A Vietnamese chicken roll (Banh Mi) from Marrickville Pork Roll is my weekend treat when there’s nothing appealing in the fridge for lunch. This place is a tiny hole in the wall, barely big enough for the two women behind the counter and one customer in front of the counter – there’s pretty much always a queue up the street. This photo was taken last weekend. There were flags lining Illawarra Road – the Australian flag and the flag of South Vietnam pre the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975.
So, onto the chicken roll! It’s a big white roll spread with paté and mayonnaise and stuffed with plenty of chicken, carrot matchsticks, cucumber batons, spring onions (or shallots as you Aussies call them), coriander and fresh chili, and drizzled with a delicious gravy-like sauce. I take it home (if I can resist it for long enough!), sit on my back step and devour it with a cold beer – something that I always have on hand in my fridge!
Marrickville Pork Roll
236a Illawarra Road, Marrickville
Last visited 5 May 2012