This small, unassuming bakery in Richmond is one of the most popular spots for bánh mì in all of Melbourne.
All up, Phuoc Thanh has nine different rolls to choose from. Flaky, light yet substantial bread envelops Vietnamese hams, pork loaf and brawn (a jelly-based terrine made from the pig’s head) as well as a smattering of fresh lettuce, which breaks up the typical holy trinity of pickled carrot, fresh cucumber and coriander.
The grilled pork salad roll is laced with caramelised onions layering the sweetness on a roll already sweet from the soy marinade blanketing the barbecued pork. The equally-popular crispy pork roll contains deep-fried shallots, and spring onions accompany the fatty cubes of crisp pork drizzled with hoisin sauce. Both are delicious.