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Wonderful and memorable meals of 2010

It was so hard to pick the top 10 meals in 2010. I was going to do a separate one for Hong Kong, Sydney and travels but I would bore all of you with all my top tens! So I have decided to combine it all, and instead of just doing a top 10 of 2010, thought I would just list the wonderful and memorable meals I’ve had in 2010. In no particular order, my wonderful meals of 2010 are as follows:

1. Porteno, Surry Hills, Sydney: wood fire suckling pig and pavlova

This place really requires no introduction. It’s the most popular restaurant in Sydney for the past couple of months and believe it or not, I have been here more than half a dozen times since it opened. Very meaty, not for Vegetarians. Also must try: beef inside skirt, wood fire lamb (if you like lamb) and pavlova.

2. Lotus, Potts Point, Sydney: the CHEESE BURGER

You have all heard me rave about the cheese burger and if you still haven’t been, you are truly missing out! It is the tastiest, the messiest, the BEST burger in town! Also must try: yellow fin tuna with sweet wasabi, soy and ginger dressing.

3. Café Ish, Surry Hills, Sydney: soft shell crab omelette

I can’t remember the number of times I have gone to visit Josh. I have to admit though, I haven’t had dinner here for a while now, the last time was when he had all you can eat ribs (that’s right, all you can eat ribs) on Wednesday night for $35pp. I think the ribs are still on the dinner menu but the all you can eat is only available in winter. The breakfast or lunch or brunch, is just fantastic. No one does soft shell crab omelette as good as Josh! Also must try: wattle macca-cino.

4. Universal, Darlinghurst, Sydney: Gay time goes nuts

I didn’t order this dessert when I went to Universal but I definitely came back for it when I caught up with a friend for coffee after dinner. This dessert is simply outstanding – all the chocolate-y, the salty goodness all in one!

5. Bodega, Surry Hills, Sydney: White sausages with poached eggs and steamed pork belly

One of my favourite restaurants in Sydney – the food here is totally and utterly amazing! I have not had a single bad meal here. Also must try: the fish fingers and banana split.

6. Ms G’s, Potts Point, Sydney: Deep fried chicken with Kimchi mayonnaise and mulloway fillet steamed with white soy and ginger, salad of fennel, radish and herbs

The newest restaurant by the Merivale family – opened right before Christmas and the New Year. Asian tapas style restaurant, it’s not the deep fried chicken that will make you come back for more. The simplicity, the flavours, and the ambience is what makes this place the hippest restaurant / bar in town. Also must try: The cute mini banh mi, Vietnamese steak tartare, prawn crackers, “Stoner’s Delight” banana ice cream, chocolate, rice bubbles, pretzel, peanut brittle and marshmallow.

7. Tim’s Kitchen, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong: Crab claw and goose

Came here twice, once for my birthday and another whilst MG was visiting. The crab claw is just magnificent – meaty, tender, and served on a block of moist winter melon. I still dream about that crab claw. The goose I absolutely love, I remember MG and I fighting for every last piece!

8. Zuma, Central, Hong Kong: epic brunch!

All you can eat sashimi, tuna, scallops, fried chicken and unlimited alcohol – what more can you ask for? Went twice, unfortunately the second time was not as good as the first! The first time was definitely epic!

9. Riverview Hotel, Balmain, Sydney: pork belly and bread and butter pudding

This was a great find thanks to A. Had a wonderful meal, loved the zucchini flowers with scallops, prawns, served with rocket and crab aioli. The pork belly was tender and succulent, and the crackling, divine! Don’t get me started on the bread and butter pudding! It’s stupendous!

10. Bo-Lo’Gne, Central, Hong Kong: pork cutlet sandwich and creamiest egg sandwich

I usually get the pork cutlet sandwich here, and it is one of the meanest and bestest sandwich ever. Tender, succulent pork, on one of the most buttery bread I have ever had – the bread just melted in your mouth good! I finally tried the egg sandwich and my lord – it rocked my world! Oh how I missed thee.

11. Sha Tin 18, Sha Tin, Hong Kong: peking duck

Peking duck served three ways – that’s right you heard me right! First: just the skin, cut thinly and dipped in sugar – my goodness, it was like duck-fat candy! Second: just the meat carved from the breast supposedly eaten with raw garlic. And lastly the combination of both – skin and meat, incredibly juicy and incredibly succulent! One of the best Peking duck I have eaten.

12. Galle Fort Hotel, Sri Lanka: curries

I am not usually a huge fan of curries, but had the most wonderful and different types of curries whilst I was in Sri Lanka and of course India. I also discovered my new appreciation of panna cotta at the Galle Fort Hotel, where they made the creamiest and most delicious coffee panna cotta!

13. Xi’an, China: dumplings and more dumplings

I love eating on the streets of Xian. This store in particular, they had different kinds of bao’s ranging from sweet, savoury, and spicy. The four days that we were there, he made my breakfast every morning, as well as snacks! One evening, we had dinner whilst watching the Tang Dynasty performance – we had all you can eat Jiaozi (dumplings) and I don’t think I have ever eaten that many dumplings until that trip. I believe we all had 30 or so dumplings each – to say I was full was an understatement!

14. Indonesia: avocado shakes, martabak manis, putu, and sate

No one does avocado shakes, martabak manis, putu and sate like Indonesia – no matter where you go. My four must eats when I am there. Oh how I miss thee!

15. Joel Rubochon, Central, Hong Kong: spit roasted baby pork

Loved the spit roasted baby pork – skin was crispy thin, and meat deliciously scrumptious. Scallops carpaccio was fantastic! The dessert was just to die for! It was a wonderful meal with a wonderful friend, MG!

There was one calorific meal that I can’t not mention – Half baked, Stoner degustation. WOW! I think it took me a good two weeks to burn off all the calories consumed that evening. The most lethal would have to be luther burger by Dan Hong – my goodness… mouth watering! The cheese, bacon, sauerkraut spring rolls with butterscotch mayo – who would have thought that the combination would work? The fried chicken wings were awesome and lastly, instant noodles with bong water – CLEVER! Very much to looking forward to the next event.

I’ve had some wonderful meals in 2010, not to mention I am fatter and have stretched my stomach. I have grown to appreciate food, learn more about food and most importantly enjoy food! My love for food has grown so much, just like the increase of my cholesterol level! I have met some wonderful friends through eating, and look forward to 2011 to eating more delicious goodness with you all!

What’s your best meal of 2010?

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  1. January 1, 2011 at 6:10 am

    Peking duck skin dipped in sugar? Sounds odd but tasty!

    • January 1, 2011 at 7:24 am

      Helen, you have to try it next time. Its deliciously sweet and deliciously sinful!

  2. Tom
    January 2, 2011 at 1:55 am

    Really interesting that your top few are all Australian. I just wish the country was a bit closer for weekend trips.

    Also thanks for the re-glimpse of Tim’s Kitchen. It remains at the top of my list for next year!

    • January 2, 2011 at 6:39 am

      i had a few restaurants that i went to in Paris / US but they were pre blog and in 2009. but i was quite surprised too!

  3. January 2, 2011 at 11:23 am

    oohhh i miss dumplings.. and the dessert plate at Joel looks awesome!

    • January 2, 2011 at 11:24 am

      dumplings were good! not sure if i needed 20 plus though! the dessert were seriously good 🙂

  4. January 4, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    My best meal of 2010? Easily Gordon Ramsay’s flagship restaurant.

    • January 4, 2011 at 9:54 pm

      i can see why – i went to a gordon ramsay restaurant in 2009 in LA (think it was gordon ramsay) and it was awesome!

  5. May 26, 2011 at 3:42 am

    YUM SO MUCH FOOD! I DONT THINK I ATE OUT TOO MUCH LAST YR, BUT THIS YR I WENT TO SORENZO, JAPANESE RESTAURANT IN BANKSMEADOW, IT WAS REALLY BEAUTIFUL, LOVELY FOOD GREAT PRESENTATION,I SHOULD BE WRITING UP A BLOG POST ABT IT VERY SON :O)

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