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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

In -, Dining on
October 5, 2018

Darband Persian Restaurant, Auburn

There’s no shortage of delicious eats in Auburn, from the many Asian restaurants to the very popular Jasmin. Lesser known though is Darband, a small, no frills Persian restaurant tucked away in the quieter streets across from the station.

Darband Persian Restaurant, Auburn

Kashk-e-Bademjan ($5)

It starts off quiet when we visit on a weekday night, but the restaurant quickly becomes packed with locals who obviously know where to go for a good feed!

We start off with the Kashk-e-Bademjan, a creamy eggplant dip topped with whey that is served with flatbread, onion and mint. At $5 it’s an absolute steal.

Darband Persian Restaurant, Auburn

Shahi ($15)

The mains mostly consist of Persian kebabs- a plate of rice, grilled tomato and your choice of meat. It’s a very substantial serve so we’re sharing the Shahi today, which comes with a skewer of joojeh (lemon marinated chicken) and koobideh (lamb mince with onion). Both are super tasty and the meat is nice and juicy.

Persian food is fast coming one of my go to favourites, and Darband is one I’ll be visiting more frequently, with great food and extremely reasonable prices!

Darband Persian Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

In Asian Treats, Dessert, Recipe on
October 5, 2018

Pearl Milk Tea Soufflé Pancakes

The pearl milk tea dessert craze has hit Asia hard, with crazy pearl studded desserts popping up all over my Instagram feed. I’m talking Pearl milk tea cakes, pancakes, crepes…. just absolutely anything you could think of really!

Japanese Souffle Pancakes with Milk Tea Cream and Homemade Pearls Boba

And with the rising popularity of milk teas (just look at all the newly opened drink joints!) I’m sure it’ll come to Sydney some time. But rather than waiting around for some café to get onto it, I thought I’d whip up a batch of these pancakes myself for brunch. Read more

In Dessert, Healthy, Recipe on
October 1, 2018

White Chocolate Raspberry Chia Muffins

White Choc Chia Muffins, Easy, Healthy, Low Sugar Treat, Baking

It’s been a while since I’ve actually cooked anything from a recipe in print. There’s just too much recipe inspiration online!

But when I came across this Vegan White Chocolate and Butter Bean Muffins with Raspberry and Chia Jam recipe in The Chia Co’s recipe booklet, and had the ingredients and curiosity to try out a vegan muffin recipe, this was the result.

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In Dining, Modern Australian on
October 1, 2018

Salt Meats Cheese

Salt Meats Cheese, Circular Quay

Never underestimate a meal that calls itself a feast.

You’d think after all these years of eating, it’s a concept I’d understand by now, but once again we are caught out by the enormity of the feast that is Salt Meats Cheese’s ‘Cheese Feast’. Run every Sunday arvo, the Cheese Feast is a 3 course set menu that involves cheese and pretty much a guarantee that you’ll be rolling out of there. And it’ll only set you back $39.

Salt Meats Cheese, Circular Quay
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