmmm...

    1. I had durian shake before at Cabramatta, it was so thick I can't believe it. but delicious, of course :)

  4. Definitely visit this when I visit Sydney again, thanks for sharing!

    1. you have! and you should let me know when you're visiting here :)

    2. I mean 'you have to' hehe :p

  5. ah slurppp :)i always want to try vietnamese cuisine

    xoxo ♥♥

    grace |
    my blog "Storybook"

    1. there's one vietnamese restaurant called Pho 24 in Jakarta, the noodles soup is quite good :) i've written the review too:


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