i am susan thye. aka chocolatesuze. sydney, australia. gemini. married to noods. this is a food and lifestyle blog. i like cheeseburgers, cake and fried chicken.
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13 December 2014, 23:23
With the amount of restaurants opening in Sydney, my To Eat List has been growing at a rate that even if I had unlimited funds I would need multiple stomaches. Sadly this means sometimes a restaurant may close and I am left cursing my singular stomach. Rupert & Ruby (78 Stanley St, Darlinghurst) is the second restaurant in Icon Park – the first crowd funded project dedicated to bars and restaurants and is nearing the end of its 3 month run.
The reason the eating machine and I were determined to visit before Rupert & Ruby closed? The Fried Chicken & Waffles ($24)! I mean, just look at it! ISN’T IT BEAUTIFUL?! Two fluffy waffles are smothered with honey butter which created glorious pockets of melty sweet happiness. The generous scoops of creamy vanilla bean ice cream balances the sweetness and the golden pieces of fried chicken delivers the salty kick to your tastebuds with first confusion then joy. I dunno, I’ve always liked the sweet salty combo but I know it’s not for everyone. But maaaan dat fried chicken is ace! Perfect crisp batter and meat so juicy and tender my soul sung to the heavens.
We really wanted to try their burgers but since Raff had already made a cheeseburger for brekkie we opted for Ruby’s Wagyu Skirt Steak ($29) which was pretty fricken awesome and had us in raptures from the first bite. The steak was medium rare with a smokey char on the outside and just about melted in your mouth. There was also fat, juicy mushrooms hiding underneath and I loved the crispy yam chips and could’ve totally eaten a mountain of them. I can’t believe I’m saying this but I reckon I would’ve liked a little side salad or maybe some chimichurri just to cut through the richness? I know, I’m weak.
The cheesecake flavour changes every coupla days and todays offering was a Lemon Cheesecake ($15) with lemon curd, biscuit crumbs and fresh blueberries. It was the smoothest and creamiest cheesecake I have ever had! And lemon curd always has a special place in my heart. Right next to Nutella. And butterscotch. Aaaaand salted caramel.
There’s a whole bunch of cartoon dogs painted all over the place, with Snoopy out the front and Snowy from Tin Tin hanging out at the coffee station!
Santa’s Little Helper waiting for scraps under the table :P Sadly I didn’t spot Family Guy’s Brian Griffin but apparently he’s hiding in the corner somewhere.
I am extremely sad to see Rupert & Ruby go, they shut up shop on the 21st December so get in quick while you can! I will definitely have to hit Fat Rupert’s (249 Bondi Road, Bondi) to get more of that fried chicken action!
8 December 2014, 02:30
I heart meat, especially ribs. By golly how good are ribs?! Vic’s Meat Market opened at the Sydney Fish Market in Pyrmont about 9 weeks ago and it’s looking like a winner with both the locals and tourists.
Ribs can sell out early and I hated the thought of being deprived of ribs so I set my alarm to wake up early and managed to trek over just before the lunch crowd hit.
I’d been following Anton on Instagram for a while now, drooling over all his pics of glorious smoked meats. The smoker at the back there is Kong, a 2 tonne monster custom built for Vic’s Meat Market by Yoder Smokers in Kansas City and can hold 200kg of meat!
The Pork Ribs (Full rack $40) are fricken awesome. There’s no shame in diving on in and picking up a rib with your hands and sinking your teeth into the smoky goodness. Sure it’s messy but you’ll be filled with a carnivorous glee! Actually you barely need to use your teeth because the meat is so damn tender it’s insane how easily the meat falls off the bones. The ribs are the perfect Kansas style- sweet, sticky and smoky. If you’re of the drown-in-sauce type you can always ask for a bit of the house made sauce on the side.
The Beef Short Rib ($25) is one helluva beast. At first I was all, no worries I can finish this easy! The meat was tender with an edge of fat that had a nice smokey char. I would’ve liked it to be a bit more juicy (I’m not saying it was dry just that I like short ribs juicy) but it’s nothing a swipe of the house made tomato sauce couldn’t fix.
So there I was, happily munching away. I made it about halfway before the meat sweats began and tried alternating bites of palate cleansing slaw but alas! Defeat! I ending up getting my remnants in a takeaway box because no way was I gonna let meat go to waste! The pickles, onions and jalapenos were a nice touch, I would’ve liked a bit of bread to mop up the sauce maybe?
Then there was a visit mid week with eating machine Ramen Raff.
The Chicken Wings ($8) blew my mind. I mean, normally I’m not too keen on wings if they haven’t been deep fried. There’s something about the bumpy bits that makes me think of cellulite on a chicken… ANYWAYS. The skin! It was so crisp! It was almost like eating chicken crackling! And the flesh within was tender and smokey that I was in chicken wing heaven.
I could watch brisket being sliced alllll daaaayyy
The Brisket Sandwich ($10) is the bomb. I sort of wish I could eat this brisket every day. We were asked if we wanted the fatty or lean brisket to which we immediately shouted fatty brisket please! Bring on the fat! And hot damn it was good! Unctuously soft and melt in the mouth tender, this brought back memories from last year’s trip to Texas. There’s also some slaw in the sandwich just to keep you from keeling over from meat overload :P
The Pulled Pork Sandwich ($10) was pilled sky high with ridiculously tasty pork but my focus was taken away by the dill in the mustard pickle slaw, the one herb that I can’t for the life of me stand so I uh had to eat the pork separately but hey it was still tasty!
There’s also a Wagyu bar in the corner set up teppanyaki style with a chef manning the hot plate. Pick a cut from the menu- there’s Blackmore ($50/150g, $90/250g), Marble Score 11 ($35/150g, $65/250g), Tenderloin ($40/150g, $70/250g), Vic’s pick ($35/150g, $65/250g) and Emperor’s Cut ($60/150g). Watch while it’s then seared and sliced, Japanese-style, and served with a daikon and cucumber garnish and a soy-based dipping sauce. They’re waiting on their liquor licence and once that kicks in they’ll open for dinners which would be tops for those who absolutely hate the horror that is the car park on a weekend.
Next door is the retail side, a room that is basically a giant cool room with row upon rows of meeeeeat.
Noods’ eyes glazed over at the sight of all the steaks! There were grass fed and pasture fed t-bones, scotch fillets, sirloin, ribeye and beef cheeks and of course, gloriously marbled wagyu steaks! We couldn’t resist and bought a couple of AACO F1 Wagyu striploin BMS10+ for dinner along with some bone marrow oh baby oh baby. Don’t worry my heart only skipped a beat or two.
There’s Vic’s merch available, as well as a whole wall of cooking utensils, sauces, salts and a section they’ve dubbed the ‘Meat Candy’ bar for all you salami and biltong lovers out there.
So yeah, I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who’s ever wished for a butchery at the Fish Markets so I could get all my shopping done in the one spot and I foresee many a visit to Vic’s Meat Market for the ribs and the brisket sandwich!
Side note: Things are about to get a lil cray in ChocolateSuze land because we’re attempting to pack up and leave Parra and move into the city before Xmas so apologies if I don’t reply to your emails/tweets/dm’s, you can stalk me over on Instagram instead!
30 November 2014, 02:36
I’m not sure why it’s taken so long for me to visit Sedap (Regent Place, 501 George St, Sydney) and I totally regret not visiting sooner! It was time for the weekly dinner with the family and we’d all agreed we wanted Malaysian food and the brother unit suggested Sedap because they had Penang Assam Laksa ($12). Not many Malaysian restaurants in Sydney do a decent Assam Laksa (Petaling St is still my fave) but Sedap’s is pretty bang on with the perfect balance of sweet, sour and spicy with heaps of pineapple, red onion, cucumber and chilli in the tamarind soup. There’s a huddle of slippery noodles and fish and thick shrimp paste sits in a spoon so you can mix in as little or as much as you like. Noods reckons the bowl is tiny but then, he’s an assam laksa eating machine.
The Chicken Laksa ($11) is also a tad on the small side, it’d be perfect size for lunch but for dinner if you’re wanting something substantial you might want to get something else to eat. But it’s tasty, rich and comforting and brought sparkles of happiness to shirloshirl’s eyes.
The Cereal Prawns ($20.80) are crazily addictive, each prawn was coated in an oat cereal batter then deep fried and KABOOM! FLAVOUR EXPLOSION! The prawns are fresh and juicy but it’s the rubble of cereal crumbs that totally has my heart instantly craving for more. I may have sneakily devoured about 80% of this plate by myself :P
The Steamed Hainan Chicken ($12) is not as silky tender as Temasek or Istana but for 12bux it’s pretty awesome, though we sorely missed the usual accompanying ginger & shallots dipping sauce you would normally get. There’s also a pile of bean sprouts under the chicken if that floats your boat.
Ginger & Chilli Water Spinach ($12.80) met my daily requirements for leafy green vegetable matter. Hooray for health-giving properties!
I grew up watching the mothership make salted fish from scratch (and stinking out the entire house in the process) and our family absolutely loves the stuff so we had to order the Golden Rice ($12) which is basically a fried rice with ribbons of egg, prawns and lumps of salted fish. Just the right amount of salted fish too, enough that we got a salty hit every couple of spoonfuls but not too much that we were left thirsty.
We didn’t order dessert but there’s the usual Ice Cendol ($6) or Ice Kacang ($6.50). We did however order drinks, a Homemade Barley Drink ($3.50) for me and frothy Teh Tarik ($3.50) for the others. Next time I’m gonna get the Milo Dinosaur ($4.50), a mug of hot Milo with a crapload of Milo powder on top!
The tables are pretty close quarters but food comes out pretty fast and majority of menu items hovers around the $10-$15 mark making Sedap popular with the locals. I’ll definitely be back to try the rest of the menu!