Kushiro Shoyu Ramen ($13.9)

MENYA NOODLE BAR

Believe it or not, despite having been in Sydney – aka the ramen capital of Australia – for 4 months, I’ve only had one bowl of ramen. Unlike Melbourne, the Sydney summer can be relied on to be consistently warm and humid, which meant I had little to no excuse for noodle soup. But now that the weather is finally cooling down, it’s time to [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Kimchi Jjigae ($16)

SYDNEY MADANG

You know what is super duper excruciatingly awkward? When you walk into a restaurant, sit down, and look at the menu for a good 10 minutes, before realising that you’re in the wrong place. At least I realised before the banchan came out. In my defence, Sydney Madang is hard to find. Not only is it one of many on a street lined with Korean [...]