If you live in or around Enmore, you’ve probably experienced the street food phenomenon that is Great Aunty Three.

Whether it’s a casual Friday-night bowl of piping-hot, house-made pho, or an “Enmore Special” (a fresh, white bread roll stuffed with salty caramelised pork, carrot, coriander and pork crackling), or a sweet, strong Vietnamese iced coffee, Aunty’s is a go-to for locals and visitors.

So it’s only to be expected that the announcement of a Surry Hills location has caused excitement.

“We needed to show Sydney we are ready for the big boys,” says owner and operator, Michael Le. “Surry Hills is known for its amazing, diverse food culture, and some of the best restaurants and cafes are situated here. So we wanted to be in a foodie district.” The menu is more sophisticated than at the Enmore location. Here Le is using recipes passed down through Le’s family, from his “grandmother’s grandmother”, Aunty Three herself. They have been tried, tested and adapted over the years by Le.

Try The Bondi, a classic banh mi with soft-shell crab, barramundi and tiger prawns in place of traditional pork. There’s also the Banh Bao, a steamed lotus-leaf bun filled with caramelised pork belly, pork crackling, house-made pickles and black-and-white sesame seeds. For a lighter option there’s the vibrant lemongrass noodle salad, or the duck rice-paper rolls. At the other end of the scale there’s always the fried ice cream.

Great Aunty Three
94 Wentworth Ave, Surry Hills
(02) 9281 8882

Hours
Mon to Thu 11am–3pm
Fri & Sat 11am–7pm

greatauntythree.com