Kake Cha-shu Udon ($8.9, regular)

MAPPEN NOODLE RESTAURANT

I love a good cheap feed. Even though eating frugally has long since stopped being a necessity (can you believe I used to think anything above $10pp is pricey?? But then again, I was 18, and the year was 2011), there’s nothing quite as gratifying as filling the tummy with good food for loose change. So between scoping out the fanciest places in Sydney to [...]
Matcha Fondant ($8)

CAFE CRE ASION

Despite the horror that is the med school workload, I have managed to find occasional pockets of peace and relaxation. Every now and then, I’ll be blessed with a free Friday afternoon, during which I’ll allow myself a couple hours off for a nice meal, and maybe wander around the city for a bit of retail therapy. You know, for sanity purposes. One of the [...]
Nam Khao Tod ($19.5)

SPICE I AM

Doctoring aside, one of the things that excited me the most about moving to Sydney was regular access to all the amazing Thai restaurants. Melbourne may be a culinary big-shot, but they never seem to get Thai food right, not in the way Sydney does. Even my local take-away in Sydney is as good, if not better than the top Thai places in Melbourne. And [...]
Garlic Soy Sauce Chicken ($18, half)

THE SPARROW’S MILL

Nothing beats fried chicken. Nothing beats that salty, crispy batter, and hot, juicy meat. In fact, I find myself zoning out at least twice a week, daydreaming about golden poultry perfection. Yet when it comes down to it, I have fried chicken remarkably infrequently, finding it hard to bring myself to have a meal of nothing but salt, meat, and fat. So when I do [...]
Tonkatsu Pork Loin Set ($17.8)

MISO JAPANESE RESTAURANT

As it turns out, med school isn’t the blissful return to my youth that I had anticipated. Instead of hours of free time between lectures where I’m free to roam the grounds of Sydney Uni, I have 20 hours of classes a week to be squeezed into three days, and the rest of my time is spent either at my clinical school (the hospital that [...]
Pork Soup Shoyu Ramen ($12)

MANMARUYA

Hello Sydney! After a whirlwind week of moving up from Melbourne, which included driving a Corolla packed to our ears (literally – see the picture here) with belongings 800km across the country, and building Ikea furniture at 1am, we’ve finally more or less settled in. Mind you, there are still bits and pieces of furniture to pick up, and med school to wrap my head [...]