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Boon Cafe

I still can’t quite believe this but, I’m halfway through my second year of my medical degree! After a gruelling 3-hour exam that covered everything they’ve crammed into our heads over the last 6 months, I was ready to be reconstituted back into some semblance of a well-adjusted human, hopefully in time for my next 6-month chunk of study. My exam wrapped up around noon on a Saturday (a SATURDAY!!), and I saw a golden opportunity to check out Boon Café, which I’ve wanted to try for the best part of a year. Run by the people behind the Thai food powerhouse, Chat Thai, Boon café is more or less your typical Thai restaurant after dark, but during daylight hours…

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Arisun

Today is another celebratory dinner! Approximately 2 weeks after deciding that he would like a new job, Chris went ahead and got himself one at a schmancy 40th floor office, along with a rather respectable raise and some great on-the-job perks. This is especially impressive, given that he had been promoted to senior developer just earlier this year. I know it’s not good to brag – I promise my parents raised me better than this – but I’m just so darn proud of him!

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Biang Biang

About a month before I was due to leave Melbourne for Sydney, I saw the Sydney instagrammers on my feed go a little nutty over the newly opened Biang Biang. Apparently, no one could get enough of their Xi’an-styled wide noodles, and the burger-like pastry of rougamo. Unsurprisingly, Biang Biang has been on my to-eat list since day one, but it’s only now that I’ve finally managed to drop in to see just what the fuss is about.

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Kura

I’m currently on the hunt for a casual Japanese go-to in Sydney, except it’s proving to be harder than I had expected. With so many options available, I’ve ended up feeling more paralysed by indecision, rather than liberated by choice. No sooner have I decided on a place to try will I find another that seems maybe just a smidge better, and the whole cycle will begin again. But of course, I do have to eat at some point, and the restaurant at the top of my list when dinnertime came around was Kura, so Kura it was.

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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 in some frozen fish balls or a hard-boiled egg. It may not be much, but sometimes the bold flavour of tom yum and the comfort factor of noodles is exactly what I need when I’m up studying until 2am, and as a result, feeling generally displeased with all my life decisions up until that point.

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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 a sudden free to globe-trot. In the last 2 years, they’ve been to Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, and most recently, Thailand.

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