Australia – Day 10 – Sydney
After having one of my least memorable meals in Australia the previous day, we drove back to Sydney and Auntie took us to a Chinese restaurant in Sydney for one of my most memorable meals in Australia.
84 Broomfield St.
Iron Chef is like any other major Chinese banquet style restaurant I’ve been too. It’s a big open restaurant with lots of big tables and traditional Chinese decorations on walls.
As promised by Auntie, we were here for seafood. Most seafood items are sold per kg and depending on what you order they will charge “cooking style surcharges”. It adds up! We were charged AU$20 per serve for our lobster.
Here is a close up on what we would be paying. We ended up ordering the LIVE Lobster (large) for AU$248/kg which is a about AU$112.72/lbs. (and I think that converts to US$)
Meals starts with a house soup, which my Mom really appreciates. We had a similar soup in Melbourne at another seafood restaurant and I wonder if that’s what most seafood (Chinese banquet style) restaurants have.
I also thought it was quite interesting to see dim sum -like carts being rolled around during the dinner time with all of the dishes on it. I think that’s a good thing to save the servers wrists. The dishes, pots, and plates are quite heavy. I thought I took a picture of it, but I can’t find it…I guess I didn’t (oops).
Our lobster we brought out to us in a bucket to see before they serve it to us. Auntie had me pick up the lobster to take a picture, I was really hesitant to touch it but Auntie insisted even when our server dude didn’t really want me to. He said it was because this lobster was mean and he almost got clawed and broke the antenna. Don’t worry, i didn’t get hurt or scratched at all.
This guy weighed at almost exactly 2kg.
Auntie ordered our “lobster cooked 2 styles”: sashimi and fried over noodles.
Raw seafood is amazing if you like seafood and can handle it raw I guess. I’ve gotten a few “eeew’s” from friends when I very excited talk about this lobster sashimi I had.
I think the most interesting and scary part about this was the fact that the lobster is served still moving. Yes, you read that right. The antenna and claws are still moving as we pick at the translucent lobster tail sashimi.
This wasn’t my first time having lobster sashimi though. I’ve had this at a seafood restaurant at in Koreatown LA several years ago but that was a different type of lobster. Did you notice that this lobster doesn’t have a claw?
The lobster sashimi
And when we finished the lobster sashimi, our server took our lobster away to prepare our second course of lobster. The faster you finish the lobster sashimi the more fresh the lobster will be for this course.
Auntie is a pro at serving the noodles with a serving spoon and a serving fork like a pair of thongs. She tried teaching me, but I couldn’t comfortably pick up the food (without splashing some food all over the place). I wonder if that’s how it feels to learn how to use chopsticks.
Though there were moments when I gave it try too. There is actually a lot of flavor on the shells so I guess it’s worth getting your hands messy.
But the next best thing about this dish would be the noodles. The stir fried lobster sits on top of the boiled up noodles. And because of that, the noodles soak in all of the sauce and flavor from the lobster.
And as you can see in the picture on the right, I finished the rest of the noodles. The plate was all clean thanks to me. haha.
Although the lobster was pretty expensive, it was not quite enough to feed all 7 of us. Auntie (and Uncle) ordered a few more dishes.
Family always makes sure we eat our vegetables. They ordered a lightly stir fried baby bok choi.
Yuntiha loves rice! And most Chinese meals must include white rice. Here, we ordered a simple shrimp fried rice. I actually prefer fried rice that is light in color and does not have too much soy sauce in it.
And then because we wanted to eat pork, Auntie chose the sweet and sour pork. It’s not exactly the orange chicken you can get at Panda Express though. These pieces of pork still have bone in them.
And our complimentary desserts included slices of orange and cookies. I don’t think I’ve ever been served cookies at the end of Chinese banquet style meal.
All together, this was an amazing meal all because of the amazing 2kg lobster. The rest of was just some typical Chinese food. Do you think the lobster was cruel? Would you give it a try?