• Chef’s Armoury – Japanese groceries and knives
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    Driving along Botany Rd the Chef’s Armoury caught my eye. The sign outside said so many things that I had been looking for: – Japanese Knives – Quality Wagyu Beef – Cooking classes and events – Japanese groceries I punch the air and say, “Yes!” Entering the premises it’s designed like all those modern ramen bars that seem to be popping up everywhere. It is sleek black with specks of red, well lit and minimalist. The store has been open for only 4 months and is in the midst of growth. Their business had started as just selling imported Japanese knives and has expanded into Japanese groceries, grilling accessories, teapots and tea tools. They also offer…

  • The Dutch Shop & Cafe
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    When i heard that there was a quaint Dutch Cafe in the middle of nowhere in Smithfield I told pizzaboy we had to go for a visit. We happen to have gone on the hottest day of the year so far. Its 40+ degrees outside and we drive over to Smithfield in a car with no-aircon. Without even thinking i say, “there had better be air-con at this place”. The entire car goes quiet. None of us have ever been to the Dutch Cafe and do not know what to expect. We are following the GPS and tomatogal asks me, “Where the hell is this place? We’ve reached the end of the road”. I look ahead and we are in the middle of nowhere. There are residential houses to our left and closed…

  • Menya – The best ramen in Sydney
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    Whilst in Japan, pizzaboy and I were lost in the streets of Shibuya, Tokyo. We were hungry and couldn’t read Japanese. I was craving noodles and I randomly chose a noodle bar that had a picture of ramen at the front. We pointed at something that looked appetising on the menu with no idea what we were ordering. This was our first introduction to Tonkotsu Ramen. Tonkotsu ramen is usually a cloudy white coloured broth and is a thick broth made by boiling pork bones, fat, and collagen over high heat for hours on end, suffusing the broth with a hearty pork flavor and a creamy consistency that rivals milk or melted butter or gravy (depending on the shop). Most shops, but not all, blend…

  • Tan Viet Noodle House – Cabramatta
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    Tan Viet is one of our favourite places to eat. They serve traditional vietnamese cuisine but they are famous for their “Criskin Chicken”. Yes – Criskin. It’s an appropriate play on the words crispy and skin. And if you are familiar with the vietnamese accent, this is how the vietnamese say crispyskin in english. Or possibly a spelling mistake made many years ago, and now is the norm. They are so reliable that we order the same thing on every visit. This is one of few places that I rarely stray from my usual order because my favourite thing on the menu is so good I want to eat it every time that I visit. The chicken is wonderfully crispy and amazingly flavourful.…

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