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Muummy dearest: Muum Maam, Surry Hills

Sydney Food Blog Review of Muum Maam, Surry Hills

The horrible thing about having a new full time day job is being so out of the loop! Not that I’m complaining about the consistent income and getting to cook all day, but it does create situations where I’m at a loss about where to go for lunch.

Like when I met up with Simon, from The Heart of Food, and we just had no idea where we wanted to eat..

And the clock was ticking.

Sydney Food Blog Review of Muum Maam, Surry Hills: Five crab and prawn rice net spring rolls with plum sauce, $6Crab and prawn rice net spring rolls with plum sauce, $6

Oh, didn’t I mention that my day job was actually a night job? Yeah. #ThisRestaurantLife.

Anyhoo, we ended up at Muum Maam, which seemed to tick all the boxes: close to the station, interesting food, and a seemingly quick turnaround time.

Sydney Food Blog Review of Muum Maam, Surry Hills: wok-fried calamari, snake bean, snow peas & kafir lime leaves with red chili paste, $15Wok-fried calamari, snake bean, snow peas & kafir lime leaves with red chili paste, $15

And I mean quick. All the food came out within the first 5-10 minutes, even with a slight queue happening because it was bang on lunchtime. And there didnt seem to be a drop in freshness or flavour at all! The Crab and prawn rice net spring rolls with plum sauce, $6, were an instant hit, with a flaky shell that ensured the requirement of a lint roller afterward. The hot, steaming filling was fairly generous, and the plum dipping sauce rounded out all the sweet/savoury flavours that the Thais do incredibly well.

The Wok-fried calamari, snake bean, snow peas & kafir lime leaves with red chili paste, $15 (one of the specials of the day) was mildly spicy, with tender rings of calamari on a bed of crisp vegetables and sweet steamed white rice. Comforting and fresh, this is one of those dishes that leave you so light, you feel like a responsible adult who’s eating healthily.

The pad kee mao (rice noodles stir fried with sweet soy) was good but not quite on the level of the others, which made me wish we spent the $14 on something else more interesting like a papaya salad instead.

The prices were just a touch elevated for Thai food in the vacinity, but it was reflected in the care that was taken in preparing the food. Nothing was just dumped unceremoniously on the plate (which has totes happened to me before), and the staff were polite, efficient, and happy to be there. All good points in my book.

Makes me wonder what the dinner menu is like. Have you been? What did you order?

This meal was independently paid for.
Muum Maam
Shop 1, 50 Holt Street
Surry Hills, NSW
Phone: 02 8317 4931

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Black Garlic Miso Butter Recipe

So we all know that I hate HATE food waste. And part of how I deal with leftovers at home is to transform it into something else entirely, so that I can use up every last bit of food!

Well, I recently made my own black garlic, AND made my own butter. So what do you do with a MASSIVE amount of garlic and butter sitting in your fridge? Garlic butter. Yes, it’s that easy.
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How to make butter at home!

There are totally some things that we take for granted. Need to make cookies? Better put butter down on that shopping list!

Well it’s so dead simple to make butter at home, and you know what? It’s a great way to prolong the life of that cream you can’t finish!
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How to make sushi!

For as long as I can remember, I’ve absolutely loved sushi. My mum held sushi making parties for all our friends and neighbours, and I had HEAPS of fun rolling these delicious bites, and eating my own work!

Rolling your own sushi can seem really daunting, but I promise you with the right technique and just a little bit of practice, you can also hold your very own sushi parties!
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Food experiments: Dehydrating herbs in the microwave

For the longest time, I’ve been more in love with the idea of dehydrating, than the actual dehydration itself. Removing water from food has long been a method of preservation, and flavour concentration, and all round creative, funky applications. But the actual process of dehydration can take hours, and may or may not require specific uni-tasking machinery that just takes up space in your tiny one-bedroom apartment.

Well, my apartment anyway.

So when I read that dehydrating herbs in the microwave was an option, I wanted to see just how practical it was, and whether it was really as it seemed.
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Miso Caramelised Garlic Bread Recipe!

I never thought I’d say this, but garlic bread has become somewhat of a guilty pleasure in my house. We all know that garlic can have, uh, off-putting effects in terms of breath, but it’s just so damned delicious I can’t stay away!

Especially when you mix it with the sweet salty notes of miso caramel. Oh yes.
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Midnight Eggsperiments: How to get perfectly boiled eggs

The perfect boiled egg is often shrouded in mystery and conflicting advice – old eggs, fresh eggs, room temperature, fridge temperature, boiling water, residual heat…so many variables, so much CONFUSION! And what makes it worse, is that eggs are covered in a hard opaque exterior, the shell, that is, preventing us from truly understanding what’s going on inside the damn things.

Well never fear! Because me – and my apparent insomnia – is here to help! We’ve done the experiments, so you don’t have to. Here’s how to get perfectly boiled eggs.
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How To Cook When You Don’t Know What To Eat

As an obsessed eater, my cooking choices are almost always driven by what I feel like eating. Whether it’s a new favourite from the latest restaurant, or comforting dishes from my childhood, my stomach and tastebuds has never led me down the wrong path when it comes to cooking.

But sometimes I get bored, and my stomach remains rebelliously silent. And when my dinners start looking the same week after week, I get into a food schlump, and all the joy starts getting sapped from my meals.

It’s at these times when it’s so important to have an arsenal of backup food inspiration, to shake off the doldrums of stale repetitive food. This is how I cook, when I don’t know what to eat.
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City Lunches: Baker Bros, Sydney CBD

Heirloom Tomato Salad, $15Heirloom Tomato Salad, $15

Having mostly studied/worked near Haymarket, I’ve always been spoilt for choice when it comes to lunch options in the city. But Sam, working on the CBD side of things, isn’t quite so lucky.

Which is why long lunch queues can either be the bane of the short lunch break, or a shining beacon of a quality lunch spot that can be the new go-to.

Beef Brisket Sandwich, $13Beef Brisket Sandwich, $13

We ordered the Heirloom Tomato Salad, $15, and Beef Brisket Sandwich, $13, to eat in. The sandwich seemed to me like a sub-par reuben – I need me some cured beef! – but the salad was truly truly delightful. The small, multicoloured tomatoes were lightly dressed with sweet balsamic and fruit olive oil, with pops of savouriness provided by sea salt flakes. The creamy mozzarella ball soaked up the flavours nicely, and made for a fantastic tri-colour bite each time. $15 did seem a bit pricey, but hey, its the CBD.

The service was also cordial and efficient, though not particularly individual, but given how busy it was, I wasn’t expecting the moon.

Now to try that Friday night bar menu…

Baker Bros
Shop 1 56-58 York St
Sydney, NSW 2000

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