I know I’ve been really slack with the frequency of blog posts recently… I’m so sorry I’ve let it slip. With my recent move (furnishing a new house and kitchen is so fun, though time consuming!), the trip to Japan and work on this month’s New Zealand First XV sponsorship feature, I’ve struggled to find the time.

Fear not, I am dedicating the next couple of weeks to writing up my recent culinary adventures in Japan, so stay tuned!

Meanwhile… I am finally able to announce an exciting project I have been working on with Betty – our participation in this year’s The Sydney Morning Herald Crave Sydney International Food Festival, presented by Citibank.

We will be holding guided culinary tours of Cabramatta, A.K.A. Sydney’s little Vietnam. I hope you can join us as we share our favourite culinary treasures. Read on for the details.



Explore Sydney’s little Vietnam and taste all of its culinary treasures. You will be guided by Jennifer Lam, the editor of one of Australia’s top food blogs, JENIUS: the spectacular culinary adventures of a Sydney Gen Y and the author of I Ate My Way Through Singapore & Vietnam; and Betty Pham, the editor of Betty’s Bites and a Cabramatta local.

Starting with a walking tour, you will be able to familiarise yourself with the main food-shopping precincts and eateries. You will then learn about the delectable flavours of Vietnamese cuisine and discover the best places to eat Vietnamese delights such as Bún bò Huế (Hue-Style Spicy Beef Noodle Soup), Phở (Beef Noodle Soup), Bún măng vịt (Bamboo shoots and duck noodle soup), Bánh xèo (Vietnamese savoury crepes), Com Chien Ga Da Don (Crispy Skin Chicken with Tomato Rice), Bánh Mi Thit (Pork Rolls), Nước mía (Sugarcane Juice), Chuoi Chien (Banana Fritters) or Chè (Combination dessert beverages).

Note: Vegetarians are welcome! Simply indicate this on your booking form to enjoy a tailored culinary guide.

After a breakfast/lunch stop, you will be shown how to shop like a resident foodie. Jennifer and Betty will share their knowledge on Vietnamese groceries and tips on the best places for fruits, vegetables, meats and other culinary bargains.

food stores and grocery markets in cabramatta sydney

Images: Betty Pham




Only available during the Crave Sydney International
Food Festival, presented by Citibank.

These tours are run in intimate groups of ten so
the availability is limited! Don’t miss out and book today.

Saturday 2nd October, 9am –
Saturday 2nd October, 1 –
Sunday 3rd October, 9am –
Sunday 3rd October, 1 –
Saturday 9th October,
9am – 12pm
Saturday 9th October, 1 –
Sunday 10th October, 9am
– 12pm
Sunday 10th October, 1 –
Saturday 16th October,
9am – 12pm
Saturday 16th October, 1
– 4pm
Sunday 17th October, 9am
– 12pm
Sunday 17th October, 1 –
Saturday 30th October,
9am – 12pm
Saturday 30th October, 1
– 4pm
Sunday 31st October, 9am
– 12pm
Sunday 31st October, 1 –

The Sydney Morning Herald’s hugely popular Crave Sydney
International Food Festival, presented by Citibank, will be the most
exciting month of food ever staged in Australia. With everything from
visiting international chefs and celebrities to special dinners in
leading Sydney restaurants, plus markets, tours, cooking classes,
picnics and street festivals, everyone can join the feast.

See cravesydneyfoodfestival.com.au for the program and
to register for regular news and updates.



  1. Walking tour – approximately 30 minutes
  2. Food – approximately 1 hour
  3. Dessert – approximately 30 minutes
  4. Grocery shopping – approximately 1 hour


vegetarian pho from cabramatta, sydney



ONLY $55 per person which includes a
boutique hessian grocery bag, handouts and a hardcover copy of I
Ate My Way Through Singapore & Vietnam
(RRP $34.99). Attendees
are encouraged to bring cash for lunch, food and other purchases throughout the tour.

For all enquiries, please email [email protected] or visit the official website.




pork roll from cabramatta sydney

Image: Betty Pham


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Jennifer is the founding blogger of I Ate My Way Through (originally, Jenius.com.au). Growing up in the multicultural melting pot of Sydney’s Inner West as a second generation Australian (of Vietnamese refugee parents of Teochew Chinese ancestry), Jen has always had a deep curiosity about global cuisines, culinary heritage and the cultural assimilation of immigrants. For Jen and her family, food is always at the centre of all celebrations, life events and milestones. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering and inspiring people to expand their culinary repertoire. When not running her two companies (she is also the Managing Director of The Bamboo Garden online marketing agency), Jen can be found exploring old-world charms at vintage markets and delving into local eats around the world. She has a weakness for fried chicken.