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Bo 7 Mon Thanh Tam, Market City

Pho bo tai and ka phe

Pho bo tai and ka phe

It’s been a while since I’ve had pho – last time would have been Adelaide Pho. The setup here is a little different to most places I’ve been, as it’s in a food court. You have to load up on your hoisin and chili before leaving the counter!

The broth was sweet with a nice flavour, the beef was not predominant. I ordered bo tai but the meat was quite grey, even at the beginning, and was already sitting under the broth. There were fewer noodles in the bowl than I’m used to and the ka phe is not on par with anywhere in Vietnam (not enough condensed milk!) but was decent. I found the second half of the bowl pretty difficult to get through as the flavour got a little “same same”.

Still, overall a decent pho that is worth the trip, and the set ($11 for that and the ka phe) was good value.

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Petaling Street, Haymarket

Petaling Street nasi lemak

Petaling Street nasi lemak

I like my nasi lemak. This one came with chicken curry. Everything was quite salty – almost overwhelmingly so. It’s decent, but I think if I go here again I’ll order something different! Some of the fried noodle dishes looked exceptionally tasty.

Petaling Street seems pretty authentic, it looks nice and the prices are fair. Check it out!

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Chicken rice at Singapore Shioke

Hainan chicken at Singapore Shioke

Hainan chicken at Singapore Shiok

For my third chicken rice post, I bought Hainan chicken from Singapore Shiok in Eating World. It’s pretty difficult to pass up a chance to eat at Gumshara but I had to try the chicken rice that plenty of people on the internet have positively reviewed!

For a dollar or two extra I got a lunch set, which included a soup and a plate of greens. The greens had a nice flavour but a bit of bitterness. The soup was very peppery. The chicken was a little tougher than both Ito’s Malaysian and Sayong’s versions. The rice was yummy, and the chilli sauce lacked ginger.

Altogether, though, it was great. So far My favourite is probably Ito’s, then Sayong’s, but Singapore Shiok is both generously portioned and tasty. In contrast, Ito’s is smaller so less value. Sayong and Shiok are both generous serves.

I think I could happily eat any of the three. I’ve yet to try a bad chicken rice in Sydney!

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Mamak, Haymarket

Roti Canai

Roti Canai

Mamak’s roti canai is amazing. Two curry dipping sauces and a dollop of sambal with a light, fluffy roti to rip apart with your fingers and dunk. There was a hint of spice to the curries and the roti was sweet and perfect for soaking up the flavours. This is a roti not to miss, even though I’m usually against ordering entrees!

Teh Tarik

Teh Tarik

Like last week, I had to have milk tea. It’s so comforting and sugary. It’s great to have something to calm the fires if a curry happens to be too spicy, as well!

Kari Ayam and Nasi Lemak

Kari Ayam and Nasi Lemak

We ordered nasi lemak with a side of curry fish. That was a great idea, although the bones were something to keep an eye on (same for the kari ayam!) I loved the crunchy fishies and the coconut rice. The chicken curry was fantastic, with cardamom pods and star anise floating around, a salty, tasty curry. These mains were great.

Pandan coconut roti

Pandan coconut roti

We waited a while before managing to capture the wait staff’s attention. This place is busy! We ordered the pandan and coconut roti, although there were plenty of desserts that looked tempting! This was soft, tasty and a perfect way to end the meal.

I spent the rest of the afternoon and evening feeling sluggish and full, but very content. I’m glad I got to visit Mamak! They have great food, reasonable prices and a very loyal following. Get there early, it’s usually busy around lunchtime. It opens at 11:30!

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Caysorn

Milk tea, Chrysanthemum tea

Milk tea, Chrysanthemum tea

After reading UTSFoodguide’s farewell posts, I decided to visit a few of the top destinations listed. To begin, I ordered a milk tea set (comes with awesome pandan custard and bread at the end for an extra $2 – worth it!), while my food buddy went for chrysanthemum tea. The milk tea was deliciously sweet. I was hoping it’d line my stomach for what was to come.

Kao klook kapi and massaman curry

Kao klook kapi and massaman curry

We started off with a yummy rice salad featuring pork belly, and massaman curry. It was a great mix of flavours. The massaman was beautifully rich and satisfying with tender beef. We ate most of it but left some for when we finished our next dish…

Kanoom Jeen - Gang gai

Kanoom Jeen – Gang gai

Gang gai, our spicy pick, a red with chicken. I also put a plate of crunchy veggies together to take the heat off. We ordered it not too spicy, as I am not hugely into spice but enjoy a little heat. It was the sort of heat that starts of slow and builds the entire time you’re eating. When I finished, I ate some more massaman and felt really satisfied!

Toast and pandan custard

Toast and pandan custard

We finished our meal with toast and pandan custard. It was a great way to end, although I could have eaten more pandan custard!

Caysorn is great. It’s a classy looking establishment serving quality food with some really exciting options that I’d like to go back and try. Try it out.

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Banh Mi K

Pork rolls Banh Mi K

Pork rolls Banh Mi K

Banh Mi K is on George St kinda opposite Sydney Pork Roll. Perfectly crisp toasted roll with a very generous filling for $5. These guys are pretty good and it’s a decent meal. The meat paste was generous as well which was good but also I had meat breath for the rest of the day.


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Uighur Cuisine – Haymarket, Sydney

It was Chinese New Years and we had dinner before watching the parade.

We didn’t have a certain restaurant in mind, but walked past and decided to check Uighur Cuisine out. I’m really glad we did!

Uighur cuisine skewers

Uighur cuisine skewers

These were amazing. Slightly spicy, perfectly cooked with a little touch of charcoal. Sharing between three people was difficult!

Uighur cuisine samosas

Uighur cuisine samosas

These samosas were tasty. Crunchy outside, gingery meaty oniony filling.

Uighur cuisine handmade noodles

Uighur cuisine handmade noodles

These were long chewy handmade noodles. It was difficult to break them up using a fork and spoon, the cutlery we were given. They had that wonderful vinegar flavour that handmade noodles have when stir-fried, and the black fungus had just soaked up the salty flavours.

Uighur cuisine fried potato and chicken

Uighur cuisine fried potato and chicken

This dish was amazing. The potato had gone crispy, the herb mix was perfectly balanced and it was great fun to eat. This was the last dish brought out, and we were definitely slowing down by that time!

Uighur cuisine eggplant

Uighur cuisine eggplant

The eggplant had a beautiful sweet and sour flavour. The eggplant was sweet and tender, the sauce matched it perfectly.

Uighur cuisine dumplings

Uighur cuisine dumplings

We had to have dumplings. These were good. Perfect with a little vinegar squirted into their insides.

This review is glowing, and I don’t regret it. We had a great meal here. Completely happy with the food and definitely happy with the price. Once the waiter took our order, the food came out quickly. I have to admit we were all hungry, and we left completely stuffed full, but the hunger did not contribute to how positive the review is – the food really was fantastic.

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The Ramen Diaries: On Ramen revisited

It’s now time for round two, the review of the best reviews. On Ramen was probably the last contender on the list – we wanted to visit seven places after visiting 14 for the first round.
I’ve included a review table for this round of reviews, so you know exactly what you’re getting yourself into at each establishment.

Broth: Opaque milky broth, thin.

Price: $11.50 (Tonkotsu) or $13.50 (Tenderous rib)

Noodles: Average size serve, cooked well.

Meat: Delicious sweet tenderous pork rib.

Toppings:  Tamago – one half egg, with a nice flavour on the outside. Seaweed and scallions. Tender, sweet bamboo shoots.

Setting: Little restaurant on Hay Street.

On Ramen tenderous pork rib

On Ramen tenderous pork rib

Overall thoughts: I wanted to try On Ramen a second time to get a feel for the tonkotsu now that I’d tried so many others. The broth is a little garlicky, as I mentioned on the previous visit, and overpowers the pork flavour – maybe the pork flavour isn’t strong enough. If you’re adventurous, go try the ramen burger.

Remember that this rating list includes only the establishments which were good enough to revisit, so only 7 out of the original 14.

If you’re up for it, go to Gumsharas for the thickest tonkotsu around, or check out Ikkyu for their deliciously fishy paitan broth. Check out Menya or Ichi Ban Boshi for some tasty tonkotsu with great toppings and decent lighter broth.

Honourable mentions, for those not on the list, are Hakata-Maru and Ramen Zundo. Steer clear of Tenkomori, Ajisen, Goshu and Condor. Try On Ramen’s tenderous pork rib and Ramen Kan’s awesome side dishes. Last of all, if you want to drop a $20 on your ramen go to Ippudo.

Overall rating:

1. Gumshara & Ikkyu

2. Menya

3. Ichi-Ban Boshi

4. Ramen Kan

5. Ippudo

6. On Ramen

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The Ramen Diaries: Ramen Kan revisited

It’s now time for round two, the review of the best reviews.
For my second visit to Ramen Kan, I went for the same bowl as last time, tonkotsu.
I’ve included a review table for this round of reviews, so you know exactly what you’re getting yourself into at each establishment.

Broth: Thin, not overly salty, good pork flavour.

Price: $10.90

Noodles: Average sized serve. Thicker with the ability to hold liquid. Maybe a little overcooked.

Meat: Three slices of chashu. Decent.

Toppings:  Tamago – one half egg, hardboiled and plain. Spring onions, bean sprouts, carrot shavings.

Setting: Upstairs from Cold Rock. Spacious restaurant.

Tonkotsu

Tonkotsu

Garlic miso

Garlic miso

 

 

Overall thoughts: Ramen Kan offers a decent bowl of tonkotsu. The serving size is a little less generous than Gumshara and Ikkyu. The broth is a thin liquid that is luckily not overly salted like some. The spring onions are a little too generous and it comes over strong. I feel that if I were looking for a decent bowl of tonkotsu in that area, I’d still go for Gumshara. If you want a lighter lunch, however, Ramen Kan is exactly what you’re looking for.

Ratings so far:

1. Gumshara & Ikkyu

2. Ramen Kan

3. Ippudo


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The Ramen Diaries: Ikkyu revisited

It’s now time for round two, the review of the best reviews.
For my second visit to Ramen Ikkyu, I went for the same bowl as last time, Ikkyu Shoyu. It’s too hard to go past a winner. My dining partner also went for the same dish – the Seaweed ramen with paitan broth.
I’ve included a review table for this round of reviews, so you know exactly what you’re getting yourself into at each establishment.

Broth: Thick, deep flavour of fish and chicken. Paitan broth is to Ikkyu what Tonkotsu broth is to Gumshara. If you’re into soup with deep, complex flavours then this is where you want visit.

Price: $10.50

Noodles: Thin and fairly straight. Generous serve. Free kaedama available (t&c apply)

Meat: Three slices of pork belly. Delicious sweet flavour. One piece was slightly chewy.

Toppings: Bamboo shoots – best so far, crispy, sweet. Tamago – one half egg, sweet on the outside with a soft slightly running yolk. Spring onions, spicy black fungus, and bean sprouts. Beautiful presentation.

Setting: Dixon St Food court – not quite enough tables but nice surroundings.

Ikkyu Shoyu

Ikkyu Shoyu

As you can see, my delicious paitan broth with soy sauce, covered in quality toppings, filled with noodles…

Ikkyu Seaweed

Ikkyu Seaweed

If you like seaweed, you’ll love this dish!

Overall thoughts: Ramen Ikkyu shines in a sea of otherwise mediocre ramen. The head chef comes from Blancharu. He started this business because he really believes in it – and that shines through. This is not ramen slopped into a bowl to appease the masses, it’s a fantastic meal that leaves you both full – bursting at the seams – and wishing you could eat more! the complimentary Kaedama doesn’t help one bit!

I’m rating Gumshara and Ikkyu together. Ikkyu’s toppings are better but at the end of the day, the most important part of ramen is really the broth and noodles. These guys do the broth and noodles so well that I think they deserve to sit at the top of the ladder. I’m not sure why Ikkyu’s ratings are still so low. I’m assuming it’s competitors. It’s a bit sad, really, as they do a wonderful bowl of ramen. Don’t let ratings put you off.

Ratings so far:

1. Gumshara & Ikkyu

2. Ippudo


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