What is Foodie Friday?
Every Friday, I aim to inspire my readers to eat better (not always healthier!) by documenting my culinary adventures from the past week.
This will be in the form of a blog post (that you’re reading now) and a video on my Instagram TV channel.
My pick of the Week
Chinatown Friday Nightmarket
At the end of each week, Sydney’s Chinatown plays host to a bustling market of food, jewellery and household accessories (a weird combination, I know!).
Popular between locals and tourists alike, the main draw is of course the food stalls – their sizzling smells drawing people in. The most famous stall that I came to try is one called Mamak. It serves freshly made roti and chicken satay – pure deliciousness!
Of course, when you’re at a food market you can’t just try one stall, so I also had some fried pork dumplings. At AU$5 (£2.8/US$3.6) for 6 pieces, they were pretty good value (or at least better value than Mamak).
All in all, a nice place to spend a few hours on a Friday evening!
Something for Vegetarians
Nawaz Flavour of India
Some seriously good Indian food in Sydney! Nawaz is a traditional Indian restaurant – serving up all the classic dishes in a colourful dining room.
They also have some cool street food type snacks – the sort of thing that is eaten on a daily basis across much of India by workers and people on the go.
Nawaz do serve a full menu of meat options, but being an Indian eatery, their range of veggie options is naturally fantastic! I tried the malai kofta (cheese & potato dumplings in a creamy cashew sauce) with saffron rice and a peshwari naan (Indian flatbread stuffed with coconut & raisins).
Everything was tasty and portion sizes were decent. My only critique is I would’ve liked some whole cashews in the malai kofta sauce (but maybe that’s just me being picky?!). My favourite was in fact the freshly cooked peshwari naan.
In total, my meal came to AU$25 (£14/US$18) – not exactly cheap but if you came in a group you could certainly share some of the rice and bread dishes (I was pretty stuffed after a main dish, full serving of rice plus a whole naan to myself – and that’s saying something)! For the quality too, I’d say it’s good value for money.
Best thing I drank
I never buy pre-bottled fruit juice due to its crazy high sugar content. Instead, if I buy juice at all it’s usually vegetable juice – might sound weird or disgusting but it’s basically just tomato juice with a few other additions!
Anyway, recently I’ve been getting bored of this vegetable juice so decided to mix things up by making my own juice. The conventional way to do this is obviously with a juicer but since I don’t have one I used a blender instead (it ended up being juice with A LOT of juicy bits!).
I wanted both fruit and veg in my juice so went for a bright but naturally sweet combo of carrot, orange and pineapple. It sure did taste good but I think I added a little too much carrot as it was quite pulpy. I guess the blender situation didn’t help either!
The thing I enjoyed most about making my own juice was the fact that I knew exactly what was going into it – no hidden preservatives and only naturally occurring sugars.
Recommendations around the World
Hailing from the Greek island of Ios, this courtyard cafe has it all: refined cocktails, meze platters, live music and a picturesque setting.
The best time to come is in the evening once the band are in full flow – a chance to experience a more authentic slice of Greek island life.
For more information on Kafenio Inios, you can read about my Ios eating & drinking guide here.