A week of multicultural yums

Posted to Facebook yesterday: Today real Xi’an street food at Taste of Xi’an Wollongong, yesterday lamb chops at City Diggers, last Sat halal Lebanese at Samara’s. Go Oz! Not all is bad here, eh! A friend, Matthew da Silva in Sydney responded: On Thursday had Egyptian for lunch in Enmore, yesterday had Korean for dinner in the CBD and today had Thai for lunch in Newtown.

Yums indeed! See also Taste of Xi’an Wollongong, and Munching against the fear of “the other”….

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Xi’an roujiamo

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Steamed lamb broth

My roujiamo and broth totalled just $14.50! Again, yum!

Taste of Xi’an Wollongong

No web page or Facebook yet for this excellent addition to Wollongong’s eateries, though I note Edmund Rice College has already organised an excursion to it.

As part of their study of Chinese, Years 11 and 12 students are invited to experience an authentic Chinese meal of Rice Noodles (Liang Pi) at ‘Taste of Xi’an’ Restaurant in Wollongong…

 Students will order their own meal (in Chinese) and should bring $20.00 (approximately) with them to cover the cost of their meal…

That would well cover it. When Chris T and I road-tested Taste of Xi’an on Saturday this was my meal:

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Even the cash register is authentic!

We often forget that there is a great variety in Chinese cuisine. At Taste of Xi’an there was not a grain of rice to be seen in either meal we ordered. On the variety of Chinese cuisine — until recent years hard to be observed in Sydney (or Wollongong) see Local Knowledge: Sydney’s Best Regional Chinese Food, Part One and Local Knowledge: Sydney’s Best Regional Chinese Food, Part Two. The small but select menu at Taste of Xi’an features Shaanxi cuisine.

In China, Shaanxi cuisine is known for two rather distinct reasons. The first is the impressive use of usually unpopular ingredients like camel, mutton and bitter gourd; the other reason is the area’s snacks. Unsurprisingly, it’s the latter that’s come to Sydney. Pretty much all the Shaanxi or Xian (the capital of the region) restaurants in Sydney specialise in roujiamo (a doughy Chinese pita bread burger stuffed with fatty shredded pork), and liangpi (handmade cold noodles most often served with chilli oil, bean sprouts, cucumber and MSG). They’re usually eaten together along with an Ice Peak, a local Fanta-like soft drink.

And in somewhat eccentric English this blog informs us that Xi Jinping’s favourite food is from his native Shaanxi.

According to reports, when Xi Jinping Chairman Lien Chan and his wife entertained, there Seder steamed mutton, Hamburger, biang biang surface, Liang Pi , which steamed mutton, Hamburger, biangbiang surface is made ​​by a chef in Beijing…

Here are the “burger” and a couple of other Shaanxi dishes similar to Taste of Xi’an’s offerings.

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Yum Yum again

It has been such a long time since I have been, partly due to weather, partly to saving money! But this morning I visited my old haunt, wearing my Rabbitohs cap. Was consoled by the owner about last night. Tipping this round has not begun well.

Meanwhile, see The Yum Yum Cafe (January 2016):

There this morning, as I so often am. Here are some photoblog posts over the years.

Yum Yum Cafe

Posted on January 21, 2013 by Neil

… my usual morning haunt, but not today, as it happens, as I had a blood test and no coffee until after that – and then at Diggers as I also went to the Library, once it opened.  But last week…

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… the morning after the big heat.

City Daily Photo Theme for May: Bakeries

Posted on May 3, 2012 by Neil

No prize for guessing I choose the Yum Yum Cafe in West Wollongong.

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So this is what I was up to today…

To Sydney for  lunch with M in Chinatown. We just went to a food court where M ate Korean while I had barbecued duck and barbecued pork. Cheap and good.

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And here is this poor old beggar in the train between Central and Redfern on his way back home to The Gong.

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Yes, Junior HP went to Sydney too. And not far away at the time  Australia, Indonesia to restore military ties in wake of talks between Turnbull and Widodo. Not that I saw anything of that.