Monday, April 13, 2015

Yang's Malaysian Food Truck, Sydney

It's almost been three years since the first batch of food trucks rolled out in the city of Sydney. Since then, their popularity has grown and more has joined the scene. My homie Alexander Wong (ex Chica Bonita Manly, Queenies and China Lane) who we also know as Lex is the latest chef to join the line up with Yang's Malaysian Food Truck.

Alexander Wong aka Chef Lex with partner Chef Ngoc Tina Nguyen

Yang is actually derived from Lex's Chinese name. It's a food truck that offers Malaysian dishes but in good ol' fashion food truck style. Making dishes like Hainanese chicken rice more portable and convenient to eat. Other hawker-style dishes with the Lex twist are also available.
Ramli slider
First up, I tried the Ramli slider ($5) which is Lex's take on the renowned Ramly burger from Malaysia. It consists of juicy beef patty, fried egg, cabbage, onion, worcestershire sauce and Maggi seasoning in sweet soft milk bun. The patty was quite tasty and juicy but it was the pronounced Maggi seasoning that makes this slider different from the Western burgers.
Hainanese chicken wings with chicken rice balls
The Hainanese chicken wings with chicken rice balls ($6) was one of the dishes that I really looked forward to and it did not disappoint! It was accompanied with the classic ginger and chilli sauces. The chicken was perfectly poached and succulent. The rice had the distinct chicken, ginger and garlic flavours.

Last but not least was the soft shell chilli crab with fried mantou ($7). The soft shell crab was cooked spot on and had that delicate crisped soft with flavoursome soft innards. It was mind blowing! The fried mantou was perfect to mop up the spicy, sweet and tangy tomato based sauce. Lex's Singaporean chilli sauce had great depth of flavours.

Word is that there are more things to come out of the Yang's Malaysian Food Truck! So stay tuned! Follow Chef Lex on Instagram and for Yang's next stop.

Yang's Malaysian Food Truck

Friday, March 27, 2015

Five Points Burgers, North Sydney

It feels like almost every few weeks; a new burger place pops up in Sydney. Being spoiled with so much burger choices is not such a bad thing right?! I'm all about that fun in a bun. Just a few days ago, North Sydney joins the #burgertown club when Five Points Burgers (by Chef Tomislav Matrinovic) opened up. Thanks to my homie @howac for pointing them out to me via Instagram!

Located on Berry Street (near Walker Street) is a new burger joint named after an old New York neigbourhood called Five Points. The space has an industrial and diner-style fit out. The menu is very minimal consisting of four types of burgers, milkshakes, chips etc.  I got more excited when I noticed that they cook their burger patties smash-style and that they use Brasserie Bread's soft sweet milk buns. Although BB's milk buns are soft, based on experience they handle burgers really well. I knew I was in for a treat!
Beer battered chips

The beer battered chips ($4) were one of the best I've had. It had a beautiful crisped outer layer, nicely seasoned and incredibly fluffy on the inside.
Salted caramel milkshake

The salted caramel milkshake ($6) was perfect. It wasn't too heavy and it had just enough salt in the caramel to mellow down the sweetness.
The Manhattan burger

The Manhattan burger ($10) had a smash-style beef patty, pickles, double American cheese, tomato sauce, mustard, aioli, pickle and iceberg lettuce. I normally not big on lettuce in my burgers but this is one of those exceptions as it was absolutely delicious! The beef patty was juicy, flavoursome, cooked medium rare and the caramelised crust gave it a depth of flavour. I loved the combined zingy flavour from the mustard, the tangy tomato sauce and the garlicky creamy aioli. The cheeses were perfectly melted and the bun was lightly toasted. The lettuce gave it a nice crunch.
The Bronx burger
The Manhattan was already amazing but their Bronx burger ($12.50) took it up another level! It's like the Manhattan burger but with bacon and onion jam. The bacon added a lovely smoky character to the burger whilst the onion jam added sweetness. 
So will I go back to Five Points anytime soon?? That's an absolute yes! In my opinion, the Bronx is definitely a contender as one of Sydney's best burgers. Follow them on Instragram for updates. Word on the street is that they will be opening late nights soon. Stay tuned!

Five Points Burgers
124 Walker St
North Sydney NSW

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday 11:30am-5:00pm
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