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Miss Dissent writes Does My Bomb Look Big In This?, which is Sydney's most comprehensive food blog with over 1400 reviews: http://missdissent.livejournal.com/

Joined 27 December 2013 Lilyfield, NSW

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  • Juicy Lucy

    Restaurants Surry Hills, NSW
    Joining the likes of Thirsty Bird, Butter and Belles Hot Chicken, Juicy Lucy enters Sydney?s fried chicken fray with a point of difference. Taking the traditional Aussie chook shop model, it revamps it with an eye to our modern day multi-cult, using a series of South East Asian twists. So expect to find Aunty Lucy?s Stuffed Seasoned Chicken ($18/whole) stuffed with fragrant garlic rice. The plump free-range bird is roasted overnight with Sichuan pepper, cloves, coriander seeds and cassia, and can be served up as a generously proportioned Quarter Chook Combo ($12) with crinkle-cut fries and your preferred selection from a fairly standard range of soft drinks. They?ll also tart it up with gentle, glistening gravy (but only if you give the word). After creating a pile of easy-to-reach serviettes, bite into a Lil? Kim Burger ($12). Taking Korean inspiration, this crispy fried chicken burger, is going to rain thick Korean barbeque sauce and crunchy kimchi down your arms, but trust me when I say: it?s worth it.

  • White Taro

    Restaurants Surry Hills, NSW
    The problem with Sydney's Vietnamese cuisine is that it looks so fresh and vibrant in photos, we can be lured, by platforms like Instagram, into thinking a restaurant is going to be great, then arrive to find the dishes lacking in flavour. I have no such complaints about the offerings put out by Angie Hong, mother of Executive Chef Dan Hong, who you?ll likely know from Mr Wong, Papi Chulo, El Loco or Ms G?s. Arising some years after Angie Hong sold the last of her Thanh Binh restaurants, this short-term, night time pop-up at White Taro in Surry Hills affords you a rare opportunity to eat at her dinner table. A surprisingly long menu provides plenty of choice for meat eaters and vegetarians alike in this tiny, homely corner-store cafe. You should hit up the Vietnamese Deep Fried Rice Paper Rolls ($12/3). With the perfect combination of crunch and chew, these golden, caramelised rice paper-wrapped batons of lean pork mince and crab meat are bursting with flavour. Accompanied by a veritable forest of fresh and lightly pickled vegetables, and a classic ?nuoc cham? dipping sauce, they eat so freshly, they belie being fried. The B L Lot ($18) here is another must-eat. Little fingers of lemongrass infused wagyu beef mince are rolled in betel leaves then charcoal grilled. They?re beautifully presented in a tangle of edible flowers, julienned vegetables, and crunchy peanuts against a tangy, pungent chilli sauce.
  • Wayward Brewing Company

    Breweries Annandale, NSW
    While I?ve been on the craft beer bandwagon for quite some time, I seem to have completely missed out on the fact that visiting a small craft brewery can be as much fun as visiting a small bar. Far from a place you?d just take in on some sort of behind-the-scenes factory tour, craft beer breweries like Wayward Brewing Company in Camperdown, offer up casual, relaxed bar spaces to visit and sink a few pints of quality craft beer. Tucked away on Gehrig Lane, this subterranean brewery is housed in what was once a wine cellar. Take a punt on your first beverage, and then take a wander through the wax coated wine splattered walls of these Inner West catacombs. The Oatis Golden Oatmeal American IPA ($5/half pint) is a great place to start ? it has a tropical-fruit driven nose, but is smooth, round, and even on the tongue, with toasted malt notes. I could easily have gone a whole pint.