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.
Pick of the Week
Ipoh on York
One of many great Malaysian restaurants in Sydney, Ipoh gets extremely crowded over lunchtime as all the city workers dive in for their midday meal. The crowds are a sign of good food but to really enjoy these Malaysian delights I made sure to come after the peak rush was over.
I shared some chicken satay sticks with my friends for a starter – the chicken itself wasn’t quite as juicy or tasty as Mamak’s satay, but the satay sauce was to die for! They were also much larger; the chicken sticks were longer, thicker and absolutely drenched in satay sauce (definitely a good thing).
After this appetiser I went all out with a huge bowl of chicken laksa. Having tried a delicious laksa at Malay Chinese in Sydney, my expectations were high.
I liked the fact that they used 2 different types of noodle and the chicken was tender. However, the laksa soup didn’t have as much taste to it (compared with the one at Malay Chinese). It was less spicy, not as creamy and just not as rich in flavour.
Despite the laksa not being my favourite in Sydney, the satay sticks were great and Ipoh on York is good value for money – 2 satay sticks and the huge bowl of laksa cost me AU$15 (£8.2/US$10.6)
Something for Vegetarians
Hole in the Wall
This sandwich shop has some of the best value lunches in Sydney. Made-to-order sandwiches are just AU$8 (£4.4/US$5.7) and are pretty tasty!
They have plenty of vegetarian options, including this Moroccan falafel sandwich that I tried. The falafel balls were accompanied by aubergine, rocket, hummus, kefalograviera (hard cheese) and harissa paste.
Being true to their name, Hole in the Wall really are a hole in the wall – no room for in house seating so takeaway is the only option. I took mine to the nearby Hyde Park and people watched as I enjoyed my versatile veggie sandwich.
Best thing I drank
Mean, green and full of goodness – that’s basically what my smoothie was. I blended the following ingredients:
- the juice of 1 orange
- the flesh of half an avocado
- 2 handfuls of spinach
- 10 strawberries, hulled & quartered
- 4 heaped tablespoons of greek yoghurt
The result was thick, creamy, slightly tangy, very delicious and of course extremely healthy! It’s actually amazing how many nutrients you can pack into a single glass!
Recommendations around the World
Babel World Fusion Tapas Bar, Spain
Granada is THE place to try tapas in Southern Spain – there’s even a whole street dedicated to tapas bars! Babel World Fusion serves dishes that are a little different to traditional Spanish tapas, but in my opinion refreshingly welcome.
Here’s a pic of a hummus tapa I tried – pulling on the middle eastern influence. For further insight into the tapas of Granada – including the street you simply cannot miss – check out my guide here: Where to Eat Tapas in Granada.