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SSC Newspaper : JUNE 2012
www.ourstrathfield.com.au Strathfield Scene 25 food / food-guide deals, reviews, recipes and interviews Eat local Use our comprehensive food directory to plan your perfect night out By Bernadette Chua Indulge in all that Sydney ’s food scene has to offer at the 2012 Good Food and Wine Show. For sweet-lovers, catch the inner west’s own local celebrity chef, macaroon maestro Adriano Zumbo, who will be teaching the tricks of his famous patisserie trade. Zumbo (right) owns the hugely popular Adriano Zumbo Bakery in Balmain and is famous for his weird and wonderful macaroons. Recently he also worked closely with our very own Cheeky Chocolates. The patissiere holds a special place in the inner west, which is part of the reason why Zumbo decided to take Cheeky Chocolates under his creative wing. “I decided to take on board Cheeky Chocolates as a good opportunity to have a side venture in the inner west,” Zumbo tells the Scene. “My job was strictly in the kitchen and to help them work on their menu. “I also helped train some of the patissiers [pastry chefs] that work in the Cheeky Chocolates kitchen. “I recommend you try the Cheeky Chocolate Sundae – it’s my favourite.” Zumbo himself completed extensive training both in Australia and overseas. “I moved to Sydney when I was 15 and I started my training at Dobinson’s Cakes in Darlinghurst on a four year apprenticeship. From there I worked at various bakeries and restaurants, including Rockpool. Then I furthered my training in Paris.” But when he returned to the inner west he knew he’d found the place to open a bakery. “I was working in the inner west at the time and felt that the area had a country and village feel,” he says. “I had a support base and other areas just didn’t compare.” The Good Food and Wine Show will be in Sydney from June 22-24 at the Exhibition Centre at Darling Harbour and will feature celebrity master chefs such as Manu Feildel, George Calombaris, Rick Stein and, of course, our own Adriano Zumbo. It’ll be a perfectly indulgent foodie weekend. Bon appetit! By Bernadette Chua The décor isn’t fancy – it’s simple, clean and uncluttered. But people aren’t here for the interior design. The service is fast and friendly and the food is well-priced. In fact, Bagan is famed for its bargain meal deals – entrees are priced under $5 and mains are around the $10 mark. Definitely a great steal if you’re looking for something hearty and warm this winter. For those who haven’t tasted Burmese food before, expect curries, mixed salads, salted fish and prawns and plenty of spice. The food has Chinese, Indian and Thai influences. One of the favourite dishes among the locals is the Pennywort Salad. Pennywort – a herb commonly used in Burmese cooking - is mixed with coriander, Spanish onions, tomato and fish sauce. More like a cross between a stir-fry and a salad, it goes perfectly with a meat dish and rice. Another Bagan speciality is the fried garlic prawns. Deep fried with garlic, onion and shallots, these delicious prawns can be eaten whole. With much lip-smacking to follow. For the more adventurous among you, we recommend a traditional goat curry called Seit Ther Si Pyan. This dish is also perfect for those who can’t handle too much spice – it doesn’t pack too much of a chilli punch. Or chilli- phobes could opt for the pork curry, cooked with a traditional mango chutney. It’s sweet, flavoursome and the pork melts in the mouth. Of course, no dinner is complete without dessert. Try the falooda, a cold, sweet drink popular throughout Burma, India, Sri Lanka, Iran and Pakistan. The drink consists of crushed ice, a scoop of kulfi (similar to ice cream), sago, green jelly and rosewater. Beware: it’s extremely sweet, so you can expect a sugar crash an hour after consumption. Bagan is the perfect choice for diners looking for something new and authentic. Ooh, did we mention the fried chicken and lotus root nuggets? Get a whole plate to yourself... You’ ll find Bagan on Boulevarde at Shop 4/41 The Boulevarde, Strathfield. Drop by or call them for a booking on 9876 0666. Escape to Burma An eAter’s digest review The STraThfield Scene will be giving away five double paSSeS To The 2012 good food and wine Show. To win, tell us in 50 words or less what your favourite winter comfort food is and why. Send your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org.