Pork rolls are like a religion in this area and there’s a constant queue of people lining up for them at Marrickville Pork Roll breakfast, lunch and dinner (be prepared to wait a while if you’re there during peak hour, 12-2pm).
Blink and you’ll miss the shop on the corner of Ilawarra Street & Marrickville Road, its literally a whole in the wall with a red awning out front and sandwich counter inside. With only half a dozen items on the menu (all priced around $4), the most popular are the pork, chicken and meatball rolls – a crusty white baguette roll filled with a load of strange looking cooked and processed meats, pate, mayo, cucumber, pickled carrot, tomato, spring onion, daikon (Chinese radish), coriander then spread with what I can only assume is a lard butter and doust with fish sauce.
As we walk and eat, I can’t even speak… my BBQ pork roll lives up to every expectation and more. The soft roll, sweet BBQ meat (don’t be put off by the fact it looks like a pink tongue), rich pate and salty sauce, mixed with the crunch of the daikon and cucumber and fresh coriander. Best ever. Marrickville Pork Roll: If you can, you must.