On Botany Road in Mascot you’ll find one of the most popular bakeries in the area. Hong Ha is squeezed between a luggage retailer and a green grocer with an inconspicuous shopfront. But it’s fair to say it’s more about quality than aesthetics at Hong Ha.

Hong Ha has been open for over 30 years, selling the same rolls since day one. The owners haven’t changed and neither has the menu, which is what makes Hong Ha so likeable and popular with the local community (judging by the long, snaking line).

No matter what time of the day you arrive at Hong Ha, you’ll face a queue, but don’t let that intimidate you – it moves pretty quickly. If you only have room to try one item on the menu, make it the pork banh mi. A fresh, crusty roll comes filled with three types of pork: barbeque, processed and cured, plus carrots, cucumber, spring onion, coriander and your choice of chilli. Don’t like pork? Grab the chicken, schnitzel or meatball roll instead. It also makes spring rolls, dim sims and rice-paper rolls.

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Updated: May 8th, 2023

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