Kuay Teaw Rua ($6.5, small)

YOK YOR

My sister doesn’t realise how lucky she is, being able to travel around overseas on my parents’ dime. When I was her age, we didn’t go on a whole lot of overseas trips, as my sister was only 5 or so, and that naturally made the logistics rather complicated. But now that I’ve moved out and my sister is 15, the fam-bam is all of [...]
Pork Rib

BOVINE AND SWINE

I make a massive effort to be healthy on a day to day basis. Although I’ll never say no to free cupcakes being handed out on campus, most of my meals are wholesome and balanced enough to make a nutritionist shed a tear. Part of that is because I’m learning of new ways to get sick every day at med school, but mainly I do [...]
Avocado and Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta ($15)

TRIPOD CAFE

On my way to and from uni, there’s a strip of cafes I always walk past. But aside from a quick lunch of Lebanese pizza, I’ve never really stopped to look at them, as I’m usually cutting it fine for whatever tutorial has dragged me out of the house. Of course, it goes without saying that I’ve been curious about these cafes since day one, [...]
the Smashed Pea, Feta, and Chive Bruschetta ($16) with Poached Egg ($3)

THE WEDGE ESPRESSO

Having completed all of my tertiary education so far either off-campus or at Monash Parkville (a 3-building, pharmacy-only campus in inner Melbourne that’s neither here nor there), I’ve never gotten to have the full uni experience. So you might say that going back to full-time study at Sydney University is a bit of a revelation. And whilst I’m certainly not a fan of walking 15 [...]
Gambas Al Ajillo ($17)

ENCASA

It’s no secret that Spanish cuisine is one of my all-time favourites. With Melbourne’s small but high-quality selection of Spanish restaurants (my favourites are here, here, here, and here), I’ve really developed a taste for the tapas-and-vermouth life. So far from being satisfied that Sydney has blessed me with an Asian food scene that’s just as good as Melbourne’s – better, if we’re talking Thai [...]
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 [...]