On a list of things I’d never want to change about this city, Cabramatta would be one of those things. The southwest Sydney suburb has always been a hot spot for migration and multiculturalism. Of course in the 1980’s migration from Vietnam surged making Cabramatta Australia’s largest Hoa Vietnamese community. With the influx of migrants comes a great need for small business and stores that support the community with the delicious spoils of their nation. For more years than anybody knows Win Minh Fruit Market has been servicing the community, promoting sharing and keeping the flavour alive.
Win Minh is just one of those little shops that feels like it has been there forever. It feels so ingrained in the community that you wonder what was there beforehand. The fruit and vegetables change seasonally, which naturally helps with affordability. Winter-greens are seasonal at the moment, with some of the supplies coming out of people’s hobby farms and backyards. However of course it is Cabramatta after all, which means you can always find something a bit out of the ordinary like papaya, Mango’s and pineapple, always readily available. All the fruit and veg is Australian grown and is there to serve the local community.
It is a tight run operation that works itself out in this old mysterious way. In the morning you see the staff unloading from a truck double parked out the front of the shop, people selling their wares through a door in the back, staff pruning and cleaning up the produce and writing the daily prices on laminated pieces of paper. My advice is to get down there, pick up something fresh in the morning, and cook yourself some lunch, and if you don’t know how find someone that can. It’s young and old; it’s local, foreign and familial. It’s Cabramatta, its Sydney baby.
Win Minh Fruit Market
7/49 Park Rd, Cabramatta, 2166