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Showing posts with label Food Review. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Food Review. Show all posts

Paddy Hills - South Buona Vista Road


Weekend brunch is now considered the casual meal for regular social event. From youngsters, dating couple, to family with kids - they all like to do brunch! It's all about getting together at the latest newest place, looking for mouth watering dishes you might want to feature on Instagram, even when you are not a foodie~

GUDETAMA Cafe Singapore - Suntec City


Gudetamatama .. Gudetamatama ..
Gudegudegudetama ..

Wait no more! Gudetama Cafe will open its door to the public on the 30th of November (soft opening)

Gudetama CafĂ© Singapore is a joint venture between two local food brands, The Soup Spoon and Joe & Dough. Also working together on the food styling and co-creating the menu with them is the award-winning bento artist, Shirley Wong aka Little Miss Bento!

Eating Spots You Must Try in Cabramatta! (UPDATED!)


Cabramatta, a suburb in Southwestern Sydney that should be visited if you are looking for some of Sydney's best food spots.. It's quite far from where I live but the thoughts of going there always light the spark in me! 

As soon as you step into the main food street (John St).. You'll find a vast array of restaurants and cafes offering many choices of mouthwatering authentic Vietnamese cuisine, be it in the form of Pho, Bahn Mi and others.. 

With each places specialising in a particular type of dish.. Here are some eating spots we recommend you to visit!

Calabur Cafe by DAY and by NIGHT! - Bondi


If anyone asks me about brunch and/or dinner around Bondi Junction area, I usually tell them to try Calabur - the new kid on the block and the fact that it might not be really visible from the main road doesn't hinder their chances of being a hidden gem!


Inspired by Calabur plant in front of their house, 4 friends decided to open this lovely place - not that big but feel so homey and warm upon entering. Serving Western menu with Asian touch during the day and the other way round with additional bar at night, this place has embraced the "sous vide" cooking style - sort of like poaching the meat in its own juice in the plastic bag to get a precise succulent, noticeable juicier and definitely more tender meat. 

Delicious Journey accross MEKONG on Kensington Street - Chippendale


If my school memory serves me right, Mekong is actually one of the longest river in Asia that flows and forms the border between Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and even Vietnam! But I guess enough of the geography lesson for now and let's talk more about this latest addition to Kensington Street and the food they offer~

Winter at Cuckoo Callay - Newtown


Well, tell me how did you spend your last weekend? The weather was so wild all of a sudden with severe storms and heavy rain! But it didn't hinder me together with the homies, Isaac, Michael, and Natalie, from coming to Cuckoo Callay for their new menu. 

After a successful Bacon Festival with all-bacon-inspired menu following right after for 3 months, my anticipation has built up when I first heard about their WINTER MENU. So, without further ado let's talk more about their dishes~

Left of Field - Rhodes


Rhodes is having a major facelift with so many well built housing complex, the bridge and this new cafe called Left of Field! After looking at their menu, I think I get an idea why they named this place as it is - the food they offer is quite unusual especially in general Western Sydney area.

When Haven Does Egg Waffles - Surry Hills


I’ve been following Haven since the first day they opened and surprised me with their fusion yet creative dishes. And now here I am updating my post with so much Egg-citement as Haven recently introduced a new menu series!

Ho Jiak - Strathfield


Ho Jiak is a familiar word to both of us since it's actually a Hokkien dialogue which means taste good. I think it might be one of the reason why it's used by the same team behind Petaling Express for their Penang-inspired eatery in Strathfield Plaza. 

Ho Jiak might easily be missed as there is no sign in front of their kopitiam look alike stall. If you walk pass Petaling Express sign and see a busy place with quite a long queue of people (especially during peak hour) waiting to place their orders - Yup! You're in the right place!


Let's celebrate with these Satay Chicken because Strathfield is no longer all about Korean food! The meat is well marinated in aromatic mixed herbs and spices, sweet and deeply fragrant with heavier use of turmeric. It has yellowish appearance with thicker, sweeter but less nutty peanut sauce compared to the Indonesian version we usually eat.


One thing that I will never miss in Kuala Lumpur and Penang is to eat Chee Cheong Fun

We're waiting in anticipation after placing the order and not long after.. Served in its original form - firmly rolled up, light, with the right chewiness,this light bite came with some tofu skin and fish balls. You can choose to have it with the original sweet black sauce or the curry sauce or even both sauces side by side - just the way I usually eat my chee cheong fun!


It's been ages since I had Bah Kut Teh (Pork Bone Tea Soup). Back in the day, my mom usually makes it for all of us at least once a month and it's really good - Well I'm not biased here! LOL!

Slowly boiled with heaps of garlic, herbs, mushrooms, pork ribs, pork belly, Ho Jiak's version is quite different to the other Bah Kut Teh (mostly Klang version) we've ever tried, their style is more like sweet chinese herbal soup with comforting and earthy flavor. If they had Chinese cruller on the side, it'd be even better to enjoy alongside the steamed rice. 


Last but not the least, we try Curry Mee Goreng instead of the usual Char Koay Teow. Served with prawns, fish cakes, some greens.. Their version is more like dry noodle with subtle curry taste (they use curry powder), slightly sweet with light charred flavor.


Ho Jiak
Address:
Shop 33, 11 The Boulevard, Strathfield
Opening Hours:
10am - 9pm daily
Ho Jiak Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

-Let's Nomnom dined as guests of Ho Jiak. Thanks Yee Mei and Ho Jiak team for the warm service and hospitality. All opinions here are our own and independent-

Barista and Cook: When Balanced Diet means Salads and Fried Chicken! -Waterloo


The current Waterloo is not the same as the previous one I've ever seen. Lots of apartments are being built plus the upcoming Sydney Metro - Barista and Cook sets its foot at just the right time on the 23rd January serving clean and healthy seasonal menu with good coffee using Gypsie coffee bean.



This place is quite spacious with simple yet stylish interior and plenty of natural light. They make everything they can in house and use local produces to create a simple clean eating but still full of taste and definitely healthy. 

Fresh Juice: Refresher - Watermelon, Apple, Mint, Lime

Everyone loves bacon and egg but I won't deny Char Grilled Pork Belly and Chili Fried Eggs pair excites me more! Let's get real here.. The inside is tender with sweet and salty flavor and the charred crust on the outside simply deepens the aroma. Topped with perfectly cooked fried egg (yes with the egg yolk oozing out!), crushed edamame and puffed black rice, life can't be more delightful when you have this for breakfast right?

Heirloom Tomato Salad with Burrata cheese, poached eggs, and herb toast
Smoked Trout Kedgeree - Spiced Rice, Boiled Eggs, Citrus Yoghurt, Corriander
If I need some clean eating in my life, this Heirloom Tomato Salad is exactly what I'm craving for. It takes only a few ingredients but this simple dish defines joy on a plate. Served with toasted herb bread, it's so DIY bruschetta-like if you want to enjoy it that way. Their Kedgeree is another dish to try - It's apparently a traditional British breakfast and has balance of flavors going on with combination of smoked trout, spiced rice, citrus yoghurt, corriander, lemon and boiled eggs! Every spoonful is so light, fresh and bursting with spice.

Roasted Broccoli Salad with Marinated Chickpeas, Toasted Almonds, Kale, Feta, Chili Flakes
Char Grilled Zucchini with Black Rice, Pickled Fennel, Radish and Pea Sprouts
Roasting or Char-grilling really brings the veggie flavor out! The Broccoli salad is just perfect if you prefer nutty and creamy salad as it has marinated chickpeas as well as toasted almonds and feta for extra creaminess. The Zucchini salad, on the other hand, has that sweet, fresh and tangy flavors with the combination of pickled fennel and radish! For sure, both salads are so delightful and perfect as light treats~


I hope you read till this part (especially if you are not into clean eating LOL~). As much as I love salads and light meals, I also need Cheese Burger and Chips in my life~ Well, that's what we call as balanced diet right? The beef patty is juicy and tender but their bacon jam steals my attention the most - sweet and savory deliciousness with the goodness of crispy bacon bits!


It's the fried chicken season and you can simply find it everywhere! Be it southern fried, korean style, taiwanese style - who doesn't love this crispy and so delicious on their own treats! A really great Southern Fried Chicken needs only two things from me - it has to has juicy and flavorful meat and a super crisp and crunchy crust - this place totally nails it! Served with chipotle mayo, it's an excellent sauce which added a tang, spicy, and nice extra layer of flavor. 

Grilled Mac 'n' Cheese Toastie with House Relish
Mac and Cheese as a toastie?! This should be included as one of the more amazing food on earth. This grilled sandwich is stuffed with creamy macaroni and melted cheese for double the gooey deliciousness. Pair it with salad so it's not considered as a cheat meal~

Coffee Ice Cream Slider 
Buckwheat Waffles
For sweet tooth, their Buckwheat Waffles are light and crisp with nice and soft texture on the inside. It has that nutty flavor which makes them more unique than the usual waffles. Served with butterscotch pear, raspberries, toasted poppy seeds, the creme fraiche ice cream is so smooth and creamy and exactly what you want it on top of your waffle. As for the Coffee Ice Cream Slider, the ice cream (they use Gypsie coffee) itself is nice and smooth but I personally find the brioche is a bit too dry and crumbly.


Barista and Cook
Address:
834 Bourke Street, Waterloo
Opening Hours:
6am - 4pm on weekdays and 8am - 3pm on weekends
Barista & Cook Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

-Let's Nomnom dined as guests of Barista and Cook. Thanks Barista and Cook for the warm service and hospitality. All opinions here are our own and independent-

BACON FESTIVAL is back at CUCKOO CALLAY! - Newtown


Cuckoo Callay's BACON FESTIVAL is back! Having been success with last year's festival, this year Cuckoo brings it into a bigger scale that happened on last Saturday the 27th at Central Park, Chippendale together with other Sydney's favorites serving up their special bacon inspired dishes and of course, BACON BEER!

Vietnamese Through Parisian Lense at Grand Duk - CBD


Grand Duk firstly opened its door as a sleek bistro in the heart of the CBD serving modern Vietnamese dishes with a French twist. I heard at first the menu focuses more on the slow cooked dishes like its sibling, the Naked Duck, but then Amy Lee, the owner, has decided to launch a new all day menu with some seasonal specials alongside their signature Grand Duk coffee blend supplied by Toby's Estate.




Breakfast is the most important meal and if you don't have time to prepare your own - get this Trifle and refuel on your way to work. Layers of fruits and nutty muesli topped with natural yoghurt and fresh berries, this kind of breakfast is not only yummy but also healthy and definitely rich in antioxidants. 


One thing that shouldn't be missed when talking about Vietnamese food is this Goi Cuon aka Rice Paper Roll. Freshly rolled with the right proportion of meat, vermicelli, lettuce, and served with hoisin peanut dip - they are sold individually and you can choose to have it with Sichuan Duck (my fave!) or Tiger Prawn or 5 Spice Tofu or simply one each if you can't decide!


I rarely eat salad for breakfast but I guess this Breakfast Bowl might change the way I think and plan for my next meal. Served with poached eggs, green leaves, mashed avocado, mixed nuts and seeds, and Vietnamese daikon & carrot pickles - this light and refreshing combination is bursting with sweet and tangy taste as well as extra crunchy texture from the pickles and the nuts. 

5 SPICE TOFU SALAD - bean sprouts, pickles, enoki, snowpeas, water chestnuts, herbs, peanuts & sesame vinaigrette
I always have a soft spot for Vietnamese food in my heart more because I feel healthy knowing that they use mostly herbs and fresh vegetables (with less oil too) - like this 5 Spice Tofu Salad, the peanut and sesame vinaigrette gives extra tangy kick to the combination of fresh veggies and Vietnamese pickles. 


Who will give the Salt and Pepper Squid a miss when it's served straight out of the fryer, fried to a light and golden crunch? For me personally, the refreshing green papaya salad is actually the attention-stealer with its tangy, sweet, sour and spicy flavours although I usually can't live without this tender, nicely spiced and deep-fried glory!

Duck Meatballs Bahn Mi 
Sticky Master Stock Pork Belly (on the right)
Ginger Baked King Salmon
I'd say out of these three, my favorite is their Ginger Baked King Salmon! The salmon gives a very nice Asian flare with a hint of ginger and garlic. Every bite with the pho duck broth is so flakey, moist and flavourful that leaves me craving the more I eat it. The Duck Meatball is another interesting approach to the usual Bahn Mi, it is juicy and tender but unfortunately a bit too salty for my liking. Another everyone's favorite, the Sticky Pork Belly is slow-cooked till flavorful (definitely has strong lemongrass taste) and served Asian style with steamed brown rice on the side.



Grand Duk creates the humble Mango Pudding and Deep Fried Ice Cream into something extraordinary! At a glance, their Coconut Crumble Deep Fried Ice Cream looks like a crispy golden brown lamington with smooth vanila bean ice cream awaits within the hot crispy shell. Served chilled with the addition of ginger sago and kaffir lime caramel, the Mango Pudding has smooth and creamy texture with rich mango and gingery taste and a hint of citrusy fragrant.


Grand Duk
Address:
225 George Street, CBD
Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday 7am - 4.30pm
Grand Duk Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

-Let's Nomnom dined as guest of Grand Duk. Thanks Amy for the warm service and hospitality. All opinions here are our own and independent-




10 William Street - Paddington


From the same team behind Fratelli Paradiso in Potts Point, a storefront nestled in the boutique shopping strips in Paddington area has been converted into a small but compact bistro with impressive selection of wine list and interesting Italian touch on the menu. 

Salmon Party at Salmon and Bear - Zetland


If you're asked to choose salmon or bacon, which one is your pick? For us, it'll be salmon! Be it in the form of sashimi, smoked, cooked, you name it - salmon has its own charm and always tastes so good!

The Rice Den - St Leonards


This place came into my mind when I was planning for a dinner catch up with our long lost friend. Serving modern Cantonese-inspired dishes, The Rice Den was previously located in Chatswood but now they have moved to a larger and more sophisticated place in St Leonards. 

Paddock - Surry Hills


Talking about Surry Hills means endless food and drink options especially on the buzziest and hippest Crown Street. Just recently opened around 3 weeks ago, Paddock has get you covered if you simply can't decide where to dine among the endless options.
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