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The Quay surprise

7 Jan

Okay, before you think that Quay sprung some amazing surprise on me (I WISH), Quay was actually  the surprise. Some time ago, it was the Sister’s birthday (whose age I will not disclose as it goes with all women’s ages), and she had just arrived in Sydney to do a postgraduate course. I admit, it was with a slight ulterior motive that I chose Quay, but I assumed the desire would be mutual, and booked a lunch for two. The Sister had no idea. But she did venture the guess..

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Thank you, Tetsuya

5 Aug

‘… Oh, and, book Tetsuya’s.”

I broke into a big smile, and proceeded. Just a couple or so weeks before the Family were due to arrive, and I secured a table for 6 at Tetsuya Wakuda’s 3-Hat restaurant.

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Frenchylala

19 May

I am completely envious of my Neighbour (Yes, my friends all requested for ‘cool’ pseudonyms -.-). She has a nice full kitchen – Big frost-free fridge with separate freezer, a built-in proper oven, things which I don’t have in comparison to my gas stove and microwave oven. Plus, she has the space to hold big dinner parties, and all the equipment for it! And so she did – have a French-themed dinner party, that is.

Disclaimer: Please do not ask me what Frenchylala means. I have no clue. The Neighbour also has no clue.

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Cementing my status as a Korean ‘ahjumma’

14 May

I started cooking Korean dishes since 2008, desiring to recreate the food that I had fallen in love with. For some reason, there’s something about Korean cuisine that speaks to me, and comforts me. Obviously, I love kimchi, and after going through way too much kimchi in too short a time, plus wanting to make my own, I started making my own kimchi – which began my days known as a Korean ‘ahjumma‘ (아줌마).

An ‘ahjumma’ literally means, a ‘married woman’, but it basically means to all who know it, a Korean mother, an ‘auntie’! I have met several native Koreans and Australian Koreans in the past year or so, and while we have all become close friends now, they still find it amusing that a non-Korean speaks Korean and cooks Korean food. Sheesh.

I was talking about Korean food with some of my Korean friends and I had a major craving for spicy rice cakes with ramen – rabokki (라볶이), and Korean sushi – kimbab (김밥). I remember a cold winter’s night last year after a long day of uni, a friend and I were starving and craving for Korean food. She explained that when she was studying in high school in Korea, she would have ddeokbokki and kimbab pretty much everyday, because it was just simple, easy, cheap, and oh-so-yummy. I loved it too, and we polished off more than we should have at 11pm that night. Talking about it again brought back the memory of the satisfaction I felt after eating that night, and I just wanted to recreate that feeling and share it with my friends. Hence, my Korean night!

Rabokki - Ramen and Ddeokbokki (Spicy rice cakes)

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ATFT Food Photography Workshop @ MUMU Grill

27 Apr

As you can see from my previous photos, I haven’t exactly a great job of portraying how good they all were. I didn’t have a DSLR then, and to be honest, I didn’t want to purchase one. Couldn’t afford it and I didn’t want to stop using my film cameras due to over-reliance on a DSLR. But like serendipity, the Father pretty much dropped one on my lap. It seemed like I was almost meant to go down the path of food photography. And it wasn’t long before I was hooked on it.

Fiddled around with it for a bit but really did not know how to make pictures of food LOOK delectable. That’s why I barely hesitated and signed up for the food photography workshop with Billy from A Table for Two at MUMU Grill.

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Taste of Sydney 2010

23 Apr

Okay I know this is super delayed, but hey, after reading everybody else’s experience there, I can help you revisit…!

*Note: Pictures were taken by my DSLR for the first time, so it shows. Plus it was at night when I went and they were in JPEG, so I couldn’t save them very well…

To be honest, I didn’t know about this event till a friend called me up one day and offered me 2 tickets for it (shame, he couldn’t make it). A food festival of sorts? That’s it, that’s all I needed to know, feel free to pass me those tickets, please and thank you!

Taste of Sydney brings together the chefs of top restaurants in Sydney, offering 3 signature dishes from their restaurants, at an entree size. There are also products from the area and beyond showcased at the event grounds itself, plus some special sessions, the private dining sessions with a top well-known chef, like Matt Moran.

You might be amused to know that my companion for Taste of Sydney, SSM (Seemingly Small Mouth – it looks small but you can pack a lot in apparently), and I, got lost – Well, really we SOMEHOW thought that it would be in Hyde Park (it was our lazy brains who just didn’t want to think food would be that far away). But anyway, we got there eventually.

The walk into the actual event grounds worked up our appetite, and I was immediately overwhelmed by the stores selling produce, giving out samples, some other random tents which were apparently for the private dining sessions (missed out on those because of my oblivity), and all I could think about was, “WHERE’S THE FOOD!!!???!”

Got a map, sorted.

It took quite a while for SSM and I to decide on what to eat. We snacked on Nando’s chicken, fresh of the grill pan and dripping with juices and yummy marinade (Made me sing. Almost, thankfully for the public). We decided to start with the ‘entrees’ that appealed to us on the menu and would work our way through ‘mains’, then desserts. And so, the blissful damage begins…

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Miso Japanese Restaurant, Sydney

15 Dec

Miso Japanese Restaurant
Shop 20, World Square

Sydney City
Tel: (02) 9283-9686
Monday to Friday (Lunch ) : 11:45 – 14:30
Monday to Saturday (Dinner) : 17:30 – 21:30


My friends were talking about this Japanese place in World Square, and went to try it out for themselves while I was busy. They went back the next day, and I wondered, was it that good? I was pretty happy with the places I already knew, but I was interested. I haven’t seen the place or really heard of the place yet, but I knew it was from the same people who gave us Makoto (which I LOVE, unfortunately – pocket problems) and Musashi (which I heard about but never tried), the Masuya Group. I admit, the association was a real big push in getting me to commit to trying it out.

The first attempt was disappointing, realising they did not serve lunch on the weekends and even dinner on Sundays. I’m not in full understanding of this, WK suggested it could be due to the working crowd? Probably. So bare in mind the opening times!

We finally made it the day Princess and WK left to go back to Singapore, and I went for the Miso Katsu Set, which seemed like a specialty to me, and probably is.

* taken with iPhone

I was pleased when the it came with the miso paste came separately instead of on top of the katsu as seen in the menu pictures, because it meant you are able to fully enjoy the crispiness of the katsu, and have the option of tasting the true flavour and quality of the pork. Free-range, and from Otway Park, Victoria. — Hm does that mean Victoria has better pigs than New South Wales..??  Anyway, good battering + bread crumbing + frying at the right temperature and length of time = delightfully crispy! :]

After that good first experience, I was dying to try the other thing on the menu I was eyeing along with the miso katsu. And that was the Eel and Eel Don. (Forgot to take a photo then, was too hungry!)

You would think, ‘Just name it the usual ‘Unagi Don’..’ but it’s not really like the usual unagi don.To distinguish it, probably, one piece is grilled with the sweet soy sauce, but another piece is simply grilled. So it offers 2 tastes. Which I personally enjoyed more. I am a big fan of unagi don, but it was nice to eat the simple grilled version, without the aid of the sweet soy sauce, so I could taste the lovely flavour of the eel itself. I truly enjoyed it; so tender it practically melts away in your tongue, so full of flavour, with the slightly chewy skin and plump flesh (it must have been a meaty eel!).. to alternate between 2 great tastes of the same eel, was right up my alley. Oh man, I’m craving again… :S

3rd visit: I had the Sesaragi Don, which consisted of assorted sashimi marinated with grated horseradish & soy mirin egg yolk sauce. I don’t eat wasabi and generally avoid it (don’t be too surprised just because I eat superly spicy Korean food – it’s just different!), so hence I wasn’t sure about the horseradish sauce. But the company I had suggested I try it since it was the sauce that seemed interesting to try.

Let’s just say, I’m still not the biggest fan of wasabi.

The sashimi was not bad, and despite my personal preferences, the sauce was alright. But the portion served was lacking, I would think, especially for someone who might love their wasabi, ie. my dad.

I was still craving to try the curry at Miso so by the time it came for BFAM’s virgin visit to Miso, my chance had come. I had previously heard it was different to the usual curries, and when I asked how so, I got the annoyingly vague response of “It’s just.. different.” . Helpful……. Well nothing like trying it yourself!

Katsu Curry

Chunks of pork loin skewered with onion, battered, crumbed, and deep-fried. Served with pickles, rice, and a tasty, thick, slightly sweet-ish curry. My friend was right. It was… different. In a good way, because I did like it! The katsu was more the highlight for me than the curry though, again a personal preference. I loved how different it tasted because it felt different and stands out from the rest, something special. But it didn’t make me go like, WOW, as when I had the curry from Menya (Will talk more about it sometime later). Still, I ate more than I should have, as I do with curries, yummy ones at that, much to the amusement of BFAM. -.-

He, on the other hand, settled on a bento set he had his eyes on for a while now.

Hokkaido Bento Set

There were so many things to try on his set but I had some of the skewered tofu, which was not bad, but having it cold, was not the most pleasurable experience. Blame it on the anal-retentive with his new DSLR baby, who turns out to truly be like my sister, and have the food cold by the time the photo-taking is over. geez.

Karaage on the side.

It was yummy, but again, not knowing if it sat for too long, because it was soggy on the underside, with a slight crunch on the top. Yummy, but no wow-factor for me.

So. Miso. 4 times. 3 weeks. I must be mad, but for the mid-range Japanese restaurant, I think it’s worth it, for the quality. I’ll definitely be back to try more dishes!