Whenever someone asks me where they can get the best Vietnamese food in Sydney, I never hesitate to send them to Cabramatta, Sydney’s Little Vietnam. However, every year around March/April, there’s a pop-up Ganh Hang Tinh Thuong (Foods for Love) Vietnamese fare that’s even better.
A non-profit charity association called VoviCare transforms Black Muscat Park at Chipping Norton in Sydney’s South-West, into a Vietnamese ‘street food market’ fundraising event. All the money raised goes towards helping fund educational initiatives for disadvantaged children in Vietnam. Volunteers each produce mammoth amounts of different traditional and modern Vietnamese foods and for a single entry fee of just $25/adult or $15/kids, you get to indulge in an all-you-can-eat Vietnamese feast.
The flavours, the smoky BBQ haze, the bustling sounds and the tantalising aromas are parallel to that of the streets of Saigon. It’s a spectacular sight and there’s nothing else quite like it in Sydney!
Seasoned attendees will arrive with their entire multi-generational families and set up marquees and picnic tables. Picnic rugs will also suffice, although there is limited shade.
Last year, there were 32 savoury dishes, 18 vegetarian dishes and 21 dessert dishes. Let me remind you, it’s all you can eat.
Here’s a glimpse of what happened last year –
This major fundraising event lures a hungry crowd
Bun bo hue (Hue-style spicy beef noodle soup) stall
My gorgeous friend Catherine, her mother Donna and their goi du du (green papaya and prawn salad)
They go all out with the BBQ
Banh beo, banh cuon , banh duc man and more
The banh xeo (Vietnamese pancake) production line
Banh xeo (Vietnamese savoury pancake)
There are plentiful noodle soups including bun bo hue (pictured) , pho and bun rieu
Deep-fried foods including fried chicken and spring rolls and sam bo luong in the background
Bo kho (beef stew)
Cha ca la vong (Hanoi style grilled fish)
Bun thit nuong (Grilled pork with vermicelli)
Char-grilled ox tongue
For those who like to plan ahead, here is this year’s menu:
Ganh Hang Tinh Thuong (Foods For Love) is an annual fundraising event held by VoviCare.
This year’s event will be held on this Sunday:
Sunday, 6th April 2014
11am – 2pm
Black Muscat Park, Chipping Norton NSW
Tickets will be available at the door.
Kids (8 – 15): $15/person
Children under 8 are free
VoviCare is a non-profit, charity organisation which was founded in 2000 with the aim of assisting poor but enthusiastic, hard-working children to continue their schooling. VoviCare directly carries out and co-ordinates all their charity activities without going through a third party or any other government organisations.