Want to know which Sydney Bread shop has the best Vietnamese Pork Rolls?
Everyone has a 'favourite' shop for a Vietnamese Pork Roll in Sydney. My friends were more than happy to share their local spots and I made a list of the 8 shops that were suggested. After the unexpected interest of my last blog: "Five places to eat the Best Pho in Sydney", I wanted to make sure this review did not take as long.
Short clip showing what was involved on the day
Each person was given a different style of plate. If you like them, they're available from our online Party Store.
Meet the Reviewers! What a happy bunch of people!
1. Bread - Crucial element to any good Pork Roll. At the end of the day, this is their bread and butter, so they better be making them right!
2. Meat - The quality of the meat is integral to a tasty Pork roll and we can't forget about the quantity either, the right portion served is imperative to a good taste!
3. Salad - Vietnamese cuisine love the balancing act when it comes to flavour and taste. Is the texture right? Will there be enough salad or too much? And does it taste fresh?
4. Pate - The creme de la creme will not only have the right amount but also the right texture and taste.
5. Overall impression - We're looking at how it was presented, quality of the Pork Roll as a unit and the sensation it leaves in our mouths!
Scores are averaged from all 8 reviewers. Individual scores are revealed at the end of the Blog.
Address: Shop 49 Bankstown City Plaza, Bankstown NSW 2200 - from $3.50
Bread – 48% - Bread tasted stale. Definitely not as crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside like others.
Meat – 65% - Moderately tasty but could be due to fattier bits of meat.
Salad – 50% - Bit stingy on the salad and carrots were lacking flavour.
Pate – 55% - Taste was not that apparent and was a little hard to find.
Overall – 50% - Not that appealing, ingredients need more flavour and definitely need fresher bread! Khai: "It reminds me of an underdone subway sandwich..."
TOTAL Score – 54%
Bread – 33% - Looks a little pale and was definitely stale!
Meat – 70% - Meat tastes good but a little on the sweet and dry side.
Salad – 60% - Standard salad provided but not enough was in the roll.
Pate – 68% - Nice flavour but was a little lumpy
Overall – 53% - The bread was a major factor in receiving a lower score and ingredients were a little on the stingy side. Dee: "Tasted old and dry. Not enough of everything."
TOTAL Score – 57%
Address: 48 Hill St, Cabramatta NSW 2166 - from $3
Bread – 58% - Bread tasted OK, crunchy on the outside but too dry on the inside.
Meat – 80% - Had a decent amount of meat and tasted quite nice.
Salad – 65% - Reasonable taste but could've used with a little more salad - looked bare. Cucumber was fairly chunky compared to others.
Pate – 83% - Highly rated Pate. Great taste and had the right amount on it!
Overall – 70% - Flavours in this roll were very nice. Some people complained about amount of ingredients though. John: "Despite it appearing small in size, the sauce was good and overall flavour is good."
TOTAL Score – 71%
Bread – 58% - Too much white as seen above and too soft.
Meat – 53% - Meat was average and lacking a bite in flavour.
Salad – 55% - Insufficient amount of salad.
Pate – N/A
Overall – 53% - Flavour was leaning on the sweet side and needed a better ratio (as in more ingredients). Liam: "A pork roll for dessert".
TOTAL Score – 54%
Address: 1151 Botany Road, Mascot NSW 2020 - from $5
Bread – 81% - Great texture and taste. A little on the big side, making it harder to get a good solid bite!
Meat – 58% - Good taste but not enough compared to the salad.
Salad – 71% - Too much carrot which overshadowed the other flavours.
Pate – 50% - Was hard to find, probably because it lacked it flavour and not enough provided.
Overall – 69% - Bread was really nice but ratio can be better. John: "Well balanced with meat and salad, had lovely sauce."
TOTAL Score – 66%
Address: 115 Enmore Road, Enmore NSW 2042 - from $7
Bread – 69% - Moved away from the traditional and provided a soft wholemeal roll. Tasted "healthier" and was different, most expected and wanted more crunch!
Meat – 80% - Well regarded due to good flavour. Served Pork crackling which had some great textures, especially the crunchy part.
Salad – 65% - Different. Had the standard plus fried onion, apple and pumpkin seeds.
Pate – 50% - Most said they could hardly taste it, plus there wasn't enough of it.
Overall – 69% - New combinations and a big twist on the traditional Vietnamese Pork Rolls. People still liked the taste and most said it had a "healthier" feel to it. Keagan: "A roll with pork, not a pork roll"
TOTAL Score – 67%
Address: 236a Illawarra Road, Marrickville NSW 2204 - from $4
Bread – 64% - Signs of crispiness but dry inside. Airy and lacking substance.
Meat – 68% - Lots of meat provided and the taste was ok, nothing sensational.
Salad – 65% - Onion flavour are little overpowering, otherwise great portions. Daikon was good!
Pate – 66% - Was reasonable in taste but there wasn't enough for it to stand out.
Overall – 66% - Needed more sauce, especially when you're providing more meat otherwise, it ends up a little dry. John: "The sauce was sweet and nice but the salad/vegetables were a little too chunky."
TOTAL Score – 69%
*Note: Nem Nuong Pork Rolls are available here but we did not review them on the day.
Address: Shop 54 Bankstown City Plaza, Bankstown NSW 2200 - from $3.50
Bread – 65% - Had a good amount of crunch to it! A softer inside would have increased the score.
Meat – 73% - Yummy flavour and not as fatty as some others.
Salad – 73% - Good amount of salad provided, the flavours went well together.
Pate – 68% - Nice taste with that creamy texture. People wanted a little more of this good stuff!
Overall – 70% - Presented nicely and tasted good. Mary: "Good flavours. Some chewy bits of meat and carrot needed more pickling".
TOTAL Score – 70%
Bread – 85% - Loved the crunch!
Meat – 63% - Decent flavour but unfortunately a little bit dry.
Salad – 68% - Nice pickled carrots but needed more salad to counter the extra meat.
Pate – 80% - Great taste and creamy!
Overall – 78% - Quite a good roll! Extra sauce needed as lubricant. Dee: "Strong tasting pate."
TOTAL Score – 75%
Address: 215 Railway Parade, Cabramatta NSW 2166 - from $3.50
Bread –70% - Not the crunchiest bread but had good texture.
Meat – 73% - Good amount of meat and tasted better than most.
Salad – 75% - Pretty good overall. A little bit more of cucumber would have been appreciated.
Pate – 85% - Yummy pate, hence the high marks. You can even see it in the photo!
Overall – 80% - Pate was definitely the X-factor which boosted the flavour of the roll. If the bread was better, it may have rated as the best. Ray: "Good traditional combination of flavours. Bread is a let down."
TOTAL Score – 77%
Bread – 80% - A little bit crunchier would have been nice otherwise it tasted good.
Meat – 83% - Meat had awesome flavour and quantity was ideal.
Salad – 70% - Required more to balance with the meat.
Pate – N/A
Overall – 73% - Liam: "A little on the sweet side. Needed a little more soy/fish sauce." Otherwise, a great tasting Vietnamese Pork Roll!
TOTAL Score – 76%
Address: Shop 13-14 Cabramatta Pl, 1 Hughes Street, Cabramatta NSW 2166
- from $3.50
Bread – 58% - Somewhat disappointing compared to the other areas which it excelled. Lacking the crunch...
Meat – 95% - Easily the best tasting meat, scored the highest!
Salad – 93% - Very well organised with good proportions and outstanding pickles!
Pate – 75% - Tasted good but there wasn't enough of it!
Overall – 93% - Not hard to see why it scored best. The Pork Roll from Cabramatta looked absolutely delicious and a deserved Winner. If they improve the quality of the Bread, will anyone be able to match them? Mary: "Aside from the bread, brilliant!"
TOTAL Score – 83%
Bread – 60% - Too soft and chewy, needed to be crispier especially with Nem Nuong.
Meat – 98% - Fantastic, lovely, awesome flavour! Was truly loved by us.
Salad – 83% - Good ratio which made it taste awesome. Although, a few didn't appreciate the long stick of spring onion...
Pate – N/A
Overall – 83% - If they did improve their bread, it wouldn't do any harm to their score! Vinata's Hot Bread is a dual winner in this review, taking out both the Classic and Nem Nuong Pork Rolls. Once again, the bread was a let down but sometimes it's the inside that counts.
TOTAL Score – 81%
I hope you enjoyed the review as it was an epic effort from the team! We managed to eat from all 8 shops in one sitting and everybody was full to the brim! It was a fantastic experience and we had heaps of laughs! On a side note, I thought I'd be sick of pork rolls but craved them again after about three days.
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Individual scores from Reviewers
Summary from individual scores
1st Vinata's Hot Bread, Cabramatta
2nd Kim Thanh, Cabramatta
3rd Nam Fong, Bankstown
4th Marrickville Pork Roll, Marrickville
5th Great Aunty Three, Enmore
6th Hong Ha, Mascot
7th Viet Hoa, Cabramatta
8th Bay Ngo, Bankstown
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