Chinese Noodle Restaurant – Sydney

My last post in 2013 would be talking about this gem at Haymarket area a.k.a Sydney Chinatown. I consider myself lucky because if it’s not my aunty’s office located around here, I probably wouldn’t find this noodle shop.

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I came to the new branch of theirs which is located in different side at the Haymarket plaza. This small noodle shop is packed at most of the time especially if you come here for dinner.Chinese-Noodle-Restaurant-Sydney-1

Me and family were astonished watching the lady making the noodle and that’s why it took us quite a long wait to get our foods ready. They make every dish right after the order comes both for noodle and dumplings. It’s always interesting to watch quite a show like this!

Mixed Seafood Stir Fried Noodle – Xinjiang Hand-made style

It’s pretty awesome to realize the noodle that had just been made in front of us is now served on the table. It was pretty big and thick, reminds me of Japanese udon but in flatter way. The portion is ridiculously big enough to feed 2 persons or more!  The chewy doughy noodle tasted well-balanced between sweet and savory sauce plus we got abundant toppings too.

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AU$ 11.80

Pork and Chives Dumpling (steamed-15 pieces)

As seen in the picture, the dumpling’s wrap was quite thick and fluffy. I don’t like thick dough but really love the pork and chive stuffing. They are really generous in putting the well seasoned minced pork inside  and it tasted really nice when combined with the soy sauce and sesame oil provided on each table!

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AU$ 8.80

Vegetarian and Black Sesame Bun

The buns weren’t our favorite because it’s a little bit hard and rough. We also didn’t like the mixed vegetables filling for it’s under-seasoned.

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Black sesame bun topped by coconut crumbs, looking so luscious. Unfortunately, same like the vegetarian bun, this one also had a rough and kinda hard dough. The black sesame filling was not very special as well.

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AU$ 1.20

Bun is just not their specialty, so go grab noodle and dumplings when you make a visit. The staffs don’t really speak English but they are very friendly though, so just point the menu while you are ordering the foods. Overall it’s a nice place to go when you are craving for affordable homemade dumplings or Chinese noodles around Chinatown!

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Hurricanes Grill – Bondi Beach

Experiencing the unfamous pork and lamb ribs at Hurricanes Grill seems to be one of the top list when you visiting Sydney and surrounds. The restaurant joints are located at several points in Sydney but my review would be talking about the Bondi Beach branch. I must say it was a totally beautiful day, for the super bright blue sky, fresh air and warm sunshine. A perfect beachy weather to grab a really really good food with my family.

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Outdoor area

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We arrived a little bit earlier before the buzzing lunch time. Lucky us!

The restaurant was quite silent at the moment we came in, a friendly waitress greeted and directed us to the table. It didn’t take us long to decide what to order, the fact is we knew already what we want, a full rack of pork ribs with chunky french fries, another full rack of lamb ribs with baked potato and a bowl of Caesar salad.

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large-sized knife, you will know why you need such a size like this once the foods are served!

We got our orders pretty fast and offered to wear a bib (yes I’m talking about that baby’s eating attribute) around our neck before started digging. Well, I must say you really need one since you may be smeared by the overflow BBQ sauce all over your mouth and possibly on your clothes too. I bet you will end up using your hands instead of the cutleries, those meaty bitty ribs are just too finger-lickin’-good!

Caesar Salad

The salad came in a big bowl full of goodness. Caesar Salad is pretty basic and Hurricanes do it right of fresh crisp veggies, yummy crispy bacon, croutons and really good dressing. A not-so-salad-person like my dad could even say he loves it!

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Full Rack Lamb

I was surprised by how big the size is but I couldn’t really stop eating once started. Rich and generous BBQ sauce smeared all over the ribs was so shiny, smoky-caramelized smell from the grilling are calling you to dig in quickly. Everyone just gave up using the cutlery and start pulling by hands! Tats, my favorite scene!

The thick, tender, juicy and very well-seasoned meat served along with baked potato and chives-sour cream. Sour cream was in a solid-butter form and it melted down beautifully when spread over the hot baked potato. Potato was perfectly smooth and chives-sour cream enhanced the flavor.

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hurricanes-grill-3Half AU$31.90  or  Full AU$42.90

Full Rack Pork Ribs

Pork ribs sized even bigger than the lamb and served with chunky crispy french fries. The pork meat was also tender and juicy but there was porky smell that not very pleasant for me. I don’t know if it’s just me since my brother seemed loving it so much.

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No one can resist

Half AU$ 34.90  or  Full AU$ 44.90

Overall I prefer the lamb ribs than the pork one and loving chunky french fries more than baked potato. Meat and fries are just never go wrong! We were fully satiated by the foods, happy with the attentive yet friendly service and ready to have another adventure on the beach. Keep reading and scrolling down to have a glimpse of it!

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During the visit, one of the waiter told us about the ongoing event alongside of Bondi beach walk “Sculpture by The Sea”. Therefore we decided to sneak out after having lunch. In this post, I also want to share some of my favorite sculptures among the amazing masterpieces of great artists from all around the globe. Hope you enjoy!

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The “entrance” and information centre. They sold the catalogue for $10 each.

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Moon Buddha by Vince Vozzo

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A Shared Weight by Elyssa Sykes-Smith

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The beautiful Coral Collective by coral. Sculpture no. 13

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Bubble no.5 by Qian Sihua. Sculpture no. 19

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There’s many a Slip by Ken Unsworth

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Diminish and Ascend by David Mc Cracken. Sculpture no. 46

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The sculptures were placed on the sides of this pathway.

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Concealed Craft by Kirsten Lewis. Sculpture no. 2


Adriano Zumbo – Sydney

After his appearance on Masterchef Australia, Adriano Zumbo has become a dessert star in the Australia’s culinary world. His name is a blissful wind for any sweet tooth and dessert sucker. Zumbo just opened a new branch in Melbourne but I haven’t got the chance to make visit therefore my review is about his Sydney-The Star Casino Complex one.

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The bright, candy-themed store that dominated by candy color like shocking pink and bright orange stands out by itself. Beautifully crafted cakes are sitting nicely on the individual cake display. However thing that brought me here was his phenomenal Zumbarons – or Zumbo macaroons. The main problem every time I am going to buy maccaron, I always have that too much confusion. I don’t know what to choose since all of them look inviting. Fascinating yet tricky names combined with lovely colors. Geez, what a kind of first world problem!

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Well, at the end I bought the ½ dozen box and chose Yoghurt and Passionfruit, Pandan Sticky Rice, Salted Butter Popcorn, Apple Pie, Chocolate Fudge Brownie and Caramel.

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left to right : caramel, apple pie, yoghurt&passion fruit, choco fudge brownie, salted butter popcorn, pandan sticky rice

Yoghurt & Passion fruit : It has the right crips-ness of macaroon, filled with creamy yoghurt in moderate sweet and sour. Pleasantly refreshing.

Pandan Sticky Rice : I must say this one successfully rose my curiosity at its best. It was medium-crisp, gooey-sweet and creamy filling with pandan aroma strike out. The best part of this one was small chop of rice in the filling.

Salted Butter Popcorn : It’s so pop-corn-y, yes you can tell by how it smells. Glad that the shell also tastes right like pop corn and the creamy butter filling enhancing the overall flavor. It’s kind of melted creamy butter with the right sweet and saltiness combination. My favorite one!

Apple Pie : The shell tastes like crusty pie-base, the creamy apple filling is sweet and slightly tart. Oh not to mention the sugar glazed shell is an awe too!

Chocolate Fudge Brownie : Gooey, fudgy chocolate macaroon but a little bit too sweet and filling.

Caramel : I had this recommended by the lady in the shop as one of the most favorite. Too bad it was not as crisp as the rest, it’s just too gooey, soft and sweet. Not my liking!

2 for $5 / 6 for $15  / 12 for $24 / $2.50 for each

Besides the famous dessert train and delectable macaroon selections, customers can find Zumbo’s baking mix powder and baking cook books too. Happy with my purchase and Zumbarons are tagged in a reasonable price. I’m kind of surprised as some ‘not-so-famous’ bakeries sell macaroons in more expensive price but taste mediocre. I have to come earlier in order to try the highly talked cronuts-Zonuts in my next visit!

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