Hotel Centennial, Woollahra

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 and majestic beauty of Miss Universe.

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“I have a strong feeling this lunch is going to be good” I tell Mysaucepan.

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Good Food Month, Citibank Moveable Feast

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 the prestigious #CitiVIP area at the festival’s Night Noodle Markets throughout the month of October 2014.

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Cho Cho San, Potts Point

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.”

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Spanish tapas, Middle-eastern tapas, Italian tapas, Greek tapas, dumping bar, wine bar, oyster bar, Japanese sushi bar, pizza bar or noodle bar, the idea of sharing small plates while having drinks has tornado-ed through Sydney the last couple of years.

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PROVENCE by Antoine, Concord

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”

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“Hey, Antoine just opened a new restaurant!” Mysaucepan declares excitedly.

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Oxtail Spag Bol

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” 

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I appreciate beautiful things in life ~ a girl wearing her beautiful smile, a raindrop hanging delicately off a leaf, a meal prepared with love or an intricate passage of music written more than three hundred years ago.

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In Search of Sydney’s Best Pho

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. 

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Yellow, Potts Point

Yellow, Potts Point

“This rib eye is like Anthony Mundine.
It’s bloody tough and it will give your jaw a thorough workout”

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“He’s the type of chef that likes experimenting with food” Mysaucepan says.

“Well, he can experiment all he wants but the final taste test is what’s on my plate” I reply.

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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”

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WAQU, Crows Nest

WAQU Crows Nest

This meat is melt-in-the-mouth tender with bold beefy flavours.
Easily the dish of the evening.

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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’.

Such is the extent of contemporary dining in Sydney.

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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.

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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

“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

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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