Wednesday, 12 November 2014

The Mandoo, Strathfield

With exam period being like now, I have unfortunately not made the time to post anything. Not gonna make the excuse that I "didn't have" time, because I had the time to eat more than usual heh.

I am a lover of Korean Food. My all time favourite Korean dish is their potato noodles .. followed by their little side dishes of potato which I know sounds ridiculous.  You might say it's 'just noodles' but anyway that's my side - that slippery, chewiness and coating in a sweet sesame oil sauce..

I also am a fan of KFC (Korean Fried Chicken that is, though KFC KFC is also good) so it's always hard to deviate from them when I head to Strathfield.

The Mandoo, situated in the corner opposite Strathfield plaza unfortunately sells neither, which probably explains why it's taken me such a long time to visit but I finally had to cheat on my KFC/Potato Noodle Strathfield restaurants to try something new ! I'll have to admit, the cute exterior is what won me over initially. How can someone draw a non proper circle, add dots and make it look amazing !?!

Look how cute the dumpling cartoons are !

Can't go to a Korean restaurant that doesn't serve kimchi to start - with the spicy kick, it's got that fresh crunch to it which is a little unusual, though somewhat pleasant (according to the boy).

Mandoo, is Korean for dumplings - so naturally we had a 'first world problem' trying to decide which dumplings to order though the words BBQ Galbi Pork Bun Dumplings stood out for me.  I know the Chinese version has the luscious sweet coating and pieces of pork, so I was surprised when I bit into this to find a peppery pork mince with cabbage/potato noodles stuffed inside the fluffy bun.

BBQ Galbi Pork Bun Dumplings - $10 (4)

Excuse my inner bite marks and lack there of a pretty picture.

Feeling like a chilli hit, I ordered their Spicy Beef Noodle Soup - a very large serving of their homemade noodles cooked al dente swimming under the rich opaque broth.  The delicate flavours of the broth make it easy to drink, without having that "MSG I'm so thirsty feeling" afterwards. A little bit disappointed at the lack of beef though, and that it was rather stringy/chewy and lacked flavour .

Spicy Beef Noodle Soup - $12.00

The boy's Spicy Seafood Noodle Soup is the best value for money seafood soup we've ever eaten. None of this "you can 3 pipsis and a frozen prawn" because this baby was filled to the brim with mussels, prawns, fish cake, cuttlefish and even a juicy crab leg.

Spicy Seafood Noodle Soup - $15.00

That is what I call a SEAFOOD dish.  The noodles were a different to mine - more like thin rice noodles with a clear but flavoursome broth and of course the large serving size.

I probably should have tried more dumplings because it is like a 'dumpling' store, but I don't think there was anything extremely WOW about here. I would come here again though, but probably try their prawn dumplings which other bloggers have raved about.  For about $17pp, it's a very filling meal because I did that waddle out of the store, so overall relatively cheap for general Korean cuisine.

Last but not least - the best feeling in the world is having the menu available to you without having to get to the actual store so here is it below :)

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Izba, Newtown

Thankyou to my uni lecture who designated me to the "Russian" culture because if not for you, I would have never found this place. I hope he reads my blog !

Izba, Russian Treats is situated a quick 10 minute walk from Newtown , or if you're feeling like some exercise, a 30 minute walk from USYD (which I did) and provides a homey Russian experience, serving delicious cakes and pastries which are all baked in house. "Izba" in Russian means a wooden cottage, symbolising comfort, home, happiness and childhood memories and though I am no longer a 'child' comfort, happiness and home food is what Izba delivers.

A few of the girls and I literally ran from USYD, scoffed down these cakes and ran back all within the hour, but it was well worth walking in the heat carrying uni bags.

We started off sharing the Babka , a brioche based dessert,  with swirls of cinnamon & chocolaty goodness served warm (didn't taste any cinnamon though ?)..

To sum it up, this is like swirled nutella brioche with more nutella , though traditionally it doesn't have filling. Definantely a breakfast item I  could get used to, though having tea on the side would make it perfect as it gets a tad bit dry.

Babka - $5.50

Our Napoleon, being a 5 layer dessert had a nice buttery flaky texture, all sandwiched by the custard like cream in-between with a crumbly crust.

Napoleon (RHS) : $11.50

The star dessert was the Honey Cake where unlike normal whipped cream, a vanilla sour cream is smothered in between of course, with a generous honey taste.  I honestly would have never imagined a dessert to have sour cream as an in-between layer ! Another crumble ontop gives it an additional texture. I did find this a little rich and sweet though, but when you share a variety of desserts, little pieces here and there are never enough !

Honey Cake : $9.50

I'm quite keen to try their other savoury dishes such as their Salmon Pie and Blini's (Buckwheat Pancakes), though I'm probably eyeing their range of desserts first ! Service here is very efficient, so it's always a good place to stop by if you're time short and the staff were very lovely.  Tables are scarce though !

Did I forget to mention I like pretty walls ?

PS if you order from Menulog you get 10% off your first order !

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