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Friday, December 30, 2011

Misky Cravings, Fairfield

causa at misky cravings, fairfield

So we all know that Paddington Bear came from darkest Peru, but what did he eat before arriving in London? Peruvian cuisine incorporates a fascinating mix of influences, with immigrants from Spain, China, Italy, West Africa and Japan all leaving their mark on what have now become national dishes.

There are a couple of Peruvian restaurants around Sydney, but Misky Cravings is one of the newest additions, providing the focus for my December Eat This! column in Time Out Sydney.


And as 2011 draws to a close, I want to thank you all for your comments, emails, suggestions and feedback throughout the year. They mean a lot to me! Here's to an even more delicious year in 2012. Happy New Year everyone!


Eat this...
Causa

causa at misky cravings, fairfield
Causa de atun $8

WHAT IS IT?
It looks like a savoury birthday cake, but causa (pronounced ‘cow-sa’) is much more than that – it's a classic Peruvian dish that is emblematic of early European influences on local ingredients. The three core components are yellow potatoes, avocado and aji amarillo yellow chilli peppers, all ancient ingredients native to Peru. Add Spanish black olive slices, boiled egg and lashings of mayonnaise and you’ve got a cool and refreshing mashed potato terrine, layered around a filling of pollo chicken or atun tuna (both $8).

WHERE CAN I GET IT?
Get along to Misky Cravings in Fairfield – it opened in July but has already gathered a loyal fan base, mostly South American ex-pats. Misky means delicious in Quechua, the language spoken by the Incas in ancient Peru. The restaurant can be difficult to find – hidden within the depths of a non-descript arcade – but keep an eye out for the red and white laminated menus stuck to the glass doors on the street. The décor is plain but smart and much more jovial on the last Sunday of every month, with live music at lunchtime.

misky cravings, fairfield
Arroz Chaufa de carne $15

WHAT'S IT LIKE?
The all-Spanish language menu can be a little daunting at first [EDIT: Misky Cravings now have a dual English and Spanish menu with detailed descriptions here], but staff will happily take their time to translate and explain each dish to you. Chinese dishes like arroz chaufa fried rice with five spice and soy sauce ($15) reflect the long history of Cantonese migrants to Peru. “In Peru we have Asian flavours but done in a Creole style,” our waitress explains.


Ceviche de pescado $15

WHAT SHOULD I ORDER?
Start with the refreshing ceviche de pescado ($15), raw chunks of John Dory fillet marinated in lemon juice, coriander and chilli and garnished with slivers of red onion. It’s a generous portion, especially with the steamed white corn, toasted corn kernels and a large nugget of cooked sweet potato on the plate.

misky cravings, fairfield
Pescado frito whole fresh trevally with cassava $15

The pescado frito ($15) is a popular choice among diners, a whole fish grilled until crisp and accompanied by wedges of starchy deep-fried cassava. Lomo saltado $15) is another Peruvian dish with Asian (chifa) influences, a stir-fry of beef strips in soy sauce served with rice and potato wedges.

misky cravings, fairfield
Lomo saltado flambe beef strips with chips and rice $15

misky cravings, fairfield
Chupe (full serve $15)
Stewed large prawns with traditional Pervuian spices, toasted yellow chilli and a
combination of fish, vegetables, prawn broth, potatoes, cheese, milk,
corn pieces, rice and poached egg

misky cravings, fairfield
Inca Kola and Chicha Morada purple corn juice

ANYTHING ELSE?

Skip the usual soft drinks and try the Inca Cola that tastes more like creaming soda. Chicha morada is a purple corn drink that is sweet and spicy with hints of cinnamon and cloves.

misky cravings, fairfield


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Misky Cravings
2/164 The Boulevarde, Fairfield, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 9726 4771
Opening hours:

Wednesday to Friday 12noon-9pm
Saturday and Sunday 9am-9pm

This article appears in the December 2011 issue of Time Out Sydney in my monthly Food & Drink column Eat This! [read online]


More Time Out Sydney reviews:
Akash Pacific Cuisine, Liverpool (Fiji Indian cuisine)
ATL Marantha, Kensington (Indonesian fried chicken with edible bones)
Balkan Oven, Rockdale (Macedonian burek)
Cyprus Community Club Aphrodite Restaurant (roast baby goat)
Durban Dish, Baulkham Hills (South African cuisine)
Everest Kitchen, Marrickville (Nepali cuisine)
Good Kitchen, Hurstville (Hong Kong cafe)
Hijazi's Falafel, Arncliffe (Lebanese breakfast)
Island Dreams Cafe, Lakemba (Christmas Islands cuisine)
Kambozza, Parramatta (Burmese cuisine)
La Paula, Fairfield (Chilean empanadas, lomitos and sweets)
Mario Tokyo Pizza (Bulgogi Korean pizza)
Olka Polka Bakery & Deli, Campbelltown (Polish cheesecake and rye bread)
Sea Sweet, Parramatta (Lebanese sweet kashta cheese burger)
Sizzling Fillo, Lidcombe (Filipino pork hock crackling)
Tehran, Granville (Persian cuisine)
Tuong Lai, Cabramatta (Vietnamese sugar cane prawns)

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posted by Helen (Grab Your Fork) on 12/30/2011 01:07:00 am


17 Comments:

  • At 12/30/2011 2:22 am, Blogger Michelle Chin said…

    This is a really informative post! Thanks for sharing.

    Quite funny to know that there are some cantonese influences in peruvian dishes!

     
  • At 12/30/2011 12:04 pm, Anonymous Tina@foodboozeshoes said…

    Wow, that prawn stew sounds interesting! Best wishes for the new year, Helen

     
  • At 12/30/2011 8:40 pm, Anonymous Hannah said…

    Happy New Year fabulous lady! Thank you so much for your contributions to my year of deliciousness, both through your blog and in person. I still dream of your box of Reese's Puffs....

     
  • At 12/30/2011 9:21 pm, Anonymous Food is our religion said…

    Yumm the prawn stew looks so good, I could just dunk a whole loaf of bread into that stew itself.

     
  • At 12/31/2011 12:01 pm, OpenID lateraleating said…

    You forgot the lime juice as a key ingredient in causa. I went there when they opened, apparently they are improving. Good for them. Happy new year Helen!

     
  • At 12/31/2011 3:03 pm, Blogger jack said…

    Love all these places that you find - absolute gems. I look forward to reading more in 2012 and I wish you a fantastic new year Helen!

     
  • At 1/01/2012 4:58 pm, Anonymous Dee @ foodinhand said…

    I love weird stuff, seems worth going just to try purple corn juice hahahah. HNY!

     
  • At 1/02/2012 2:50 am, Anonymous Denny@feedmycamera said…

    Wow, thats weird, Didn't know there was a link between Cantonese and Spanish food.

     
  • At 1/02/2012 10:56 am, Anonymous Anna said…

    I've never heard of such a combination....what a unique place; how do you find them!

     
  • At 1/02/2012 4:05 pm, Blogger anita nervosa said…

    Inca Kola? Sounds intriguing!
    I'll be trying to track some of this down in Adelaide!

     
  • At 1/02/2012 6:21 pm, Anonymous Apple @Polkadotsandchopsticks said…

    Mmm the purple corn drink sounds very interesting. I'm going to have to track some of it down, I'm a huge corn lover!

     
  • At 1/03/2012 11:56 pm, Blogger Gourmet Chick said…

    Wow Peruvian food - a new one for me but it all looks pretty good. I just might be tempted Helen

     
  • At 1/04/2012 9:47 am, Anonymous yewenyi said…

    I was very pleased with this place, after having wandered up and down the street trying to find it. I think the Chicha Morada is the source of bubble gum flavour and we certainly enjoyed our jugs of it over the course of the meal.

     
  • At 1/05/2012 9:33 am, Blogger muppy said…

    great photos, looks refreshing :)

     
  • At 1/05/2012 10:11 pm, Anonymous sarah said…

    I travel with the same philosophy! Food sampling galore. It is what I most look forward to when I travel to a new city. Great recommendations. Hope I get to sample a few when I am back in the US.

     
  • At 1/06/2012 4:08 pm, Anonymous lau@corridor kitchen said…

    You may just have answered my prayers here. I have been looking for a place like this for months now...

     
  • At 1/09/2012 5:12 pm, Blogger ameanderingmango said…

    Thanks for the post Helen and happy new year! Will check out your column for sure. That soup sounds crazy delicious!

     

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