Healthy Vietnamese Meatball Bowls

As it nears the end of the year, work commitments increase as offices prepare for the Christmas period. For Night Owl and I, neither of our offices shut down, but instead will be running on skeleton staff- and we have sacrificed our annual leave for a worthier cause, to be spent over the course of the next…

Gojima

It took me a while to get there, but I finally did it. Back when we had been going to Sunday yoga at Crunch Fitness in the city, Night Owl and I did a regular brunch thing, until we joined a gym closer to our home hub in Neutral Bay. Sunday brunches sadly became a thing…

Devon Cafe, Barangaroo

I’ve been under fire from my mother recently about my weight. It’s certainly a hard balance to keep, what with an office job and a love of food, but I think I do fairly well – I teach Zumba twice a week, do yoga twice a week, and twice a week will spend an hour…

Toriciya

It’s three weeks now to my Japan trip and every time I experience something in Sydney that’s remotely Japanese I tend to do a little (or a big) squeal of excitement. It’s every-day things like stirring the instant miso for my afternoon pick-me-up or picking up two sushi rolls after my dance class on the…

The Platinum Club @ Turandot, Sydney Harbour

I still remember the first piece of advice my sister gave me regarding attendance at an opera performance: “Don’t be too worried about not understanding what’s going on or what’s being said”,  she reassured. “Just lean back and enjoy the spectacle. There are subtitles, and when you look at them they usually say something along the…

Mapo “Grandma’s” Tofu

It never fails to amuse people when I tell them I’m pretty terrible at cooking Asian cuisine (and also speaking, writing, and reading in Mandarin – but that’s a story for another time). Obviously having grown up in a Taiwanese household, my home-cooked meals always had the characteristic flavours of soy, rice wine, sesame oil,…

Green Gourmet

I’ve never attempted any sort of diet before. It’s interesting when I have people ask me what my “approach” or “take” is on cooking – those whom I test my recipes on think I’m a sweets and dessert fiend, while my work colleagues see my neatly prepared and packed lunches with brown rice and salads…

Chicken Katsu Burger w/ Asian Slaw

I had a discussion with one of Night Owl’s housemates a little while ago about schnitzel versus katsu. You can’t beat a good schnitzel – made famous by the Germans – particularly at the pub accompanied with creamy, fluffy mash or crisp, golden chips and lathered with a river of gravy. The Japanese however, came up with…

Tim Ho Wan

There’s so much tradition and atmosphere involved when it comes to yum cha. I was at that Sydney institution – Marigold – a couple of weekends ago with Night Owl for quite a late lunch and it’s so much more than just the dim sims themselves. The tea pots somehow seem designed to dribble mid-pour onto the white…

Monkey King Thai

A couple of years ago when I was still living with my folks, I remember the week we had new neighbours move in – a couple with three kids. They were friendly, quiet and easy-going, but it wasn’t the people that charmed us; it was the little bundle of fur by the name of Louis….

The Ternary @ Novotel

Its been almost a year since I’ve traveled anywhere (as in by a distance far enough to warrant boarding a plane) and I’m starting to feel the itch again. Around this time last year I was in Brisbane for my sister’s wedding, but the last time I was properly overseas was an impromptu week-long sojourn…

Drunken Rice

Every few weeks or so a catch up gets organised with a few friends from my old pro bono workplace, which inevitably falls onto a Friday evening after work. Our usual go-to (for about the last year) has been Taste of Shanghai in World Square Shopping Centre. We start with buying a few six packs of beer…