Ca Com is a banh mi shop by Thi Le and Jia-Yen Lee, the pair behind modern Vietnamese restaurant Anchovy – which is right next door.
Popular menu items include the turmeric chicken, the jungle pork sausage and the Manchurian pumpkin (it’s coated in a blend of Chinese and Indian spices, then roasted on the hearth). While the flavours change, there is always at least one chicken and one vegan option. Pork, too – the team gets whole pigs in, so expect cuts such as belly and neck; secondary cuts and the skin go into sausages.
There are also rotating specials. In the past there’s been a “banh stra-mi” with Warialda Beef pastrami, and fillings such as bacon and egg, mortadella from LP’s Quality Meats, pig’s head terrine, and crumbed garfish stuffed with chao tom (prawn mousse).The mainstay banh mi are around $13 while specials go for just north of $20.
Take your banh mi home, or walk through to the pleasant back courtyard, where umbrellas shade diners and potted chilli plants dotted with fiery little bullets.