Friday, 20 December 2013

Red Pepper - Strathfield, Sydney

Who would have thought that one of the best korean fried chicken could be found in a sports club? I guess it's not that much of a surprise since it is located in Strathfield, Sydney's korean suburb.

Miss J is in town, and it's a KFC group catch up on this particular night. Service is RSL style, go up to the counter to order and pay, though from memory the waiter did take our order from our table. The focus is on the fried chicken, so we get a few kinds of the most appealing fried chicken dishes on the menu.

Soy sauce

Korean fried chicken

Spring onion

Chilli 

Banchan

My favourite would probably have to be the basic korean fried chicken - so crisp and tasty! I quite liked the chilli version too, but it got a bit spicy to handle after a few bites. A casual little place to swing by for a KFC fix - wish I had more excuses to go to Strathfield ;)

This is a short & sweet post, I'll be flying off to Hong Kong tomorrow - hope everyone has an awesome Christmas and new year break!

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Saturday, 14 December 2013

Baroque - Circular Quay, Sydney

As the Christmas season approaches, and the crazy gift hunting ensues, it's nice to have somewhere to escape and relax from the mayhem.

Baroque is said to have some of the best macarons in Sydney. Having found myself in the Rocks area, it was the perfect opportunity to get some dessert and coffee from this Parisian paradise. 

As you step into Baroque, you can't help but marvel at the intricate cakes displayed in the patisserie.


Salted caramel, jasmine, rose, lime & coconut macarons

Lattes

A great spot to enjoy coffees in the sun

Le Roi Soleil

Mango and mandarine mousse, coconut cremeux, almond nougatine, almond sponge

Zulu

Valrhona 'Araguani' chocolate mousse, salted caramel and dark chocolate ganache

A great little spot for some delicious french cakes and pastries if you're around The Rocks area.

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Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Harajuku Gyoza - Potts Point, Sydney

Christmas season has come around sooner than expected, and it's that time of the year again where catch ups and get togethers are getting more and more frequent. 

Harajuku Gyoza recently sent me a few vouchers to come try out their restaurant, located in the cross. You can hardly miss the restaurant, with the cute as a button gyoza plastered everywhere.

Harajuku Gyoza is a fun izakaya style restaurant, with a focus on beer and sake (complimented with frequent cheering and yelling!) and of course, gyoza.

Harajuku Gyoza menu

Umeshu & beer

When in Rome (or Toyko!) We grab some drinks to start with 

Edamame

A great way to start off the night, though these edamame are a tad too generous with the salt.

Loved the cute plates that were all different, but all had the little wavy gyoza character on them.



Miso cucumber

A simple but so refreshing dish - I'm inspired to make this at home!


Gyoza

We order whole heap of gyoza, including the special lobster tail, duck & pork

My favourite was the lobster tail, followed by the pork. The duck tasted a bit too strange for my liking. 

Pork katsu don

By this point, we were enjoying the drinks and hearing all the shouting coming from the tables who had ordered sake. It's a fun atmosphere and I imagine it gets very rowdy on a Saturday night.

The pork katsu don is a generous serve and hits the spot as by this point, we were craving something a bit more substantial.

Agedashi tofu

Salted caramel gyoza with ice cream

Could not leave without trying the intriguing sounding dessert gyoza. We pick the salted caramel ones, and they are freshly deep fried and crisp. Seriously rich salted caramel meant that we could only really eat the tiniest amount. The vanilla ice cream was a very welcome addition.

Overall, a great little place to grab a few plates with drink, expect casual, fun and loud!

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Monday, 2 December 2013

Dog Dog Japon - George Street, Sydney

Dog Dog Japon was the perfect quick and casual joint to grab a bite to eat before heading off to catch a movie. Located in the building that also houses fellow Japanese cheap eat, Mappen, it's basically a hole in the wall with various kinds of Japanese style hot dogs.
It's not too busy early on in the night, and whilst we order at the counter and pay, several of the seats are taken up by Mappen customers. Dog Dog Japon, along with Mappen and Oiden are run by the same group, hence the table sharing.

Hot dog menu and counter


Okonomiyaki hot dog

There are the stock standard hot dog offerings and some that are downright strange. I opt for somewhere inbetween, with a okonomiyaki inspired hot dog. 

Hamburg hot dog

Japanese style hamburger patty in a hot dog version

Chips with wasabi mayo

The wasabi mayo really packed a punch, as it was heavy on the wasabi. Good for clearing the nasal passages, though I find myself scraping it off halfway through as it is too much.

Overall, a good place to grab a cheap and speedy snack, but I found the hot dogs on the strange side - I much prefer the traditional version.


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Sunday, 24 November 2013

Cairns trip 2013

Back into the swing of work again, and it's hard to remember that I've ever been on holidays! About a month ago, I went on a family trip to Cairns. It was so laid-back and fun, definitely one of those places you can keep visiting over and over again.

On the first day, we only really had half a day so went over to Green Island for some snorkelling & a ride on the semi-submersible.



A very fitting tropical lychee drink to celebrate holidays!

It was an absolutely beautiful day to go snorkelling - sunny, mild and hardly any wind.

We stayed at the Jack & Newell apartments, a nice boutique apartment, right in the city and near the marina wharf.



Four Mile beach

Alexandra lookout

It took some time getting used to all the croc signs at the beaches. Yikes!

Cape Tribulation beach

We stopped by the Daintree Icecream company during the drive to Cape Tribulation. It was well worth the stop, the ice cream was delish! They only serve a cup with the flavours of the day, so you can't choose - we got mango, wattleseed, coconut, passionfruit. The coconut was my favourite, so flavoursome and it even had shredded coconut. Wattleseed came a close second.

After devouring the ice cream, they even have a little map that tells you a bit about the orchard, and you can go for a wander around.

Banana tree

Jackfruit


Paragliding on the roadside, on the way back to Cairns from Cape Trib

Did the touristy thing and went on the Skyrail to Kuranda. Enjoyed it more than I thought I would, with the bird park. Fed the birds and got absolutely bombarded!



Cute, but man those claws hurt!

Highly recommend the crepe shop at Kuranda. The roasted pineapple and salted caramel crepes were out of this world amazing. 



Posting this makes me wish I were on holidays again! Luckily I have a month off over Christmas, so off to Hong Kong & Tokyo it is. Only 4 more weeks to go!!