Category Archives: Recipes

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:Smoked ham hock minestrone … 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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Punjabi Tomato Goat Curry

This goat curry is aromatic with warming flavours of cumin, cardamom, turmeric, guntoor chilli and garam masala. What I need is a warm garlic naan to mop up the glorious sauce. ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ More related posts by ChopinandMysaucepan:Subcontinental, Surry Hills Vic’s … 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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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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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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Pork Belly Prawn Noodles

“I know this prawn noodles I cook at home in Sydney is absolutely lethal compared the meek ones at food hawkers in Malaysia” ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ More related posts by ChopinandMysaucepan:Chinta Kechil, Double Bay Temasek, Parramatta Petaling Street, Malaysian Hawker Food, Haymarket Malay-Chinese … Continue reading

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How to cook perfect steak, Victor Churchill, Woollahra

Being a meat lover, one of the things I love about Sydney is that just about every suburb in this city has a local butcher that offers a delicious range of poultry, beef, lamb and pork. More related posts by … Continue reading

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Teochew steamed gunard

“This Teochew style steamed fish with a heart-warming broth will rival any classic French bouillabaisse in taste and flavour.” Chopinand, Co-author of ChopinandMysaucepan ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ More related posts by ChopinandMysaucepan:First Blogiversary winner announced Crispy Lebanese bread sticks At home with Tetsuya’s … Continue reading

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A & W Coney Dog recipe

 “This meal is not only cheap and delicious, children in their adulthood will fondly remember mum for making this hot dog.” ~ Chopinand, co-author of ChopinandMysaucepan ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~

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Spanner Crab Salad

“Picking crab meat from its shell need not be boring and frustrating … it’s like undressing a beautiful woman in a tricky dress.”                                   … Continue reading

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Christmas Feasts, Sydney 2012

“The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live.” ~ Goerge Carlin, American comedian, actor, author and philosopher ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ With the passing of each Christmas, I can’t help but think how lucky … Continue reading

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Sydney Seafood School Cookbook

The Sydney Fish Market is an important organisation which has made Sydney the world-class food destination that it is today. Reputed to be among the top three largest fish markets in the world, the Sydney Fish Market is a paradise … Continue reading

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Chobani Greek Yogurt

“It’s just like judgement. You can spell it as judgment too and both are correct” I say. “Okay but I prefer yogurt” Mysaucepan says. “Fine, you spell it the way you like it but I like yoghurt” I respond. Yogurt … Continue reading

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Recipes – Inspirations from lunch at Mr. Wong

In the kitchen, I am generally a “traditionalist” and certainly not a fan of the fusion genre when it comes to experimenting with ingredients and recipes. But I can fondly recall two recent meals – at MoVida Aqui in Melbourne and Mr. … Continue reading

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Grilled Scampi with Herb & Garlic Butter

“Lets check out Barbeque Madness at Waterloo” Mysaucepan enthuse on this dreary Saturday afternoon. “What’s that?” I ask. “BBQ sets going for crazy prices?” “It’s BBQ stalls hosted by restaurants and it’s happening all over Sydney, it’s part of Crave … Continue reading

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Creamy potato gratin & French Onion Soup

Mysaucepan has a weakness for French food – she will not be fazed when cooking with lots of butter and cream or have a pot of duck leg confit gently simmering in its own fat. French baguettes, croissants and champagne … Continue reading

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The debate about the origins of food – a futile food fight?

“In an increasingly transient world, I believe the origins of food are becoming less relevant although I can appreciate why some food lovers would want to lay claim to the roots of its beginning. There is nothing wrong in having … Continue reading

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Chinese style fried rice

“To me, gently massaging these beautiful Chinese mushrooms as they begins to soften in cold water is a zen and gentle way to slowly bring them back to life.” – Chopinand, on re-hydrating dried Chinese mushrooms ~~~~~~~~0~~~~~~~~ Fried rice has … Continue reading

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Beef Bourguignon, One Pot Winter Warmer

 “Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.” ~ Dame Edith  Sitwell, British poet and critic Sydneysiders … Continue reading

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Truffled Ling Fish Pie

Winter is fast descending upon us Down Under and as much as I love the cold weather, I find what makes winter special is the food that comes out from our kitchen. Having a toasty oven baking away is a … Continue reading

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Pan-seared Salmon Belly

Living in a seafood mecca like Sydney has some great advantages especially if you are a seafood lover. Mysaucepan and I love sheer variety and freshness of seafood that is so readily available all over Sydney. Salmon is one of my … Continue reading

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Malaysian Beef brisket noodles

I am getting a little fussy when seeking out good Malaysian food these days. There is a proliferation of Malaysian eateries in Sydney recently serving the usual hawker style Malaysian food. Having grown up in Malaysia, I love Malaysian food … Continue reading

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SPAM Fried Rice

When I was writing my last blogpost about Smoked Pork Hock Minestrone, I began to think about some of the fondest comfort foods from my childhood. “As a kid, what kind of food do you crave for when you were … Continue reading

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