Tea Plus-Taiwanese Food in Chinatown

I was wandering around Chinatown looking for a place to eat and came across Tea Plus. They had a cute robin’s egg blue logo and there was plenty of seating inside so I took my chances and went in. Here you order and pay at the counter when you’re ready and each table has a number on it. Tea Plus is a chain restaurant and they have 6 other locations in Sydney.

Tea Plus

After I discovered Happy Lemon, I’ve been addicted to cheese foam drinks. I ordered a Cheese Foam Matcha Milk Tea ($6.80). It delivered on the cheesy foam I so love with a flavourful matcha milk tea underneath. There is also lemon water available if you don’t want to purchase a drink.   Continue reading →

Pablo Cheesetarts-Australia

Being from Vancouver, we are not usually the first (or even the second) to welcome the arrival of international chains like Pablo, famous for their cheesetarts. Now that I’m in Sydney I get super excited every time I see something that Vancouver doesn’t have. Go figure. On this particular day, I decided to hunt down Pablo for some cheesetarts while I was in the CBD (Central Business District).

Pablo Cheesetarts

The store front is quite small and there is no seating inside. They have 4 different flavours of mini cheesetarts available and some larger ones as well.  Continue reading →

Kusuka Cafe-Fancy Mee Goreng

I am a fan of mee goreng and I just haven’t had it much in Vancouver (except of the instant variety) so when I saw that Kusuka Cafe offered some fancy versions, I had to check it out. It’s located in a small alley (not in a sketchy way) off Quay Street and super close to Central station. Kusuka Cafe is basically what you’d call a hole in the wall but in a nice way. Their menu consists of rice and noodles bowls as well as all day brunch. They also had really Instagram worthy drinks like a taro latte and pink latte and lattes in cones! I expect that lattes in cones will be showing up in Vancouver any minute now.

Kusuka Cafe

I was here for a mid-afternoon snack so I settled for the Mee Pork which had roasted pork belly, greens, butter herbed corn and chilli matah. They asked if I wanted the chilli included or on the side and I said I’ll have it included. The roast pork was sufficiently tender but far from the best roast pork I’ve ever had. The chilli sauce really hit the spot though and at first you don’t notice the heat but it creeps in steadily. It was a bowl of deliciousness and I didn’t want it to end. If you’re feeling hungry they have larger versions available as well for an increased price. I can imagine this is a great spot for students in the area!

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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.

Fry Zone by Chicken Zone Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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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Meet Fresh-Richmond

Meet Fresh is a Taiwanese dessert chain that opened this year in Richmond and they also have a location downtown on Robson now. This is the culmination of two visits. Once you have ordered at the counter, you will be given a device that will vibrate when your order is ready to be picked up at the counter. They get pretty busy at night but service is pretty fast since everything just needs to be assembled.

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Tacofino Oasis

Tacofino has opened up yet another location and this time it’s under the Bentall 5 building in the Coal Harbour and financial district area. This location is called Tacofino Oasis. It may be a bit tricky to locate though if you are not familiar with the area as it’s in the back part of the building away from the sidewalk. It’s in the same little plaza as Fujiya.

Tacofino Oasis

I work really close by so I came to check them out during my lunch break. Previously their Tacofino White Lightning truck was parked in this area on Burrard street but now that their brick and mortar store is open, the truck will be parked elsewhere. In fact, it even got a new paint job and it’s now pink! Tacofino Oasis is only open till 7pm Monday to Friday and they are closed on weekends. Service was fast despite the long line up and food came pretty fast as well since they have a bigger kitchen compared to the food truck.  Continue reading →

Double Double Restaurant-Chinese Donuts

I must admit that I don’t eat a lot of Chinese donut. Not that I don’t like it but my family was never really into it but I’ve had it a few more times lately and I’m digging it. I’ve come across Double Double Restaurant before on Instagram but I never really knew where it was. While looking for some Sunday family lunch options, I decided to figure out where it was and go.

Double Double RestaurantDouble Double Restaurant is located in the plaza next to Parker Place (not the Aberdeen side, the other side). We went around 1pm and got a table right away as a lot of people were leaving at that time. The turnover rate is pretty fast. Continue reading →