Myeongdong Korean Restaurant, North Strathfield
Myeongdong Korean Restaurant in North Strathfield has become legendary in reputation for providing the most amount of free banchan in Sydney!
You know when you eat at a Korean restaurant and they’ll supply you with 1 or 2 free banchan side dishes with your food? Well Myeongdong Korean Restaurant in North Strathfield has become legendary in reputation for providing the most amount of free banchan in Sydney.
As soon as Raff and Phuoc have arrived, we immediately order and a whole flurry of banchan dishes are quickly placed on our table, covering ¾ of the surface area. It truly was the most amount of free banchan I have ever seen! Standout favourites was the thinly sliced fishcakes and surprisingly the spicy radish kimchi. Oh and did I mention that they’ll happily refill any of the banchan? Such value.
The Haemul pajeon seafood pancake ($20) is huge and studded with a generous amount of octopus, prawns, mussels and shallots. The edges are a crispylicious delight and the seafood is juicy and tender.
It was a struggle to wait while the Spicy Pork rib hot pot (medium, $52) is slowly simmering away but we picked at the banchan and not so patiently stirred every few minutes to check if everything was nice and tender.
But patience is a virtue and all that jazz you know? And we were greatly rewarded with meltingly tender pork that just about fell off the bone with but a touch and scooping out the slippery potato noodles and enoki mushroom made for such a heartwarming meal that cold night.
On a return visit, I’ve brought the fam for their first proper meal at a Korean restaurant and to show them the wonders of free banchan. We basically reorder the same foods but we also order the Cold Buckwheat Noodle Soup ($17) which is super refreshing, the noodles are springy with a nice bite but oh boy this is surprisingly filling! While the food is generally large enough for family share style there are some smaller menu items available. Oh and be sure to arrive early ahead of the lunch/dinner rush otherwise be prepared to queue!
Myeongdong Korean Restaurant
2/1 George St,
7 days: 10am – midnight
Hong Kong Bing Sutt, Burwood
Hong Kong Bing Sutt in Burwood is serving up Hong Kong classics like milk tea, bolo bao pineapple buns with slabs of salted butter and curry beef brisket noodles.
So I’ve always been really skeeved out by spam and all its fake bouncy luncheon meat cousins. I maybe ate it once or twice as a kid but never grew up eating it, never had a spam musubi or a spam sandwich for an arvo snack. So when Viv orders the Pineapple bun with pork luncheon and egg ($7.80) I was all prepared to take a courtesy bite and pass it back to her.
But behold! I am in love! The normally squishy ‘meat’ was pan fried so the edges were crisp and slightly caramelised and the saltiness of it just worked so well against the sweetness of the pineapple bun. And for those not in the know, a pineapple bun aka bolo bao doesn’t contain any pineapple but is named that for its crackly textured appearance. And just look at that gloriously oozy yolk!
We also ordered a normal Pineapple bun with butter ($5.80) too and OH BOY THE BUTTER! I thought oh the butter that’s peeking out looks like a nice amount but I’m sure it’ll just be the edge but nope! It was a giantass slab that filled the entire bun! The CORRECT amount folks!
I mistakenly ordered the Beef brisket with special curry sauce ($13.80) instead of the dried noodle with with beef brisket with special curry sauce ($13.80) argh and while rice is all fine and good I would’ve much preferred noodles with the curry sauce which was slightly sweet but deliciously savoury. There was a good amount of brisket but would’ve liked them to be more tender.
The Baked farmer bread with seafood, spaghetti, white sauce and onsen egg ($18.80) comes with a ‘limited quantities’ warning on the menu and it’s certainly impressively presented. Buuuuut it was kinda bland, even with the layer of melted cheese on top. The pasta in the white sauce needed something like salt or garlic or pepper I dunno, anything! There was also no onsen egg to be seen, unless it had prematurely broken open and spilled its yolky innards inside?
The Tofu Fa ($12) aka soya bean custard is steamed to order. There’s a warning on the menu about the 20 minute wait so we order it at the beginning with all our foods. The wooden pail contains a pretty generous sized metal bowl of silky smooth tofu fa and there’s saucers of sugar syrup and raw sugar on the side so you can adjust the sweetness to your own liking.
Hong Kong Bing Sutt also serve milk tea and their Signature Milk Tea, chilled ($5.30) comes in it’s own glass bottle. If you go with a group they have a family deal drinks special of 4 for $20 and comes in an ice bucket a la bucket of beers lol I have chosen Yuanyang, coffee mixed with milk tea ($5.30) which is strong but sweet and reminds me of my childhood years at the HK cafe in good ol Carlingford Village where my love of coffee first began!
Hong Kong Bing Sutt
Shop 8/11-15 Deane St,
7 days: 11am – 10pm
Bella Brutta, Newtown
Bella Brutta in Newtown, is Sydney’s latest hotspot for woodfired pizza, a joint venture with LP’s Quality Meats’ Luke Powell and Porteno’s Elvis Abrahanowicz
Bella Brutta in Newtown is Sydney’s latest hotspot for wood fired pizza, a joint venture with LP’s Quality Meats’ Luke Powell and Porteno’s Elvis Abrahanowicz and Joseph Valor. The restaurant is surprisingly long, the bar lines the wall from the entrance with the pizza oven standing pride of place in the centre of the room. It’s Raff’s birthday and we are close enough to watch all the action of the pizza station with complete with pizza dough tosses.
We start with Cheese fritti with hot sauce ($4 each). The deep fried globes of goats cheese and parmesan are golden and crunchy on the outside with a scorching liquid cheese centre.
But it was just so tasty that we couldn’t help but keep on eating it and burning the roofs of our mouths. The wood fired green pepper salsa that came on the side has us exclaiming at the punch of flavour and saving the excess to dip our pizza crusts into later.
The Clam pizza ($26) has got to be my favourite pizza in Sydney right now. The crust is blistered and puffy, the surf clams are tender and the centre molten with melted pecorino cheese, a sprinkling of chilli and smashed garlic cloves that have an almost jammy consistency.
The special of the day was a 1 month aged ribeye ($40) sourced from the Riverina, done in a veal milanese style and crumbed in panko. The smoked beef fat and lemon vinaigrette was a touch on the too sour side but I can understand its presence for the fatty parts towards the bone. Speaking of the bone, Raff enjoying gnawing away and ripping every last juicy sherrick off until it was nekkid:P
We were stuffed buuuut we spied a Tiramisu ($16) on the menu and had to order it because yolo. Bella Brutta’s version uses both Disaronno amaretto and Amaro Montenegro liqueur and considering how much I hate both liqueurs, I actually really liked this tiramisu and thought it worked well with the generous layers of cream and mascarpone and is that hazelnut I detect? Delicious.
135 King St,
Tues – Sat: 5pm – 11pm
Sun: 12pm – 9pm