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Pho Tau Bay, Cabramatta

I have always wanted to visit Cabramatta ever since hearing about the great and authentic Vietnamese food available there. Hubby decided to drive me there after hearing my desire, bless his heart. Since then we had been numerous times, each time bringing with us a guest from Perth. A real Asian experience we tell them. They ended up loving the food and atmosphere there too!

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The Mandoo, Eastwood


I spotted The Mandoo whilst waiting for my friend one night before we headed to Incredible Chicken for dinner (refer to the last post). The Mandoo is located on the Korean side of Rowe Street in Eastwood, inside the building that houses Aldi as well. I stumbled upon it as I came up from the Aldi car park to road level and was intrigued with a newspaper cutting they had pasted on the wall, a write up stating they serve one of the best Korean dumplings in Sydney. Ooo, I must come back and try this next time I thought.

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Incredible Chicken, Eastwood

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Incredible Chicken is located on the Korean side of Rowe Street in Eastwood. One weekend I had a craving for fried chicken. Chatting to my friend from primary school who was having her hair straightened in that area, she suggested for me to check out Incredible Chicken as the city branch of the same brand is very popular. So we decided to meet up for dinner there that night.

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Maroo, Ryde


Sunday afternoon is usually grocery shopping time for us and we always head to Top Ryde City as it is only 10 minutes away from the church we attend in the morning. We’d been to a number of the eateries in Top Ryde City and decided to venture out onto the streets this time round for lunch and found Maroo!

Maroo is a Korean restaurant located on Church Street, Ryde diagonally opposite Top Ryde City. The front of the restaurant is plastered with photos of the dishes they offer which really make your mouth water as you look at them. Love it! It was not busy that afternoon we visited so there were ample of seats to choose from. As we sat down, I realized that the restaurant is actually quite massive. It extends right to the back, and there is another corner of seats behind the kitchen!

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Gumshara Ramen, Haymarket

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Recently I had an intense craving for ramen (it’s still semi-cold here in Sydney!) but could not find any ramen shop near my office in North Sydney. The nearest is probably Ryo’s in Crows Nest which is still a fair distance to walk 🙁 It was a disaster! Luckily I had a day off and after meeting up with an ex-colleague who I haven’t met in almost 9 years in Wolli Creek, I headed to the city in search for a ramen to satisfy my cravings!

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Me Pho, Eastwood

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Me Pho is located on the busy Rowe Street in Eastwood, the strip which has quickly become our go to place for a meal due to its close proximity. There are so many restaurants and cafes to choose from along this street, especially if you are into the Asian type of cuisine (Chinese, Japanese, Taiwanese, Korean, Vietnamese etc). For lunch we decided to go Vietnamese and arrived at Me Pho.

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Tenkomori Ramen House, Sydney CBD


Tenkomori is a small corner stall located at the Regent Place Arcade alongside eateries such as Chanoma Cafe, The Choc Pot, Aqua S etc. They serve a range of ramen dishes, curries, rice bowls and combination meal boxes. The one feature that the hubby was drawn to and wanted to show me was that at Tenkomori, one can pick and choose a variety of toppings or side dishes to go with the meal according to one’s preference, a concept that is quite common in Japan. I remembered visiting a similar joint in Tokyo where I unfortunately picked up some natto without not knowing what it was! It tasted horrible on the first AND subsequent bites! Eep, sorry for the natto lovers out there, natto is really not my thing! The hubby loves it though so he was looking forward to Tenkomori, in hope of picking some up *ergh*

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Ho Jiak, Strathfield

Update 5/2/17 – Ho Jiak has a new sign!


Ho Jiak is a tiny hawker style stall located inside the Strathfield Plaza. One could almost miss it if not looking for it carefully as there is no obvious sign in front of the stall except one that says “Petaling Express – a taste of Malaysia”. We were recommended this place by one of hubby’s friend as they had a special dish not found anywhere….the Durian Fried Rice! What?! Durian Fried Rice?! Now that’s a first. Being the ever curious me, we had to check it out!

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Jarern Chai Boon Cafe, Haymarket

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Jarern Chai Boon Cafe is a half grocer/half cafe shop located on Pitt Street in Haymarket. The hubby’s favorite cuisine is Thai so we decided to check this place out for dinner. Jarern Chai Boon Cafe is owned by the same people behind Chat Thai and specializes in Thai sandwiches during lunch time and reverts to traditional Isaan Thai cusine for dinner. I read that they serve some pretty yummy dishes for breakfast as well but not sure when I will ever be in Haymarket early enough to catch that. I will have to be satisfied with their dinner menu for now.

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