Naeng-myeon (Korean Cold Noodles) Recipe

Summer may end soon, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy a good plate of cold noodles! Naengmyeon is a beloved Korean dish consisting of long, thin buckwheat noodles and clear cold beef broth. Try it on for a cool lunch or a soothing dinner!

Recipe by: The Kitchn / Korean Bapsang

Ingredients:

  • 230 g beef brisket
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 onion
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 4 thin slices ginger
  • ½ cup Korean buckwheat noodles or Japanese soba noodles
  • 230 g Korean radish / daikon
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 2 boiled eggs
  • 1 cucumber
  • Hot mustard paste
  • Sesame seed
  • Asian pears (optional)

How to Make:

  1. Clean and thinly slice the radish. Mix with vinegar, sugar and salt until the sugar is dissolved. Set aside.
  2. In a pot, put beef brisket, onion, ginger, garlic and around 2.5 litres of water. Boil with a medium to medium-low heat. When the meat is tender (approximately one hour in), put in the soy sauce and boil for another 10 minutes. Strain and cool the broth.
  3. Cut the beef, cucumber and pears into thin slices. Cut the boiled eggs in half.
  4. Boil the noodles until cooked, then drain and rinse them in ice water.

5. Place one serving of noodles in a bowl, and top with beef, cucumber and pears. Pour the broth around the noodles. Serve with the radish, eggs, vinegar, sesame seed and hot mustard paste.

Event: Taste of Taiwan Food Festival, Sydney

For a week this month, you can enjoy scrumptious Taiwanese food from some of Taipei’s best chefs.

Shangri-La Hotel Sydney presents Taste of Taiwan Food Festival, where you can enjoy authentic Taiwanese cuisine at their Café Mix.

Guest chefs from Shangri-La’s Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Taipei will be presenting their signature dishes such as Gua Bao, spicy hotpot, and oyster omelette. Taiwan’s signature sweets will also be present in the form of fruity bubble teas and a traditional Taiwanese dessert station.

Taste of Taiwan Food Festival menu will be available at lunch and dinner from October 20-28 for $55 per person.

For more information, visit Shangri-La Hotel’s website.

October 20-28 | Café Mix, 176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks

Singapore’s Hawker Chan is Coming to Melbourne

The famous Singaporean food stall Hawker Chan is coming to Melbourne in October.

Hawker Chan is the brainchild of chef Chan Hon Meng, whose Hong Kong-style street food was awarded a Michelin star in 2016. Meng has partnered with Hersing Culinary group to create branches of quick-service restaurants in numerous countries, including Taiwan, Thailand and Indonesia.

The Melbourne branch will be a 100-seater at Lonsdale Street, featuring an almost identical menu to the original stall in Singapore such as soy chicken, char siu, rice and noodles. Meng will also fly out to Australia for the opening night.

Sources: GoodFood, Delicious

Best Italian Restaurants in Melbourne

As the city with the highest number of people with Italian ancestry in Australia, Melbourne is famous for the cuisine. From Sicilian to Calabrian, Melbourne has all the joints that is sure to satisfy your cravings. Here are five best Italian restaurants in Melbourne:

Rosetta Ristorante

Source: Rosetta Ristorante

8 Southbank Boulevard, Southbank

With immaculate interior and great service, this restaurant by Neil Perry indeed satisfies all of our expectations. Enjoy the grilled prawns as you look over the Yarra river, and finish your meal with Torrone al Cioccolato.

 

Il Solito Posto

113 Collins St, CBD

Source: New2Melbourne / Zomato

Once you enter the premises, the atmosphere will make you feel as if you are in Europe. With great service and buzzing vibe, it’s a great place for dinner with your friends. Don’t forget to order the beef ragu and the linguine frutti.

 

Pasta Adagio (formerly known as Osteria la Passione)

486 Bridge Road, Richmond

Source: Osteria La Passione

With fresh, organic produce, Adagio’s range of antipasti and pasta should not be missed.

 

Bar Idda

132 Lygon Street, Brunswick East

Source: Bar Idda

This homey Sicilian spot will make you feel as though you are visiting your grandmother’s house for dinner. It is one restaurant in Lygon Street that you should not miss – with affordable price and a great range of quality wines, you could not go wrong.

 

Tipo 00

361 Little Bourke Street, CBD

Source: Tipo 00

What keeps the place packed with enthusiastic customers is the succulent range of pasta. The highlight is the squid ink pasta, which is cooked to al dente perfection with rich, bold flavour. Don’t forget to order the coffee at the end of your meal – the robust, bitter taste will serve as a great finish.

Five Best Asian Snacks

Vox says you can learn about a country from its snacks – I believe it’s true. Eating snacks from other countries not only could help you understand more about the diversity of the world, but it’s also a way to get introduced to tasty food that you usually wouldn’t eat. So here are my top five favourite Asian snacks:

  1. Pocky
Pocky
Source: Evan-Amos

The long, sweet biscuit sticks coated in cream is named after Japanese word pokkin. It started out with chocolate coating, but now it has strawberry, green tea, cookies and cream and other variants too. Other brands have even come up with savory flavors, such as pizza and tomato.

  1. Seaweed
Seaweed
Source: Glutenfreesaver

Although seaweed is commonly used as an ingredient for dishes such as soup and sushi, seaweed can also be eaten as snack. Some brands offer seaweed snacks in various flavours, including spicy, sesame, tom yum and teriyaki.

  1. Shrimp Chips
Shrimp Chips
Source: Snackeroo

Shrimp chips come in different kinds, forms and shapes – but what all of them have in common is the crunchy texture and the shrimp flavour.

  1. Rice Crackers

Rice crackers

It’s not your usual rice crackers – each Asian rice cracker comes with their own wrapper, and the crunch is combined with a mix of savory bite and slightly sweet taste. They also come in spicy flavor.

  1. Koala’s March

Koala's March

Each Koala’s March box comes with bite-sized, chocolate-filled biscuits with pictures of cartoon koalas branded on top. It’s all the cuteness you need in one package! (Hint: If you can’t find Koala’s March, Hello Panda is also great as far as cute Asian chocolate-filled cookies go.)

 

Here are my top five Asian snacks! Which one will you get at the supermarket this week?

Pho-tastic Restaurants Around Sydney

Pho is the staple dish of Vietnamese cuisine and a must-try for those who have yet to lose their Pho virginity. Pho is a noodle soup dish consisting of rice noodles bathing in a simmering hot broth served with raw beef and garnished with herbs like coriander, bean sprouts, spring onions and basil leaves. So where can we find the best Pho to eat around Sydney? I’ve compiled a list of Sydney’s best Pho restaurants.

Pho Pasteur

295 Chapel Road, Bankstown, 9790 2900; 709 George Street, Sydney, 9212 5622; 137 Church Street, Parramatta, 9635 0782; Westpoint Shopping Centre, Patrick Street, Blacktown, 9676 1333
Much like their tagline, Pho Pasteur really is the “best noodle soup in town”. Branching across the western and inner western suburbs of Sydney, they have established a good reputation with their iconic pho recipes. Their broth is truly authentic and served without being watered down ensuring their customers enjoy a flavourful Vietnamese pho experience.

Source: Weekend Notes
Source: Weekend Notes


Pho Huong Xua
Shop 4, 219 Canley Vale Road, Canley Heights, 8764 4117

For subtle, elegant pho bac (Northern Vietnamese-style), Huong Xua is a great place to go to. The broth is clean, the beef is lightly stir-fried with fish sauce and garlic.

They’re also renowned for Australia’s biggest Pho bowl, which weighs in at 1.5 kilograms, with equal parts of noodles, beef and soup. Huong Xua is great for value – with cheap Tuesdays and a free offer for those who can finish their bowl under 11 minutes.

Source: Noodlies
Source: Noodlies


Pho Sam

19 Burns Bay Rd, Lane Cove NSW 2066, (02) 8416 5879

Pho Sam is a new Vietnamese restaurant on the outskirts of Northern Sydney. They serve great local Pho and pride themselves in great service and a Chinese twist with their Vietnamese dishes. Their perks? They accept card – which is almost impossible to find when dining in Asian restaurants.

Source: In The Cove
Source: In The Cove

 

Mum’s Table
 457-459 Elizabeth St, Surry Hills, NSW 2010, 02 8021 2701 

Rather than offer a conventional restaurant space, Mum’s Table mimics the ambience of a Vietnamese home. They welcome you with open arms and a selection of authentic Vietnamese pho dishes.

Source: The Urban List
Source: The Urban List

Review: Uncle Tetsu’s Japanese Cheesecake

During the height of the Pokemon Go craze, there was another hype going around in the foodie world and that was Uncle Tetsu’s Japanese Cheesecake. What started out as a humble store on the corner of Regent Place near Gloria Jeans, became a sensation in less than a week with Instagram to thank for its escalation in popularity.

Uncle Tetsu – a.k.a its founder, Tetsushi Mizokami started out his creations back in 1985 inspired by the original creamy cheesecake recipes back in Hakata, Japan. He then expanded his stores across Asia and opened his first branch here in Sydney, Australia.

I decided to try it the other week with a friend to find out what it tasted like. So was it delicious and worth the hype? ***drumroll**

The cheesecake was… mediocre at best. It’s not the best cheesecake in the world and it certainly wasn’t worth the long hour wait in line or the ridiculous $18 price. The cheesecake themselves are bubbly, fluffy and eggy-like texture and nothing like the creamy cheesecake with a biscuit base that we’re used to. That being said it IS a Japanese style cake. What’s even more peculiar is that the cheesecake is limited to one purchase per person. I have no idea why that’s the case.

Source: University Of Sydney Union
Source: University Of Sydney Union

If you’re willing to give up an hour of your time for a cheesy fluff of disappointment, buy yourself a box of Uncle Tetsu’s overpriced cheesecakes. Just one though 😉