Author Archives: Chopinand

Customs House Bar, Sydney

Tempura prawns are crisp and light in its golden brown crust. This is great bar food, especially when dipped into a creamy preserved lemon aioli. ~~~~~O~~~~~ More related posts by ChopinandMysaucepan:Bill Granger – Community Garden Initiative ChopinandMysaucepan – Our Third Blogiversary … Continue reading

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SYDNAYSIA, The Rise of Sydney’s Asian Street Food

Sydneysiders have a soft spot for Malaysian satay and char kway teow A craze for Japanese ramen & Chinese soup dumplings A lustful craving for Indonesian ayam & nasi goreng An addiction to pad Thai & kana moo krob More … Continue reading

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IPPUDO Central Park, Chippendale

“With one quick yield of the chopstick, the ajitsuke tamago breaks open and a stream of vibrant yellow yolk floods into the flavoursome broth. For the very first time, I lose my IPPUDO virginity” ~~~~~~~~o~~~~~~~~ “You know I’m an IPPUDO … Continue reading

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Manta Restaurant & Bar, Woolloomooloo

“A Northern Territory steamed mud crab is vibrant orange head shell perched over dangly legs, beady eyes staring at us” ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ “It’s a seafood restaurant?” Mysaucepan asks. “Well, there are a few decent chunks of meat on the menu too” I reply. More … Continue reading

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Destination South Australia

 ”We want to give you a real sense of the place where every single ingredient is sourced and inspired from the Barossa”  ~ Lachlan Colwill, Executive Chef ~ Hentley Farm Wines ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~

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Modern Japanese Inspirations from Cho Cho San

“If Marco Pierre White can grill a steak with Knorrs beef stock cubes, I can definitely barbeque these prawns with bonito butter” ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ Since my lunch at Cho Cho San, I have been a little curious. “I would love to go to Japan … Continue reading

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Brandied Strawberries

For better or worse, I don’t have a sweet tooth and have never been a big fan of desserts and sweet treats. Nevertheless, I can appreciate why some people are so passionate about dessert. After all, sweetness is usually associated … Continue reading

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Mary’s, Newtown

This restaurant does not have signage. What it has is ex-Tetsuya’s head chef Luke Powell and an entrance deliberately made to look like shit. And nowhere else in Sydney can a restaurant get away with this kind of grunge except … Continue reading

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Hotel Centennial, Woollahra

I remember falling in and out of love every other week during my younger days but this simple Campari sorbet got me falling in love instantly. This dessert does not have the girly sweetness of Miss World. It has the sultry … Continue reading

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Good Food Month, Citibank Moveable Feast

Dear Sydney food lovers, It’s that time of the year again! For the seventh year in a row, Citibank is delighted to partner with The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Month, offering its customers exclusive access to world-renowned chefs and … Continue reading

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Cho Cho San, Potts Point

“Digging in with your fingers and sucking the crap out of these prawns is not an option. It is mandatory in my books.” ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ Spanish tapas, Middle-eastern tapas, Italian tapas, Greek tapas, dumping bar, wine bar, oyster bar, Japanese sushi bar, … Continue reading

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PROVENCE by Antoine, Concord

“Sous vide for up to sixteen hours at seventy-five degrees Celsius, this rib bone slides out of the meat like a hunting knife from its holster” ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ “Hey, Antoine just opened a new restaurant!” Mysaucepan declares excitedly. More related posts … Continue reading

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Oxtail Spag Bol

“I may not be the prettiest or the most popular girl in school. But given the chance, I have the biggest heart to love you with”  ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ I appreciate beautiful things in life ~ a girl wearing her beautiful smile, … Continue reading

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In Search of Sydney’s Best Pho

It breaks my heart to rate this pho second best. In so many respects, it really is the best. This pho is like the lover that got away but has a special place in your heart. It has in mine.  ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ … Continue reading

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Yellow, Potts Point

“This rib eye is like Anthony Mundine. It’s bloody tough and it will give your jaw a thorough workout” ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ “He’s the type of chef that likes experimenting with food” Mysaucepan says. “Well, he can experiment all he wants but the … Continue reading

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Chiswick, Woollahra

“Olive oil and squid ink are a canvass for triangular slices of chargrilled squid, topped with capers and pickled guindilla peppers, edible violas and nasturtium leaves” ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ More related posts by ChopinandMysaucepan:Chairman Mao Chinese Restaurant, Kensington The debate about the origins of food – a futile food … Continue reading

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WAQU, Crows Nest

This meat is melt-in-the-mouth tender with bold beefy flavours. Easily the dish of the evening. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ You will find croquette, prosciutto, carpaccio, beurre blance and balsamic vinegar sauce, foie gras and fig, Bagna càuda, Gâteau au Chocolat and Fromage de … Continue reading

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Mr Chow’s Peking Restaurant, Millers Point

 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. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ … Continue reading

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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

 “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 ~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~ More related posts by ChopinandMysaucepan:Wine Tasting Yarra Valley, Victoria MoVida, Melbourne Pei Modern, Melbourne Food … Continue reading

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The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay, Glebe

“Earthy truffle aromas wafting from a snapper pie  become a head-turner the moment crisp pastry is carved open”

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Devon Cafe, Surry Hills

” This eggs blini is definitely a Jennifer Lawrence because it is so rich and pretty “ ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ More related posts by ChopinandMysaucepan:Dulce Luna, Sydney Bushwalk and breakfast at Dee Why beach Lunch at The Grounds of Alexandria Basalt Bar & … Continue reading

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Lee Ho Fook, Collingwood

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 … Continue reading

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Supernormal, Melbourne

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. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~

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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 … Continue reading

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