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

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?

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 😉

Upcoming Food Festivals in Sydney

Food festivals – who doesn’t love them? With the spring season finally arriving and Good Food Month starting, there is no better time to go out and explore the plethora of food options in Sydney. Here are some food festivals to expect in our Sydney playground!

  • Taste Orange @ Sydney

21-22 September | Martin Place, Sydney

Taste Orange
Source: Taste Orange

No time to travel to Orange? Fear not – you can still enjoy the region’s famous cool-climate wine, food and fresh produce in the city. Enjoy musical performances by day, and have a drink at the After Dark Pop-Up Wine Bar by night. What more could you ask for?

  • Little Eat Street Friday Nights Market

Every Friday, 7 October-28 October | Little Hay St & Dixon St, Haymarket NSW 2000

Little Eat Street
Source: City of Sydney

If you are a regular to the Chinatown Friday Night Market, there’s a special edition coming up. You can take a culinary trip from Tokyo to Hanoi without leaving the city, with options ranging from yum cha, teppanyaki, takoyaki, sushi, spicy Sichuan dishes, to phở and more.

  • Newtown Good Food Fair

Sunday, 9 October | Newtown Square and Eliza Street, Newtown NSW 2042

Newtown Good Food
Source: City of Sydney

The suburb is well-known for its wide range of food options, and Newtown Good Food Fair is making our dreams come true by bringing all the food outlets together in this event. Featuring local businesses such as the Bank Hotel, Black Star Pastry, Bloodwood, Brewtown, Mary’s, Shenkin Café and Young Henry’s, Newtown Good Food Fair promises a great time in the form of street food.

  • Hunter Valley Uncorked

Sunday, 9 October | Balmoral Beach

Hunter Valley Uncorked
Source: Weekend Notes

The food and wine tasting festival is back in its eleventh year running. Located by the Balmoral beach, Uncorked features a great range of wine from Allandale Winery, Brokenwood Wines, First Creek Wines, Hope Estate, Hungerford Hill Wines, Oakvale Wines, Saddler’s Creek Wines, Tallavera Grove, Tulloch Wines, Tower Estate, Tyrrell’s Wines and Pepper Tree Wines to name a few. Not a fan of wine? Don’t worry, as there will also be craft beer and a wide variety of food options.

  • Night Noodle Markets

6-27 October | Hyde Park North, Sydney NSW 2000

Night Noodle Market
Source: The Age

It’s that time of the year again – all Sydney institutions are coming back to the market, from Mr. Bao and Mamak to N2 and Black Star Pastry. This year, House of Crabs and Queenies are joining the festival.

These are the food festivals that will hit the town soon – which ones are you going to go to?

Where To Eat Yum Cha In Melbourne

Weekend yum cha sessions are always something to look forward to – there’s a unique kind of excitement in waiting for the yum cha trolley lady to pass your table as well as choosing from the plethora of dishes available.

For those who have no idea what ‘yum cha’ means, it’s basically about eating dim sum dishes (dumplings, steam buns, and more) and drinking Chinese tea.

But how do you know which restaurant has the best dim sum dishes? I’ve chosen the top yum cha spots in Melbourne just for you – check it out!

  1. Oriental Teahouse

378 Little Collins St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia | http://orientalteahouse.com.au

Oriental Teahouse
Source: Oriental Teahouse

Not only does Oriental Teahouse have tasty dim sum dishes ranging from steamed siu mai to fried wontons, but it also offers a wide range of tea for you to choose, from herbal-infused hot tea to tea cocktails!

  1. David’s

4 Cecil Pl, Prahran VIC 3181 | http://davidsrestaurant.com.au/

David's
Source: David’s Restaurant Facebook page

Ever imagined what white chocolate dumpling tastes like? Me neither, but you no longer have to imagine at David’s. You can enjoy this chocolate dumpling with every other thing that David’s offers at the all you can eat feast. Don’t forget to try their pork belly as well!

  1. Shark Fin Inn

50 Little Bourke Street in Melbourne | http://www.sharkfin.com.au

Source: Time Out
Source: Time Out

A Melbourne institution, Shark Fin Inn offers classic Chinese menu. Along with its variety of dumplings, don’t forget to also try the Deluxe Bird’s Nest (chicken, pork and seafood sautéed with mushrooms and vegetables).

  1. Andy’s Yum Cha House

13 Napier St, Essendon VIC 3040

Source: Amie Hu
Source: Amie Hu

The place may look small and unassuming, but once you try their fried calamari, you wouldn’t be able to stop yourself from grabbing more. The place also serves your classic yum cha range such as pan-fried pork dumpling and steamed buns.

  1. Shanghai Village
112-114 Little Bourke Street, CBD, Melbourne, VIC
Source: Natasha Abrahams/Weekend Notes
Source: Natasha Abrahams/Weekend Notes

The place would probably be the best if you’re looking to get more bang for your buck. The place is pretty crowded, but the service is quick. The succulent xiao long baos (dumpling with soup filling) are not to be missed. For vegetarians, the choice of ‘mock duck’ is available for you.

  1. Westlake

189 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000 | http://www.westlakerestaurant.com.au/

Source: fluttersbymistletoe/Zomato
Source: fluttersbymistletoe/Zomato

The place is another Chinatown institution, and there’s a reason why they have stayed for decades. Make sure to try the cheong fun (rice noodle roll) and braised chicken feet!

  1. HuTong

14-16 Market Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000 | http://www.hutong.com.au/

Source: Joy/Weekend Notes
Source: Joy/Weekend Notes

HuTong doesn’t necessarily have trolleys going around the room, but don’t let that change your mind. You can watch the chefs make the dumplings live as you enjoy your xiao long baos and scallop dumplings.

  1. Red Emperor

Mid Level Southgate Restaurant & Shopping Precinct 3 Southgate Avenue Southbank VIC 3006 | http://www.redemperor.com.au

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Located in Southbank, you can eat your dumplings in the terrace overlooking Yarra River and Melbourne skyline. Feeling a bit hungrier than usual? You can also choose all you can eat yum cha for $45-55 per person.

 

That’s my top eight yum cha picks. Where are you gonna go this weekend to taste some dim sum dishes?