21 May 2015

Paris ~ Noob Adventures in Bistronomy

Folks say we're mad for staying in Paris for a month without trying some serious Michelin star type restaurants. Maybe we are. To be honest, we were just too stuffed full of glorious wonders from local shops, markets and bistros to squander big cash on food we wouldn't understand. What did interest us was bistronomy, affordable and casual French, bistro food taken up a notch.

19 May 2015

Lao Hui Min Hand Made Ramen Restaurant ~ Chinese - Burwood

We asked the waiter which part of China the food came from. We wanted him to say it was Uygher food, because the folks in the kitchen wear headscarfs and hats that seem to be from the very north west of China. All the signs were there...

14 May 2015

Hawker Malaysian Street Food ~ City/Chinatown Fringe

We waited a while for the queues to mellow before trying Hawker, the Chinese Malaysian street food themed spinoff of Mamak, one of Sydney's most queued-for restaurants. Well that's not quite true. Shawn had only heard of Hawker months after it opened, blame his anti-social media tendencies. Alison knew about Hawker all along but refuses to queue, it just ain't b-kyu.

08 May 2015

Supermarkets of Mystery: Spicy Chakalaka ~ South African

Boom chakalaka, chakalaka boom boom. South African vegetable relish chakalaka gets added to anything and everything in the B-Kyu Kitchen.

05 May 2015

Granny's Noodle ~ Chinese - Burwood

Granny's Noodle in Burwood is one of the newer style of noodle houses popping up around Sydney, all shiny and squeaky with a touch of cutesy.

30 April 2015

Paris ~ What's Vietnamese Food Like in Paris?

What if Ho Chi Minh had written about his time as a cook in France and the USA as 'Down in Out in Paris and New York'? Much has changed for Vietnamese migrants in Paris since then, even Luke Nguyen has family here running a restaurant. We had to drop in and say g'day.

28 April 2015

Komaru ~ Japanese - Neutral Bay

Komaru Osaka Style Sushi in Neutral Bay is an instant favourite, essential eating for all fellow Japan-o-philes.

23 April 2015

21 April 2015

Cafe De Hong Kong ~ Carlingford Village

We have a fetish for that cultural mishmash of cuisines that is Hong Kong coffee shop food. We finally get a chance to try the reader recommended Cafe de Hong Kong in Carlingford.

16 April 2015

14 April 2015

ATL Ayam Tulang Lunak ~ Indonesian Soft Boned Chicken - Kingsford [CLOSED]

Sniffing around Kingsford we're super happy to discover ATL Ayam Tulang Lunak has appeared since our last recon mission. Fried chicken fiends rejoice because it's run by the folks behind the legendary ATL Maranatha.

[CLOSED - as we wrote this ATL closed but has relocated to Mascot, see below]

09 April 2015

Rue Faubourg Saint-Denis ~ Turkish Soup, Kurdish Sandwiches, Boho Nosh and our Favourite Bar in Paris

One street in Paris captured our heart and stomach like no other. Rue Faubourg Saint-Denis mixes migrant communities and hipster food in a buzzing street in the 10th.

08 April 2015

07 April 2015

Nua Lao ~ Thai Lao - Haymarket \ Chinatown Fringe

Nua Lao Thai on George Street serves headbangin' funked up Lao and Thai soups, salads and street food dishes, as well as a bain-marie-of-love chock full of mysterious wonder. They also do standard  easy-listening Thai so you can drag along your less adventurous pals.

31 March 2015

La Mesa Philippine Cuisine ~ Chinatown

It took several visits, hearty recommendations from Filipino folks, and a trip to Manila for us to understand the pleasures of La Mesa. Now it's one of our all-time favourite Sydney restaurants.

29 March 2015

Supermarkets of Mystery - Wattalappan, Sri Lankan dessert

One of the desserts we loved most in Sri Lanka was wattalappan, so finding a pack of ready to make mix in a supermarket in Toongabbie looked like a way to love it all over again.

26 March 2015

Breakfast at Superbowl ~ Chinese - Chinatown Dixon Street Mall

We're eternally searching every inch of Sydney for that 'just like overseas' dining experience. Superbowl in the Dixon Street Mall has been right under our travel nerd noses all this time...

23 March 2015

Paris ~ Little Tokyo, a small taste of Japan

A few narrow streets house the Little Tokyo district of Paris. Get your fill of ramen, udon and gyoza and top it off with mountains of matcha flavoured sweeties.

17 March 2015

Malaysian Hawker Classics at Malacca Straits, Broadway

We play Malacca Straits roulette, eating a different hawker style dish every day until we get a dud. Well, that dud dish never came after fourteen visits, so we declare Malacca Straits the winner.

16 March 2015

Paris ~ Banh Mi Roundup - Vietnamese Pork Rolls, French style

Eating a Vietnamese pork roll in Paris is one of those circular journeys that food often takes. Parisians have embraced the familiar baguette with its exotic fillings, the price and taste causing lunchtime queues and devoted fans.

12 March 2015

$2 Chinese at Hot Woks ~ Westfield Shopping Gulag - Hurstville

The battle of the end of day discounting takes place in the Westfield Shopping Gulag in Hurstville on a Sunday afternoon. We grab a bargain throwback of a Chinese feed for only $7.

10 March 2015

Manoush City ~ Lebanese - Broadway

Zaatar time. A small spot in the city is pumping out Lebanese style breads and pizzas, working the pizza oven with that distinct herb flavour and haloumi filled treats.

09 March 2015

Paris ~ Bistros Bistrots Cafes Tabacs and Brasseries

When folks ask us what we loved most on our month-long stay in Paris, our answer is the cafes and bistros. That Paris cliche about sitting in a cafe and idly watching the world (and Gerard Depardieu) go by is true. So true. We did it every day for a month, and could do it all again.

08 March 2015

Supermarkets of Mystery ~ Sizzling sisig in a can - Filipino

Sisig, the Filipino specialty of a hot plate filled with chopped pieces of pigs head, is available in a small snack size can. We rip the lid off to see if it can really sizzle.

05 March 2015

Tasty Bites ~ Sichuan Chinese, Chatswood

There's a mighty big blast of Sichuan heat and flash coming from a small shop in Chatswood. Tasty Bites serves up food with a fiery focus and a touch of homestyle in the cooking.

02 March 2015

Paris ~ Chinese Food, Chinatown and Belleville

Paris is lucky enough to have three Chinatowns. We were lucky enough to have time to explore two of them, finding a mix of influences from China, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.

26 February 2015

Burmese Curry Place ~ Civic, Canberra

A legend among Canberra cheap eats fans, Burmese Curry Place is everything we hoped it would be.