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Strathfield Good Food Guide : Strathfield Good Food Guide 2013
16 | STRATHFIELD GOOD FOOD GUIDE To market, to market Amina Elshafei is an extraordinary amalgam of culinary heritage. Her mother is Korean, her father Egyptian – a recipe for a heady mix in any kitchen. The 28-year-old MasterChef Australia 2012 finalist knows Strathfield’s food precincts well. Nahrain John asked her for some tips on buying produce from the Sydney Markets. You have a South Korean mother, so there’s a nice connection between you and Strathfield already. There sure is! It has been an area my mother has come to often to purchase her ethnic produce. To this day she will frequently purchase produce as well as dine in Strathfield. I personally enjoy eating at the Korean restaurants that offer the traditional Korean hand- made noodles. How long have you been shopping at the Sydney Markets? My family has been shopping at the markets since I was a young girl. I remember my parents going to the markets early on Saturday mornings and buying large amounts of produce to last the week for our household, especially citrus fruits and tomatoes. Are there any particular producers/ grocers you like to buy from? I absolutely love buying from the Asian growers, who have the most amazing variety of fresh herbs. The mint and corianders that the farmers bring to the markets have this amazing effect of leaving a wonderful aroma in my car when I drive home, and the herbs taste delicious. The mushroom, apple, garlic and beetroot growers are also my favourite producers – their produce is definitely superb. What is your favourite produce? In spring: all types of berries, avocados, mushrooms and spinach. In summer: mangoes, cherries, peaches, nectarines, watermelons, cucumbers. In autumn: figs, okra, eggplant, pomegranates, cauliflower, fennel. In winter: pumpkin, oranges, lemons, mandarins, tangelos, beetroot. Any advice for shoppers at Sydney Markets? If you can sample fruits or vegetables, then take the opportunity. Feel the produce and smell it and look at the colour. These sensory assessments are important when choosing your produce. It is also a good idea to walk around to get an idea of prices, especially with newly arrived seasonal fruits and vegetables, as there can be a significant difference in prices among different producers or sellers. CELEBRITY CHEF FEEL THE PRODUCE AND SMELL IT Amina Elshafei
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Strathfield Good Food Guide 2012