"Vietnam’s Greatest Culinary Gifts to Australia"
"It’s hard to picture Australia’s major cities without the presence of Vietnamese culture and cuisine. The influx of Vietnamese people seeking refuge in Australia spiked after the end of Vietnam War, with the fall of Saigon, and immigration rates rose steadily in the 1980s and 1990s.
What began as small-scale cooking operations to preserve cultural ties in immigrant hubs (Cabramatta, Canley Vale and Canley Heights in Sydney; Richmond, Footscray and Springvale in Melbourne) eventually spread from the epicentres; now, almost every suburb in Australia’s major cities has a few Vietnamese joints to boast about.
The cuisine of Vietnam has saturated the Australian food scene to the point where many of us could not live without goi cuon (rice paper rolls), a steaming bowl of pho, or a crusty banh mi for very long. And who could forget Vietnamese-Australian chef Luke Nguyen’s contribution to society/our stomachs? These are all things for which we have Vietnam to thank."
Continue reading the full article by Lucy Rennick for SBS.