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Cheap eats: Crunchy fried rice @ Lao Village

Crunchy fried rice

Crunchy fried rice with Lao style ham @ Lao Village

Lao Village is out of the way. 45 minutes’ drive from home out of the way, to be exact. And Fairfield was just named as Sydney’s most dangerous suburb – four murders in the last two weeks and a brewing gang war. But being the intrepid explorers we are, we braved the shootings and the restaurant’s vivid purple walls to sample what the Good Food Guide assures me is one of Sydney’s best cheap eats.

The Guide recommended two dishes – the crunchy fried rice with Laotian ham and the grilled ox tongue. We had just come from a pretty awesome indoor skydiving experience, so we were pretty hungry. Together, the two dishes were the perfect amount of food. The fried rice was our favourite – it was full of crunchy bits of foodie gold, reminiscent of what you get when the fried rice sticks to the bottom of the pan. But if that is indeed what the crunchy bits are, the chef must have some skill because not a bit of this fried rice was burnt. The peanuts sprinkled over the dish were the perfect accompaniment to the slightly sweet crunchy bits, but I couldn’t detect the difference between Laotian ham and regular ham.

Grilled ox tongue

BBQ ox tongue @ Lao Village

I found the BBQ ox tongue to be amazing, particularly the fatty bits oozing flavourful beefy juices. But my partner thought it was a bit too gamey for his taste.

Would I come back again? To be honest, the vivid purple walls are enough to scare away your average diner. Throw the violence in the area into the mix and it’s probably a safe bet that this will remain a locals-only joint. I would definitely do a take away, though. Now if only Menulog would deliver from Fairfield to my apartment…

This post was inspired by the Daily Prompt: Drive.

For more cheap eats in Sydney, visit my dedicated page here.

Practical Information

Lao Village

29 Dale St

Fairfield NSW

Open daily noon to 10pm

4 comments on “Cheap eats: Crunchy fried rice @ Lao Village

  1. philipcambodia
    July 21, 2016

    So Fairfield still has its problems? Was that way 15 years ago, too. Crunchy fried rice sounds like my kind of food, though!

    • Penne Cole
      July 21, 2016

      What were you doing in Fairfield? Seems like a pretty random place to go.

      • philipcambodia
        July 21, 2016

        Same as you…..looking for food! Long time ago and can’t remember what we found…

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