I would probably spend a solid amount of time deciding what to order from their menu. Do I choose from my childhood favourite dish i.e. tomato rice with crispy skin chicken or a noodle dish or something stir fried? After careful selection, I decided to order the roast duck with dry noodle. The duck had great flavour and the noodle had even more flavour - it was really salty and the soup was played a crucial part in breaking (or diluting) the flavour. I would probably order the roast duck with rice next time!
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Ever since returning from Hong Kong, I've really missed a good, piping hot claypot rice; especially a claypot rice with Chinese sausages! I crave the crunchy base, crisp edges, flavourful rice and the sweetness and unique texture from the Chinese sausage. The only flavour in the rice came from the soy sauce that I squeezed in (which I almost forgot) so unfortunately, it didn't live up to my expectation; it didn't satisfy my craving but did give me the warmth that was much needed on a freezing night. As a disclaimer, I had extremely high expectations for the perfect claypot rice as I'm comparing Zan Bao (who also has other specialties) with well known Claypot rice places in Hong Kong.
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Mr Chen Beef Noodle is located in Prince Centre, near UTS Insearch and Market City. It's buzzing with customers and makes you feel like you are in China. I love how they serve their dishes in traditional China bowls as it reminds me of my childhood. Try to sit near the window so you can see the noodle making in action! All the noodles are handmade with love and to your liking as they have different types of noodles; we choose the wide and wider option. It tasted like eating thin wonton wrappers - chewy and soft (I absolutely loved it).
Mr Chen Beef Noodle not only serves noodle dishes but they also have great starters/side options like soup dumplings, pan fried dumplings, pork buns, egg and spinach tofu and more! I wish I had a bigger stomach to be able to sample everything from their menu! We ordered the Lanzhou Beef Noodle with wider noodle (their widest option) and the Pork and Chicken Noodle with wide noodle. The serving size of the noodle was extremely generous in both dishes to the point where I would only order one noodle dish along with some sides to share! The pan fried pork bun was delicious, the filling had so much flavour! We also had way too much fun lifting noodles for the perfect Instagram shot and boomerang (it's crazy how high we could lift these noodles).
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Dulcet Cakes & Sweets is a boutique patisserie café that offers you every sweet dream you can imagine. Dulcet prides itself in hand-making everything they possibly can with love and integrity.
Dulcet Cakes & Sweets is located in Prince Centre (near UTS Insearch and Market City) in Haymarket. We arrived around 7:15pm to enjoy a couple sweets and drinks from Dulcet but they were sold out of the Matcha Mille Crepes. Head there earlier to avoid dissapointment or you can order the Matcha Mille Crepe online(did I hear a special occasion is coming up?)
We enjoyed the Chocolate Mille Crepes, White Peach Earl Grey Mousse, Coconut Cup and two organic special ice tea; apple jasmine ice tea and osmanthus green tea. We also devoured a Hot Kid soft serve!
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Inspired by the flavours of classic American diners, Burger Point serves gourmet burgers, loaded fries, buffalo wings and shakes. Burger Point gourmet burgers are served with a toasted milk bun. There are 7 different gourmet burgers; old school, boss, big boss, marvin glazed, mod chook, smokey porky and Mary Mo. There was one burger that really stood out to us, the Marvin Glazed. This burger is served with double handcraft beef patty, house pickles, signature burger sauce, doughnut glazed bun topped with grated cheddar and maple bacon bits. The grated cheddar was sightly weird but oddly works! We only had a quarter of the burger which was the perfect amount, otherwise, we think it would be quite moorish. We also enjoyed the loaded fries - classic cheese load house signature cheese. As you can see in the image below, they also do wings in all kind of versions - buffalo, southern fried, hot & spicy and more!
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Bosphorus Turkish Street Food is an authentic Turkish restaurant set up in order to show the public what scrumptious, inviting and appetizing Turkish food is! Their meals are unforgettable for their flavour and freshness. On our Marina Square foodie adventure, we sampled several items from their menu but my favourite was the Lahmacun. The base was so crispy, filling was perfectly balanced and a joy to eat! We were dining with a large group so we weren't able to sample all dishes but their entire menu looks appetizing; Shish Plate, Shish Roll, Kebabs, Iskender, Snack Pack, Charcoal Chicken and Falafel.
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Hiew Thai was highly recommended by a blogger who lives walking distance away from Marina Square. We couldn't wait to try Hiew Thai as we oddly haven't had Thai food in weeks! We were on a foodie tour of Marina Square and as we walked through the 'foresty' entrance, we were greeted by tables; already set up with some of their most popular dishes and we couldn't wait to dig in!
We had the pleasure of sampling chicken satay, hiew pork ribs, chilli soft shell crab, hiew fried rice, pad thai, pad see ew, barramundi curry and scallops, We also enjoyed two strong cocktails; sea passion (Lychee Liqueur, passionfruit pulp, Vodka, lychee syrup and lime juice) and koh yaaw (a Thai long island ice tea). Our overall experience of Hiew Thai has been nothing but positive, amazing flavours, great textures and mouth watering items! Wish we lived closer so we could make this our local go-to Thai restaurant.
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Lab Kitchen is located in Marina Square, Wentworth Point serving all day breakfast, healthy poke bowls, burgers, summer salads, sandwiches and delicious schnitzels. They also serve a variety of alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages. We saw some of Lab Kitchen's popular dishes arrive at the table; we weren't able to sample most of the food so won't be commenting on the taste but we're definitely returning for their korean schnitzel.
They have specials most days of the week as well! Burger specials on Monday & Tuesday, Schnitzel specials on Wednesday & Thursday and Steak on Friday & Saturday!
I remember seeing the confit salmon bruschetta, korean schnitzel, prawn linguine, chicken karaage burger, pork katsu sando, korean street toast, miso salmon and many more arriving at the table. We couldn't work out the cuisine and realised, it's a fusion of everything - which makes it that much more exciting!
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Masala Theory is our favourite Indian Restaurant encapsulating antiquity and modernity; located right in the heart of Surry Hills. Masala Theory is your escape to India from the decor, starters, mains, dessert, drinks and even the bathroom! Don't forget to take a snap of the neon pink bicycle (which you can't miss) on your way out!
The Rajbhog Thali is a set royal round platter with Masala Theory's top curries, appetizers, rice, dessert, naan bread and raita. The set platter applies to the whole table and it has a mixture of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian curries. Lets see if I can remember the delicious curries we had (in order of preference).
#1 Chicken Masala - Chicken curry inspired from village style spice mix
#2 Moilee Curry Tofu - Tandoori Tofu in a South Indian style moilee curry in coconut milk
#3 Lamb Curry - Hearty lamb curry in Indian flavour with coriander and almond puree base
#4 Eggplant Bharta - Smoked eggplant mashed with onion, tomatoes, chillies and masala
#5 Chole Bhatura - A hearty bowl of spiced chickpeas
Classic Chicken Tikka (pictured below) - Chicken marinated in tandoori spices, served with mint chutney and chillies. This is not included in the royal platter.
Their famous dessert, the Sukhdi was on the royal platter and by far, the best Indian dessert we've ever tasted. It was soft, crumbly and melt in your mouth. I thought it was some sort of cheese but the texture is made of jaggery and wheat flour churned in ghee - an authentic Gujarati Sweet.
Thai Thae is only a short walk away from Hurstville Station which is our preferred travel method i.e. public transport! We were super excited to learn about this authentic Thai restaurant on our train ride home (so we can easily hop off and hop back on). Thai Thae has many specialty dishes like their Duck Larb (which I've never seen before), Roast Duck Curry and Tom Yum Fried Rice!
Since it's Thai Thae's specialty, we couldn't pass ordering the Duck Larb which was sensational and jam packed with that nam jim flavour. I've never seen this combination before so was very excited to taste this!
Kaeng Phed Pedyang
This dish is also known as a roasted duck curry. I found it interesting served on a plate as curry is normally served in a bowl - it made it harder to finish off the sauce! This curry is served with a spicy red curry sauce, juicy pineapples, soft lychees, cherry tomatoes and lime leaves. I loved the sweet flavour from the lychee when mixed together with the savoury duck.
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