Sydney’s Exploration: A Small Alley, A Night Market, and Plenty of Sushi Kiosks

Sorry for the long absence. For the first time in forever, managing this blog and consistently creating content for The Perks of Being 20 become quite challenging. But here I am, trying my best to fight through!

Right now I’d like to write about this little alley, called Spice Alley, located in Kensington Street, Sydney. This particular alley is a home for 6 hawker-style eateries, decorated with artistically painted walls and glowing lanterns. You can find Singaporean dishes at Alex Lee Kitchen, Thai cuisines at Bang Luck Thai Street Food, Malaysian spices at Old Jim Kee, Cantonese street food at Hong Kong Diner, Japanese foods at Kyo-to and Vietnamese fares at Viet. Vogue magazine even recommend this place as one of the top 5 best date night places in Sydney.

Although I’ve been to Sydney three times, it was only until last year that I knew this place exist! It’s located very near to one of my favorite ice cream spot in Sydney, Anita Gelato. Thanks to my cousins, Omar and Berra, who took me here after our short exploration at the Wedding Cake Rock.

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Although I was extremely starving when I got there, I was a bit stuck deciding on what to eat. If you know me well, I’m the kind of person who could order a lot of foods for one meal. So having too many (food) options was never easy for me. After strolling around a few times, I decided to order from the Hong Kong diner, simply because I’ve been to Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and I’ve eaten plenty of Japanese and Vietnamese foods in Indo.

I ordered the Beef Brisket Noodle and BBQ Pork Bun. As you can see from the photo below, they serve the beef brisket very generously! The broth was very comforting especially in the middle of Sydney’s winter breeze. Sadly, I was so gassy I could not finish them all, I even had to take home the buns. I’d definitely go back here during my next visit to Sydney, which I don’t know when.

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While I’m at it, I think it’d be harmless if I share to you another culinary spot that I really love to visit whenever I’m in Sydney. It’s the night market at Chinatown, which only happens every Friday night. If you are really hungry, you should pay a visit at this uber nice Chinese restaurant, Superbowl. But if you’re like me, who can’t resist buying a lot of different variety of foods at the same time, then you should enjoy the food stalls.

My first go to stall is the Emperor’s Puff. This one is to-die-for! I’ve never seen this stall without a long queue. It’s best to enjoy them during winter, because the puffs are always freshly baked. You’d love the warm vanilla filling inside the puff! The price is also very cheap as you can see in the photo below.

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My second must-have at the Chinatown Night Market is the pork bak kwa (barbecued pork jerky). I forgot how much it costs, but everything in this area is pretty much cheap so you wouldn’t mind spending a little bit more here to indulge your tastebuds and tummy.

After having those two, I just let my feet take me around the area, and let my eyes picked random stall that looks appetizing to me. Some of my highlights were the large potato stick, they are super crispy and savoury; and seafood takoyaki. By the time I finished my bowl of takoyaki I was already bloated, and most of the stalls were already closing down.

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Now, if you are an avid fan of sushi like me, you would love Sydney because in almost every mall or public place it’s easy to find a sushi kiosk. My favorites are Sushi Hub and Hero Sushi. I spent my last day in Sydney literally having Sushi all day, twice at the Westfield Paramatta, and one big closure at the Sydney airport while waiting for my flight. I’m definitely one happy kid when it comes to enjoying sushi in Sydney!

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Write to you later,

HG. (@gersonhenry)

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Food Comma at Akira Back Jakarta’s Private Luncheon

A few weeks ago, DR was traveling to Japan for a one week trip with Venture Travel Magazine, which he’ll write to you soon here. During that one week, I was very busy juggling so many things at the same time. It was such a tormenting week because every time DR post something on his social media account, I was stuck behind my work desk. The most tormenting part was seeing every Japanese food that he ate during that trip, which made me drool and gulp my own saliva!

I promised myself that once this crazy week is over, I am so gonna indulge myself with plates of sashimi and sushi rolls as my self-reward, even though I know that I wouldn’t have the exact fresh and raw version of what DR had in Japan.

Guess what? On the third day of that crazy week, a text came to me from one of my very good friends, Jeni Patty, who is also a blogger. She invited me to a private lunch for 6 at Akira Back Jakarta, which will be featured in Foodies Magazine. Akira Back is an authentic Japanese restaurant opened by international chef @ChefAkiraBack who had gained success and world wide recognition through Kumi Japanese Restaurant & Bar at Mandalay Bay, and the famed Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant & Lounge in Las Vegas.

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Table Situation

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A personalized table place cards.

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MD Place Lt. 12 Jalan Setia Budi Selatan No. 7, Jakarta.

I must have done something good that the universe granted my wish this instant. #smilingeartoear

Long story short, I confirmed my availability to Jen.

It was a total highlight of the week for me. Akira Back really spoiled my tummy that day with their signature and famous dishes. The lunch slash photo shoot started with some appetizer like Tuna Pizza and AB Tacos, continued with Sushi & Sashimi Platter, Crispy Rice and some sushi rolls.

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AB Tacos.

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The famous Tuna Pizza.

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Sushi & Sashimi Platter.

After we finished, they served the main course, Short Ribs with Mashed Potato and Caramelized Carrot and a very tasty Seared Foie Grass accompanied by fried Unagi Croquettes, Gochujang Miso and Spiced Acacia Honey! I was feeling mid-bloated as I was halfway finishing the super juicy short ribs.

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Short Ribs with Mashed Potato and Caramelized Carrots.

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Seared Foie Grass

The team from Akira Back and Foodies Magazine didn’t stop there. They closed the fun luncheon by serving us plates of their favorite desserts: Yuzu Granita, Mini Choco Lava Cakes (this is DA BOMB), Yuzu Cheese Cake, and a super yum Tiramisu. Geesh, food comma was coming faster than I expected.

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Yuzu Cheese Cake

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The famous Yuzu Granita.

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Mini Lava Cakes & Tiramisu.

As fun as it was, every good things has an expiry date. My “best-day-of-the-week” had to come to an end. Big thanks to Akira Back for having me, would love to come back for more of your mouth-watering dishes!

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HG. (@gersonhenry)