Egg Custard Tarts

sky phoenix, CBD

I do not have a bad word to say about Yum Cha. When the weekend swings around and I’m not craving breakfast at Reuben Hill, my other Sunday morning kickstarter is a trolley chase at my favourite yum cha restaurant. Sky Phoenix is the choice for today and though not the most authentic of the big China Town experiences the dishes are reliably good (and conveniently located for a spot of Zara shopping pre or post your fill). Continue reading

Shepherd's Purse Dumplings

new shanghai, chatswood

I’m not sure what is better. Securing Egyptian Cotton Sheets at 30% off or securing a table at New Shanghai Chatswood Chase in less than a half an hour at lunchtime.

Shepherd's Purse Dumplings

Shepherd’s Purse Dumplings

New Shanghai Chatswood Chase

New Shanghai Chatswood Chase

If you manage both it is truly a red letter day. New Shanghai is my favourite place to grab a dumpling. Better than Din Tai Fung. Better then Chef’s Gallery. And the Chatswood version, though not as authentic and down home as the Ashfield version, provides the perfect reward for a successful morning’s shopping.

New Shanghai Chatswood

New Shanghai Interior

I really haven’t actively worked my way through the menu as much as I probably should have, but after a hard day’s shopping, I generally seek comfort in old favourites and crowd pleasers as I’ll do today.

The Sous Chef kicks off with a favourite of his, the Hot, Spicy & Sour soup with Shredded Pork & Bean Curd. This hearty and flavoursome starter is thicky and gloopy in the best possible way. If you love an Asian soup but are after something a little lighter the Wontons or Mini Pork Short Soup will leave room for incoming dumplings.

Hot & Sour Soup

New Shanghai Hot & Sour Soup

I have a soft spot for a good fried rice and the generous serving at Din Tai Fung is the perfect accompaniment with today’s order of Crispy Chicken with a Chilli Soy Sauce. The chicken is perfectly tender on the inside and crunch on the outer with the sweet almost sticky sauce providing the perfect compliment.

Fried Rice & Shallot Pancake

Fried Rice & Shallot Pancake

New Shanghai Crispy Skin Chicken

New Shanghai Crispy Skin Chicken

The Shepherd’s Purse Dumplings served with a Chilli & Peanut Butter Sauce provides every reason to be cautious as the breakfast spread is not exactly the expected ingredient on the menu. I encourage you to give it a try as the dumplings are delicious and the spicy sauce works surprisingly well. It’s a favourite.

Shepherd's Purse & Pork Wonton Tossed with Sesame Butter, Red Chilli Oil & Spice

Shepherd’s Purse & Pork Wonton Tossed with Sesame Butter, Red Chilli Oil & Spice

Pan-fried dumplings of Pork Dumplings are juicy. With a splash of black vinegar and the unstoppable chilli sauce (you’ll need to request this) you will be in dumpling heaven.

Pan Fried Pork Dumpling

Pan Fried Pork Dumpling

If you can manage to get a gang together your experience will be all the better as you can sample a broader range of dishes. The signature New Shanghai Pan Fried Pork Bun is winner and the Lamb & Leek Dumpling is pretty special also.

Chatswood is bursting with so many incredible Asian restaurants to try. Unfortunately New Shanghai is so reliably good that if I’m in the neighbourhood, this Shanghai favourite is my lunchtime default setting. I encourage you to make it yours – you’ll never love Christmas shopping more.

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American Pork Ribs & Apple Slaw

american pork ribs

There are many things I would never do on a first date and pork ribs is one of them. Call me old fashioned but finger lickin’ food consumption is something best saved for that familiar more settled stage in the relationship.

Lucky for me my relationship has graduated from those impressionable early days to the sleep in your eyes Sunday mornings ‘staring-at-the-papers’ stage so seeing each other up to our elbows in ribs is the least of our problems😉

In fact for the established relationship, this hearty, sticky, Flintstonian style meal might just be a perfect primal heart starter for when the romance side of things may be showing some signs of wear and tear. Continue reading

Pulled Pork with Mexican Rice

mexican pulled pork

I’m not a massive fan of leftovers. As a general rule I love to enjoy a meal on the day and am ready to move on to a brand new culinary day. Of course, ‘they say’ that many meals are even better the next days curries in particular. This is true, but as someone who enjoys the cornucopia of eating and drinking, I’m ready to head to a different country, protein and rarely eat the same thing two days in a row. Continue reading

Scallop Ceviche

el topo, bondi junction

Back in the late 90s lamenting about the lack of Mexican food in Australia was one of the favourite whines for every food lover we  who has spent any time at all in America.

It was such an obvious, gaping hole in our culinary offering and given the very addictive and moreish nature of great Mexican food, we had every right to complain about not having access to a half decent burrito and accompanying margherita. Continue reading

Bandito Roll with Roast Pork, Chicken Parfait , Serrano Ham, Chilli & Pickled Vegetable

the carrington, surry hills

If you’re lucky enough to work in Surry Hills you have some pretty terrific options for lunch. Not necessarily the plethora of food court options that you might get working in the big city, but some tasty cafes and pubs that if you manage to get an hour out with your colleagues, you can park talk of excel sheets, technical hoo-ha or the latest office drama. Continue reading