Friday, 13 April 2012

freaky friday food

Maybe it's procrastination after having a 4 day weekend, but I've been on Facebook a bit this week. Like many things that do the rounds, The Food List Challenge came across my screen: 100 foods you should eat at least once before you die. A food bucket list, if you like.

There are some pretty normal things to most, like baklava and black pudding to more obscure things like head cheese (brawn) and pineapple and cottage cheese (together. In your mouth. Who'da thunkit?)

If you have a spare minute, check it out. But it got me thinking about some less than ordinary foods you should seek out and where you can find them. So here's my own mini Food List Challenge for you:

Ngo Jaap - Beef intestine stew. There's no other way to describe it other than a mixture of beef textures, all stewed in a blackbean and soy sauce. A yum cha staple for fearless eaters, it's up there with chicken feet and beef tendons as some of the most unfamiliar of dishes to western palates. Challenge that. 

Crystal Seafood Restaurant
14 Churchill Avenue
Strathfield NSW 2135
(02) 9763 7738

Fried Chicken & Waffles - OK, so I stole this one off the list, but it's a doosy. American fast food culture and comfort food seem to be pervading our mild mannered Australian appetites of late and none illustrate the decadence of American cuisine quite like fried chicken and waffles.It is quite simply breaded fried chicken pieces, served on a sweet waffle, doused in maple syrup. Diabetes highway, here we come. We don't have Roscoe's Fried Chicken and Waffles in Australia, but check out Jazz City Diner for your hit.

Jazz City Diner
238 Crown Street
Darlinghurst NSW 2010
(02) 9332 2903

Nduja - A spicy, salami...that's spreadable. Yes, spreadable salami. Hailing from Calabria, Italy, nduja is a pork salami made with a heap of red pepper, which makes it look as hot as it tastes. Spread it on freshly toasted bread and top it with a few ribbons of lardo (cured pork back fat) and you're all set. Quattro Stelle's recipe was handed to them from relatives in Calabria, so you know it's as authentic as the mother country. 

Quattro Stelle
11, 192a Kingsgrove Road
Kingsgrove 2208
(02) 9150 8251