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Mrs Ferg Gelateria

Armed with a voucher that entitled us to 10% off our purchase (you can get one by simply making any purchase at Fergburger, but it’s only valid for that day), we headed to Mrs Ferg Gelateria to get our dessert fix. Despite Queenstown city being only about a quarter of the size of the Melbourne CBD, there are actually two locations for Mrs Ferg. The original sits two doors down from Fergburger, whilst the smaller offshoot faces the Lake Wakatipu. It’s a pretty good setup really, given how popular the lakefront area is during the balmy summer nights.

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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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Hikaru Japanese Restaurant

And so the search for the local cheap and cheerful Japanese restaurant continues. Kura turned out to be something of a disappointment, so my search led me to Hikaru Japanese Restaurant, located conveniently within walking distance from Sydney Uni for an after-class feed. Hikaru has been around for a solid 30 years, so it’s definitely a little bit worse for wear. But with that said, I actually quite liked the ambience. Instead of being fully indoors, its located within a semi-enclosed courtyard that extends further into the building. And despite its age, it gave off a well-loved atmosphere, rather than an unkempt one.

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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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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 is THE BOMB in Sydney, and before you know it, it’s been the best part of a year since my last good pho. Still, the pho craving can only be kept down for so long, and one evening after exams, I found myself at An Restaurant.

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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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