You know how sometimes you have a life-changing meal? I don’t necessarily mean those meals at posh restaurants. I’ve had a few of those, and I’ve blogged about them here. I mean those meals which stay in your memory forever.
On the downside, I thought I was going to die from food poisoning, after eating some tiramisu at a cafe in Melbourne. I mean, seriously, I thought I was dying. But on the positive, I once had lamb with cumin at a restaurant in China, and I’ve been trying to find something nearly as good ever since.
My friend Kate was living in China when I visited her in 2010. We were visiting a range of galleries in the 798 (arts) district, and I tasted lamb with cumin for the very first time.
Ever since then I’ve been trying to find that same meal again. There’s a terrific Sichuan restaurant in Sydney, Red Chilli, which has come close. But it has never been quite as good as the original.
Tonight, I got close at a restaurant in Chinatown called, “Dragon Phoenix Fish”.
Still not as good as the meal I had more than a decade ago in China, but it came close, in terms of the texture and flavour.
“You know it’s hot? Do you need a fork?” the waitress asked me. As I looked around, I was the only non-Asian face in the restaurant, and I concede the menu might have been a little “challenging” for many Australians. But I enjoyed it very much, and I didn’t need a fork.
“Hey Kate”, I messaged my friend on Facebook, telling her I’d found something nearly as good as that original meal we had.