Combination Beef Pho ($15.5, medium)

AN RESTAURANT

When was the last time I had a really good bowl of pho? Because unlike Melbourne, where good pho is spread pho and wide (HEE HEE), The good stuff in Sydney seems largely confined to the outer west (please correct me if I’m wrong – I would actually really like to be wrong in this case). Combine that with the fact that the ramen scene [...]
Tum Tard Platter ($22.9)

DODEE PAIDANG

It may sound bizarre, but one of my favourite go-to snacks is tom yum noodles. And although that sounds fancy on paper, the reality is that it’s barely any more involved than instant noodles. All I have to do boil up some noodles, add in a spoonful of tom yum paste from the Asian grocer, and if I’m feeling really fancy and/or hungry, I’ll chuck [...]
Crackles Classic ($14.5)

MR CRACKLES

Let me put this down on record so Chris can’t weasel out of it down the track: he has promised to bring me an entire sheet of pork crackling at uni. And where exactly does one get an entire sheet of pork crackling? Mr Crackles of course, the place where the name really does say it all. Having long-since held cult status in Sydney (and [...]
Lamb Shawarma ($13)

JASMIN LEBANESE RESTAURANT

When it comes to food, the premise of ‘the more authentically ethnic, the better’ has never yet led me astray. Frankly, nothing excites me more than walking into a suburb and seeing a bunch of family-run, hole-in-the-wall ethnic eateries. So when I got out of the car in Lakemba and saw all the grocers and bakeries selling food I had never even heard of, I [...]
Kingfish Nigiri

SUSHI RIO

I remember being mega-excited when Sydney sushi train, Sushi Hotaru, first opened in Melbourne. At the time, the prospect of a half-decent sushi train that charged a very reasonable flat rate of $3 per plate seemed like a little pocket of heaven on earth. After the novelty and hype wore off however, I have to admit that maybe a budget sushi train isn’t necessarily the [...]
Tonkotsu Soy ($15)

RAMEN ZUNDO

Around the time I was leaving for Sydney, there was one thing in Melbourne that was seriously bumming me out – the lack of good ramen I’ve yet to eat. Though Melbourne is no longer the ramen desert it once was, following the growth of the ramen scene in real time meant that I’ve demolished every option on all the ‘best of’ lists I could [...]