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Strathfield Good Food Guide : Strathfield Food Guide 2015
2014/2015 | 9 ourstrathfield.com.au Over in front of brown boxes full of oranges, George and his mini-me Giuseppe compete in their leather aprons, bellowing out offers ofjust$12foraboxof navels: that whittles it down to a few cents each. Fully loaded with fresh produce, we drive a few blocks. Our two-litre Soul SUV is a bit of a head-turner, so we are getting used to the film-star treatment as we head towards the new Mutharurab takeaway, once a hole in the wall. The new owners now attract discerning consumers of Indian food who don't have the time or inclination to cook their own. The customer in front of us is from far-off Pennant Hills, but she now calls the new shop owners friends as they dole out dishes from both the unlabelled vegetarian and meat selections. I am told this one is "chicken 65", because the chicken is only ever 65 days old. She spots dhal, long beans and ladyfingers, plus a more islands-influenced pumpkin and cassava dish. Our new friend is Malaysian Indian, the smiling storekeepers Sri Lankan, testament to a mutual desire to appease our appetites. It is clean and cheap and the freshness unquestionable. It is still early, but there are fish and crab curries to come and they will feed the Saturday night crowd. Encouraged to try our own hand at creating dishes, we head back up The Crescent to Henley Road. It's impossible to resist a dumpling and dan tart parcel from Best Taste Dim Sim and duck, chicken and roast pork from the KW barbecue restaurant, so we pop them in the car before heading across the street to Aarthi Spices. Here the shelves are stacked with lentils and split peas, 5kg bags of rice, small boxes of powders and pastes. Inhale the aroma. Back on The Crescent and our day is almost done. At Thousand Spices, owner and chef Amit Behal shares a few secrets of the hundreds of years of history in the ingredients that he uses. There is potato and chickpea batapuri, chicken pepper fry, samosa chaat and paneer kulcha. "It is like no other Indian," Behal says as he proudly lays out the spread, and we think we agree. ■ Our Kia Soul was provided by Kia Motors. Grant's tour of Strathfield's food scene includes, from left, a visit to At Saints seafood in Sydney Markets, a sumptuous Indian feast at Thousand Spices in Homebush, a Sri Lankan snack plate at Mutharurab and meeting the boisterous George and Guiseppe. From left, Grant samples some of the dried spices sold in Sydney Markets. Next, he heads to the fresh produce section where gardener Andy and his grandfather sell herbs freshly picked from their garden. Over in Homebush West, Grant assesses the varieties of rice on offer at Aarthi Spices.
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