Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Sydney Food Part deux

Ok ok since I got the ball rolling last night, I should go on with our culinary adventures in Sydney. (Any excuse to get away from books?)

Richard the sweet guy that he is drove to Sydney on Friday night with the dogs so we wouldn't have to have the weekend apart. He arrived shortly after I completed Friday with a mind numbing Immunology lecture that I was lost in after the first five minutes. It was refreshing to take a walk down the main street of Glebe. Things always look different when you have someone with you I think.

After some hmm-ing, we picked on " The House of Kathmandu" Nepalese cuisine. It was one of two tibetan restaurants on the main street. The other, "The Yak and the Yeti" was empty albeit for one table of 2 which we took to be not a very good sign. Kathmandu was about 75 % capacity and most of the diners looked happy. We were seated quite quickly and presented with menus.

We ordered chicken momos to begin with which were dumplings not unlike chinese dumplings but the inside had the distinct taste of coriander and ginger. The dish came with a little dish of Golbera ko Achar which was a salsa type sauce made with cooked tomatoes with herbs, spices, garlic and lemon juice amongst other things.
The insides were juicy and exploded with interesting flavours which was a nice surprise from something that looked like an ordinary little dumpling.

Richard ordered a Piro Kukhura for his main and also ordered a bowl of rice to go with it. The picture also shows a cup of nepalese tea which was really comforting and soothing milk tea infused with flavours of cardamon and nutmeg.
The piro kukhura was a stir fried chicken dish with vegetables. It tasted overpoweringly of thick soya sauce. The result was ok but nothing too fantastic. Richard seemed to really like it though.

I, being a typical Libran can't realy make up my mind so I ordered a mixed sort of plate. I can't remember the name but it had 2 types of curries, kalo daal which was a black lentil soup, rice, a papadum (called papad in Nepal apparently), and yogurt and cucumber raita. The curry on the left is chicken and it didn't seem to have much flavour. The one on the right is known as Khasiko Masu or traditional goat fillet curry. THAT was something special. The curry sauce seemed to have a tomato base, yet it tasted of indian red curry. It was really yummy and the goat was tender. Richard didn't seem to think the Goat had much flavour but I was instantly reminded of the Hainanese goat herb soup I used to have in Singapore. Goat has a slightly sweet but strong and gamey type of flavour. If you don't mind strong tasting meats, its worth a try.

We got all that for $44.50 which wasn't too bad. I neglected to say though that we waited half an hour for the entree and it only came after we reminded them and thought something was wrong after the tables who came later than us were served their mains and we had not even recieved our drinks yet! Oh well, we were away and getting to try something new so that blip was grumbled about amongst each other but mostly forgotten at the end of the meal.

Hehe this isn't turning into a food blog! It just shows how much a country bumpkin I've become blogging about nondescript stuff ;)


At 10:16 PM, Blogger msm|chellekwok said...

haha these food adventures just show tt u're quite a FOODIE! just like me!! *high 5*

oh yes. do u really believe in that horoscope stuff?? to me it's really just another idolizing culture thingy...

At 1:35 AM, Blogger KirkK said...

Rachel - Nice photo's :o) Good thing the restaurant is not called - Yeti and Yakkkk! Gotta love those names - Kathmandu, just precious!

At 5:05 AM, Blogger milgwimper said...


The frood looks wonderful. I am always willing to try something new. The dumplings sound intriguing, and I am curious to try them. I am sorry they forgot your order, but you and Richard seemed to take it well. Immunology huh? I love immunology and microbiology, but especially pathagenic microbiology! :D

At 6:53 PM, Blogger Rachel said...


I always think those horoscope stuff is funny because its always so general. However, I just think its interesting how people who really believe in it think one of the libran traits is the difficulty making up of ones mind, and I think hey thats me! but thats the only thing i have in common with other supposed librans.

thanks much! I don't think the photos were that good but at least it showed the most important thing ... the food!

Yes!! I love trying new things too. Hopefully you will find a nepalese/himalayan restaurant sometime and you can try momos. Its very much a cross between indian and chinese food.

hehe maybe you can revise the immunology with me :P Glad to find someone who also has to do science. looks like you like bugs if you like micro :P

At 7:37 PM, Blogger Clare Eats said...

I had Nepalese in Surry Hills and you are right it is just like a cross between indian and chinese (Stir fried curries!) You didn't get the butter tea?


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