The Smelly Cheesecake

I was intrigued by the name of this Korean-run cafe with their bright yellow awnings. The Smelly Cheesecake has 2 locations, one near Strathfield station and one near Lidcombe station. On this occasion I visited the Lidcombe location. They have display cases with full sized cakes and also cakes by the slice. In addition, they also serve coffee and breakfast/lunch/dinner items.

The Smelly Cheesecake

The cheesecakes come in various hues and range in flavours from red velvet to chocolate, berry and mango. They also had a parmesan flavour and a blue cheese cheesecake as well. Maybe that’s why they’re called The Smelly Cheesecake?  Continue reading →

Fry Zone by Chicken Zone

The suburb I moved to is called Lidcombe and it is super Korean! There’s a whole bunch of Korean restaurants and shops right around the corner from my apartment. The first one I tried is Fry Zone by Chicken Zone and it’s right across from the train station on Railway Street. You literally cannot miss it.

Fry Zone by Chicken Zone

I couldn’t resist getting some KFC (Korean Fried Chicken) so I ordered the half portion of the Sweet and Soy Sauce flavour. It was a mix of breast and thigh and other chicken parts I cannot identify. The batter was crispy but I think they could have seasoned a bit more or used more sauce as not all the pieces tasted the same and a couple pieces were on the drier side.

My bf had the Beef Burger with Beetroot ($7.50) and added a canned drink and chips (aka fries) for $3.50. Here in Australia it seems common that burgers are not served with fries automatically and they usually cost more. The burger was basic but quite juicy and saucy. The fries were well seasoned and on the thicker side.

We also had a side dish of pickled daikon as well which was refreshing. Wouldn’t mind stopping by again since I live so close! Fry Zone also has a second location in Lidcombe and 2 other locations in Strathfield, another very Korean suburb. There will be no shortage of fried chicken in my future.

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The Mandoo-Korean Dumplings

On the first week of my arrival I explored the suburb of Strathfield and it was very Korean. There is no shortage of Korean BBQ here and I wonder how they all stay in business. After wandering up and down the block a few times because I’m indecisive, I finally decided to pop into The Mandoo. Not really sure what drew me here compared to the other places. Maybe because it looked small and homey? The menu is small and consists of dumplings and noodle soups.

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Miso Japanese Restaurant

First post of 2018! Yes I know it’s been awhile but I’ve been busy moving to Sydney, Australia! I’m doing the working holiday visa for a year so all the posts this year will be from Sydney and they have great food here. For this post I’ll be talking about Miso Japanese Restaurant, situated in World Square, they are well known for their teishoku and fancy bento “boxes” (but it’s more like a bento platter). Every day they also feature a special bento with limited quantities. Please also note that they will not seat you until your entire group has arrived.

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