Sushi Tei, Sydney CBD, Sydney

>> November 26, 2014

Guest blogger edition

Back in 2010, thefoodbook visited Sushi Tei, a decent quality Japanese restaurant conveniently located in the central business district, making it a prime lunch time spot for all nearby business workers. Fast forward a few years and Sushi Tei is still a great choice for a feed of Japanese cuisine at either lunch or dinner.

However, the sign at the front says that very soon, you will no longer be able dine at 'Sushi Tei' with the restaurant rebranding into a different name, but keeping the same management, staff and chefs.

What I like most about Sushi Tei is the ever changing menu. Although there is still the huge hardbound book of standard menu items, there is also a seasonal menu that changes depending on the season and the type of food they want to showcase for the month - for example, this month it was Japanese clams.

Japanese clams with mushrooms, shallots, seaweed in a white sauce - $14 - the sauce is light, not too thick, with a subtle creamy flavour, the clams juicy and fresh, the pasta cooked al dente and the mushrooms adding that additional level of texture. Very satisfying.

Yakisoba omelette- $14- a twist on the standard yakisoba Japanese stir fried udon noodles with a thin wrapping of egg. Drizzled with mayo and topped with a variety of toppings, this dish was a step above what you'd normally get.

Break into the omelette and the noodles are revealed!

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Samorsorn Thai, Sydney CBD, Sydney

>> November 24, 2014

Guest blogger edition

A spin off of the extremely popular Chat Thai restaurant chain is Samorsorn, a food court type offering (but with its own seating area) located in the food court underneath the Myers on Pitt street mall. It's set up to have a kind of a Thai street stall food with wooden stalls and stools and a semi-open kitchen area.

Service is fast but you also need to be quick if you want to grab a table during the peak lunch period of 12- 2pm weekdays. Order at the counter, grab your number and your dishes will be delivered to your table.

 Pad thai with chicken - $12.50 - fresh bean sprouts sat on top of a pile of soft noodles. Chopped peanuts and chili was on the side so you could mix it in to your liking. Tossed through the noodles were slices of chicken breast. A very nice noodle dish.

Guay tiew lord - $12.50 - this was the special of the day. A strange mixture of thick rolls of rice noodles, pork, mushrooms, chili, mushrooms, tofu and pork sausage in a salty broth.

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Sinma Laksa House, Ashfield, Sydney

>> November 18, 2014

Guest blogger edition

One of the best crab dishes I've ever had was at Simna laksa house in Kingsford during my uni days. The crab was huge, meaty and delicious. I remember licking the crab shell and sucking my fingers to get every last bit of those tasty morsels of crab meat and sauce.

When my friend mentioned that they had just opened a branch in Ashfield, I was definitely keen on arranging for a visit. And so, it was on this balmy Saturday that we gathered a bunch of our friends and headed to Ashfield to try the new Simna. Located on the main road in Ashfield (Liverpool road), slightly further down the road from the swath of Shanghainese restaurants, it is only a 5 min walk from the mall and there is plenty of parking around the side streets there.

It wasn't too busy but filled up as the night wore on. We had eleven people and were the largest tables there in a relatively smallish restaurant, so it'll be best to book in advance if you have a big group. We placed our orders for crabs and other Singaporean/Malaysian food favourites as well as a tray of icey cold teh tariks to wash it all down.

Singapore Chili crab - $133 - this giant mud crab was totally submerged in a thick, rich Singaporean chili sauce. Although the sauce does have chili in it, it's more of a sweet chili sauce than a hot spicy chili and even the least tolerant of us could handle the heat. The crab itself of packed full of juicy meat and the sauce mopped up with a variety of mantou, roti and rice.

Deep fried mantou buns x 11- $17.60 - deep fried carbohydrate goodness. These bad boys are usually steamed but can also be deep fried to a golden shine below. Under the thin layer of crispiness reveals the pillowy softness of the bun itself - perfect for use in conjunction with the chili sauce.

Stir fry mixed vegetables- $13.80 -  when we order so many deep-fried and 'heaty' items, we just have to have an obligatory vegetable dish.

Whole Hainanese chicken - $35 - a huge whole hainanese chicken. Deboned. Soy sauce. Bean sprouts. Nuff said. Yum.

Oatmeal prawn - $29.50 - A crunchy coating of sweet oatmeals on a bed of deep fried prawns. The prawn shell was fried to the point of being edible. An interesting combination as the oatmeal did have a certain sweetness to it.

Roti canai x 8 - $20 - You can't let all those delicious sauces go to waste. This is when roti comes in handy. Out of the two, mantou is my preference as the roti was a bit thick for my liking.

Curry chicken - $17 - giant hunks of real chicken pieces marinated for hours in the curry sauce until it was literally falling off the bone. My only gripe was the lack of sauce in this dish!

Sambal squid - $23.50 - The classic Malaysian spicy sambal sauce with tender squids.

Salt and pepper flounder - $16.50 - probably not the best dish to order here. Whilst the flavour was there, there was very little meat on the fish as it seemed like the fish was overcooked.

Butter egg crab - $104.50 - probably the best dish of the night in my opinion. The eggy, buttery strands covering the egg were just so freaking amazingly moreish it's not funny. Despite how unhealthy it is to eat something so oily and artery clogging, they were pure strands of goodness. Oh and the crab meat wasn't too bad either, hehe.

  Sinma Laksa House on Urbanspoon


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