KFC, BUT IT AIN’T KENTUCKY TUCKER

Ok, this is Korean Fried Chicken. You will see versions popping up across Australia. Seasoning (eg Lucifer spice, garlic soy, honeycomb etc) is a $2 option but I’ve opted for “plain” for a first try. And plain it is. This is nowhere near as salty as what Colonel Harland Sanders hooked us on as kids. Definitely choose a seasoning. At home I add a generous amount of salt, pepper and chilli powder (hey, I like chilli). A meal costs about $2 more than the Kentucky. This is the takeaway version. Traditionally, groups of friends or family would buy one or more whole chickens which would be cut up, prepared, fried, and consumed at leisure with cold Korean beer. And we know that beer makes all things taste good. And look good. And…

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Something fishy about basa

Folks, I’ve been making this point for a while: I’ve noticed that supposedly “sea fish” sold by some Melbourne fish and chip shops has an uncanny resemblance to freshwater Vietnamese catfish, called basa. Aldi supermarkets sell basa as frozen fish and label it accordingly. Guys, if the Hunky Dory restaurants owner reckons basa and dory fillets are similar (see Fairfax report below), I wouldn’t be buying fish from him.

http://m.theage.com.au/victoria/hunky-dory-fish-and-chips-accused-of-serving-catfish-as-dory-20160524-gp2lbg.html

Freshwater Vietnamese catfish, known as basa, is farmed en masse along the Mekong and Chao Phraya rivers

Freshwater Vietnamese catfish, known as basa, is farmed en masse along the Mekong and Chao Phraya rivers

 

 

Tapas – the true history of the nibble with a tipple…

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Damn, St Kilda’s pesky Indian myna birds are good shots – they don’t miss a pot of beer from 6 metres up in tree!

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What if I cover my glass with a small plate. That’ll fix them…

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Hey, why don’t I put a small snack on the plate! A nibble with the tipple…

And that, folks, is the true history of Spanish tapas: a snack placed on a small plate, being used to cover a glass to keep away insects – oh, and birds with a good aim. This I was told by locals while touring Andalusia in Spain. It’s so practical, like “killing 2 birds while getting stoned”…