Banh Meats & Co-Roast Pork All The Way

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

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-Modern Greek Food in Melbourne

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 Melbourne

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 →

Hawker Chan-Cheapest Michelin Starred Restaurant!

Hawker Chan is the first street food vendor to achieve 1 Michelin Star. Their original location is based in Singapore but they have opened a location in Melbourne last December so lucky me! I also happened to come across their videos online as well so I was excited to go. They’re the cheapest Michelin Starred restaurant so I can actually afford it. Hawker Chan is famous for their soya sauce chicken dish which costs about $2 in Singapore!

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White Mojo-Soft Shell Crab for Brunch

I took a mini vacay down to Melbourne for 3 days this week! I’ve heard all about their famous brunch and coffee so I had a hard time deciding where to go. However, none of them could possibly be bad! I just wish I could eat more. For one of my brunch stops I went to White Mojo, located in Hardware Lane.Melbourne

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Pak Hailam Kopitiam-Malaysian Food in Parramatta

There are plenty of restaurants to choose from along Church Street in Parramatta but I was craving some Malaysian food and came across Pak Hailam Kopitiam. It was located just before Parramatta river. It was also Easter Friday so the place was dead. We were the only people there at 6:30pm which is prime dinner time.

On a side note, it seems like Australia is really big on Easter as well as hot cross buns. I’ve never seen so many hot cross bun related food items before. So far I’ve seen hot cross bun flavoured chocolates, hot cross bun French toast, hot cross bun ice cream, hot cross bun donuts as well as hot cross buns in different flavours like milk chocolate and apple with cinnamon! I barely noticed any hot cross buns in Vancouver except around Easter but here they started selling them in January already. I actually started buying them because they were pretty cheap at the grocery stores and I’m a girl on a budget. Turns out they were pretty good since they were light and fluffy as well as sweet.  Sorry for the long digression but onwards to the food ->

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Da Jian Chen-Chinese Breakfast Crepe

Da Jian Chen serves up a popular Chinese breakfast street food that is essentially a crepe or pancake with various fillings. I’m not actually sure if I’ve had this before, maybe once at the Richmond Night Market back in Canada? I’ve only been to China twice so I’ve never had it there. It looked delicious though so I was definitely going to give it a go. Da Jian Chen is located on Golburn Street just off George Street.

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Destination Roll

I still remember the first time I ever had a banh mi sandwich. My aunt picked up my brother and I from Chinese school on Saturday (who else went to Chinese school?!) and then we went for lunch. She introduced us to banh mi sandwiches and I was sold because I loved how there were pickled vegetables! I don’t eat them often though and sometimes I find the baguette to be on the harder and scratchier side but they are cheap as far as sandwiches go. In Australia, they usually call them “pork rolls” instead of banh mi probably so that they will appeal to more people. Destination Roll has a location close to my office near Wynyard station and they always have a line up during lunch hours.

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Donut Papi

I’ve always been a huge fan of donuts (hi Cartems!) but since that’s more of an American thing, there aren’t many donuts around in Sydney. Speaking of which, I also miss Tim Hortons and how cheap they are!!! There was Doughnut Time but it recently went bankrupt and all their stores seem to have closed now. I came across Donut Papi on Instagram and I’ve been stalking their page since. They close early on weekdays so I could only make a visit on the weekend. Basically all cafes close around 3 or 4pm here so unfortunately popping by after work is not an option.

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Burger Project-Parramatta

My boyfriend suggested we get burgers so he took me to Burger Project in Parramatta. Since he’s a student, he’s been taking advantage of their student special from 3-6pm where you can get free small chips with your burger. Since we went for lunch though I couldn’t mooch off his discount this time. Their motto is fast food with slow food values. We were their first customers of the day so the restaurant was empty. It was actually a very spacious venue for a burger joint.

Burger Project

Did you know the Aussie’s like putting beetroot in their burgers? It actually tastes pretty good. The Aussie Burger had grass fed beef, beetroot, cheese, onion, pickles, tomato, lettuce & secret sauce. Not sure what the secret sauce was but it complimented the juicy burger.

They had a limited edition burger called The Korean with Samjang Mayonnaise, Onion, Lettuce, Kimchi & Bulgogi Glaze. I decided to be healthy and order it as a burger in a bowl so instead of having buns you get lettuce instead. I found the patty to be too salty from the bulgogi glaze so it might’ve been better if I had ordered it as a regular burger with buns instead. The patty was also juicy but I think they could’ve provided more onions since there were barely any. Also, I expected more of a spicy kick to it but that was not the case.

Here in Oz, they don’t usually serve burgers with fries (or chips as they call it here) so they need to be ordered separately. The Chips (large size) were perfectly fried, fluffy on the inside and seasoning was spot on.

Lastly, we ordered a Coffee Milkshake but it was disappointing as the texture was super watery and it was more like a latte… I would’ve sent it back but my boyfriend had already gulped half of it and he’s not a fan of sending food back.

Have you ever sent food back?

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