Bay Tinh at Marrickville

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Bay Tinh at Marrickville

Bay Tinh at Marrickville

There are some items that we just have to order, its the law in our family. These are the Bonfire Prawns $18.50, Crispy Pancake_ Banh Xeo_ $10.50 and the Little Rice Cakes Banh Khot 6 cakes for $7.50. The last two are so popular that we always order two of these so that everyone gets enough. We also order the Prawns wrapped in sugar cane $13, Braised Duck with peas Bach Hac Hau Co $13.50, King Prawn Curry Tom Cari $14.50, Caramelised Fish Ca Kho To _$14.50, Lemongrass beancurd _Dau Hu Xao Xa $9.50 and Fried Rice $9.

Bay Tinh at Marrickville Crispy pancake

Crispy Pancake Banh Xeo $10.50

The crispy pancakes arrive first and they're cut into 4. The outer is crispy like an lacey crispy omelette and its filled with prawns, bean sprouts and pork and is delicious when the fish sauce is spooned over with the pickle accompaniments.

Bay Tinh at Marrickville Little Rice Cakes

Little Rice Cakes Banh Khot 6 cakes for $7.50

The servings of little rice cakes arrive and as always, they're unfailingly delicious. Made from rice flour they're crispy outside and very hot but we can never resist popping these little treats into our mouth. I had seen these made fresh at the buffet in our hotel in Bangkok once and they were one item that I couldn't help but go back for (repeatedly!).

Bay Tinh at Marrickville Prawns on sugar cane

Prawns wrapped in sugar cane $13

Our prawns on sugarcane arrives, they're two sugarcane sticks around which prawn mince is wrapped. We didn't realise that there were only two pieces but they cut them into smaller pieces and we're instructed to wrap them them in the lettuce leaves along with the salad and the tangy flavoursome peanut sauce. I think I may have just found another must have dish. The prawn meat is juicy and the mint and salad is refreshing against the sauce and half the fun is chewing on the savoury and salty sugarcane where the prawn flavour has absorbed into the cane.

Bay Tinh at Marrickville bonfire prawns

Bonfire Prawns $18.50

Our Bonfire prawns are next. They're cooked on the table and waiting for these babies proves an exercise in patience. We patiently wait and are rewarded with a jumble of juicy king prawns cooked with onion and garlic which we spoon into our rice paper along with the mint and salad and a different but equally as good fishy sauce.

Bay Tinh at Marrickville Duck

Braised Duck with peas Bach Hac Hau Co $13.50

The rest of our dishes come out in quick succession, the braised duck with peas is unexciting and mostly bereft of duck, with some at the table not getting any duck pieces at all and assuming that its a mixed vegetables dish.

Bay Tinh at Marrickville Prawn curry

King Prawn Curry Tom Cari $14.50

The King Prawn curry is another matter though, its packed with juicy fat king prawns and a creamy coconut curry sauce. Instantly moreish and a favourite of many at the table. They haven't skimped on the amount of prawns either unlike the duck.

Bay Tinh at Marrickville Lemongrass tofu

Lemongrass beancurd Dau Hu Xao Xa $9.50

The Lemongrass tofu, which I find I either love or leave depending on who is cooking it, is leave tonight, the tofu dry and the lemongrass flavour almost non existent. When its good, its juicy and heady with lemongrass, when its bad is like eating a cubed kitchen sponge.

Bay Tinh at Marrickville Fried rice

Fried Rice $9

The fried rice is good as it has small pieces of Lup Cheong, a chinese sausage, one of my favourite sausages and I'm always happy when I see the specks of this in a dish.

Bay Tinh at Marrickville Caramel fish

Caramelised Fish Ca Kho To $14.50

The last to arrive is the caramelised fish, a traditional Vietnamese dish, a slice of marinated snapper sits amongst a pool of rich caramel coloured gravy in a hot pot and is bubbling away. We order more rice as a sauce like this needs plenty of plain rice to soak it up. The taste is wonderfully rich and flavoursome with the caramel and salty salmon combining beautifully. Yay, another must have discovered!

We rarely have room for dessert and that's the case tonight. So I must forego my favourite sweetcorn pudding if I am to squeeze past the nearby tables to exit.

Bay Tinh

318 Victoria Rd

Marrickville, NSW 2204

Tel: +61 (02) 9560 8673

Tue-Sun 5.30pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 5.30pm-10.30pm

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