Mr. B. always say that inspite of his brain being Western, his stomach has always been and will always be Chinese. Whenever he travels, he likes trying the various local delicacies each country has to offer (no wonder his Chinese tummy is getting so big!), but after a few days, he will start craving for rice, noodles and anything that reminds him of home.
During our recent holidays, we were invited to a Taiwanese restaurant called Blue Eye Dragon owned by a mother-daughter team Jade and Muriel Chen and managed by Mr. B.'s dear friend James Lin. Not your usual greasy Chinese restaurant located in Chinatown, Blue Eye Dragon is located in the inner-city suburb of Pyrmont.
Frequented by Sydneysiders more than local Chinese, this award-winning restaurant offers authentic Taiwanese cuisine in a classy and cozy environment great for a quiet, romantic dinner for 2 or for a group of friends.
Mr. B., D. and their Australian friend M. sampled some of the more popular dishes offered by the venue including Deep Fried Chicken (with Basil and Chinese Five Spice), Pork Dumpling with Chives, Ginger and Shallot, Calamari Rolls with Salted Duck Egg and Seaweed (Mr. B.'s favorite), Salt and Pepper Soft Shell Crab and Tofu Stuffed with Minced Pork and Prawn on Hot Plate (Mr. B. says a Chinese meal is never complete without a tofu dish).
After dining, Mr. B. even had the chance to meet Jade Chen, the matriach of Blue Eye Dragon to complement her on the wonderful food. If it were not a bit drizzling and cold that evening, it would be even more wonderful to walk down Harris Street to the Pyrmont Point Park overlooking the Johnstons Bay, which is just a few meters away from the restaurant.
Blue Eye Dragon is located in 42 Harris Street, Pyrmont. If you fancy trying one of their dishes at home, you can also buy the book.
Since bears are not allowed in the venue (I would have been interested to try their Queensland Wild Caught Barramundi with House Fish Sauce), I stayed in the hotel that night, watched TV and had room service.
Video and photo : www.blueeyedragon.com.au