On Tuesday I went on an expedition with a friend to the west of Sydney, to Cabramatta, sometimes known as Vietnamatta. I'd never been before. It's about an hour's drive from here. At one time Cabramatta had some problems due to drugs, but it seems fine now, though we noticed quite a police presence. We're certainly going back!
Cabramatta is known for its fabric shops, and there are certainly a lot of them and the prices are fantastic. Next time we're taking patterns, or at least ideas of quanitities. Most of the fabrics are synthetics, but there is still plenty of interest.
The food shops are terrific. We were just looking around this time, getting our bearings, and it was so hot. Fruit and veg were fantastic. Came back with grapes, asparagus, papaya, and Vietnamese desserts to eat, and this dragonfruit to draw. It took me ages. Watercolour pencils on Fabriano Hot.
As it was so hot, we didn't spend a lot of time in the shops, as they were narrow, long and crowded with goods. We found a busy busy restaurant on the main street and went for lunch. Yummmmm!
We had soup/noodle dishes. One spicy beef dish was a taste sensation, when morsels of beef were dipped in a tiny dish of pepper, salt, & lemon juice. The other dish was 'crab with drop noodles.' That's the one that will take us back there again and again. So delicious. Trying to find out what drop noodles are, even from Vietnamese friends, so far unsuccessful. If you know, be sure to let me know.