Author Archives: Chopinand

Firedoor, Surry Hills

This piece of meat is good but at $138, it epitomizes the economic concept of diminishing marginal returns. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ There’s apple, cherry, pear, orange, olive and pecan on the menu though it’s not meant to be put into your mouth. Instead, … Continue reading

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Malaysia’s Best Sarawak Laksa

The stock is a gritty blend of pepper, chilli, onion, ginger and candle nut whilst the ingredients could not have been any fresher. This is truly Malaysia’s best Sarawak laksa. ~~~~~O~~~~~ “You’re going to be a very lucky boy” she tells me … Continue reading

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Food Safari, King Street Wharf, Sydney

It has called the eastern foreshore of Darling Harbour home for more than a decade now. But fast taking shape just north is the much larger Barangaroo retail and commercial precinct with an earmarked 50 new restaurants when it eventually opens in 2018. So, … Continue reading

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Book review: The Light Between Oceans, by M L Stedman

Standing on fine white sand at the edge of the Indian ocean in Western Australia, I gaze at the seaport towards the south. Through misty ocean spray roughed up by the roaring surf, the silhouette of Fremantle reinforces the vast distance of this magnificent coastline. More … Continue reading

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Beef tripe salad with coriander and grape tomato

If you are not a fan of beef tripe, this salad is just as versatile with charred squid or baby octopus from the BBQ. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ “Thanks Molly for your inspiration” I tell my friend. “I love beef tripe at yum cha … Continue reading

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Malaysian style fish ball noodles

Street food in Kuala Lumpur can be damn tasty. But nothing beats comfort street food served in the comforts of your own home. ~~~~~O~~~~~ More related posts by ChopinandMysaucepan:Harvest Buffet, The Star Sydney Restoran Soo Kee, Kuala Lumpur A 1970’s … Continue reading

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JPB at Swissotel, Sydney

Located high on its eighth level, JPB at Sydney’s 5-star Swissotel has ushered in a new Executive Chef to complement newly refurbished Skyline room and suites with panoramic views of the city. With a kind invitation from General Manager Mr Christian Hirt, … Continue reading

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Sarita’s Rocksia Hotel, Arncliffe

Some thirty years ago when I first came to Sydney, I remember restaurant food within pubs to be pretty mediocre.

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Subcontinental, Surry Hills

Pani puri can be a lot thinner and crisp though a tangy appetizer. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ UPDATE December 2015: This restaurant has permanently closed for business. First, he co-founded Longrain that showcased why Thai food is so much more than just green … Continue reading

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Opera Bar, Sydney Opera House

It’s difficult to find a more quintessential Sydney dining experience than  fish and chips on a glorious day at the Sydney Opera House. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ More related posts by ChopinandMysaucepan:The Clovelly Hotel, Clovelly CHISWICK, Woollahra The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay, Glebe … Continue reading

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Hartsyard, Newtown

 This fried chicken brings America’s deep south to Sydney’s Newtown among its eclectic mix of graffiti, pink hair, gothic eyes, nose rings and tongue studs. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ More related posts by ChopinandMysaucepan:Johnny Lobster, Crows Nest Arisun Express, Sydney Mary’s, Newtown Arabella … Continue reading

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Cottage Point Inn, Cottage Point

The pairing of pork and scallop has been done to death by Sydney restaurants. But Chef Zika’s take on this dish is a game changer. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ More related posts by ChopinandMysaucepan:Gems from New South Wales’ South coast New Year’s Eve … Continue reading

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Caysorn, Haymarket

The smoky aromas of this grilled baby octopus combines beautifully with a sweet and spicy seafood sauce. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ More related posts by ChopinandMysaucepan:Khao Pla, Chatswood Nina’s Ploy Thai, Bondi beach Home Thai Restaurant, Sydney Yok Yor Thai Food Factory, Haymarket … Continue reading

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Hugos Bar Pizza, Kings Cross

Like the diners around us, these prawns are pretty though missing charred flavours of the grill. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ After so many years, images of that pork belly pizza at Hugos Bar Pizza one late Saturday evening with the Monk are still deliciously etched in my … Continue reading

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Food Safari Kuala Lumpur 2015

You have limited time and calories during a food safari. Make it count by eating the right stuff. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ More related posts by ChopinandMysaucepan:Food Safari, Kuala Lumpur 2013 Acme Bar & Coffee, Kuala Lumpur Breakfast in Kuala Lumpur Restoran Fei … Continue reading

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Restoran New Imbi Garden, Kuala Lumpur

 This famous sang har meen turns out a little disappointing. Instead, the consolation is discovering one of the best hokkien mee in Kuala Lumpur. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ “I need to go back there …” my long-time friend tells me. I detect a sense … Continue reading

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Restoran Perlama Seafood, Port Klang

These mud crabs are fresh and its meat firm and sweet. I scrap tasty egg yolk off the shells with my teeth for orgasmic end to our dinner. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~

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Tim Ho Wan, Kuala Lumpur

I’ve finally lost my Tim Ho Wan virginity at their Kuala Lumpur branch. But I’m not sure about all the hype because I didn’t get an orgasm.  ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~

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Restoran Eight Treasure, Kuala Lumpur

These deep fried baby whitings are delightfully crisp with a tangy chilli and onion salsa. But the best part is the crunchy head so full of flavour.  Dear readers, I am back in this wonderful food haven that is Malaysia. Stay … Continue reading

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From City Slickers To Tree Huggers

“There can only be one captain on the ship”, my sister-in-law tells me wisely. “And that captain is your brother. He makes all the key decisions for our family.” ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~

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Busshari Authentic Japanese Restaurant, Potts Point

Slices of king fish carpaccio is fresh with the umami of dark seaweed, a tangy tickle of dill vinaigrette and ponzu jelly. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ More related posts by ChopinandMysaucepan:Kiyomi, Gold Coast Ichi-ban Boshi, Sydney Hotel Centennial, Woollahra Good Food Month, Citibank Moveable … Continue reading

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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:Celsius Coffee Co., Kirribilli Edition Coffee Roasters, Darlinghurst Breakfast by Sokyo … 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~~~~~~~~

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