The Langham Sydney
89-113 Kent Street
Sydney NSW 2000
(02) 9256 2222
Value for money: 7/10
Overall Score: 26/40
Beschico (Korean Fried Chicken)
2/41 Beecroft Road
Epping NSW 2121
Tel: (02) 9869 8188
Open Wed-Mon 5pm-10pm
Beschico is a great, warm, family owned restaurant, the husband is Korean, and the special fried chicken recipe, so I’ve been told, was passed on from his Mother, who is also present at the establishment. The wife is Thai and hence the slight fusion twist to the other dishes on the menu. I visited during the day on the weekend, when the place wasn’t so packed and got to see their adorable children wandering around. So as well as being labelled as a bar/beer hall, it is still very family accessible and friendly.
Now the secret to the Korean fried chicken is cooked through a double frying process, which renders out the fat, particularly from the skin to leave it crunchy and brittle with still very succulent, juicy flesh inside.
We flipped to the Special Menu, ‘Combo Special’ page near the back of the menu and ordered the ‘Classic & Original Combo – Crispy Half Chicken and Chico Hot Half Chicken’ ($33) – a whole bird!
When the dish came it looked impressive. This is definitely a few steps up from its KFC cousin. The Crispy Half Chicken was my favourite of the two. The batter is really so light and crispy, whilst still being so tasty and moist inside. The Chico Hot Half Chicken, is very well executed as well. Slightly different batter, it taste more like a kind of tempura batter which still retains some reminisce of crisp to it, but is rolled in a hot, sticky sweet, oh and did I mention hot, brown/red sauce and decorated with some sesame seeds. Very interesting, great combination of flavours, a hot sauce that has clearly been perfected through generations.
One of the additional side condiments I love, is the small bowl of pickled daikon white radish cubes. This really cuts down the grease and cleanses the palate, and allows you to go back again and again for just that one more piece of fried chicken!
Value for money: 8/10
Overall Score: 29.5/40
Lao Ban Soya Beancurd
#01-127, Old Airport Road Hawker Centre, 51 Old Airport Road
+ 65 81812201/ + 65 8686 2808
Hours Tue – Sat: 11:00 – 20:00
Sun: 13:30 – 20:00
This is pretty amazing soya beancurd. Its got the perfect smooth, light consistency and is slightly different to the norm, as it has more of an agar agar consistency rather than the normal soya bean dessert, which comes in a vat which you scoop out pieces.
#01-07B Far East Plaza
14 Scotts Rd, Singapore 228213
+65 6736 1121
Value for money: 10/10
Overall Score: 32.5/40
Yat Lok is easy to get to. Catch the train station to Central, head straight to Queens street, pass the crossing and Stanley Street is a slip lane on your right. It should only take 3 minutes to get to from Central train station.
The goose is just so tasty, well seasoned, perfectly cooked till the skin is flavorsome and has a perfect dark brown/red delicious colour. The meat was tender and succulent. Sometimes I fear goose can be gamey and a bit boney and tough, but this was surely not the case. There was lots of meat on the bone.
I wanted to get the $69 HKD duck leg and rice, but unfortunately this was sold out. So, a little dis-hearted I opted for the duck with rice noodle soup, recommended by the ladies that were waitressing. This, far from disappointed me though, as I slurped up every bite with gusto. The soup is very tasty indeed, with garnishings of spring onion, and the rice noodles are not soft and limp, they are a bit tubular in nature and have some bite to it. It doesn’t feel like they would go soggy in the soup at all, and go really well with the goose.
It was only 40HKD (approx $6AUD) so it is a bargain for Michelin star food. I went back the next day out of my 48hrs whirlwind trip, to buy a half a goose (215HKD/$31AUD), uncut to take home to Singapore on the plane. The staff are so very welcoming and friendly and recognised me on my second visit. They advised that if I was to take it on the plane, not to cut the goose into pieces and just have it wrapped in paper, then a plastic bag. It was granted, not as nice as totally fresh and eaten on the spot, but it was still definitely delicious. Would definitely eat here again and again.
Value for money: 10/10
Overall Score: 31/40