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  • Menya – The best ramen in Sydney
    Asian Restaurant Reviews

    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 this pork broth with a small amount of chicken and vegetable stock and/or soy sauce. When I got home to Sydney, I googled - tonkotsu…

  • Crisp Duck Breast with Orange and Daikon Salad
    Asian Recipes

    "Yoshoku - Japanese food western style" Crisp Duck Breast with Orange and Daikon Salad Recipe taken from Yoshoku by Jane Lawson 2 orange 300g daikon 80g baby rocket 4 x 175-200g duck breast fillets oil, for brushing 1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 teaspoon sesame oil 1 tablespoon drinking sake Ponzu Dressing 1 teaspoon lemon juice 1 teaspoon lime juice 1 teaspoon Japanese rice vinegar 1 teaspoon Japanese soy sauce 1 teaspoon mirin 1 teaspoon sake 1/4 teaspoon sugar 5 x 1cm piece of kombu, wiped with a damp cloth 1 teaspoon bonito flakes To make the ponzu dressing, put all the ingredients in a non-metallic bowl and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 24 hours. Remove the skin from the orange and carefully remove all the pith. Segment the oranges into a bowl, then squeeze the juice from the membranes over the…

  • Tan Viet Noodle House – Cabramatta
    Asian Restaurant Reviews

    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. They somehow manage to get the skin super-crispy and the flesh really moist. My mother tells me they cook it twice. They boil it first to cook the…