Category Archives: Asian

Sydney Food Diary: Delfino Aperitivo #45 with Hiroyuki Sato at the Dolphin Hotel, Surry Hills

Masterful sushi Having lived in and around Surry Hills for most of my time in Sydney (since 1999), the Dolphin Hotel is a local. While the latest incarnation is a bit hectic for me to have a quiet drink, I … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Saké Restaurant, The Rocks

Wow, was this a nice meal. Invited along for a business lunch, we had a whole selection of dishes: edamame with a spicy salt for dipping, gyoza, vegetarian sushi, and popcorn shrimp. A sashimi selection was beautifully presented and appropriately … Continue reading

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Bangkok Food Diary: Kalpapreuk, Central World

A pal who has lived in Bangkok many years said that the green curry with sticky rice, a lunch special that I don’t think is always available, would be one of his all-time favourite dishes. So, I decided to stop … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Dongtian Kitchen, Chinatown

So, I just tried to google why so many round shapes show up in Chinese architecture and decoration and I couldn’t figure it out. So, they’ve made a skyscraper… that’s round. And while it says it alludes to a coin, … Continue reading

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Bangkok Food Diary: Kub Kao Kub Pla, Central Embassy

On my recent two-day stopover in Bangkok, this was my favourite meal. After the flight from Sydney, and a rather torturous journey from the airport to my hotel, I met up with my old pal, J., who took me one … Continue reading

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Bangkok Food Diary: Maisen, Central Embassy

Maisen is a chain of Japanese restaurants that is famous for its crispy breaded pork cutlets, more commonly known as tonkatsu. It was in my guidebook as a must-try when I was in Osaka, where I first tried it, so … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Hulu at King Street Wharf

Chef Johnny is only 25 years old but presides over two Hulus and is a consulting chef or manager of many more. He trained in French and Japanese cuisine, and while he doesn’t like to eat them, he loves making … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Ho Jiak’s Nonya Afternoon Tea

I like the Australian word ‘spruik’. Except I’ve been pronouncing it wrong. It’s sprook, rhymes with Luke, not sproik, rhymes with… well, not anything I can think of. It means to either promote or publicise something or to loudly advertise … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Retro Saigon

For a quick bite before we saw ‘Gypsy’ at the Hayes Theatre, I suggested Friggitoria. I reckon it must be good when there are always so many people there. But alas, there weren’t two empty seats. So we popped next … Continue reading

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Drinking in Sydney: Aged Saké Tasting at Ume Burger

With intrepid friends D. and R., we managed to get in on a Sakenet Australia event, at Ume Burger, which focused on aged saké. Apparently, the first event was young sake, about a month ago. So, there were 13 of … Continue reading

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