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Coconut chicken with asian salad ….

Coconut chicken with asian salad ….

DSC_0071This salad is a great lunch or dinner option for warmer weather thanks to its crisp freshness and the tropical punch in the coconut. It is light, fresh, quick and easily “beefed up” with some vermicelli noodles.

What you need:

  • ½ bunch of wombok, thinly sliced
  • ½ bunch of red cabbage, thinly sliced
  • Cup of coriander, roughly chopped
  • Cup of mint, roughly chopped
  • 3 cups of bean shoots
  • 2 x chillies (leave out if you don’t like it hot)
  • 1 can of light coconut milk
  • 500g of chicken
  • ½ cup of roasted, unsalted peanuts
  • 3 shallots stalks, finely chopped
  • Soy sauce
  • Fish sauce
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar

What you need to do:

  • Cut chicken into thin strips and place into a pan on medium heat with the coconut milk, a dash of soy sauce and the chillies finely diced and cook until chicken is cooked through, about 5-10 mintues.
  • While the chicken is cooking place all vegetables into a large bowl and toss
  • To make the dressing place about 4 tables spoons of soy and 4 table spoons of fish sauce into a bowl with the sugar and lime juice and stir, then place over salad, add more ingredients based on your tastes
  • Once the chicken is cooked, place it on top of the salad along with the peanuts and serve.

 

Oink oink,

Truffle Pig.

Healthy Meatball Recipe ….

Healthy Meatball Recipe ….

Winter might be over but it isn’t too late to indulge in some super healthy comfort food. These balls are delicious, incredibly easy to make and free of any nasty ingredients. This recipe outlines how to make meat balls accompanied with plenty of vegetables and a healthy white bean mash, but they would go perfectly with pasta or accompanied with some crusty bread.  Serves 2-3 people.

What you need:
• 2 heaped teaspoons Dijon mustard
• 500 g pork and veal mince
• 1 heaped tablespoon dried oregano
• 1 large free-range egg
• sea salt
• freshly ground black pepper
• olive oil
• 1 medium onion
• 3 cloves of garlic
• ½ fresh or dried red chilli
• 1×200 g tinned chopped tomatoes
• 2x200g cans of white beans
• 1 x bunch of kale or Tuscan spinach
• Parmesan cheese, for grating
• 4 sprigs fresh rosemary
• 1 large carrot
• 1 lemon

What you need to do:

  • Add mince, salt, chilli, 2 cloves of garlic, onion, carrot and rosemary chopped finely, mustard and oregano into a bowl and mix the egg through with your hands
  • Divide the mixture into medium sized balls and place on a pan on medium heat to brown the edges.
  • Once browned, place into a large pot with the can of tomatoes and a splash of water and bring to the boil and add water throughout the cooking if needed and leave from anywhere between 1-4 hours, stir occasionally. The longer you leave them, the richer the flavour becomes.
  • Towards the end of the cooking, boil beans then place them in a food processor with a small splash of olive oil, 1 clove of garlic and salt until it turns into a smooth mash.
  • While the beans are boiling chop the Tuscan cabbage or kale roughly and sauté until it softens and turns into a rich green colour.
  • Serve the meat balls on a bed of white bean mash and a side of green and sprinkle freshly grated parmesan on top.

Oink oink,

Truffle Pig.

Best Dumplings in Sydney ….

Best Dumplings in Sydney ….

Dumpling bars seem to be a dime a dozen these days. If Sushi was the food fad of the 2000’s, dumplings have taken over this decade. But you won’t hear me complaining, to me dumplings are the best thing since sliced sushi and I can’t get enough of them. You know what they say, the best things come in small packages (perhaps I would like to believe that being about 5″4 tall).

I have prepared the list below as a work in progress, I don’t plan to leave a dumpling, dim sum or gyoza in Sydney unturned without eating them… so suggestions are more than welcome and if they are better than great, they will be added to the list. But, so far, here are Sydney’s best dumplings (in no particular order)….

1. Lotus Dumpling Bar

My office is located in a great spot, right on the harbour somewhere between the City, Darling Harbour and Circlar Quay. I know i’m spoilt but with this “somewhere in the middle” location means lunch choices are limited and the ones on the limited list are generally underwhelming. UNTIL… Lotus Dumpling opened just down the road in Walsh Bay. These dumplings are amazing, with service and fit out to match. Understated, funky and damn delicious. The xiao long bao steamed soup dumplings are the winner for me – go for the chicken and be warned that there is soup inside…. I learnt that the hard way. Hot tip – take a nibble from the top, slurp the soup and devour the rest.

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2. Harajuku Gyoza

Gyozas are Dumpling’s japanese cousins. What is the difference?… there isn’t much of one. Dumplings traditionally came in many forms and flavours and back in the day gyozas were traditionally just pork. Nowadays, gyozas come in all different varieties, and the best place to witness this is Harajuku Gyoza. Not only do they specialise in the fun size treats, but the atmosphere is electric. You are always greeted with a belting “MOSHI MOSHI” and if you order sake (which you must), you enjoy an entertaining song and dance with it. The best menu item is definitely the grilled chicken gyoza, and for those with a sweet teeth, they even have nutella and banana dessert gyozas. Food aside, this place is fun the perfect place to enjoy some drinks and food with friends before a night out.
Harajuku Gyoza on Urbanspoon

3. East Ocean

Imagine an ocean full of yum cha… well that image in your mind is very similar to East Ocean itself. Although very unassuming from the front, once you step inside you are ushered by the friendly staff all communicating by very serious looking headsets to your table which will be about 1 of 1000, the venue is seriously huge. The dumplings are plentiful and the menu is lengthy to say the least. But I can highly recommend their Shanghai style dumplings filled with pork or their seafood with snow pea dumplings. East Ocean is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late into the night, so no matter what time of the day you are craving dumplings, you can always rely on East Ocean.
East Ocean Restaurant on Urbanspoon

4. Kam Fook

Kam Fook’s popularity in Chatswood was so positive the friendly people there decided to open up shop in Bondi Junction (hoo-ray!). Kam Fook has fulfilled many a hangovers and cravings I have had over the past year since moving close by. I think there is no better way to start the day than with their traditional chinese broccilli with a table full of dumplings. There is plenty of yum cha options to choose from, but I always order two or more servings of their prawn and chive dumplings, even better when washed down with some tea of Sing Tao (hair of the dog).
Kam Fook Seafood Restaurant on Urbanspoon

5. Wagamama

Before you turn your nose up at this chain restaurant suggestion, hear me out. This western spin on traditional Japanese is an old time favourite of mine, mainly for one reason and that is their duck gyoza. The deep tried bag of gyoza-goodness is filled with succulent duck and spring onions and is accompanied by a sweet batch of hoisin sauce.
Wagamama - The Galeries Victoria on Urbanspoon
Wagamama on Urbanspoon

6. Din Tai Fung

Some might say this renowned dumpling hut is the dump-King of the dumpling scene. This king originated as a humble little street stall on the streets of Taipei and is now a global business with an unrivalled committment to dumpling precision. Aside from their attention to detail, the taste is what brings me back here time and time again. My favourite is the Jiao Ze (steamed pork and prawn). You can enjoy these dumplings in Style at their George Street or Star restaurants or grab the on the go at Westfield Sydney.
Din Tai Fung on Urbanspoon
Din Tai Fung on Urbanspoon

Do you think you know where to get the best dumplings in Sydney? Well send your suggestions my way… always happy to do this type of market research… the things you gotta do!

Oink oink,

Truffle Pig.

Cheap Eats Bondi – Meals under $10 ….

Cheap Eats Bondi – Meals under $10 ….

Nachos – Amigo Jims
Who doesn’t love nachos? They make eating corn chips acceptable at lunch and dinner, and for that, I am eternally grateful to them. I often indulge in my favourite nachos from this Bondi Road hole in the wall. Homemade corn tortilla chips topped with a slow cooked shredded beef stew, cheese and sour cream. Don’t let the $9.50 fool you, this meal is HUGE!
Amigo Jim's on Urbanspoon

Amigo Jim’s - 200 Bondi Rd  Bondi NSW 2026

Hand rolls – Myoko Sushi Bar
Tucked away in the quiet end of Gould street, Myoko is home to some to the freshest, tastiest sushi in the Eastern suburbs. The hand rolls are huge and you even have the option of having them made to order with brown or white rice. You can get prawn tempura, perfectly battered with avo, fresh or cooked tuna and teriyaki chicken. You can get two rolls for $10, and if you’re feeling adventurous I recommend forking out the extra $2 for a miso soup too.
Myoko – 72 Gould Street, Bondi Beach 2026
Myoko Sushi Bar on Urbanspoon

Chicken Pad Thai – Bangkok Bites
Hungry at lunch and pinching the pennies has never tasted better. Bangkok bites has various lunch time specials including a generous helping of chicken or beef pad thai for only $9.90. The noodles are thick, the chicken tender and the sauce a perfect blend of sweet and spice. Grab a seat outside and enjoy the sunshine, people watching but don’t expect a bucket of Redbull and vodka… unless you go to White Revolver.
Bangkok Bites – 95 Hall St Bondi Beach NSW 2026
Bangkok Bites on Urbanspoon

Mixed Plate – Sabbaba
The beach might be hot, but the Middle East is even hotter. You can combine both by grabbing a mixed plate from Sababa with falafel, tabuli, grilled meats, salads and dips for under $10. The ingredients are fresh, healthy and most importantly, dirt cheap. This place is so popular there are franchises everywhere, so if you’re skint around town, check out there other locations.
Sabbaba Bondi Beach – 82 Hall St Bondi Beach NSW 2026 Sydney,
Sabbaba on Urbanspoon

Jaffles – Neighbourhood
The new kid on the block in the Bondi neighbourhood is, Neighbourhood. The team here are as trendy as they come and are making the good old fashioned jaffle sexy again, god bless them. You won’t find baked beans and spaghetti here though; combinations include pulled pork with BBQ sauce and baked beans and my favourite the Philly cheese steak. A party in your mouth for only $10… Winning!
Neighbourhood - 143 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach, NSW
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Bircher muesli – Bru Coffee
Broke but fanging for a tasty breakfast? Never fear, Bru is here. This hole in the wall is a local favourite and constantly has Bondi’s beautiful people. The food is beautiful too, thankfully. For only $10 you can reward yourself with a regular coffee and bowl of nutty bircher muesli which is arguable the best you can get anywhere!
bRu Coffee – 4/101 Brighton Blvd, Sydney NSW 2026
bRu Coffee on Urbanspoon

Rice Paper Rolls – Miss Chu’s
The self-proclaimed queen of rice paper rolls set up shop in Bondi over a year ago and has taken the beach by storm. Her rice paper rolls are the taking the beach by storm with gourmet combinations including prawn with green mango, roast duck and banana flower and vegetarian with avocado, omelette and caramelised onion. All that goodness for only $7.50… you’re pretty much making money.
Miss Chu Bondi Tuckshop – 178 Campbell Parade Bondi Beach NSW 2026
Miss Chu on Urbanspoon

Panino from La Macelleria
This butcher slash heaven on earth is a food snob and meat lovers dream, with prices to show for it. But never fear, lashings of organic prochitto is in reach for the tightest of wallets. Here you can choose from 11 different paninos which only cost $9.00. Some menu favourites include the warm beef brisket, the herbed chicken with mayo and chilli and the roast pork with fruit mustard. If stoned baked buns aren’t your thing (freak!) then try the quarter roast chicken with roasted veggies – only $10.
La Macelleria - Shop 14, The Beach House, 178 Campbell Parade
La Macelleria on Urbanspoon

Pizza from Gourmet Slice
Pizza is a friend and a faux to me, I love the crispy cheese deliciousness of this Italian staple but find it hard to stop after a couple of slices (I have empty plate syndrome). But thanks to the genius behind gourmet slice I have enjoy a huge slice of pizza for a fraction of the prize and with the guilt of eating a large pizza all to myself. All slices are under $10 and favourites include pepperoni, garlic mushroom and spicy lamb.
Gourmet Slice - 87a Gould St Bondi Beach Bondi Beach, NSW 2026
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Lock’n’Load from Lox, Stock & Barrel
Lox Stock & Barrel brings a little bit of Manhattan to Bondi’s sunny shores. The menu is filled with NYC classics like bagels, pastrami sandwiches, smoked wagyu brisket and rueben sandwiches. If you’re feeling skint, you can enjoy your choice of bread (sourdough rye, challah, panini or GF) or bagel (plain, sesame, poppy, seeds & spices, onion) and a delicious potato hash with lashings of smoked salmon with a lime and creme fraiche
dill dressing. Perfect way to start the day, and only 10 big ones.
Lox, Stock & Barrel – 140 Glenayr Ave, Bondi 2026
Lox, Stock & Barrel on Urbanspoon

Pork Po Boy from Panama House
It may not look like much, but this po boy will have you returning to Panama time and time again, I promise you. It is a super soft and sweet sesame seed bun filled with lashings of tender, juicy pulled pork teamed with shredded lettuce, tomato salsa and a tangy chipotle mayo. But wait… there’s more… every table at Panama has 4 homemade salsas to choose from ranging from sweet pineapple to blow-your-socks-off habanero, and it will only set you back $9.50.

Panama House – 251 Bondi Rd, Bondi 2026 – Full review here.

Panama House on Urbanspoon

Oink oink,

Truffle Pig.

Lime & Pepper Vietnamese Chicken Salad ….

Lime & Pepper Vietnamese Chicken Salad ….

 

Spring has officially sprung, although it feels a lot like summer at the moment. And we all know what that means… sweltering days, shedding of clothes and body-friendly meals. So, you will be seeing a lot more healthy recipes pop up from me in the near future. To start, here is a simple, juicy, fresh and healthy salad that is not only quick and easy, but tastes amazing.

What you need:

  • (1/4 cup of fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp finely grated lime rind
  • 1 long red chilli, seeded, finely chopped
  • 1 tbs fish sauce
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tbs brown sugar
  • 200g green  beans, trimmed and cut into thirds
  • 2 baby cos lettuces, trimmed, shredded
  • 200g punnet grape tomatoes, halved
  • 2 cups trimmed bean sprouts
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 2 Chicken breasts cut in half, length ways

What you need to do:

  • Combine lime juice and rind, chilli, fish sauce, pepper and sugar in a bowl. Add half the mixture to chicken and leave to marinate for 10 minutes.
  • Cook beans in  boiling water for 3 minutes or until bright green
  • Combine beans, lettuce, tomato, bean sprouts and mint in a large bowl
  • Cook chicken in a saucepan the slice thickly
  • Drizzle remaining lime juice mixture over salad and toss to combine.