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Of flatbreads and pickles: Jasmine 1, Auburn | A Sydney Food Blog Review by Tammi Kwok

Of flatbreads and pickles: Jasmine 1, Auburn | A Sydney Food Blog Review by Tammi Kwok | Food Guides and Reviews | Scoop.it

A quick Google of Jasmine 1 in Auburn turns up very conflicting results: no one can seem to agree on whether it’s actually part of a chain, whether there’s an affiliation between the different locations, or even whether it’s spelt Jasmin or Jasmine (why did I not take a closer look at the sign when I was there). 

But what they can agree on, is that the food is good.

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Tan Viet, Eastwood

Tan Viet, Eastwood | Food Guides and Reviews | Scoop.it

Tan Viet has been synonymous with crispy chicken for quite some time, and with good reason! With outlets at Cabramatta and Canley Heights, they provide chicken that is crispy not crispy because of any ‘aids’ like batters or breadcrumbs, but from it’s own…chickenyness.

Naturally, when restaurants in Australia seem to thrive on variety – have you seen Asian restaurants with a menu as long as your arm? – I just had to find out how anyone has managed to specialise in a particular thing to such a degree.

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Korean Food Crawl, Haymarket

Korean Food Crawl, Haymarket | Food Guides and Reviews | Scoop.it

After going on my first official food crawl, I have to admit that I’m hooked. There’s just something really exciting – to me anyway – about the prospect of eating a huge variety of dishes with a large group.

Which is why when Jen of I Ate My Way Through organised a dinner at Naruone for foodies, I leapt at the chance, hoping that this innocent dinner would turn into an epic food crawl.

After all, when you have foodies together in a group, who knows what will happen?

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Chica Linda, Surry Hills

Chica Linda, Surry Hills | Food Guides and Reviews | Scoop.it
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After months of being tempted by countless Instagram photos of mouthwatering foods coming out of the kitchens at Drink and Dine’s (the same people who brought you The Oxford Tavern, the House of Crabs and others) latest offering – Chica Linda – I finally got the chance to taste some of this goodness myself.

After all, when a restaurant menu says “Latino specialities”, I imagine someone’s abuela puttering about behind a stove, loading up plates full of fragrant, punchy food.

 

And I think that people’s abuelas can often be very underrated.

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Drive-by Eating: The Mandoo, Eastwood

Drive-by Eating: The Mandoo, Eastwood | Food Guides and Reviews | Scoop.it

Dumplings and noodles – two of the foods that we can never get enough of in my house. To me, they are deeply comforting, and have the ability to take away all the tension from the day.

So when you open a dumpling and noodle shop right outside Aldi (my usual hangout), it’s like the heavens have opened and smiled down upon me, enabling me to get my noodle fix, anytime

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Hong Kong Recipe, Eastwood

Hong Kong Recipe, Eastwood | Food Guides and Reviews | Scoop.it

I’ve actually considered Hong Kong Recipe a few times before when I was looking for lunch spots, but was slightly put off by the MASSIVE menu. I didn’t manage to glean the restaurant’s identity or signature dishes from a quick browse, so I’ve always ended up choosing to eat somewhere else.

Well this time we finally made it in, and after spending ages deciding, we ended up ordering the Shandong Chicken and the Deep-fried Garlic Pork Ribs.

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Drive-by Eating: Shihlin Taiwan Street Snacks

Drive-by Eating: Shihlin Taiwan Street Snacks | Food Guides and Reviews | Scoop.it

Fried chicken. Just saying the words conjure up images juicy chicken meat encased in a fragile shell of batter or crumb; every bite threatening to shatter like glass with every bite.

And how better to pass a dreary winter day than to pick up a massive piece of fried chicken, served in a paper bag like a boss!

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Drive By Eating: Le Bistro Dorine, Eastwood

Drive By Eating: Le Bistro Dorine, Eastwood | Food Guides and Reviews | Scoop.it

One early morning, I dropped by for a strong cappuccino before heading to a martial arts get-together. Pleasantly I was offered a ristretto. For the curious ones, ristretto is a very short espresso shot, giving you more aroma, more oils, more body and less bitterness. When done correctly, the result is a rich tasting, strong coffee that’ll kick you in the lower back-side to wake you up.

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Devon Cafe, Surry Hills

Devon Cafe, Surry Hills | Food Guides and Reviews | Scoop.it

I was super excited when my friend Yina said that she was visiting me from Singapore – we’ve known each other since we were 13, been through all the awkward teenage years and it’s been awhile since I’ve moved to Australia. So when she suggested a trip together to Devon Cafe in scenic Surry Hills, I knew that it was going to be an afternoon of food and laughter, just like the old times.

Couple that with truffles? We were ready for some winter bling!

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Two Sticks, Sydney CBD

Two Sticks, Sydney CBD | Food Guides and Reviews | Scoop.it

Many Chinese dishes have stories behind them. Maybe it’s cause we know that food tastes richer with a legend or two, or maybe the lack of modern entertainment gave us cause to make things up. Either way, I love these tales that accompany my meal – it turns a simple lunch from a functional action, into a dining experience.

 

So, have you ever heard the one about the Crossing Bridge Noodles?

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Godzirra Sushizilla! | Insatiable Munchies | Sydney Food Blog

Godzirra Sushizilla! | Insatiable Munchies | Sydney Food Blog | Food Guides and Reviews | Scoop.it
Sushizilla in Central Park's Living Mall is my new favourite sushi joint! On top of their $2.90 happy hour sushi train, they're offering a 20% off all a la carte items in January and February 2015!
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Dainty Dumpling House, Rhodes

Dainty Dumpling House, Rhodes | Food Guides and Reviews | Scoop.it

Sydney certainly has no lack of dumpling joints. From Din Tai Fung to New Shanghai to Taste of Shanghai, a craving for dumplings need never go unsatisfied.

So when a new dumpling place opens up. it certainly needs something to set itself apart.

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Drive-by Eating: Lim’s Hot Bread, Eastwood

Drive-by Eating: Lim’s Hot Bread, Eastwood | Food Guides and Reviews | Scoop.it

You know those days when you just have to grab food on the run? Where you’re walking while you’re eating, trying not to spill random bits of a sandwich down your shirt? Those are the days that I call Drive-by eating, where the ol’ grab-and-run is the order of the day. I find that Vietnamese pork rolls are one of the best options for this: it’s compact, flavourful, filling, and served in a paper bag that catches all the errant sandwich fall-outs. Which is why I always find myself at my local bakery, en route to my weekly grocery shop.

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Drive-by eating: Doughbox Diner, Enmore

Drive-by eating: Doughbox Diner, Enmore | Food Guides and Reviews | Scoop.it

There are meals, and then there are meals. And just like the hobbits had second breakfast, I think there’s plenty of room for more meals in the day.

Which is why, after a somewhat unsatisfying dinner the other night, we stopped by an old favourite for a drive-by meal: Doughbox diner in Enmore.

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Stanley Street Merchants

Stanley Street Merchants | Food Guides and Reviews | Scoop.it

Stanley Street Merchants is the brainchild of Matt Stone, young chef extraordinaire and champion of sustainable eating, Bobby Carey, spirit expert, Jez Spencer, of West Winds Gin, and Duncan Maccance, head chef. They’re all about showcasing locally harvested ingredients – and we’re not talking just Australian grown, we’re talking foods found within the state.

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Refugee Week Meetup Food Crawl

Refugee Week Meetup Food Crawl | Food Guides and Reviews | Scoop.it

Every year, the Refugee Council of Australia organises Refugee Week, a period where awareness is spread about the journey of refugees, and when we celebrate their positive contributions. This year, Refugee Week falls between 15th to 21st June, and to commemorate it, the I Ate My Way Through Meetup group went on a food crawl to explore these cultures the best way we know how: through food.

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Lentil as Anything

Lentil as Anything | Food Guides and Reviews | Scoop.it

I think I’m a hippie at heart. There are a great many ideals I am in support of, and bringing together a community through food is definitely one of them.

Which is why I love the concept of Lentil as Anything – a not-for-profit restaurant with a unique business model of pay-as-you-like, all in the name of the community. But the question remains: how is the food?

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Taste of Shanghai, Eastwood

Taste of Shanghai, Eastwood | Food Guides and Reviews | Scoop.it

Xiao Long Bao, to me, is a peasant dish that is extremely delicate. Many components make up these juicy mouthfuls: a thin, translucent skin that still holds up well enough for you to pick them up with chopsticks, a pork filling that is seasoned but not overly so, to let the natural flavour of the pork shine through, and the tiny cubes of gelatinised stock and pork fat that melt when the dumplings are steamed, to create a piping hot soup that flows when that skin is pricked.

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Singapore Eats: Kway Chap, Bishan North

Singapore Eats: Kway Chap, Bishan North | Food Guides and Reviews | Scoop.it

It can be very hard to explain to a non-Singaporean the concept of Kway Chap – after all, how do you describe what is essentially a Singaporean version of haggis, except that it’s all chopped up and not stuffed into a sheep’s stomach.

Well, I’m sure going to try, because this local delicacy is not only worth the explanation, it’s worth the effort.

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Singaporean Foods You Should Try

Singaporean Foods You Should Try | Food Guides and Reviews | Scoop.it
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Whenever I mention that I’m from Singapore, I inevitably get asked about Chilli Crab and Chicken Rice. And while they might be our most popular exports, Singapore is so much more than that. Yes, go to your Tian Tian Chicken Rice if you absolutely have to, but trust me, you’ll wanna hit up a few other dishes that you won’t get a chance to try otherwise. Here’s my list of Singaporean foods that will get you eating like a local!

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