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Ippudo Central Park

I Dream in Chocolate dined as a guest of SD Marketing & Ippudo. The following review is an honest and unbiased

One of the reasons we haven’t gone to Japan yet is mostly contributed to my love of ramen. The Mr thinks once we arrived in Japan we will be eating ramen everyday. I giggled at this because he isn’t very far from the truth. These days Sydney has quite a number of choices for ramen. Tonight I am back at Ippudo but at their branch in Central Park. I also spotted two new ramens I haven’t seen before their vegetable ramen (Shojin) and the miso tonkotsu.

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Iced green tea & homemade lemon lime & bitters

IMG_1059Karaage chicken, this was really good. The batter was light and not so oily compared to other karaage chicken I had

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Gyoza. Ippudo does this well not the best out there but still quite decent.

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As usual I always go for the akamaru shinaji with tamago (egg). On my previous Ippudo blog post I noted the egg at the Westfield store was a bit overdone, this time round it was perfect! Lovely and gooey, just how I like my eggs in ramen. The waiter recommended to slowly mix the the red miso but I like to add the whole miso paste in. The ramen noodles are also made fresh offsite and you have a three choices of noodle firmness either soft, medium or firm.

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Mr on the other hand was keen to try the miso tonkotsu that we haven’t seen on the menu before. It had the right amount of miso in it and didn’t overpower the whole ramen. Normally I find miso ramen a bit too overpowering.

Readers do you have a favourite ramen restaurant?

Lower Ground, Central Park
Rb07 Lower Ground Floor 28 Broadway Chippendale, NSW 2008

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Homemade Ferrero Rocher – The Sweet Swap

Hello I am back! It got fairly busy the last few months, new job, moving places, issues with the place and recently just went to The States! On top of all that I was with no internet for a while :( . But now it’s all good and ready to go, I can start blogging again.

Last year I’ve participated in “The Sweet Swap” where you send a sweet treat to other bloggers and received 3 sweets back. It was so much fun last year so I had to do it again! I was on a tough schedule because the day we were flying back was the day the sweets was supposed to be sent out. I was in panic mode and rushing the sweets to make. I feel really bad to the lovely guys I sent them to Penny, Shari and Sally. I always been curious about making Ferrero Rocher but have been putting it off for a while. This was the perfect excuse for me to make them. The sweets I made look horrid and was quite messy. On the plus side I was very happy how they tasted. They taste pretty much like the real thing!

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Recipe adapted from here

Ingredients:
5 vanilla wafers crushed (coles brand or the arnotts ones are my preference)
120 grams of toasted hazelnuts, finely chopped
200 grams of Nutella
200 grams of good quality dark chocolate
6 tablespoons of neutral oil

Method:
1. Mix wafers, hazelnuts and Nutella in a bowl together together. Shape them into small balls about the size of a normal Ferraro Rocher. Place into the fridge until they harden
2. Heat a small pot of water and place a heatproof bowl on top of the pot. Place the chocolate and oil in the bowl.
3. Once the water has boiled gently stir until all the chocolate has melted. Turn off the heat
4. Dripped the hazelnuts balls into the chocolate until it is well coated. Repeat for all balls.
5. Place in the fridge to harden on baking paper. You can turn your Ferrero Rocher into chocolate on a stick but just putting a lolly stick before you pop it in the fridge

Biggest thank you to these people for sending me Sweets!

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Pistacio & Rose chocolate from Dolly

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3 different types of chocolate bark from Shari

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and Honeycomb from Alex

I want to do a big thank you to the lovely Sara & Amanda for taking their time to organise such an amazing swap :)

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Be Back Soon :)

Sorry guys! Things are a little hectic on my end hence the lack of blog posts. Promise to blog again real soon once things settle down

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