by clicking the arrows at the side of the page, or by using the toolbar.
by clicking anywhere on the page.
by dragging the page around when zoomed in.
by clicking anywhere on the page when zoomed in.
web sites or send emails by clicking on hyperlinks.
Email this page to a friend
Search this issue
Index - jump to page or section
Archive - view past issues
Strathfield Good Food Guide : Strathfield Good Food Guide 2013
8 | STRATHFIELD GOOD FOOD GUIDE 8 | STRATHFIELD GOOD FOOD GUIDE Diving into an exotic breakfast safari in Strathfield’s diverse food hub and ogling glorious fresh produce at the vast Sydney Markets is enough to get anyone leaping out of bed at dawn. Even someone who isn’t a morning person by any stretch of the imagination. And the icing on the cake? Doing all that in the leather-trimmed comfort of the European-built Kia Sportage Series 2 SUV. The safari begins at the Sydney Markets – a bustling hub of grocers and producers yelling out at customers and each other, arguing over who has the freshest fruit and vegetables. I drive the KIA into the markets and manoeuvre around hundreds of frantic forklift drivers delivering pallets of produce. The Sportage has a great turning circle and the rear- view camera and sensors make it easy to park in a tight spot. Whether you are an exploring epicure, a ballsy bargain-hunter or just a local regular, your trip to Sydney Markets will see you clasping a purchase you can’t help crowing about. And chances are, you will have snagged your purchase from an expert. Many of the market vendors are such specialists that what they don’t know about their goods isn’t worth knowing. Take Ross Roppolo, for example. This chatty, larger-than-life Sicilian started working in the markets in his teens. Three decades ago, Ross started XL Fruit from scratch. It now sources fruit from all over Australia – including Ross’s own strawberry farm – and has an annual turnover exceeding $40 million. “ Taste it! Don’t be shy, take the big one,” Ross urges, as he spies me studying his shiny strawberries. The roomy Sportage fits all my spoils from the markets – boxes of strawberries, kiwi fruit and apples – and there’s plenty of space for more groceries. The spacious back seat also means you can bring the kids here for an adventure and still fit in your shopping. Despite walking through the markets in sweltering heat, my companion and I cool down in an instant, thanks to the air-conditioning flowing through seven vents in the Sportage. We then head to the Flemington shopping village and Homebush for a hot breakfast (or four). Our first stop is Mamy Snack (1/8A Henley Road, Homebush West), a hole-in-the-wall eatery serving authentic food from the city of Tianjin in northeast China. When it comes to the breakfast of champions, the Tianjin crepe jian-bing is a strong contender. Made to order and served piping hot, it contains wholesome ground grains, millet and lentils for fibre; eggs for protein; green onions and chilli for vitamins; and fermented bean paste for good bacteria. Our next food stop is Khai’s Restaurant (11/90 The Crescent, Homebush West, THE STRATHFIELD THE ROOMY SPORTAGE FITS ALL MY SPOILS Food safari Wee Lynn Teo is a freelance food writer and blogger. Website: FeastingInTheKnow.com
Strathfield Food Guide 2015
Strathfield Good Food Guide 2012