Knowing how to cook is an invaluable part of having a healthy lifestyle. Not just because home cooked meals are much healthier than eating out, but also (and perhaps more importantly) because it really helps you understand what goes into the food you are eating.
I mean, I can go on and on about how much saturated fat is in cakes and biscuits but nothing quite gets the message across like seeing blocks of butter going into your cake batter. And then a couple more into the icing.….
For me, working in a Chinese restaurant took this one step further. I was absolutely fascinated during the first couple of months waitressing at my local Chinese. I loved the way that everything was cooked to order but was on the table in 5 minutes. Even the hot plates were heated methodically, popped onto the burner as soon as the meal started cooking, so that they were just the right temperature once it was ready.
Growing up, Vietnamese food always meant Pho and not much else, so I’m glad I’ve discovered that there’s much more to Vietnamese than I had known. It’s such a versatile cuisine, there’s something for everyone, and this is apparent when we walk into La Sen, where there are diners munching on colourful rice paper rolls, vermicelli salads, pancakes amongst other delicious offerings.
Traditional Vietnamese Coffee ($5.50)
Situated on the small dining strip on Perouse Road, there’s no shortage of great dining options, but La Sen proves quite a popular spot when we visit, packed mostly with families. And it’s not difficult to see why it’s so popular, with an extensive menu of all your Vietnamese favourites and plenty of fresh ingredients.
You’ve gotta love a great restaurant name, and it’s hard to resist a restaurant with a name like Holy Duck! But if the name and the glistening roast ducks hanging out the front of the restaurant weren’t already enough to entice you, how about half price duck?
Bet that got your attention!
It’s not our first time at Holy Duck!, we visited during their launch almost two years ago now. They’re since become quite a popular local spot, with the restaurant being absolutely packed even on a miserable Monday night when we visit. (of course, not so miserable after a delicious feed!)
Handmade Pink Salt & Black Sesame Egg & Spinach Tofu ($19)
If you’ve been reading this blog over the past couple of months, you’ll probably notice that I’ve been really into recreating things that I’ve tried (or in some cases haven’t even tried). So given how much I enjoy the IKEA Chocolate Oat Balls, it was only a matter of time before I had to recreate this one in my own kitchen!
If you haven’t tried the IKEA Chocolate Oat Balls before, you need to get yourself to your nearest IKEA and buy a pack! It’s essentially a rolled chocolate truffle, but better. Packed with coconut and oats for substance and a strong hit of coffee for that extra kick, what’s not to love?
Unagi Hitsumabushi ($28)
There’s no shortage of good Japanese restaurants in Sydney, but if you’re looking for something that’s a little different to the standard sushi and ramen, you’ve got to check out Juan Bowl & Tea.