We’ve been impressed recently by the foodie hub that Castlecrag is turning into on the lower North Shore with a number of trendy restaurants, including Yang & Co, a contemporary Malaysian/Singaporean eatery that serves up favourites with a modern twist.
It was bustling on a Friday night when we turned up without a booking, but they managed to seat us in the cosy bar area where we could smell the tasty aromas wafting out of the kitchen. While we waited for our food, we started off with a couple of glasses of vermouth – a gorgeous Rose Vermouth and a sweet White Vermouth from Germany that we enjoyed as a refreshing start to the meal.
Rose and White Vermouth, $10 each
First up from the appetisers menu was the Singapore Chilli Soft Shell Crab. We loved that this dish takes the hassle out of this iconic dish since you don’t need to get your hands dirty cracking open the crab, but you still get the full hit of chilli tomato flavours in the rich sauce coating the battered soft shell crab pieces. We mopped up that flavoursome sauce with the fried man tao buns that the dish was served with.
Singapore Chilli Soft Shell Crab + Man Tao, $25
Our other starter was the Hainanese Chicken Confit served with Cast Iron Garlic Rice – Yang & Co’s take on this classic features crispy skin on the chicken and aromatic rice that is drier than the traditional chicken rice we’ve had elsewhere from being cooked in the cast iron pan. All is made better with their punchy garlic chilli sauce that we used liberally all over the chicken and the rice.
Hainanese Chicken Confit with Cast Iron Garlic Rice, $18
We chose Yang’s Char Kueh Teow rice noodles from the more substantial part of the menu and were not disappointed with the medley of wok fried flavours coating ingredients such as juicy pipis, chunks of spicy chorizo and banana prawns.
Yang’s Char Kueh Teow, $20
Yang & Co serves up Malaysian/Singaporean cuisine with panache and while the dishes are not quite as you know them, the flair with which the kitchen has turned them into modern renditions means that the crowds will keep coming back for more of this addictively delicious food.
Yang & Co
79 Edinburgh Road, Castlecrag NSW 2068
Phone: (02) 9967 5913