Category Archives: Asian

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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Sydney Food Diary: Beijing Legend, Pyrmont

Is Beijing Legend legendary? Maybe not. But it’s pretty great food. Located in a part of Pyrmont I’m unfamiliar with, it’s basically above the John Street Square stop on the light rail. I don’t know the history of the light … Continue reading

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