Author Archives: Chopinand

The Potting Mix, Alexandria

 This slow-cooked Wagyu beef rib is succulent and yielding. But the notoriously long wait might quash your appetite before you even get to it. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ More related posts by ChopinandMysaucepan:Breakfast with Bill Granger Customs House Bar, Sydney Devon Cafe, Surry … Continue reading

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A Frank Canvas ~ Drawing flavours from the heart

Sydney is blessed with some of the freshest seafood money can buy. But a beautiful ingredient we can always add to our cooking pot is a good dose of love. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~

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Easter Weekend at Callala Beach, Jervis Bay

 It was gloomy Good Friday but the sun came out to play on Easter Sunday. And so did we.  ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ “You mean I’m finally getting to spend a long weekend with Penny and Margaret?” I ask Mysaucepan with bated breath. … Continue reading

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Cottage Point Inn, Cottage Point

The natural beauty of Sydney harbour is breathtaking to say the least. But this city is truly world class through its excellence in food, wine and hospitality. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ More related posts by ChopinandMysaucepan:The Clovelly Hotel, Clovelly Manta Restaurant & Bar, … Continue reading

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A Weekend in Central Coast, New South Wales

 It’s a glorious day in the Central Coast. But what makes this weekend special is the company of good friends. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ Do you need an excuse for a nice weekend away from your usual routine? I don’t need one but … Continue reading

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He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother

The road is long with many a winding turn That leads us to who knows where, who knows where But I’m strong, strong enough to carry him He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother  ~ US songwriters Bobby Scott & Bob Russell, … Continue reading

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The Old Civic, Frenchs Forest

 Sydney has seen an explosion of burger joints. Some are good, some not so good. This burger is one of the better ones.  ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ More related posts by ChopinandMysaucepan:The Belrose Hotel, Belrose The Bayview Hotel, Gladesville MEAT DISTRICT CO., Sydney The … Continue reading

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Edition Coffee Roasters, Darlinghurst

As I tuck into smørrebrød and skagen at this cafe touted so unique and different, I am thinking, “Where’s my bacon and eggs?” ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ More related posts by ChopinandMysaucepan:Kitchen by Mike, Rosebery Teh tarik, Rafee’s Corner, Singapore Albert street Food & … Continue reading

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Indonesian Oxtail Soup

This rich oxtail soup is peppery with spicy aromas of ginger, star anise, cinnamon and cloves. It’s one of my all time favourites and especially heart-warming in the cold winter months. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ More related posts by ChopinandMysaucepan:Oxtail Spag Bol Smoked … Continue reading

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Cipri Italian, Paddington

I feel ambivalent with each bite of this suckling pig…. there’s melting fat and crisp skin that are so decadently beautiful. But there’s also chewy skin and strands of lean meat that felt dry like the Sahara. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ More related … Continue reading

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Suckling Pig Noodles

This recipe is dedicated to the memory of my late Popo. My grandma was a wonderful cook who taught my mother how to cook and in turn, my mother taught me. In a beautiful country like Australia, I will be … Continue reading

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Chinese New Year of the Goat 2015, Sydney

 ”Gong Xi Fa Cai, Nian Nian Gao Sheng!!!” Well wishes for good health, prosperity and longevity are heard the world over as the Chinese usher in the Year of the Goat ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ More related posts by ChopinandMysaucepan:Chinese New Year of the … Continue reading

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Arisun Express, Sydney

Sticky sweet and spicy with its residual crunch of deep fried batter, this style of Korean fried chicken have jostled its way into Sydney’s young hearts. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~ More related posts by ChopinandMysaucepan:Beschico, Epping Ratu Sari, Kingsford, Sydney

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Kiyomi, Gold Coast

Dressed with edible flowers, green apple matchsticks, foie gras and mizuna this scampi is a feast on the eye and a seductive dance on the palate. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ More related posts by ChopinandMysaucepan:Cho Cho San, Potts Point WAQU, Crows Nest The … Continue reading

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Longueville Hotel, Lane Cove

 Seared to golden brown and laced with sweet potato cous cous, rocket leaves, pearls of red pomegranate and Persian feta, this barramundi fillet is like an Ancient king among dotting princesses. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~

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Breakfast by Sokyo

The rich miso hollandaise and edamame are clever Japanese twists. Paired with crisp, streaky bacon and a pillowy brioche, this eggs Benedict is up there with Sydney’s best. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~

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Cafe Paci, Darlinghurst

“There’s prawn oil, meat, tomato and melted cheese.  It’s like eating a deconstructed pizza, except I prefer the comforts of a regular pizza” ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ More related posts by ChopinandMysaucepan:SYDNAYSIA, The Rise of Sydney’s Asian Street Food PROVENCE by Antoine, Concord … Continue reading

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Chen’s Kitchen, Wembley, Perth

This toothfish is crisp with its sweet, succulent flesh coming apart in flakes. Paired with a special soy sauce, this is the quintessence of good Cantonese cuisine. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ More related posts by ChopinandMysaucepan:Billy Kwong, Potts Point Chefs Gallery, North Ryde … Continue reading

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Hawker, Sydney

The flesh comes apart in succulent strands. With a squeeze of lemon juice and pungent sambal this grilled skate wing is doing a spicy and exotic Malaysian joget in my mouth. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ More related posts by ChopinandMysaucepan:Petaling Street, Malaysian Hawker … Continue reading

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BLACK by Ezard, Sydney

No doubt this rib eye steak is good but it is like the Tiger Woods of late. Sous vide execution is flawless but mojo is lacking bold flavours of chargrilled meat. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ More related posts by ChopinandMysaucepan:Blackbird Cafe, Sydney Modern … Continue reading

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Tramontina Churrasco Feast

This picanha churrasco sizzling away on the griddle is sexier than a dozen half naked Brazilian girls doing the samba in my face. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~

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Ichi-ban Boshi, Sydney

The chunky strips of chasu in this ramen is smoky and so delicate it melts away in my mouth. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ More related posts by ChopinandMysaucepan:IPPUDO Central Park, Chippendale Ju Ju, Kings Cross Hana-JuRin, Crows Nest, Sydney

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Momofuku, Sydney

“I was like, ‘what da f*&%’ ! Keep your pants on guys, it’s just a freaking pork bun for Christ’s sake! Food tastes better when you stop reading pesky food reviews and just listen to your own heart.” ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~

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A beautiful day in Fremantle, Western Australia

 You are the sunshine of my life, that’s why I’ll always be around You are the apple of my eye, forever you’ll stay in my heart ~ Stevie Wonder, US singer and songwriter ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ More related posts by ChopinandMysaucepan:Must Winebar, … Continue reading

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Vic’s Meat Market, Pyrmont

“My father came to Australia in 1971 literally with just the shirt on his back. As humble migrants from Croatia, our family worked extremely hard. And this is where we are today” ~ Anthony Puharich, Owner of Vic’s Premium Quality … Continue reading

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