I see this combo scoring a high rotation in my kitchen from now on.
Monday, August 07, 2017
The chicken is juicy without feeling over-brined. There's definitely no denial about the velvety perfection of the scrambled eggs though, a fluffy and soft eiderdown of buttery sunshine.
I returned the next day. We'd tried to order the fried chicken only to be told they were completely sold out by Paper Bird, Potts Point They're back. The Bloody Mary packs a decent chilli hit, garnished with a pickled cucumber instead of a celery stick. There was only one thing to do.
The shrimp brined fried chicken. Add the saltiness of jamon and you've got the perfect midnight snack. At all other times Paper Bird operates on a walk-in basis only. It's a Ralph Wiggum heartbreak moment. I'm banking on this dish being very divisive - you'll either love it or hate it.
It tastes like a savoury creamy rice pudding, bewildering at first but increasingly addictive with each spoonful. Sure you could stick with a classic cafe breakfast of avocado on rye toast, toasted muesli with coyo or Bourke Street Bakery toasted bread or croissant with condiments but we venture straight for the scrambled eggs with char siu bacon.
Velvety crambled eggs Combining the sweetness of char siu marinade with streaky bacon feels both comforting and confusing. King brown mushrooms have a chewy heartiness, strewn across a thick slab of potato bread. Candied cumquats add a sophisticated citrusy sweetness. Breakfast at Paper Bird I'm guessing that new signage is in the works, but in the interim, don't be confused by the Bourke Street Bakery sign above the door.
Related Grab Your Fork posts. Sure I've been adding it to my ramen but why haven't I been pressing it between grilled bread too? We're talking everything from congee to kimchi toasties to char siu bacon and Hong Kong French toast.
If you lamented the day that Moon Park closed, you need to scoot yourself to Potts Point where version 2.
Grab Your Fork Highlights
Reservations are available for dinner. You won't find yuanyang Hong Kong coffee tea but you can bask in Single Origin coffee and everybody's favourite breakfast beverage, the Bloody Mary.
Peanut butter inside the Hong Kong French toast Paper Bird's version is less eggy than the traditional Hong Kong French toast rendition, replacing the melting pat of butter on top with fresh blueberries and a good snowstorm of cinnamon. Cubes of pickled daikon will reset your arteries in a flash. You do score butter and maple syrup on the side although a little more of both is probably needed.
Kimchi and cheese is everything. The marinade of fermented shrimp paste is less noticeable than my last encounter. Paper Bird commences dinner trade this Wednesday 9 August.
There's a generous layer of peanut butter in the middle but I wish there was condensed milk too, and that the bread was a little eggier. The chilli takes a while to kick in, but when it does, there's a satisfying gentle burn.
It's as good as I remembered, a rubbly crunch of golden batter drizzled with a soy syrup that adds just enough sweetness without it feeling cloying. Pierce the egg and let the runny yolk ooze over everything. And the shrimp-brined fried chicken is on the menu.
Rice and milk congee with fried bread Corn kernels and flakes of crab add pops of sweetness and there's a welcome crunch from the sesame seeds and fried bread sticks donut chips. Eleven dollars might sound steep but this quivering slice combines a milky richness with ethereal lightness.