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Haberfield, 2045

26 Feb
February 26, 2014

Many feel that Leichardt is the little Italy of Sydney, but they would be wrong.  Sydney’s true little Italy is Haberfield.

You may have read recently about my hidden bar exploration of Sydney, which was arranged by Destination NSW.  This was but the tip of the iceberg of discovering my hometown with Nicole from Bitten by the Travel Bug.

I was asked what suburb I would like to get to know better.  Instantly Haberfield came to mind.  By the powers that be, and in this case the powers of Destination NSW, Nicole and I found ourselves on a private tour of Haberfield.

Vespa Haberfield Read more →

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Japanese Rice Soup

19 Feb
February 19, 2014

I have the flu.  I feel terrible.  I want to curl up into a ball and sleep for 24 hours.  Sadly that isn’t going to happen.  I am way too busy right now.

I was going to share my kareage recipe with you, but I am feeling sookie and instead sharing this soup recipe.  This soup is a pure comfort soup, a soup that gives you a hug from the inside.

Rice Soup

Josh calls it gruel.  I am sure that Oliver would be quite happy if a bowl was served up to him and I’m sure those famous words would be uttered “please sir, may I have some more?”

He may be right in calling it gruel, but if gruel it is, then it is mighty tasty and satisfying.  It reminds me of Chinese congee. Read more →

Pan Fried Potato Gnocchi with Pine Nuts, Prosciutto & Sage

14 Sep
September 14, 2013

Todd, who is The Daring Kitchen’s AWESOME webmaster and an amazing cook, is our September Daring Cooks’ host! Todd challenged us to make light and fluffy potato Gnocchi and encouraged us to flavor the lil pillows of goodness and go wild with a sauce to top them with!

I’m prone to blond moments.  I mean seriously epic ones at times.  Being a blond, I can call them blond moments without offending  countless blonds around the Nation.

When I messaged Ms Lily about my gnocchi blond moment, venting my anger, sharing my idiocy and hoping for some sympathy.  The sympathetic reply was “I snorted out loud when I read that”.   Hmm, yah, gee, thanks GF (said with duck face pout and diva style finger waggle).

So what had I done?  More like what hadn’t I done.

I had received a lovely delivery of fresh seasonal asparagus from the Australian Asparagus Growers, and I wanted to make a dish to do those lovely spears justice.  Instantly I thought what a great idea to combine the asparagus with my Daring Cooks’ September challenge.  Gnocchi was the challenge, so why not add asparagus?  Plus, honestly, if you can kill two birds……… Read more →

Fat Noodle, The Star, Sydney

22 Aug
August 22, 2013

Fat Noodle isn’t new on the scene, in fact I had heard that the food is pretty good.  I knew it was located somewhere inside  Sydney casino The Star, where, I wasn’t quite sure.  What I didn’t know was that Fat Noodle is one of Luke Nyugen’s restaurants.  Now, if I had known that bit of information before I may have sought it out earlier.

Fat Noodle is located on the casino floor.  This explains why I haven’t stumbled upon its location.  As even though I frequent the restaurants located at The Star, I don’t venture into the actual casino.  To be honest, I don’t have spare cash to throw away, and as we know, the house always wins in the end.   But I thank those gamblers, as without them we wouldn’t have Fat Noodle.

I have been invited on this occasion with a few others to have an intimate dinner with Luke.  What better way to try out Fat Noodle’s menu than with the man who is responsible for it.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAluke nyugen & head chef andy bing

Unlike Luke’s other restaurants, Red Lantern on Crown and Red Lantern on Riley, which are purely Vietnamese, Fat Noodle lets him play around a little.  A hawker style menu inspired by his travels around Asia and some of his favourite dishes.  The menu is MSG free using quality ingredients such as Angus reared beef and sustainably caught fish. Read more →

Kuro Neko Ramen Noodle Bar, Sutherland

14 Aug
August 14, 2013

Who would think that the opening of a ramen joint in Sutherland would bring me so much excitement and joy.  I am thanking the ramen gods for Kuro Neko. You see my dear readers, I now don’t need to travel ages for ramen, it is only 5 minutes away from home.  Slowly but surely good things are making their way south to The Shire.

Karu Neko 2Kuro Neko has popped up underneath a new residential development on the old Mitre 10 sight in Sutherland.  They have only been open since May, but every time I pass by they are doing a pretty good trade at lunch time.  They are also open for dinner, but I am yet to make my way there at night. Read more →

Casa Barilla Cooking Class with Eugenio Maiale & Class Giveaway

28 May
May 28, 2013

You may have taken part in a Barilla cooking class when visiting  a food show around town.  Like their cooking classes at the Good Food and Wine Show.  What I didn’t realise until recently is that Barilla actually run cooking classes throughout the year at the Casa Barilla Cooking School, located in Annandale.

They are Italian cooking classes, of course, and are run by Executive Chef Luca Ciano.  They are fun intimate classes, the format can vary depending on what is being covered.  They can be hands on or pure demonstration.  And we have a class for two to giveaway!

It was a demonstration class that I attended.  Casa Barilla are running a series of classes with prominent Sydney chefs.  In my case it was a Master Class with Eugenio Maiale, head chef and owner of A Tavola in Darlinghurst.

On arrival we are offered a glass of prosecco and there is a generous antipasto plate for all to enjoy.  I am more than content to munch on prosciutto, olives and cheese while waiting for the other class attendees to arrive. Read more →

Ippudo, Sydney

24 May
May 24, 2013

Ippudo is a very popular Japanese ramen restaurant chain.  The first Ippudo restaurant opened in 1985 in Daimyo District of Chuo Ward, Fukuoka City.  From there restaurants popped up all over Japan, but mainly in the Kanto and Kansai regions.

With Ippudo restaurants securely established around Japan,  world domination seems to be on their to do list.  Restaurants have opened in New York, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Seoul, Taipei, Shanghai, and late last year Sydney.

Like most restaurants which open with a big buzz, I take my time to visit, wait for the hype to die down a little.  They hype hasn’t really died down, Ippudo is as busy as ever.  My recommendation is get there early, they don’t take bookings.  We get there early, 5.45pm on a Thursday night and have no problems securing a seat.  By six o’clock people are lined up to get in. Read more →

Miss Chu, Bondi Beach

20 May
May 20, 2013

Miss Chu has taken Sydney by storm, this isn’t new news.  We can’t seem to get enough of her.  The original store is a hole in the wall on the Corner of Bourke & William Streets in Darlinghurst.  Since the opening of that first store, Miss Chu’s cuisine can be found in three other locations in Sydney and two in Melbourne.  She is doing something right.

Even though I have heard her food is great, I wasn’t excited enough to go out of my way to pay one of her establishments a visit.  Why?  I just couldn’t get excited over something I make all the time at home, rice paper rolls.  It was a visit of a close girl-friend to Sydney that finally got me to Miss Chu’s.  She really wanted to go and I was happy to join her.

Staff at Bondi are friendly and helpful.  If it is a nice day try and secure an outside table, inside is a little dreary.  They have traditional rice paper rolls, but mix it up with non Vietnamese fillings as well.

Beside rolls you can order a choice of steamed dumplings, deep fried spring rolls, warm vermicelli salads, stir-fry dishes, salads and soups. Read more →

Mahjong Room, Surry Hills

08 May
May 8, 2013

The Mahjong room is operated by Hong Kong born William Hui along with former Red Lantern Manager Drew Kohing.  William opened the Mahjong Room with Erika Chan back in 2002, and has been on my  ‘to do’ list for a very long time now.  Mainly to head there on the last Saturday of the month for their popular mahjong lessons which are accompanied with yum cha.  You would think I would have gotten there by now!

My recent visit to the Mahjong Room didn’t see me partaking in a game or two.  Instead I visited to try their new Open Rice Open Table menu.

“Open rice” means to start a meal in Cantonese.  “Open table” is a popular Chinese term which translates as opening up a table for mahjong.  An addictive tile game played in China for thousands of years.  And from what I have seen can end up being quite noisy and a lot of fun. Read more →

Orecchiette, Vongole & Saffron Cream Sauce

01 Mar
March 1, 2013

If you have been watching MasterChef Professionals, you may have seen the Italian challenge earlier this week.  There was a restaurant challenge and the challengers had to ensure one of their dishes included Barilla pasta.

The lovely people at Barilla decided to challenge me as well.  I received the recipes under embargo before the episode aired, and was challenged to choose one to cook, but add my own twist.

I couldn’t help myself and ended up playing around with both recipes, Orecchiette Vongole and Casarecce with Rabbit, Cavolo Nero, Almonds and olives.  I hate to blow my own horn, but I love my twists on both recipes.  My version of the rabbit rocked, and I will share it with you guys shortly, but today I share the Orecchiette recipe. Read more →

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