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Let’s talk about ChatThai, Sydney

“Food is our common ground, a universal experience,” – James Beard.

One of the best thing about traveling, for me, is the chance to enjoy great food. Street foods are always the best way to integrate yourself with the local culture, however, sometimes there will be that one exception and a place like Chat Thai in Sydney, is it. Chat Thai is everywhere in Sydney, but the one I went to is below,

Chat Thai

20 Campbell St, Haymarket NSW 2000

The first time I tried Chat Thai, is during my last visit to Sydney in 2015/2016. The food was so good and quite authentic to many dishes I have had in Thailand. So imagine my excitement when I saw my hotel’s location during my recent trip to Sydney, happened to be right across the road from a Chat Thai restaurant.

What I ordered?

  • Som Tum (Papaya Salad)
  • Grilled Pork Neck with Sticky Rice
  • Yen Ta For
  • Iced Thai Milk Tea, off course

Som Tum (Papaya Salad)

Simple dish, with complex burst of flavours in your mouth. The savoury, sour and spiciness came through cleanly with every bites. The crunchy nuts are definite texture you need to complete the whole dish

Grilled Pork Neck eaten with Sticky Rice

This has got to be my most favourite dish amongst the three. When I was in Bangkok, I am so obsessed with eating sticky rice with Moo Ping (grilled pork satay), readily sacrificing my possible digestive health purchasing these satay from random street food vendors with flies flying around. The flavours of Chat Thai’s grilled pork neck is the closest to moo ping, I have tried outside of Bangkok. The dipping sauce is sour, savoury and spicy with a touch of sweetness, which is so perfect to go with the sticky rice. A must try!

Yen Ta For (Spicy fermented tofu noodle soup)

Another favourite Thai dish of mine is Yen Ta For, perhaps because the scent and flavour transformed me back to Jatujak Weekend Market in Bangkok. Unfortunately, I was slightly disappointed with the one I had in Chat Thai. Personally, I think the Yen Ta For I had in Bangkok was such perfect balance of spicy and sourness. The Chat Thai version feels bland and does not have the certain “fermented” flavours. Despite that, I am grateful that they do serve this style soup, cause it is so hard to find in Melbourne’s many Thai restaurants.

-k.

Humble Ray, a brag-worthy Desserts

“Dessert doesn’t go to the stomach, dessert goes to the heart,” – Anonymous.

If I was asked to choose between sweet and savoury, I will always pick savoury. When it comes to sweet food, I only ever have one weakness,

ICE CREAM…

To be more precise, in the case here, I am talking about Korean shaved iced dessert. Better known as Bing-su, is the only type of sweet that I would always say yes too, no matter how stuffed my stomach feel. During my travel to Seoul, a chain store place called Seul-Bing, took a piece of my heart. I went back to various branches around Seoul few times during my 10 days there and now back in Melbourne, I have been looking for its replacement since.

Not the exact same, here’s praying for Seul-Bing to arrive in Melbourne, but for now this is an incredible substitutes. If you are a huge bing-su fan like yours truly, and you happen to live in Melbourne, make your way here…

Humble Ray | 71 Bouverie Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Opens 7 days | 8am – 4pm

Thai Milk Tea Bing-su

Huge fan of Thai Milk Tea, and for Humble Ray to create this Thai Milk Tea shaved ice is something I never knew I wanted but absolutely need in my life. Trust me when I say, it is not sickly sweet, you have extra condensed milk on the side if you need that extra sweetness. The Earl Grey ice cream on top, heavenly. Don’t forget to dig all the way to the bottom of the bowl for the grass jelly and coconut jelly goodness.

Matcha Bing-Su

I’m guessing matcha flavoured shaved-ice is not a new invention, but I do have to admit the unique dollop of Earl Grey Ice Cream adds a layer of flavour spectrum that is just simply delicious. The red bean mochi hidden beneath the tons of shaved ice creates a fun texture to the dessert.

I know we are talking about my love for shaved-ice desserts here, but I can’t talk about Humble Ray and skip the good brunch food they served alongside these desserts. My current favourite, to the point of me craving it in the middle of my working week, is this simple and flavoursome combo of…

Egg White and Bacon

Their Croissant with scrambled eggs might be Insta-famous, but I have to say, their Egg White and Bacon is something else. The fluffiest egg whites omelette, generous rashers of bacons and good kick from the chilli mayo. Alright who’s free for brunch?!?!

Humble Ray, take centre stage and humbly brag about your amazing shaved-ice desserts. Unless Seul-Bing arrived in Melbourne, you shall find me enjoying my shaved-ice over brunch in this popular Melbourne brunch place.

What is the one sweet thing you could never ever refuse? Share on the comment below πŸ™‚

-k,

Bangkok & Ayutthaya Culinary Photolog

Eat Well… Travel Often…

The one and only agenda during my travels to Thailand is food!

Off course catching up with my best friends are important but I love the flavour of Thai cuisine. The flavour of their dishes are what I love, sour, savoury and spicy hits you all at once. Although I couldn’t show you EVERYTHING I had in Thailand, here are a small serving of what I had…

The Crux & Co, Melbourne

The Crux & Co.

35 Albert Road, Melbourne
Mushroom patty on Matcha Bun? Who knew a humble mushroom can be turn into a delicious burger patty? Who knew that Matcha, which regularly enjoyed by many as a liquid goodness that sooth your soul, can be a burger bun?


Obviously… I didn’t but the crew at The Crux & Co. knew and they made a wonderful dish out of the combo. To be completely honest, Melbourne’s brunch places are popping up left, right and center. Whatever combination of breakfast/brunch food you can think of, well… they’ve got it! Hence, The Crux & Co. is such a gem for me! Not only they offer such creative menu, the food are absolutely delish! Oh… I’m starving as I typed this…

– k.m.

Recipe Idea: Roasted Vegetables Open Tart

  
I have been trying to shift to a vegetarian eating meal plan and discovering new recipe ideas have been so enjoyable. The only tip is, you have to be organised with your meals. 

But, off course, busy weeks happened and you have to compromise. This recipe is my compromise, super easy open tart courtesy of store bought puff pastry…

  
Ingredients

1 sheet of store bought butter puff pastry

1 eggplant

2 tomatoes

1/4 butternut pumpkin

1/2 cup of mozarella cheese (optional)

1 teaspoon tumeric

1 teaspoon paprika, mild

1 cup tomato passata

1/4 cup of chopped basil, save a pinch for later

1/2 teaspoon chilli flake (optional, I always put more)

1 tablespoon grated Parmesan to sprinkle on top (optional)

Salt & pepper to taste

  
Method

  1. Preheat oven 200Β°C 
  2. Chop all vegetables roughly the same size
  3. Mix chopped vegetables with spices, cheese and tomato passata, add salt and pepper to taste
  4. Place the puff pastry on baking tray, place vege mix on top and fold the pastry edges over
  5. Brush olive oil on to the puff pastry
  6. Pop in the oven for 45 minutes, make sure pastry is golden brown
  7. Sprinkle basil and parmesan (optional) on top
  8. Serve as soon as the tart comes out of the oven. Enjoy!

Crunchy pastry, delicious vegetables… Perfect for a healthy lunch or anytime snack. Give it a go πŸ™‚ 

-love Karina. 

Elk Espresso, Broadbeach QLD

Elk Espresso

16 Chelsea Avenue, Broadbeach QLD 4218

(07) 5592 2888

   
 

Coming from Melbourne you think, hmmm… Maybe we do live on the best state for food. However, Melbournians, be afraid, cause other states around Australia are coming up with some delicious offerings, like this gem on Gold Coast’ Broadbeach,

   Ice Latte (my current obsession)

 Avocado & Feta Mesh

  Potato Hash

It’s a quirky place that can comfortably pop-up on Brunswick St, Melbourne. The amazing mural on the wall, the 5 minutes walk to the beach, this place has it all. Most importantly, Elk Espresso served delicious food and absolutely mint Ice Latte

-love Karina.

Miss Margarita, Byron Bay NSW

Miss Margarita Mexican Cantina

2 Jonson Street, Byron Bay NSW 2482

(02) 6685 6828

  
Sunny weather, seaside town, with sand on my feet… Mexican food is the only way to go! Lucky enough to visit Byron Bay over the weekend, and this place came highly recommended,

   
 
First of all, love the quirky decor. I love the amount Frida Kahlo self portrait on the walls. The food are so delicious! And so happy with the lunch taco plus beer deal, yummy…

   
   
We had the Crispy Fish Tacos and Mexican Pulled Pork, and they’re so so good! The wait staffs are fun, relaxed and helpful with menu choices, and they are so many good choices. Must visit if you’re in Byron Bay area…

-love Karina.