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Taste Guides

A journey through local flavors

  • MULTICULTURAL MIXING POT

    You can eat your way around the world in Sydney thanks to the waves of migrants from Europe, Asia, China and the Middle East who have transformed the food scene over the years. Fusion may be a dirty word in some gastronomic zones, but here it stands for the best mix of styles and flavours that only a truly multicultural society can concoct. While there are pockets of Italian and Greek, Asian is Sydney’s default cuisine as large numbers of Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, Koreans, Taiwanese and Japanese all call Australia home. There are eat streets everywhere:    •   the food court at Dixon Street in Chinatown is so progressive there’s even a taco stand among the Cantonese staples;    •   Campbell Street between Castlereagh and George is Thai town for food supplies and eating;    •   and John Street in Cabramatta is Sydney’s Ho Chi Minh City, with dozens of places selling everything from spring rolls to fresh sugar cane juice. To feel like you’re in India head west to Harris Park in Parramatta, to Strathfield and East Ryde for kimchi or Korean dumplings, and for Lebanese around Haldon Street in Lakemba. For the city’s most famed charcoal chicken join the hordes at El Jannah in Granville, where the garlic sauce has a cult following of its own. Then there’s the most egalitarian of places, the beach, where all the cultures come together. Bondi with groomed white sand and rolling surf is the busiest and most famous. It’s also cosmopolitan and a multiethnic magnet with an array of eateries to match.

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Taste Inspirations

Secrets of taste

A stroll through the history of the most beloved ingredients

In 1868, British-Australian orchardist Maria Ann Smith “tipped out [the] last of some apples brought back from Sydney”. Later, she spotted a small seedling growing amongst the compost and nurtured it. When the little tree eventually bore fruit, their flavour – despite the waxy, vivid green skin – was sweet and juicy and an instant hit with everyone who tasted them: the world famous Granny Smith apple had arrived.

 

In 1984, the Australian Tourism Commission started running a TV advert starring the comedian and actor Paul Hogan who a couple of years later would make his name with the film Crocodile Dundee. In the adverts – specifically aimed at encouraging an American audience to visit Down Under – Hogan stands at a barbecue with the famous Sydney Opera House in the background.

“The Distillers have found out a way to hit the palate of the Poor, by their new fashion'd compound Waters called ‘Geneva’, so that the common People seem not to value the French brandy as usual, and even not to desire it.” So wrote Robinson Crusoe author Daniel Defoe in 1726.

 

Is there a more English meal than a roasted joint of glistening beef, served with Yorkshire pudding and roast potatoes and slathered in rich gravy? Just see Richard Leveridge's 1735 song “Roast beef of Old England” for proof (dodgy rhyming scheme aside):

 

When mighty Roast Beef Was the Englishman's food, It ennobled our brains And enriched our blood…

 

Taste Origins

Tales from Taste lovers

Once Upon a Bite

Dame Nelly Melba & Peach Melba

Opera is such an extravagant affair that its association with equally extravagant cuisine comes as no surprise.

Dame Nelly Melba & Peach Melba

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