Chinese food in Sydney

Posted by Fuchsia on March 27, 2010
Chinese cuisine, Chinese restaurants, Ingredients, Restaurants / 3 Comments

There’s a piece by me in the Financial Times today, about the way Chinese and Asian food has been localised in Sydney…

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The mystery of the mango pancake

Mango pancake at the Sea Treasure restaurant in Sydney

I was intrigued while in Sydney to find ‘mango pancakes’ an apparent staple of Chinese restaurants there. I’ve never come across this speciality anywhere in China, even in Hong Kong (which some chatters on the Web suggest is its place of origin). For those of you who haven’t come across them, mango pancakes consist of a normal sort of pancake stuffed with whipped cream and chopped fresh mango – delicious, but not typically Chinese at all.

Is the mango pancake the General Tso’s chicken or the fortune cookie of Sydney (or the whole of Australia), i.e. a Chinese diaspora creation that has become an indispensable part of a particular immigrant Chinese culinary culture?

I’d love to hear from any blog-readers out there who know more… Has anyone seen this kind of mango pancake anywhere else in the world? Hong Kong? Other Australian cities? Anyone have any idea when it started to appear in Sydney Chinese restaurants? Do all Cantonese restaurants in Sydney, or Australia, serve them, or just a few? Please let me know!

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The other side of the world

Posted by Fuchsia on July 28, 2009
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There’s an article about me today in the Sydney Morning Herald in Australia! (I’ll be talking at the Sydney Food Festival in October.)