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October 29, 2018

Harajuku Gyoza, Potts Point

Harajuku Gyoza, Potts Point

Back in my uni days I used to take a ‘dumpling tour’ in the Sydney CBD on weekends, and one thing I learnt is that, everyone loves dumplings. Lots of them too!

Harajuku Gyoza, Potts Point

So it’s not surprisingly that Harajuku Gyoza, a cute little gyoza joint in Potts Point, is quite the popular spot for a quick dumpling fix.

Harajuku Gyoza, Potts Point

Pork and Prawn Gyoza with Ginger and Spring Onion Dressing, Grilled ($9.8)

The menu is mostly filled with different gyoza varieties, as well as some izakaya share plates. Pork and prawn gyoza are like your typical Japanese style gyoza, with soft a soft wrapper encasing a delicate prawn and pork filling. The ginger and spring onion dressing is light and tasty.

Harajuku Gyoza, Potts Point

Beef with Shiso Gyoza, Grilled ($8.3)

Beef is a much less common choice of filling, but the beef with shiso gyoza is surprisingly tasty, the shiso imparting an unusual but delicious flavour.

Harajuku Gyoza, Potts Point

Mozzarella Cheese with Semi-dried Tomato Gyoza, Crispy Fried ($9.2)

For someone completely different we also try the mozzerella cheese and semi dried tomato gyoza which is super crispy, with stretchy cheese in each bite.

Harajuku Gyoza, Potts Point

Tempura Eggplant ($8.5)

Tempura eggplant is fried in a light, crispy batter, the eggplant itself silky smooth.

Harajuku Gyoza Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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October 26, 2018

Yummy Chinese BBQ, Haymarket

Yummy Chinese BBQ, All you can eat, hotpot, skewers

Our visit to Yummy Chinese BBQ was a little unintentional. We were infact looking for an all you can eat hotpot joint in Chinatown, but these seem to be very scarce these days so when we saw the sign at the door for all you can eat skewers and hotpot, that was about the closest we could find!

It’s a nice setup, and much tidier and cleaner than most other Chinese skewer/AYCE places we’ve visited in Sydney, and there’s a vast spread of pre-skewered meats, veggies and sides on display. We’re sold instantly!

Yummy Chinese BBQ, All you can eat, hotpot, skewers

The idea is that you get a large charcoal bbq in the middle of your table where the meats rotate themself to cook- minimal effort involved! You also get a small hotpot on the side for the best of both worlds!

Yummy Chinese BBQ, All you can eat, hotpot, skewers

We start with the sides where there is a large selection of chilled veggie dishes.

Yummy Chinese BBQ, All you can eat, hotpot, skewers

Then we move onto the meats where there is everything from your typical chicken, beef, lamb to offal.

Yummy Chinese BBQ, All you can eat, hotpot, skewers

Yummy Chinese BBQ, All you can eat, hotpot, skewers

We find somethings work well on the rotating bbq, other things not so much. Like the sausages which were so soft they fell off the skewer, or the unbalanced chicken which would not rotate. All part of the fun I guess!

Yummy Chinese BBQ, All you can eat, hotpot, skewers

You’re also given a net where you can grill unskewered items like enoki mushrooms, corn and garlic bread.

The hotpot selection comes with your typical options of veggies, fish balls, mushrooms etc. Beef and lamb slices are ordered and brought out from the kitchen.

There’s also soft serve for dessert and on the day we visit there’s vanilla and matcha on offer.

Yummy Chinese BBQ 串串香海鲜烧烤自助 Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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October 25, 2018

PR Korean Restaurant, Lidcombe

PR Korean Restaurant, Lidcombe

You’ll be spoilt for choice if you’re looking for Korean restaurants in Lidcombe, but for something a little different, try PR Korean.

PR Korean Restaurant, Lidcombe

Specialising in chicken BBQ, there’s hot plates filled with chicken cooking in red sauce on every table when we visit. Of course, there’s you usually Korean classics, but if you’re at PR Korean, you’re here for the Chicken BBQ.

PR Korean Restaurant, Lidcombe

Octopus Chicken BBQ ($22pp)

Most are here for just the regular spicy chicken but we went for something little different with the octupus chicken bbq, which arrives as a mass of chicken and veggies. It’s a raw mountain of food that it cooked by staff, which is totally part of the fun!

Cook time is around 10 minutes and we almost thought they forgot about the octopus, but it is added at the end.

PR Korean Restaurant, Lidcombe

Octopus Chicken BBQ ($22pp)

It is definitely on the spicy side so it’s not for those who are sensitive to spice but it’s a super satisfying feed otherwise, with plenty of chicken, cabbage and other additions like rice cake. We eat ours with the side of lettuce, but there’s also optional add ins like rice (which is mixed in to make fried rice once you get to the end) but the pot itself is more than enough for the two of us.

Pr Korean Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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October 21, 2018

Platia Greek Taverna, Top Ryde

Platia Greek Taverna, Top Ryde, Plate Smashing Night, Greek Feast

If there’s one cuisine I don’t have enough of it would Greek, so I was excited to join FCBA at their dinner at Platia Greek Taverna, not only for a night of good food but also plate smashing!

Their plate smashing occurs once a month on Friday nights, and is a fun filled night with performances, dancing, and the opportunity to relieve all your stress by smashing plates on the ground (don’t worry, they’re not real plates,it’s not dangerous at all!). 

Platia Greek Taverna, Top Ryde, Plate Smashing Night, Greek Feast

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In -, Asian, Dining on
October 10, 2018

Bach Dang Vietnamese Restaurant, Canley Vale

Bach Dang Vietnamese Restaurant, Canley Vale

Prawns Coated on Sugar Cane ($17)

There’s no shortage of good Vietnamese restaurants in Canley Vale, and though we tend to stick to our favourites, we’d been past Bach Dang so many times we thought we’d give it a try too.

It’s much larger than it may first appear, there’s even a function room tucked away on the side, and the place is bustling with large groups when we visit on a Saturday night. Menu-wise, it is quite similar to next door (Hai Au Lang Nuong), just with a slightly nicer ambience and modern décor.

Bach Dang Vietnamese Restaurant, Canley Vale

Papaya, Prawn, Jelly fish salad ($17)

We start with our favourite papaya, prawn and jellyfish salad which comes with thin strips of crunchy fresh papaya in a light, tangy sauce. Prawn chips add a pleasant crunch. It’s delicious on its own but we actually find it a great addition to our rice paper rolls too!

Bach Dang Vietnamese Restaurant, Canley Vale

Prawns Coated on Sugar Cane ($17)

Prawns on sugar cane are always a crowd pleaser, the prawn mince fresh and bouncy, a delightful sweetness imparted from the stick of sugar cane in the middle.

Bach Dang Vietnamese Restaurant, Canley Vale

Prawns Coated on Sugar Cane ($17)

There’s three sticks per serve, but once cut up and incorporated in a rice paper roll, it serves plenty.

Bach Dang Vietnamese Restaurant, Canley Vale

Seafood Spring Rolls

Make sure you try their seafood spring rolls, which are unlike any other spring roll we’ve tried before. They’re massive deep fried balls packed with seafood, in the form of prawns, calamari and fish, coated in a crispy batter that is slightly sweet and reminiscent of Korean corn chips.

Roast Quails $14
Roasted quails are super crispy, as always a little fiddly to eat but worth it for the tasty tender meat.

Bach Dang Vietnamese Restaurant, Canley Vale

Vietnamese Sour Soup (Canh Chua) with whole Fish

The Vietnamese Soup soup with whole fish comes as a hot pot. It does take some time for the soup to heat up and then to cook the fresh fish pieces but its well worth the effort for a tasty sour soup. It’s a little more on the bland side compared to the version we’re used to next door.

Bach Dang Vietnamese Restaurant, Canley Vale

Claypot Caramel Fish

For a hit of flavour, go for the caramel fish which is a little on the salty side for our tastes, but is also equally sweet.

Bach Dang Vietnamese Restaurant, Canley Vale

Mud Crab with Tamarind Sauce

The mud crab is definitely something different, stir fried in a tangy tamarind sauce.

Bach Dang Vietnamese Restaurant, Canley Vale

Stir Fried Snow Pea Sprouts with Linh Zhi Mushrooms ($22)

We’re disappointed when the snow pea sprouts turned up as snow peas, but the Linh Zhi Mushrooms are something different, served in a savoury glaze, almost like a vegetarian abalone.

Bach Dang Vietnamese Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato