Chiswick, Woollahra

The menu is driven by fresh seasonal produce from a 150-square metre kitchen garden.

And with a dedicated gardener working with the chefs, it is no wonder beautiful edible flowers and nasturtium leaves, among rosa radish and French tarragon, are gracing the dishes at CHISWICK.

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WAQU, Crows Nest

WAQU Crows Nest

You will find croquette, prosciutto, carpaccio, beurre blance and balsamic vinegar sauce, foie gras and fig, Bagna càuda, Gâteau au Chocolat and Fromage de Chèvre on its menu.

But it is neither French nor Italian because this restaurant boasts a tag line of ‘modern Japanese dining’.

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Mr Chow’s Peking Restaurant, Millers Point

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 With just one mouthful, I am grateful to have lost my smoked bean curd rolls virginity.
I care less they are not on most Chinese restaurant menus.
I care a lot more that I shall return just for them.

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Berta, Sydney

Bertha

Soft, earthy lentils are soaking up rich roasting juices like little spongelettes.
We rate this slow-roasted goat as one of the stand-out winter dishes this season.

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The Culinary World of Chase Kojima

The Culinary World of Chase Kojima

“There is little choice but to close my eyes
and savour each sinful piece of pork belly as it slowly melts away in my mouth”

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Wine Tasting in Mornington Peninsula, Victoria

Wine Tasting Mornington Peninsula Victoria


 “Age is just a number.
It’s totally irrelevant unless, of course, you happen to be a bottle of wine.”

Joan Collins, US actress and author

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The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay, Glebe

The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay

Sailboats are gently rocking in the water to the sound of lapping waves. There are breathtaking waterviews too.

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Devon Cafe, Surry Hills

Devon Cafe

” This eggs blini is definitely a Jennifer Lawrence
because it is so rich and pretty “

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Lee Ho Fook, Collingwood

Lee Ho Fook

For ‘modern food’ to pass the taste test
it must impress to the point of acceptance in its own right
whilst paying homage to the beauty of tradition that paved the way for its success.

It is like the young and beautiful woman
with whom a widower falls in love to the point of marriage.
For she reminds him of the undying love and beauty of his previous union.

Whenever I interpret Chopin on the piano
I aim to create my individual style whilst honouring his tradition.
For it is his beauty that enables my own playing to touch the hearts of those who listen.

Chopinand, co-author of ChopinandMysaucepan

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Supernormal, Melbourne

Supernormal

At $16 a pop, this little lobster roll is the price of
a hearty bowl of ramen on a wintry Melbourne day.
But if there is one reason to revisit, this is it.

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Jalan Imbi Market, Kuala Lumpur

Sisters Crispy Popiah, Jalan Imbi Market, Kuala Lumpur

This tenth and final blog post is part of Food Safari Kuala Lumpur 2014 – a series of ten mouth-watering blog posts of the best eats during my 9-day trip to the city.

Here’s a recap of this series and thanks for joining me on this delicious journey around food haven Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

1     Pasar Basah Kuala Ampang, Selangor
2    Restoran Soong Kee, Kuala Lumpur
3    Restoran Setapak Teochew, Kuala Lumpur
4    Petaling Street & Madras Lane, Kuala Lumpur
5     Elegant Inn, Kuala Lumpur
6     Kam Kee Seafood Restaurant, Petaling Jaya
    Kedai Makanan Mun Wah Hokkien Mee, Kuala Lumpur
8     Restoran Siu Siu, Kuala Lumpur
9    Restoran Soo Kee, Kuala Lumpur
10   Jalan Imbi Market, Kuala Lumpur

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“Get hold of their mobile phone numbers!” I say to my mum. “We need to do it before that whole place disappears.”

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Restoran Soo Kee, Kuala Lumpur

Restoran Soo Kee, Kuala Lumpur

This ninth blog post is part of Food Safari Kuala Lumpur 2014 – a series of ten mouth-watering blog posts of the best eats during my 9-day trip to the city. 

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In my three years of food blogging, I have been impressed with some restaurants to the extent I blogged them twice to give readers a perspective about the different dishes I tried on both occasions.

But never have I blogged about the same three dishes at one particular restaurant twice.

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Restoran Siu Siu, Kuala Lumpur

Restoran Siu Siu, Kuala Lumpur

Restoran Siu Siu, Kuala Lumpur

This eighth blog post is part of Food Safari Kuala Lumpur 2014 – a series of ten mouth-watering blog posts of the best eats during my 9-day trip to the city.

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“We want to bring you to Klang to eat seafood” she tells me.

“Is that not a little too far for a simple lunch?” I reply.

“No where is too far when it comes to good food” she says.

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Kedai Makanan Mun Wah Hokkien Mee, Kuala Lumpur

Kedai Makanan Mun Wah Hokkien Mee, Kuala Lumpur

This seventh blog post is part of Food Safari Kuala Lumpur 2014 – a series of ten mouth-watering blog posts of the best eats during my 9-day trip to the city.

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It’s thick and heavy
It’s greasy and slippery
It’s full of calories and it’s bloody tasty
It’s freakin’ …

Malaysian style hokkien mee

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Kam Kee Seafood Restaurant, Petaling Jaya

Kam Kee Seafood Restaurant

This sixth blog post is part of Food Safari Kuala Lumpur 2014 – a series of ten mouth-watering blog posts of the best eats during my 9-day trip to the city.

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“I told them not to slaughter the live fish until you get there” my cousin KK says.

“Great, I’ll make sure my camera is ready” I reply. “We don’t get to see this in Australia.”

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Elegant Inn, Kuala Lumpur

Elegant Inn, Kuala Lumpur

This fifth blog post is part of Food Safari Kuala Lumpur 2014 – a series of ten mouth-watering blog posts of the best eats during my 9-day trip to the city.

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“Be careful, street food in KL is not what it used to be” The Maestro warns.

“Really?” I ask.

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Petaling Street & Madras Lane, Kuala Lumpur

This fourth blog post is part of Food Safari Kuala Lumpur 2014 – a series of ten mouth-watering blog posts of the best eats during my 9-day trip to the city.

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“Laaaii.. Sir! carter lonjeen lolax, cheap cheeeeeeeap!”
yells the street hawker.
Yes, you heard right ~  Cartier, Longines & Rolex watches..

Welcome to Petaling Street

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Restoran Setapak Teochew, Kuala Lumpur

Restoran Setapak Teochew

This third blog post is part of Food Safari Kuala Lumpur 2014 – a series of
ten mouth-watering blog posts of the best eats during my 9-day trip to the city.

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Good restaurants serve good food. But great restaurants serve iconic dishes that set them apart from their peers. This sang har meen is iconic Malaysian for many reasons.

In the dark and cold morning hours on 15 April 1912, RMS Titanic hit an iceberg during its maiden voyage and sank within two hours and forty minutes, its wreckage plunging 1,517 lives into the icy abyss of the North Atlantic ocean.

It is also in the year 1912, that a young man started a restaurant which stood the test of time for three generations. Today, his seventy four year old grandson, Mr Ng Soo Teng and his wife (cover image above) are running this century old Malaysian eating house.

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Restoran Soong Kee, Kuala Lumpur

Restoran Soong Kee, Kuala Lumpur

This second blog post is part of Food Safari Kuala Lumpur 2014 - a series of ten mouth-watering blog posts of the best eats during my 9-day trip to the city.

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“These beef balls are fresh and firm yet they elicit the tenderness of springy fish balls.
Whether it’s part of a food safari or otherwise, I will eat at Soong Kee in a heartbeat.”

It’s difficult to fathom it was way back in the year 1945, when the reign of Adolf Hitler and World War II came to an end, that a tiny restaurant called Soong Kee in the heart of Kuala Lumpur began its life journey.

And for the next sixty nine years, this restaurant will have served millions of beef balls to cement its reputation as one of the finest of its kind in Malaysia.

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Pasar Basah Kuala Ampang & Naan Corner, Selangor

Pasar Basah Kuala Ampang (Kuala Ampang Wet Market)

This first blog post is part of Food Safari Kuala Lumpur 2014 – a series of ten mouth-watering blog posts of the best eats during my 9-day trip to the city.

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Allaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah hu Akhbar!!
Welcome to Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia.

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Chinta Kechil, Double Bay

Chinta Kechil, Double Bay

Kechillax brotha!!” says the man who needs no introduction around Sydney’s restaurant scene.

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MoVida, Sydney

“What do you feel like for lunch?” I ask my parents during their recent visit to Sydney.

My mum replies with a question “Any new restaurants in town?”

“Lots, it’s whether they suit your taste buds” I say.

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Pho Tau Bay, Cabramatta

What’s in a bowl of noodles that can make all your troubles go away?

Yes, I do love a piquant bowl of curry laksa or my own decadent version of pork belly prawn noodles. On the same token, ramen is definitely an option when this Japanese noodle craze is ravaging Sydney right about now.

But when I feel a little sluggish after that infamous ‘one for the road’ G&T or when howling wind splashes cold rain against my window seal on a dark wintry day, I look to a cure for all ills. I long for a revival that rivals the warmest of hugs from Mysaucepan while listening to Erik Satie’s Gymnopedie No. 1.

I yearn for a heart-warming bowl of Vietnamese beef pho.

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Cocktail Sunday on Cockatoo Island, Sydney

“Taking a harbour cruise is definitely the more expensive option than
paying a mere $12 for a return ticket from Circular Quay to Cockatoo Island

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Pizza Autentico, Surry Hills

Pizza Autentico, Surry Hills

 ”Too much of a good thing is wonderful”

~ Mae West, legendary American actress, singer and sex symbol

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