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Strathfield Good Food Guide : Strathfield Good Food Guide 2012
8 | strathfield Good food Guide 8 | strathfield Good food Guide Fromitsgrandheritagehomes,widestreets and boulevardes, private university and bustling public schools, Strathfield is a hub of family-focused diners, ethnic restaurant enclaves and collectives of like-minded people intent on enjoying the food the suburb has to offer. And if there is a beating heart that pumps the lifeblood into the restaurants around Strathfield it is Sydney Markets. It’s clear to see why this is Sydney’s food bowl. After parking our zippy Kia Soul, my companion and I wander through hundreds of stalls selling everything from fresh fish and fruit and veg, to eggs and big green bunches of herbs, competing hawkers yelling at the top of multi-national voices, to attract attention and make that extra sale. Earlier in the day, our tour of Strathfield had started at a much quieter spot – Strathfield Square, the setting for October’s Strathfield Food Festival. We then made our way to Spiceland (22 Henley Rd, Homebush West, 9746 2996) – a cellar of spices and rices and cooking utensils you’ve likely not seen before. You wouldn’t know it was there, tucked away next to a car park, but it’s well worth seeking out. The spice importer and grocer has rows of colourful and aromatic herbs and spices, tins of ghee and bags and bags of rice. The trusty Soul is perfect for safari-style shopping, with a voluminous boot and three seats at the rear. Stocked with supplies, we head off to Bagan (Shop 4, 41 The Boulevarde, Strathfield, 8746 0666) where husband and wife team Susan and Victor Lin take great pleasure in explaining Burmese food, which is somewhat of a revelation. It’s neither Chinese nor Indian, Thai, Lao nor Bangladeshi, with which it shares borders. Burmese food is its own distinct interpretation. The firm tofu is handmade, and served with a herby and tangy coriander and tamarind dressing, topped with crispy fried garlic. A tamarind sauce features, too, in the deep-fried shrimp cakes. A pork and pickled mango curry is rich and unctuous and flavoured with fish sauce. There is also a refreshing salad of red onion and pennywort and a fish and tomato fish with potato served with fish crackers. Dessert is faluda – delicious rose water, jelly and sago served in a tall glass. On our way to our next stop in the Soul, we’re distracted by the Sri Lankan Tamil community’s food stalls, held on the first Saturday of the month at Homebush Public School. We watch kothu roti master “KS’’ deliver a delicious snack for just a few dollars. We then pop next door into Taj Marsala (25 The Crescent, Homebush, 8065 3001) to meet the very charming Milan Mehta who has been serving string hoppers, butter chicken and mango lassi to keen diners here for 16 years. But it is his dishes of vegetarian Manchurian dumplings and vegetable fried rice that he gets excited about. It’s Strathfield/Asian fusion on a plate. Grant buys up big at Spiceland (top left), enjoys home-made tofu and prawns at Bagan (top centre and below), and tucks into butter chicken at the Taj Marsala (above). Kia Soul Choice of 1.6L, 1.6L diesel or 2.0L engine. From $19,990 driveaway BROugHT TO YOu BY KIA SOuL putting the The Kia Soul iS perfecT for Safari-STyle Shopping Soul in Strathfield Grant Jones is national food writer for News Ltd.
Food Guide 2011
Strathfield Good Food Guide 2013