Marrickville Pork Roll has long been rated as one of the best pork roll spots in Sydney. I haven’t been to their Marrickville location before but they’ve opened a new location at Steam Mill Lane which is much more convenient for me. They’ve only been open since late May and the shop is tiny but there’s some outdoor seating. The menu has the usual options like the traditional pork roll, BBQ pork roll and roasted pork roll. I decided to get the BBQ Pork Roll for $6 and it came with sliced BBQ pork, green onion, pickled carrot and daikon, cucumber, cilantro, pate and the option of chillies. I loved the added crunch from the pickled carrots and daikon as well as the cucumber. The bread roll was perfectly fluffy on the inside with a nice crust on the outside that held everything together. The pate and BBQ pork were also very flavourful. I would definitely come here for lunch if I worked in the area. The sandwich was very juicy and my paper bag was soaked after I was done stuffing my face. So glad I finally tried it! I think I like it more than Destination Roll. The girl serving me was also really friendly.
Nutie Donuts has opened up a new location in the Hunter Connection mall and I pass by every morning and gaze longingly at their donuts. This particular part of the mall is also filled with the smells of bacon and eggs so it’s really hard to walk by and not buy something. All their donuts are gluten free, dairy free and/or vegan! In addition, they also sell a variety of other treats such as vegan cheesecake, brownies and cookies. They have also started serving a few lunch items like hot soup.
Nutie Donuts have flavours like the Couch Potato which is a chocolate donut with chocolate covered potato chips on top and Rocky Road which has marshmallows on top. Other flavours include peanut butter brownie, cookie monster and cookies and cream. Continue reading →
It’s getting a bit chilly in Sydney now and what’s better than some warm Korean soup? We headed to North Strathfield to visit Myeong Dong Korean restaurant. It’s a short walk from the train station and when we arrived on a Saturday night, there was a long queue already. Our friends were already waiting and the wait was about half an hour.
The menu had a good mix of soups, stews, hotpots and a few meat dishes. I don’t think they do BBQ here. What really blew my mind was that they gave us 12 different side dishes!!! I’ve never seen so many before and our table was completely covered. Since we had 6 people, they actually gave us 2 sets! I thought this was really generous. There was an assortment of pickled cucumbers, radish, bean sprouts, potatoes, kimchi, konjac jelly, lotus root, seaweed, eggplant, bok choy etc. I would’ve been happy just eating the side dishes alone! I love foods that are marinated, fermented or pickled.
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Kusuka Cafe has opened up a second location close to Town Hall station and it’s got pastel vibes going. The space is twice as big now and they also have some new menu items. Here you’ll have to order at the counter and then they’ll bring the food to you.
They had this giant painting on the wall that says “Let tomorrow worry about itself”. Words I need to hear from time to time!
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Ok I can’t believe I actually did this. I don’t know how it happened but I guess it’s kinda cool that it was spontaneous. Yes I had grasshopper ice cream and the flavour was called Choc Hopper. REAL GRASSHOPPER! Not just the flavour that is typically made of chocolate and mint. Never thought I’d say those words… To be honest, I couldn’t actually make myself eat the whole grasshopper but I did have some bits and pieces (e.g. arms and legs mostly)… I only got a tiny scoop of chocolate ice cream so there were only 2 small grasshoppers in there. They don’t have any taste and they’re just crunchy and very light. I couldn’t stop imagining the grasshopper as I was eating it though. Actually I’m not even sure how many real grasshoppers I’ve even seen. I did see a cricket recently in my apartment and I was freaked out already.
So how did this all happen? The Economist was doing a promotion for their new subscription packages and I think they had an issue covering insects or something? They were doing the promotion at Wynyard station and being a sucker for free things, I had to go over and check it out. After I found out that there were REAL insects in the ice cream (this explains why there was no line up for free ice cream haha) I decided that since I was already there and it was free, I might as well give it a try. Or maybe it’s because I’m in Australia now and trying to be more adventurous. I think it was just a one time thing and I don’t think I’ll be compelled to try it again. Unless maybe they were completely covered in chocolate…heard those were good?
Let me know if you’d ever eat insects with your ice cream! Grasshopper ice cream is going to top the list for the most adventurous thing I’ve ever eaten!
Disclaimer: All food and beverages were complimentary but opinions are my own.
I’ve been following Sydney Instagrammer KeraBearEats since I’ve moved here and when I saw she posted on her Instastory that anyone interested in a media tasting should DM her, I jumped at the chance to invite myself. It turned out that Appethai Restaurant, located in Darlinghurst near Kings Cross station, was having their grand opening. Appethai is on the higher end of the scale price wise and they offer a la carte menu items as well as set menus (including a vegetarian set menu!). They suggested that we try the $75 set menu. I felt super lucky to have been able to try so many of their dishes! Since it was a spontaneous event I didn’t have my camera with me and it was dark so the photos aren’t very good.
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My high school friend (Hi Michelle!) was visiting from Boston and I haven’t seen her since first year uni so we had a meet up in Sydney. She said her boss who was Australian had recommended Red Lantern to her so we decided to try it. Red Lantern is opened by Luke Nguyen, a celebrity chef in Australia. They serve high end Vietnamese food with some new twists. Generally when I think about Vietnamese food, it’s usually a giant bowl of pho or pork rolls at affordable prices so I told myself to be open minded towards fine dining Vietnamese food. Bear in mind, I’m not much of a fine diner (yet)!
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Aqua S is a soft serve ice cream shop that serves new flavours every 15 days. You can check their Instagram to see what their current flavours are. I went to their store in Regent Place after dinner to get some dessert. The ice cream comes in pastel colours that are really photogenic and insta-worthy. The shop is quite small and doesn’t have much seating so you’ll probably have to take it to go. On this particular occasion, they had Manuka Honey x Sea Salt or Lime Cheesecake x Sea Salt available. I believe the sea salt flavour is always available and the other 2 flavours are changed frequently.
I’m a huge fan of salted caramel ice cream so I was excited to try the sea salt flavour. I love cheesecake as well so I went with the Lime Cheesecake x Sea Salt swirl. They only accept credit/debit card if you buy $6 worth of food and since the ice cream was $4.50, I was short of the minimum spend amount so I was forced to add a topping for $1.50 so that I could use my card. Also my friends were waiting and I was too far away to ask if they had cash and I didn’t want to go get cash after I made them wait. Toppings include popping candy, fairy floss or a toasted marshmallow. As you can see, I went with the toasted marshmallow.
Despite how pretty it looks, especially against their aquamarine coloured wall, the taste fell short of my expectations. I thought the sea salt would be much saltier and the lime cheesecake tasted artificial. Also it melted too fast for my liking. I like my ice cream cold and hard. The best thing about this turned out to be the toasted marshmallow which was thick and fluffy. I was told by someone else that Aqua S doesn’t taste as good as it looks but it seemed quite popular and I had to try it for myself because how bad could ice cream be? Maybe I just picked a bad flavour?
Needless to say, I don’t feel the need for a re-visit anytime soon.
I’ve noticed that banh mi sandwiches or “pork rolls” are fairly common in Sydney. They’re commonly sold in shops with signs that say “hot bread” as the name of the store and there’s one in every neighbourhood. In fact, these hot bread shops are open super early in the morning like at 5am and close early around 4pm. I discovered this as I had to get up at 4am for a flight to Melbourne and the shop I passed by was getting ready to open. Banh Meats & Co are stepping up the game for banh mi sandwiches with exciting protein options like soft shell crab, fried chicken and fried eggplant for the vegetarians. They are located in a side street next to Burwood station.
Banh Meats & Co is probably more popular as a lunch spot than a dinner spot as it was pretty quiet during my dinner visit. I noticed the gigantic slab of roast pork right away and I knew we had to get it! For their sandwiches, you can choose from a long bun or a round bun. They also serve the same proteins as salad bowls or rice bowls for the same price in case you don’t feel like eating a sandwich.
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Gazi was recommended by a friend and after checking them out on Zomato, I was sold by the great reviews. Although it’s not fine dining, I felt a bit underdressed as a tourist since everyone else looked like they had just got off work so they were in their business casual attire. The ambiance was still pretty casual though.
Gazi is one of the restaurants opened by MasterChef Australia judge, George Calombaris. They are located close to Federation Square and in the free tram zone. The free tram zone is a great way to get around the CBD and perfect for tourists! The city circle tram stops at most of the major city attractions and even provides a brief history of each stop along the way. Continue reading →