Kungfu Ramen, Haymarket Chinatown

Former Vietnamese restaurant Xic Lo is now Kungfu Ramen. Specialised in hand pull noodle with a reasonable priced menu. Similar to other Northern Chinese restaurant like SeaBay or Chinese dumplings restaurant in Chinatown, pan fried dumplings, bbq lamb skewer is pretty standard. The service was really nice as the chef allows me to take pics and witness a live show of hand-pulling of noodles.

Ratings
Food: 5/10
Atmosphere: 5/10
Service: 7/10
Value: 5/10

Average Price
Entrée: $4 – $10
Main: $10 – $20
Dessert: $5 – $8
Degustation: N/A
Corkage: N/A
Cakeage: N/A

Others
Ease of finding a car park: Hard
Ease of finding the restaurant: Easy
Brightness of restaurant: Bright
Noise Level: Normal
Waiting time for foods: 10 mins – 15 mins
Booking time require: Walk in
Child friendly/High Chair: No

 
 

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Kungfu Ramen (beef), $10

For a $10 dinner I can’t complain much. The beef slice was cold and tough to chew but that wasn’t what I am after. The broth is savory and sweeten by white raddish but the real star of the meal are the noodles… the perfect texture of soft and chewy. I am a noodle soup queen so I have no problem slurping on a bowl of noodle even without any ingredients or toppings as long as the noodle are up to scratch. But I know most people are after a lot of ingredients and toppings and would treat the noodle as a side thing.

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Watching the chef slamming the dough so vigorously and then stretching it until it becomes these long thin strands was exciting. At least I know my noodle was made fresh to order.

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Shish-Kebab (5 Skewers per serving), $10

These lamb skewers can’t go wrong when they are grill under a charcoal stove. The flavours was intense, with slightly dry and chewy tidbits of meats. I can have 5 of those.

Conclusion: A quick fix for dinner if you are after some northern Chinese noodle and skewer that is cheap and without the queue. It’s not something that would wow you but the noodle is made fresh and chewy. I gave credit to the hand-pull chef.

 

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Address:

opening hrs: Mon – Sun: 12:00 to 22:00
Ph:+612-9281-3678
Web: N/A

Getting There:

Parking: Kent Street or Sussex Street
By train: Central

 

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Kungfu Ramen, Haymarket Chinatown

 

Ratings
Food: 5/10
Atmosphere: 5/10
Service: 7/10
Value: 5/10

Average Price
Entrée: $4 – $10
Main: $10 – $20
Dessert: $5 – $8
Degustation: N/A
Corkage: N/A
Cakeage: N/A

Others
Ease of finding a car park: Hard
Ease of finding the restaurant: Easy
Brightness of restaurant: Bright
Noise Level: Normal
Waiting time for foods: 10 mins – 15 mins
Booking time require: Walk in
Child friendly/High Chair: No

 
 

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Former Vietnamese restaurant Xic Lo is now Kungfu Ramen. Specialised in hand pull noodle with a reasonable priced menu. Similar to other Northern Chinese restaurant like SeaBay or Chinese dumplings restaurant in Chinatown, pan fried dumplings, bbq lamb skewer is pretty standard. The service was really nice as the chef allows me to take pics and witness a live show of hand-pulling of noodles.

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Kungfu Ramen (beef), $10

For a $10 dinner I can’t complain much. The beef slice was cold and tough to chew but that wasn’t what I am after. The broth is savory and sweeten by white raddish but the real star of the meal are the noodles… the perfect texture of soft and chewy. I am a noodle soup queen so I have no problem slurping on a bowl of noodle even without any ingredients or toppings as long as the noodle are up to scratch. But I know most people are after a lot of ingredients and toppings and would treat the noodle as a side thing.

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Watching the chef slamming the dough so vigorously and then stretching it until it becomes these long thin strands was exciting. At least I know my noodle was made fresh to order.

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Shish-Kebab (5 Skewers per serving), $10

These lamb skewers can’t go wrong when they are grill under a charcoal stove. The flavours was intense, with slightly dry and chewy tidbits of meats. I can have 5 of those.

Conclusion: A quick fix for dinner if you are after some northern Chinese noodle and skewer that is cheap and without the queue. It’s not something that would wow you but the noodle is made fresh and chewy. I gave credit to the hand-pull chef.

 

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Address:

opening hrs: Mon – Sun: 12:00 to 22:00
Ph:+612-9281-3678
Web: N/A

Getting There:

Parking: Kent Street or Sussex Street
By train: Central

 

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Kungfu Ramen on Urbanspoon

Brunette Belgian Praline Spread from Le Pain Quotidien, Sydney Westfield

 

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picture adapted from Fontshop

 

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Surprisingly when 99% of the population loves Nutella I am the 1%. Ironically I fell in love with Brunette, a rather less sweet, creamy smooth hazelnut spread that is double of the price of Nutella. I happened to found these babies in a small cafe in Sydney Westfield called Le Pain Quotidien. JC had his breakfast there on boxing day before he broke the bank and he can’t wait to show me these. We bought a bottle for $10 and can’t wait to try when we got home. The result was way worth the $10.

Originated in Belgium and featuring four flavours:

– Brunette-Belgian Praline Spread

– Noisella-Belgian Chocolate and Hazelnut Spread

– Blondie-Belgian White Chocolate Spread

– Noir-Belgian Dark Chocolate Spread

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You can spread this hazelnut goodies on anything and everything, toast, crackers, you name it and certainly you won’t be able to find this in anywhere. You can find this in Surry hills, Bondi junction and Sydney Westfield. Address can be find on their website.

 

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Meat and Wine co, Darling Harbour

www.themeatandwineco.com

Ratings
Food: 6/10
Atmosphere: 7/10
Service: 5/10
Value: 6/10

Average Price
Entrée: $15 – $25
Main: $30 – $50
Dessert: $10 – $15
Degustation: N/A
Corkage: $30 per bottle
Cakeage: $30 per cake or they can organise it for $59 each

Others
Ease of finding a car park: Hard
Ease of finding the restaurant: Easy
Brightness of restaurant: Dark
Noise Level: Normal
Waiting time for foods: 15 mins – 20 mins
Booking time require: 2-3 Days
Child friendly/High Chair: Yes

 

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One thing I love about my job is I am always lucky enough to get invited to work lunches or dinners. Early this week, our broker from work was very kind to take us for an evening out. Being a food blogger, of course I have a duty to fulfilled which is to blog about the restaurant but was also assigned the task to pick the venue. It was not an easy task, not only I have to look at the environment, the price, the taste but also the type of food and dietary requirement for everyone.

Some of the challenge I had to face were:

– Nice décor

– Satisfy bunch of meat lovers

– No Indian or Japanese

– Spacious seat for 6 people and fully licensed restaurant

– In the City CBD

– No art on the plate

– 5 out of 6 are male , so meaning big portions and not much greens

Here are just only a few points to mentioned, to cut the story short, Meat & Wine co. is ideally located in darling harbour right next to IMAX, the view was great as we were sitting next to the window with a water view. The décor was gorgeous but lighting was a bit dark for my photograph purpose.

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Mixed Bread Platter – Garlic, Herb and Bruschetta, $20

This is the most expensive garlic bread and Bruschetta I’ve ever tasted but also one of the best one. It is different to other that I’ve tried because the bread is so crunchy and thick that feels like a brioche rather than an ordinary piece of bread. The Bruschetta was absolutely gorgeous with heaps of fresh herbs, tomato, feta and vingerette dressing. I know this is only an appetizer, but I’m happy to eat this as a main.

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Boerewors Skewer – Skewered and char-grilled traditional African mini beef sausages and onions. Served with pap (polenta) and BBQ relish, $27

Boerewors is a sausage, popular in South African cuisine. It is made from coarsely minced beef and spices such as coriander seed, black pepper, nutmeg and cloves and is preserved with salt and vinegar. This is the first time I tried Boerewors, It was OK the inside was quite rich and dry. I’d still prefer a Chorizo thou.

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Portuguese Prawns – Succulent shelled prawns, pan-fried with golden eschalots and creamy Portuguese sauce. Served with steamed jasmine rice, $17

Prawns was served in a very Asian style with steam jasmine rice in the middle, the prawn alone was fresh and perfectly cooked but I just think the sauce doesn’t match the definition of “Portuguese”

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Chicken Wings – BBQ chicken wings served with blue cheese sauce, $13

I am a big sucker of chicken wing but also someone who hates blue cheese, it turns out the combination work out great! I can hardly taste the strong blue cheese taste. Meat itself was marinated with lots of sauce, moist, and falls off the bone with a really good flavor.

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Caesar Salad – Cos lettuce, egg, bacon and Parmigiano shavings tossed with our Chef’s traditional Caesar dressing and finished with crispy garlic croutons, $16

Surprise … Surprise… There is some green for the table and I absolutely adore this salad and do love the whole leaf salad presentation.

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Monte select (Grain-fed 120 days) Rib-eye 350g with mushroom sauce, $38

Toward the middle of the night, service was lacking and the order was messing up a bit. The Rib-eye was requested to be book medium but a lot of blood is on the surface. This was sent back and lucky it turn outs perfectly.

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Wagyu (Grain-fed 500 days) rib-eye 300g with mushroom sauce and mash, $59

Wagyu was requested to be cook in medium-rare but turn outs to be a medium, so we all thought this has been mixed up with the rib eye.

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Signature cut (Grain-fed 130 days) Monte gold fillet 250g char-grilled and served with mushroom and truffle butter, hand-cup chips and roasted vine ripened cherry tomato, $55

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Onion rings, $5

We ordered a serve of onion rings to share around the table, it was a disappointing one because the chef just literally fried the ring with a batter without putting too much seasoning or removing the onion skin.

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Yoghurt marinated lamb cutlets, flame-grilled and served with Mediterranean couscous (replace with mash), tomato and cucumber salsa and mint and coriander yoghurt, $36

I gave one extra point for the lamb because I don’t eat couscous and the waiter happily substituted it with the mash. Presentation wise was good and portions was generous. Someone was having fun with the kitchen grill and burnt my lamb, as you can see in the picture the meat was over burnt giving an unpleasant bitterness burnt taste. Also, I asked for a medium and it turn out to be a well done.

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Crème Brulee – Crème brulee infused with Madagascar vanilla bean. Served with strawberries and finished with a tuile biscuit, $12

I love crème brulee and still trying to find the best one in Sydney. No luck, the crème brulee in here is tasteless, the sugar crack was lovely and the strawberry and the sauce match it perfectly. Despite I can see a lot of vanilla bean in the crème but I didn’t taste any.

Conclusion: Good decor and environment, although I believe you can get better tasting steak that’s bigger and more reasonable priced elsewhere. On the positive side, the menu choices do provide diversity and food for the kids.  Bit let down on the service as the wait staff did not smile, everything seemed to be a hassle and not attentive.

 

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Address:

IMAX complex 31 Wheat Road, Darling harbour 
opening hrs: Sun – Thurs: 12:00 to 22:00, Fri – Sat: 12:00 to 23:00   
Ph:+612-9211-9888
Web: www.themeatandwineco.com

Getting There:

Parking: Kent Street or Pyrmont Bridge Rd 
By train: Town Hall Station

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Meat & Wine Co on Urbanspoon

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