Buffalo Dining Club

If you have been following my Instagram feed you will know that I’m currently not actually in Sydney but Japan! I’ll hopefully get around to editing and reviewing all the photos I took before uploading one massive Asia post to cover Hong Kong and Japan, but in the meantime check out my Instagram feed as…

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…

Aubergine Involtini

So ever since I made the amazing dish that is Miso-Grilled Eggplant, I’ve been in a state of semi-alert when I rove around the fruit and vegetable aisle and the Asian grocers whilst on my weekly shopping routine. It was a few weeks ago while passing through FruitEzy in Chatswood Westfield that I became terribly excited at seeing…

Bach Eatery

A bach (pron. batch) is a small, iconic Kiwi holiday home or beach house. It makes sense therefore, for there to be a huge surfboard hanging over the open counter top bar looking out onto the street. The small, cosily intimate Bach Eatery is packed to the gills on a Saturday evening, the walls retaining the day’s earlier…

Tokkuri

Ugh, Valentine’s Day. The price of flowers hikes up by 150 per cent, enormous teddy bears everywhere clutching love cushions, restaurants advertising their “Valentine’s Day Special Menu” as soon as New Year’s Eve is over. I saw it as the most revolting day during my single years, and even now that I’m in a relationship (which continues to…

Saké, Double Bay

My friend M has a funny way of showing her affections. A prime example is over a year ago, when we had the time to meet up every couple of weeks or so to explore what Sydney had to offer. This mostly involved jumping around the inner western suburbs – an area which I was…

Los Vida

My apartment gets hot. In winter, my old-style flat is a snug little haven from blistering chilly winds and frozen mornings – I don’t even need to have a hot water bottle or electric blanket to sleep, and in my housemate’s room the no-longer-usable fireplace is somehow connected to our neighbours downstairs, so when the…

La Puerta

I’ve noticed that I’ve been attending more South American restaurants as of late, and it’s not something I’m going to be complaining about anytime soon. It’s over the last year or so I’ve learned that South American food isn’t limited to beans, tortillas and queso. While I’m not opposed to a food court burrito bowl…

Melbourne 2015

So recently I decided to treat myself and take a whole week of annual leave; the first time I’ve taken so much annual leave since I officially began a full-time adult job June last year. I’ve taken a lazy day off here and there, usually for a foodie event that could not be missed, but…

Cheat’s Porchetta

After now over a year of living in my apartment, I’ve come to realise that when cooking in summer my kitchen turns into a miniature furnace with me at its epicentre. My dear, gas-marked 1950’s oven by which I would lovingly bake cookies with during winter, absorbing its welcoming warmth into my chilled self now…

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…