Golden Sands Restaurant

I’m terribly excited because this time tomorrow I will be on a flight to Hong Kong! I know I already went last year, but when Night Owl and I were discussing where to go for our two year anniversary celebration, we immediately thought about the too-short stay we had in Hong Kong. It was wet season…

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…

Culinary Tales

It’s too natural to hear people complain and mutter every day about the things around us: the state of Australian politics, how the trains are broken down or behind schedule, how expensive fruit and vegetables are, the price of petrol, increasing housing prices, and our dilemma that we can no longer have berry smoothies for breakfast after a raspberry…

Din Tai Fung (Chatswood)

You would think that Chatswood is already overrun enough with Asian food options. Ramen houses, an udon noodle branch, sushi trains, Chinese barbeque restaurants and at least four yum cha restaurants. So I felt a little sorry for the Chatswood branches of New Shanghai , when it was announced that a little restaurant by the name of…

Prawn & Pork Gyoza

Every month or so, if not less, my family likes to make our own dumplings. For the Chinese, these are known as  “shui jiao”, and to the Japanese as “gyoza”, but for the purposes of making the recipe title easier to pronounce, let’s just call them gyoza 😉 Mum and dad have always made them…

Sydney Dumpling King

A field trip for work is always greeted with enthusiasm, and on this day the boss (aka ‘Our Glorious Leader’, as he’s known by in our office) was appearing in court in Burwood and offered to take us out to lunch afterwards. While he had previously worked in the Burwood area, he’s not much of…

New Shanghai (Chatswood)

As a general rule I’m not a huge fan of Chinese food. The reason for this is because my mum makes the traditional dishes so often at home that I’m not going to go out and order the exact same thing. I go out and eat for something different, and Chinese food isn’t something I…

Din Tai Fung (World Square)

I’ll admit that it’s only at 23 years of age that I have really truly begun to appreciate Chinese New Year and Chinese culture. As a child, I remember how negative I was towards this time of the year – all the times I got scolded in front of the whole extended family for spinning…

Din Tai Fung (Zhongxio Fuxing, Taipei)

Can you believe that I have never been to any of the Din Tai Fung branches in Sydney? Not the restaurant in World Square, nor even the food court versions in Westfield Pitt Street Mall or The Star. I’ve heard people raving about it, of course, and that is exactly the reason why I’ve never…

Rekorderlig @ Night Noodle Markets

It’s annual Night Noodle Market time!! I managed to make it this Thursday, the second last night that the event was on, and I was excited to hear that Rekorderlig had a beer garden at this year’s event. Its been great to see the gradual popularity of cider increase in the market as of late,…