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Red Spice Road – Melbourne

Red Spice RoadSo, my final day at work is drawing ever closer and a quick work trip to Melbourne saw me treated to a wonderful farewell dinner with some of my work colleagues at Red Spice Road located smack bang in the middle of Melbourne’s CBD. I always like to do my research in regards to places I’ve never eaten at before so I Googled the restaurant, and to my delight, I found out that Red Spice Road specialised in South East Asian cuisine. I was even more excited to see some Vietnamese style dishes on the menu. Read more…

The Cooking Chook does Melbourne

Actually, it’s more like the Cooking Chook does Noble Park/Springvale. Happy New Year everyone! I thought maybe my first post of the year should be about what I did between the time of my last post and the start of 2013. I was on a road trip (or should I say plane trip) with my parents to visit my Dad’s brother and his family who live in Noble Park, a suburb South East of Melbourne’s CBD. This was the first time in almost two decades that I had travelled to visit my Uncle. Normally, we’d catch up when he and his family would drive over to Adelaide. Every year between Christmas and New Years Day, my folks and my Dad’s two other younger brothers and their families would travel to Melbourne to spend a few days with their youngest sibling and celebrate the New Year. This time around, I thought I would change things up a little and join in on the fun. Read more…

Red Lantern on Riley Sydney – Review

Red Lantern on RileyExcited didn’t even describe how I felt when I made a reservation for Red Lantern on Riley Street. I had already eaten at the original Red Lantern on Crown Street in Surry Hills and was quite taken with the food there. Each dish that my friends and I had ordered reminded me so much of the food that my Mum makes. It was like being transported back to my Mum’s kitchen. That being said, I had high hopes for the Darlinghurst restaurant, which is situated on Riley Street towards the City Cross Tunnel end. The menu at each restaurant is mostly different, with a couple of dishes being the same but the Riley Street menu offers a few mid courses giving you more dishes to choose from. Read more…

These are a few of my favourite things – Luke Nguyen

It’s not every day that you get to meet one of your favourite celebrity chefs and tell them how much of an inspiration they are to you. I got my chance to do that today when I met Luke Nguyen at a book signing lunch. For those who don’t know Luke Nguyen, he is part of the extraordinary team at Red Lantern (which he owns with his partner, his sister and her partner), the best modern Vietnamese restaurant I know in Sydney. Luke has authored and contributed recipes to some amazing cookbooks, including two that I own personally (Secrets of the Red Lantern and The Songs of Sa Pa) and is the host of a couple of great cooking shows (Luke Nguyen’s Vietnam and Luke Nguyen’s Greater Mekong) that feature on SBS. Why is Luke an inspiration? Read more…

Cafe Saba Adelaide – Review

Whenever someone tells me that there is a new Pho joint in town, I always say “take me there post haste!”. Pho is one of my favourite Vietnamese dishes, and my Mum makes the best Pho that I have ever tasted (biased? – maybe). As you can imagine, because of the high standards that my Mum has set, I’m super critical when it comes to trying other people’s version of the dish. This is especially true if I have to pay my hard earned cash for it. My Manager at work was raving on about how she had found a great Vietnamese eatery, called Cafe Saba, in the Eastern suburb of Norwood that served really delicious Pho. Really? In Norwood? Gotta check this out for myself…. Read more…

Cure-all chicken soup Vietnamese style

Chicken soup, the magical dish that is supposed to be able to cure all ills. The Vietnamese have a version of chicken soup, called cháo gà, but it has rice in it instead of noodles.  My Mum made this for me every time I was sick, and until recently, I didn’t actually know how to make it.  I have been fortunate enough to be a healthy adult that rarely gets really sick, but at the start of the year, I came down with a severe cold that resulted in me staying in bed for an entire week. It also meant that I was too sick to eat any of the usual foods I would eat if I was well. So, I called my Mum to ask her how to make cháo gà, but for some reason that day she wasn’t answering her phone. In a bit of a pickle, and yearning for this particular dish, I was on a mission to find a recipe. Read more…

The foodie road to self-discovery: Why it is great being a Vietnamese-Australian

There are advantages to being a Vietnamese-Australian.  Having been born in Australia, I escaped the horrors that my parents went through with the Vietnam War.  Understandably, to this day, they don’t talk much about what happened back then.  Living in Australia also means having access to some wonderful food produce.  I’m lucky enough to live near the Adelaide Central Market which is one of South Australia’s food meccas (in my opinion), and I go there most weeks to do my food shopping.  I absolutely adore this place, because you can pretty much get whatever is on your shopping list regardless of whether it is your normal everyday grocery items or something that is a little more gourmet and special. Read more…

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