Noodles your way, Sydney CBD, Sydney

>> September 2, 2014

Guest blogger edition

Friday night, peak hour for the masses looking for a feed and a drink in the city CBD. Chances are, if you haven't made a booking, you're going to struggle finding a table at the restaurants that you want to eat at.
This happened to us this night and we ended up walking down from Wynyard to World Square, trying to get a table at various restaurants along the way. Sushi Hotaru, Chefs Gallery, Din Tai Fung and Taste of Shanghai were all full.

Eventually we settled for Noodles Your Way - the Taiwanese restaurant next to Nando's in World Square. They still had a few empty tables so we quickly snapped one up.

A fairly simple Taiwanese menu, we quickly ordered as we were starving after all the walking we did.

Drunken chicken - $3.80 - a cold dish of a quarter chicken with a slight rice wine flavour. Moist and tender chicken but the coldness was straight from the fridge and not my cup of tea on a cold night

Pork chop and noodle soup - $12.80 - the classic crumbed and deep fried Taiwanese pork chop. This is basically my go to dish when I don't want to think and just want food ASAP at a Taiwanese restaurant. This version was perfectly coooked, crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Came with a tangy tomato sauce to dip in and take away some of that oiliness.

The noodle soup with clear broth and choy sum vegetables and shallots. Nothing special here, just an accompaniment for that pork, hehe

Mushroom and pork noodle soup - $11.80 - a thick broth with smooth fat noodles and shredded carrot. The broth was very flavoursome and reminded somewhat of a hot and sour soup.

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Pho Pasteur, Blacktown, Western Sydney

>> August 28, 2014

Guest blogger edition

Who would have thought that way out west, there was a Pho Pasteur! Pho Pasteur is one of the most well known Vietnamese restaurants in Sydney and in particular, for their super tasty beef pho.

I've only been to the the Pho Pasteur on George St in Haymarket, and was so was pleasantly surprised when wandering out west, looking for a place for dinner, we stumbled across it again on the top level of Westfields Parramatta. This top level hosted a whole bunch of restaurants and seemed to be the place to eat for locals as the carpark was packed and so were most of the restaurants on this Saturday night. 

Luckily, we were able to get ourselves a table.

We decided to try share dishes and ordered a few from the menu. We wanted to order the Vietnamese pancakes but were informed that this would take 1 hour to prepare =(

Chicken and prawn fried rice with XO sauce ~$18 - a huge plate of fried rice (not sure if we accidentally ordered a larger size or something) A bit spicy with the XO sauce but otherwise fragrant and tasty fried rice.

Chicken and cashews ~$16 - tender chicken, crunchy cashews and a handful of carrot, onion, peas and mushrooms. A pretty standard but delicious chicken and cashew dish.

Grill pork chops (Vietnamese style) ~$16 - I don't know how they do it, but the pork chops grilled Vietnamese style is always so juicy and delicious. This was no exception and we devoured this in no time at all.

The prices at this restaurant compared to the other chains seemed a tad more expensive, but this is probably to cover the higher rental costs from Westfields.

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Takumi, Haymarket, Sydney

>> August 24, 2014

Guest blogger edition

Takumi, on the top floor of Market City shopping centre, close to the food court area, is a Japanese sushi train that has been around as long as I can remember. The biggest drawcard for Takumi, is that they have a set price per dish of $3 ($2.50 if you have a market city parking ticket or student ID - really really good value for students!), rather than having a whole range of prices for each differently coloured dish. This advantage has somewhat diminished with the likes of Sushi Hotaru opening up and also doing a pretty standard price per dish ($3, no student discount though).

However, Takumi still remains super popular and on a Friday night, you will be pretty hard pressed to find a seat at dinner time! Luckily the seats are sufficiently squished and uncomfortable so that the turnover is pretty fast, haha.

Another benefit of Takumi is that the wait staff are super attentive and ready to run over any time you beckon, whether it be refilling your water or ordering items directly from the menu. The good thing about ordering from the menu is that the chefs make these FRESH - even if the same item is on the sushi train, they will still make you a fresh one. As such, it's almost always better to order from the menu than take from the train (avoiding the risk that the dishes have been circling for hours). Unless of course you're super impatient and starving like I sometimes am.

Salmon and avocado handroll- $3 - yes, the hand rolls are all $3! These are made to order and deliciously good value. A chunk of decent quality salmon, slice of avocado nicely wrapped in crisp nori.

Salmon tobiko - $3 - Salmon and salmon roe - a perfect combination. The saltiness of the roe balancing nicely with the creamy salmon and mayo.

Cooked prawn- $3 - yes there was originally 2 and yes I ate one before I remembered to take a photo. Nice sushi but nothing special here.

Octopus -$3 - not sure what this sauce was actually, looked a bit too strange for me to try >_<

Scallop omelette hand roll - $3 - fried egg with some hunks of scallop inside - decent but not mind blowing.

Salmon sashimi - $3 - smooth and silky melt in the mouth pieces of salmon sashimi- yummmm

The dessert isn't great at Takumi, so we popped down to the Chinatown night markets and finished our meal off with some Japanese pancakes and mochi

Different flavours and bulk buy discounts!

Rows and rows of pancakes fresh off the grill

Pounding and slicing the mochi 

The queues were long, but finally we get the goods!

The mochi with seasame

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