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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30 November 2015, 11:30
I love fried chicken, it just makes my heart sing with joy! There’s really nothing like that anticipation of the first bite through crispy skin to the juicy chicken meat! And really nowhere does southern fried chicken as well as Belle’s in Melbourne (150 Gertrude St, Fitzroy to be exact) so I was ecstatic when they announced they were setting up shop in Barangaroo to do a popup until August 2016 while they scouted for a permanent location in Sydney.
The man himself, Morgan McGlone!
Our group of hungries decided we’d swing by after work on a Friday to get our fried chicken on, but let me tell you right now- be prepared to wait if you arrive anywhere near rush hour! The kitchen was pretty smashed and the system of calling out numbers meant we had to stand around in the immediate vicinity for an hour for fear of losing our order to someone else.
But then finally our number was called and we eagerly pushed forward to claim our bounty. There’s a choice of Wings, Drumsticks, Tenders and Mushrooms and then you pick your sauce heat level which starts from Southern (original), Medium, Hot, Really Hot and Really F**kin Hot. All meats arrive on a slice of white bread to soak up the grease, a tumble of pickle slices and come with a choice of 1 side- old bay fries, coleslaw, mixed pickles or Almost Arnold’s beans.
Half the group are not into burning off our tastebuds so we opted to share everything and get half/half starting with the Drumsticks in Southern style ($16) with a side of crinkle cut fries. The chicken was as amazing as it was in Melbs, that crispy skin oh boy oh boy why is deep fried chicken skin so good but so bad?! Also, mad shout outs to the the crinkle cut chips, they were perfect with an incredibly fluffy inside and crisp edges.
Wings in Southern style ($16) get the thumbs up too but I wasn’t too keen on the Almost Arnold’s Beans. Yes they provide some relief from the richness of the meal but our serving of beans were on the limp side and I instead preferred the refreshing crunch of coleslaw.
The boys loved the Wings in medium heat ($16), the fiery powder coating everything it came into contact with. I fell head over heels in love with the tangy Belle’s blue cheese dressing and dunked everything into it.
Belle’s chicken ribs ($13) sits under the Snacks section, we’re not sure why but they are pretty addictive, covered in a sticky peach bbq sauce with a sprinkle of scallions and sesame seeds
And last but not least, the Mushrooms ($13). They are a revelation, never before have I had a mushroom that was so fricken juicy and tasty! The portobello mushrooms were crumbed (I think in cornmeal?) and deep fried until golden and absolutely amazing. I may have forgone a piece of chicken in exchange for a mushroom, it was that incredible!
Thank you Belle’s for coming to Sydney! I foresee many a meal sitting by the water and eating delicious fried chicken! Oh and for those of you who are bad at directions- walk along King St Wharf past all the restaurants and bars, the Wulugul Pop Up is literally 2 meters from Bungalow 8!
Belles Hot Chicken
Wulugul Pop Up,
Barangaroo South, Sydney
Mon – Thurs: 11am – 10pm
Fri – Sat: 11am – 11pm
Sun: 11am – 6pm
22 November 2015, 11:20
I read a lot of food blogs- from baking to cooking, restaurant or product review blogs and all those in between. I love how each blogger has a different story, a different viewpoint to something that would be in traditional print media. My list of Food Blogs in Sydney has grown and changed over the years so it’s always nice to put a face to a name which is why Helen and I love organising the annual Sydney Food Bloggers Xmas Party, now in its 7th year!
Our venue this year was at the amazing Studio Neon (2/136 Raglan St, Redfern) because I didn’t want to have worry about another scorcher of a day! If you’re looking for a funky venue, Studio Neon is definitely it! It’s an amazing space with heaps of chairs and natural lighting and mad props to Aaron who took great care of us on the day.
I was super impressed with all the amazing food everyone brought, there was: fragrant lemper, blinis, green tea madeleines, banana bread, pb & cacao bliss balls, chips & dip, cinnamon scrolls, chocolate pockysticks, berrymisu, chicken & tofu rice paper rolls, bread, cheese, chocolate cake…
The cutest ginger and honeycomb burger cookies from Oh Burger Me!
Raff’s miso butterscotch macarons disappeared in literally 8 seconds.
Teehee fairy bread cake!
Alana made Kitchen By Mike’s amazing baked ricotta with preserved lemon salsa that I legit just could not stop eating.
YASSSS EL JANNAH!!! Dat chicken and garlic sauce just makes my soul so happy!
Brookies! They’re like a cross between brownies and a cookie!
Other end of the table there was a whole mega platter filled with cheeses, cold cuts, diy peking duck pancakes, diy tacos, miso beef bao sliders, apple pie, spinach & cheese puffs, pork crackles, brownies, biscuits and chips galore!
Aaaand group photo of our 66 bloggers, thanks Simon Food Favourites! Thank you to everyone who came, I had an incredible time meeting everyone and having a chat!
A Little Bit of Tang | Adobo Down Under | Alana Bread | Angie Lives To Eat (and Cook) | Brunch Bandits | Burn My Mouth | Chew Your Chow | ChocolateSuze | Citrus and Candy | Cook Suck | Droolworthy World | Eat Your Tea Cup | Eating With your Eyes | Fight the Craving | Fill My Tummy | Food Is All | Food is Our Religion | From Across the Kitchen Table | Grab Your Fork | iFat Food Chronicles | I’m Still Hungry | Irene’s Getting Fat | It’s Cake Time | Judy’s Blog | Khismosa | Kningja Eats | Maddie Loves Food | Memoirs of a Foodie | Milkteaxx | Mr and Mrs Chopsticks | Ms Jay Emm | My Kitchen Stories | Nessy Eater | Newlyfeds | Oh Burger Me | Penguin Says Feed Me | Polyphagia | Ramen Raff | Sarah vs Carbs | Simon Food Favourites | Small But Hungry | Spoon, Fork and Chopsticks | The Chronicles of Hilda | The Economic Foodie | The Food Diary | The Hungry Plum | The Perks of Being a Food Blogger | The Walking Advertisement | Two Happy Bellies | Wait, the Camera Eats First | What Em Did | When the World Stops Spinning | Where’s My Sauce
14 November 2015, 11:22
So last week after my wrapup of barbecues in Austin, Texas, I was moping all week knowing it’d be a while before I was returning to the states and would have no way to satisfy my brisket loving soul. And then Bovine & Swine Barbecue opened and I knew it was a sign from above!
Bovine & Swine Barbecue opened last week with Wes Griffiths (hillbillycue) and Anton Hughes (texinvoice) – former pit masters from Vic’s Meat Market – along with Tim Chillingworth. Although it’s barely been open for a few days, the place is already pumping when we arrive at 6pm. It’s been a massive hit already with locals, bringing in their family to eat-in or ordering their barbecue takeaway.
The menu is short and sweet- you can order your meats by the 100g ($9), a platter for one ($35) or two ($60), or a sandwich ($14). They’re also licensed so a can of Tailgate or Pabst Blue Ribbon is all you need for memories of drinking beer in the line for a good barbecue.
All the meats are sliced to order and if you’re lucky you’ll get slipped a tidbit to munch on while your food is being assembled :D
I ordered the Meat Platter for Two ($60) which comes with your choice of 3 meats (I chose the brisket, beef rib and the chopped pork) and sides. Aaand because I was feeling ambitious I also got 100g of the pulled lamb ($9) and 100g of the chicken ($9).
Let’s start with the brisket. Smoke ring? Check. Juicy, tender meat? Check. Layer of bark? Check. Delicious? HELL YES!
The brisket here is the stuff of dreams I tell ya! That smokiness, that flavour, that happiness and all is right with the world. The beautiful striations of fat throughout the meat was like a flavour explosion and everything and everyone just melted away and all I could think of was how much more of the brisket I could steal from Noods before he realised what I was doing…
The special of the day was pulled lamb and it was lick your lips spectacular with caramelised edges, fattylicious nubbins and juicy meat.
The chopped pork is equally incredible, and much better than the bland pulled pork you can get at any pub these days.
The chicken was lean and not as juicy but woah the smoky flavour was the bomb! I just wanted to bury my face into the chicken and inhale it so it would be ingrained into every fibre of my being.
Last but not least is the beef short rib. Woah nelly my heart is bursting with happiness just thinking about that rib! The meat was unctuously soft with a layer of creamy meat hiding under that perfect layer of bark. The brisket and this beef rib would definitely be chosen for my last supper.
And then there was the sides which were pretty generous serving sizes! The mac & cheese is creamy, cheesy and perfect; the coleslaw gave us relief when we started to get the meat sweats and cut through all the protein and fat we’d consumed and the beans were strangely super comforting. Oh and not forgetting the house made pickles and a whole pile of potato crisps!
Sadly they were out of pork ribs, not that I needed it, but it does give me a reason to return asap! Meat lovers rejoice, Bovine and Swine Barbecue is where it’s at!
Bovine and Swine Barbecue Co
92 Enmore Road
Wed – Sat: from 6pm till sold out
Sun: from 12pm till sold out