Sydney Food Styling Workshop Trip – Day 1

In order to find inspiration to enhance our photography skills, we registered to participate in a workshop provided by the Cook Republic – “White Hot Summer Vibe“. We decided to take this opportunity to refresh our past memories of Sydney foodie precincts.

We flew with JetStar. All good: flight was on time and the weather looked great! The fun started on the plane! lol lol lol

"Promotion" shot for JetStar
“Promotion” shot for JetStar

First Stop – Michelin Star 1 Din Tai Fung
This is a Taiwan brand. It is a very busy lunch time restaurant. We
were lucky because we arrived early so we got a table for two in the
window; most other tables were shared by multiple couples or small
groups.

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Din Tai Fung

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The decoration in the restaurant is based on utensils used in Chinese cooking, for example, some bamboo steaming pots.

Inner Decor
Inner Decor
Sauce Tray
Sauce Tray

This is not really a place for true vegetarians because it’s very hard
to order anything without pork in it. Also even if you eat seafood it
nearly always comes with pork. In the end, we ordered two dishes: Mango Prawn Rolls and Prawns with Pineapples. For the sake of fun, we ordered one sheep bun for dessert. Quite tasty and looks so cute!

Mango Prawn Rolls
Mango Prawn Rolls
Prawns with Pineapples
Prawns with Pineapples
Happy eating but also hard-working blogger!
Happy eating but also hard-working blogger!
Sheep Bun
Sheep Bun
Cutie bun!
Cutie bun!
Happy bun eater
Happy bun eater
Bun filled with taro and redbean puree
Bun filled with taro and red bean puree

Midway through our meal we had a visit from a not very welcome visitor. Yes, it was a fly that’s dropped from the ceiling and landed directly on our prawn yikes!

The two dishes we ordered were actually a little bit creamier than we would ideally like at a Chinese restaurant. Next time we would try to order something without the cream. I think the reason we ended up with these two dishes was that there was a very small variety of non-meat food.

In the afternoon, we paid a visit to our Instagram friend – Ruby Chai. Please find our review of the visit to Ruby Chai factory here. It was a highlight of our trip!!

Coming back from Marrickville, we went straight to our favourite Chinese restaurant – Chef’s Gallery. We found this great Chinese restaurant when we visited Sydney in 2014. We were so looking forward to having meals there again!

We ordered 2 dishes: Water spinach wok fried with chilli prawn paste & Spinach handmade noodles wok fried with prawns, mussels in shell, baby calamari tubes, Chinese shitake mushrooms and prawn roe.

Table set at Chef's Gallery
Table set at Chef’s Gallery
Menu
Menu
Noodle dish
Noodle dish
Veggie dish
Veggie dish
Close up of the mussel
Close up of the mussel

Both dishes were delicious and tasty, using high quality ingredients. In total, 2 dishes plus 2 lemon lime bitters cost $46. Good value for money!

We stayed at Meriton Serviced Apartment, Kent Street Sydney which is opposite to Town Hall train station. The location was spot on and central to all transport.

View from 45th floor
View from 45th floor
Living roon
Living room
Bedroom in 2 bed-room apartment
Bedroom in 2 bed-room apartment
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