Thursday, May 9, 2013 // 11:12 PM
crocodile karaage ($8.80):
salmon sashimi ($9.80):
baby scallop mantaiko udon ($10.80):
cuttlefish sushi ($7.60):
wagyu beef & garlic fried rice ($13.80):
(from left to right) - sakura ($12.00), fuji sunset ($13.80), coconut kimono ($13.00), midori & lemonade ($6.50):
Including 2 hour karaoke for 4 people ($10 per hour), the bill came to a total of $141.90.
basement 614 george st
sydney NSW 2000
t: (02) 9266 0866
Labels: japanese, karaoke, mizuya, sydney cbd
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Wednesday, May 8, 2013 // 9:22 PM
Time for my birthday-eve and group assessment part completed celebratory dinner! After discussing our favourite foods in one of the few early classes this semester, our group had been set on eating hot pot together for quite a while now. Since we ended our Wednesdays together, we decided to go out and what's more satisfying than crispy fried chicken and spicy hot pot on a chilli autumn day?
kimchi side dish:
chilli rice cakes, mixed tempura hot pot ($30.00):
Spicy rice cakes, instant noodles and 'tempura'. Loved it. The 'tempura' were just sliced up fish cake. It's so simply yet super satisfying. And it wasn't as chilli as it looked!
sun's fried chicken with soy sauce ($30.00):
Fried chicken at Arisun is a must order! It comes out in a wooden bowl, hot and still unbelievable super crunchy. It's so addictive that you'll still want more when you're already full. It wasn't drowned in oil and you couldn't taste it much either
When you do come to Arisun though, make sure you bring a group of people. There are so many other deep fried chicken options available on the menu. Man, fried chicken was made to be shared! The four of us paid $15 each were completely stuffed so we couldn't handle the last few pieces of chicken. So sad.
1 dixon st
sydney NSW 2000
Labels: arisun, haymarket, hot pot, korean
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Thursday, April 18, 2013 // 12:18 AM
After joining the Chinese Students Association (CSA), we decided to make use of the membership discounts at various listed restaurants since we don't really attend any of their events. One of them was Taiwanese Express meal. Since it was the closest restaurant out of the many listed, we decided to try out this eatery first!
taiwanese express meal:
Was a bit intimidating to enter because everyone inside was speaking Chinese and we felt pretty awkward even though half of us knew Mandarin. The interior is very simple with a modern white and orange colour scheme - white walls, chairs, tables and orange prints on the walls.
Each choice comes in a "bento box" with separate compartments - a simple stir fried choy sum, meat of your choice, rice, pickled radish and corn soup. The rice is topped with some scrambled egg and meat mince of some sort (I think it was pork) that had been simmered in sweetened soy sauce and the corn soup had a really nice thick consistency to it.
deep fried pork chop ($9.50):
Deep fried pork chop cut into strips and garnished with pickled cabbage (suan cai). Was very nicely done. The meat was tender and the crumbed exterior was nice and crunchy.
honey soy chicken wings ($10.00):
Honey and soy chicken wings garnished with roasted sesame seeds. Someone said they could taste tomato sauce in the marinade. I quite liked this because unlike most honey soy chicken tastes, this wasn't as sweet. I guess my only complaint would be how thin the chicken was. There was very little meat around the bones. Poor chicken.
salt and pepper chicken wing ($9.00):
Pan-fried salt and peppered chicken wings. One thing I love about pan-fried chicken is how unique the crust is and how it can be so thin but still be so crispy. But I think there is a greater chance of screw up during the process like it being cooked unevenly or be too dry. Though a tad bit dry, the chicken was pretty much perfect to me.
Although it isn't anything anything spectacular, the cosy atmosphere and the simple home-made-like food is really comforting. Plus most dishes are priced as $10 and under and we were all pretty bloated after finishing the whole bento box. A nice feed for 4 poor uni students, I guess.
benton king taiwanese express meal
396 anzac pde
kingsford NSW 2032
t: (02) 9662 7772
Labels: bento, benton king, kingsford, taiwanese, taiwanese express meal
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Wednesday, April 3, 2013 // 5:33 PM
On the day we picked out to do our volunteering activities, it rains. We were already half way through lunch at Bau Truong when we got the call that it was cancelled.
The place has a pretty modern look to it compared to the other eateries in the area.
combination crispy egg noodles ($14.00):
Crispy pan-fried egg noodles drizzled with vegetables and beef in sauce. There were carrots, fish balls, beef slices, onions and mushrooms. The noodles were very crispy and still somewhat crispy in the sauce. I think it was the best dish of the day.
sizzling sate beef ($20.00):
Beef with assorted vegetables on a sizzling hot plate. This was pretty plain (dish wise). I wanted to order the combination broken rice! But I imagine it would have been hard to share between 3 people since you have to cut up the pork chop, divide the egg etc. Too much work.
crispy chicken with sesame sauce ($20.00):
Crispy chicken with sesame sauce. They ran out of sesame sauce so I think they gave us fish sauce. Should have picked tomato rice instead. The chicken wasn't that great. Go to Tan Viet if you want to feast on crispy chicken.
The lady kept giving us disapproving looks because we spilt the tea everywhere. I hope I never see her ever again. It's a little pricey for Cabramatta but the servings were quite large so it balanced out I guess.
42 john st
cabramatta NSW 2166
t: (02) 9727 4492
Labels: bau truong, cabramatta, vietnamese
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Sunday, March 31, 2013 // 12:44 AM
A friend just returned to Sydney from Griffith for mid-semester break so we decided to hold a reunion with everyone near where we all (minus one!) lived to celebrate. Food was not the focus of today's gathering but catching up with each other!
From left to right, top to bottom, spicy rice cakes, kimchi, sweetened smash potato, deep fried glass noodles.
korean bbq ($35.00):
Korean style grilled meat served in hot plate with side dishes, salad and bowl of rice (cooked and ready to eat) (for 2 people).
"The BBQ takes some time to prepare because we start to cook it when it's ordered. We do not, pre-cook because at La Grilla, we want to provide our customers with good quality meals that will satisfy them."
You have the option of choosing two types of meat from bulgogi, mild chilli chicken, mild chilli pork, soy chicken, soy beef rib, and chilli beef rib. In the picture above, its bulgogi and mild chilli chicken. Our second hot plate had soy chicken and chilli beef rib but I forgot to take a photo of that. (I always forget and someone always asks - "Don't you have to take a picture of this?" - because I am too caught up with eating.).
The meat was tender but a little dry. They only gave us 3 beef ribs in our second hot plate and the meat was super chewy (which I liked! but others didn't). It was chilli at all either.
The salad was refreshing with a sweet dressing and topped with almonds and dried fruits.
Fried sweet potato noodles (glass noodles) ($10.00):
Stir fried sweet potato noodle with soy sauce. You can add $3 more for extra beef or seafood. Vegetarian version includes green capsicum and mushroom and omits the beef of course. Bit misleading since the photo on the menu has mushroom and green capsicum in the dish. I liked this because it didn't taste that sweet and there wasn't excess juice/liquidy sauce under everything.
Nice place for quick service and casual dining. It was pretty cheap with everyone paying $10 - 12 dollars. Plus Noggi is next door so you can grab some froyo to end the day. For lazy people, they barbecue your meat for you so you don't have to worry about smokey clothes and all that. They serve your typical Korean foods - pajeons, bibimbap, kbbq - so don't expect anythign spectacular since the menu is very limited.
2/237 canley vale rd
canley heights NSW 2166
t: (02) 9724 5452
Labels: canley heights, korean, korean bbq, la grilla
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