Saturday, January 31, 2015

Shophouse Kitchen 大食家

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Chiu Chow Fish Ball & Fish Cake In Fish Soup, 5.90AUD

Shophouse Kitchen 大食家 the other day with Jonathan after school. I hardly ever eat out at QV except perhaps for getting a quick grab-go for sushi rolls. But hey, there is a first time for everything right? He recommended the Chiu Chow Fish Soup that has a clear milky paste and it reminded me a lot what I used to have back in Singapore. The whole bowl is hearty and quite healthy.


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Grilled Pork Chop Fried Set, 10.90AUD

This is weird for me as I would usually have pork chops with sides such as fries and veg, not rice and veg. The thickness of the pork was quite thin and there were bones on the sides and middle of it. I can see why it would fit the Cantoneses' palate in general. Its a nice 'cheap-eats' meal but not for the best quality.


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Popcorn Chicken Rice Set, 10.90AUD

The Popcorn Chicken was great. Heavier on the batter, less on the meat though. The best part of the meal tonight was the Chiu Chow Fish Soup and that did the Chinese-Asian flavours proud. I believe that they have other great Asian dishes worth trying for, but for pork chops and steaks, cook them at home or go to a proper steakhouse.

(P.s. Thank you Jonathan Tanean for the treat!)





Shophouse Kitchen 大食家
Shop 29, 210 Lonsdale Street, QV Square, CBD
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Australia

Tel: +(61) 03 9639 6663

Mon to Sun: 11am-10.30pm






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Friday, January 30, 2015

Warung Gudeg

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Siomai Bandung, 10AUD

At an Indonesian restaurant ordering something different. Not nasi goreng, nasi uduk, mie ayam, padang, satay or all that, we ordered Siomai Bandung, a delicacy that I missed so.. so flippin much. A few key ingredients chopped up like fish cakes, stuffed tofu, potato and egg, were drenched over with peanut sauce and black sweet sauce. The authenticity tasted just like home sweet home. But really, all you need is a good sauce to make me go through the roof.


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Lontong Cap Gomeh, 11.50AUD

Lontong Cap Gomeh was one of my childhood favourites. Not any at all a match, the Indonesian street vendors does it better than this one here. Not too many ingredients on the bowl, just the lontong, chicken, egg, and chayote. The underlining creaminess of the soup wasn't quite there at all. There wasn't enough spices to develop that authentic lontong aroma. I wouldn't recommend it.

Don't get me wrong, I still have faith with their other basic dishes because all of my friends who have dined at Warung Gudeg told me most stuffs here were good. Well, maybe next time!







Warung Gudeg
276 Clayton Road, Clayton
Melbourne, Victoria 3168
Australia

Tel: +(61) 03 9558 6409

Mon: Closed
Tue to Sat: 11.30am-9pm
Sun: Closed





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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Miss Marples Tearoom

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My experience at Miss Marples Tearoom was great. Not over the top great, but great enough to make me want to come back. Its specialty is really about having simple scones and tea.
 Having heard mixed reviews regarding the food quality, I wasn't skeptical on trying this place out because you know damn well how much I love scones and that was solely the reason why I have been wanting to come here in the first place. Everyone can have what they want, but I sure am getting my hands full on those scones!

The place was a reminiscent of the English culture of where British women of the past would gather in the mornings or evenings to have tea with something plain or sweet on the side. These days, the British still love their evening teas, but Miss Marples Tearooms vibe is more traditional. No expensive China sets, just cute little teacups and pots. C'est la vie, I wish I was born on that side of the world sometimes.


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Nanny tablecloths and teapots screams Miss Marples. With the additional installation of Christmas decorations, the vibe was nothing but homely as we cozied up on the corner table.


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Devonshire Scones, 9.50AUD 


Scones comes in all shapes and sizes, but usually their texture would be somewhat similar. These particular ones were taller and spongier in texture. Normal scones have that soft biscuit composition and densely built. However, these ones resemble more similarly to a sponge cake. Sounds undeserving? It pairs really well with the whipped cream and Miss Marple's famous raspberry jam. Between traditional scones and scones like these, its hard to pick which I would have preferred because I love them all. Two scones cost 9.50AUD. Price is on the steeper side for these scones, but the amount of jam and cream they would provide you is more than sufficient. I suspect, we are paying more for the jams than the scones themselves. You can pick between plain, fruit scones, or one of each.


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Teapot Of Taylors, 4AUD


There were the several usuals, but I opted for the Yorkshire Gold, a traditional brew and also Miss Marples's house blend. It taste similar to an English Breakfast, but in a way different.


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Pumpkin Soup "Hot & Hearty", 11AUD

It was a cold summer day and a soup would light up the moods. Soups changes daily at Miss Marples and on that day it was the pumpkin on board. They gave us a side of lukewarm bread and butter to pair the soup with. The soup was creamy and full flavoured, while the extra touch of sour cream contains fat and acids that gave the soup a richer texture and flavour.



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Because big boys can have teas too!



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Champagne Ham, English Cheddar & Chutney Fingers, 13.50AUD

Normal bread with ham, topped with cheese, and baked thereafter. Tasted like overcooked pizza but it was actually pretty good. Although I totally understand why would I pay 13.50AUD if I could make exactly the same thing for less than a dollar, right? Maybe another dollar for effort and cost of baking. Other than that, I don't actually mind paying for this because we were after all, paying (mostly) for the ambiance right?


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Open Sandwich, 17AUD


I am not a big fan of pickles, olives and all that stuffs similar to that. Carrots served were served raw and the Asian in me needed it cooked. Hence, there were many flaws to this dish and all the ingredients just didn't marry. There wasn't even any dressings and the juice of lemon doesn't count.


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Quiche Lorraine (Egg & Bacon), 16.50AUD 


The quiche was lovely with great flakey crust and smooth egg fillings. It was at first albeit odd to have quiche with chips. Surprisingly, this kind of pairings I could do with, just not like the salad from before.


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Chicken Cottage Pie, 15AUD

Miss Marples couldn't be more British serving cottage pies on their menu. Smashed potato with cheese act as layers that cover air from seeping through the baked chicken within. It resulted in a more tenderised and moist chicken within. However, I thought they needed more flavour with the mashed potatoes because it was quite plain.


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Beef Cottage Pie, 15AUD

Beef Cottage Pie over Chicken Cottage pie for sure.



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We came pretty early so there were plenty of tables still up for grabs. However, I was told that queues can reach up to two to three hours long on peak days. Umm, crazy?



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Miss Marples sells their famous jams and tea leaves at the premises as well. Their teas are pretty good. But if you're looking for more variety, there is a tea store a minute walk away from Miss Marples and there they serve hundreds or perhaps a few thousand types of teas. The store is called Tea At Sassafras. Miss Marples Tearoom is the place to go for the perfect English scones. This place is well known more for their sweet items more than the savouries. I have not tried, but you should try their sundaes, its crazy gigantic. And after that, burn it off by trekking up the 1000 steps at Kokoda Memorial walk.







Miss Marples Tearoom
382 Mount Dandenong Tourist Road, Sassafras
Melbourne, Victoria 3787
Australia

Tel: +(61) 03 9755 1610

Mon to Fri: 11am-4pm
Sat to Sun: Closed





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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Cool Tones In The Summer Heat

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This is probably one of few, or if not, the only outfit post I have ever done without my thick eyeliner. I still need a lot of time to get used to, but I am trying to embrace this 'no fuss' new look. I think I am still over reliant on my eyeliner because I feel so naked without it. I thought my thick liner was also a little too heavy for the summer, especially when I am wearing it during the daytime. What do you think? Stick to the eyeliner, or.. not? I am all summery today with my Balinese top tied to a knot. Paired with a simple oversized bag where I chug all my school notes in. I am halfway there, just three more weeks till summer semester is over, I just need to tell myself that I can do this.




Sunday, January 25, 2015

Industry Beans

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Brunch is reimagined when you dine at Industry Beans. Itself is a roasting house that was once awarded the Best New Roastery, and Best Boutique Roaster just this past year (2014). The premises is huge. We sat on stools right at the back of the warehouse and got to watch coffee beans being roasted. Different techniques, tools and precise timings were all crucial factors to blend the perfect roast. 
Check out #brunchreimagined on Instagram to see their summer menu and some serious intensified plating skills.


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Passionfruit Panna Cotta, 17AUD

I wanted something completely different and got myself a Passionfruit Panna Cotta with rosewater compressed watermelon. The rosewater taste really stood out and it was served cold. It was completely juicy and fresh, this is no ordinary watermelon. Full packed antioxidants with plenty of chia seeds on top, more flavour with the rhubarb puree, and granola gave it some extra crunch.



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Wild Mushrooms, 21AUD


My friend Isabel went for an amazing choice, the Wild Mushrooms! The polenta chips covered in porcini powder swooned us over and we just died having tasted the truffle foam. All of that, garnished effortlessly with watercress. And when you poke the poached egg, that's a pretty picture right there. Hashtag yolk porn.


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Avocado Smash, 15AUD + Poached Egg, 3.50AUD

Industry Beans does a good classic too. Handful, thick and creamy smashed avocado with plentiful chevre (goat cheese). It was perfect even visually with the right green colour, not unripe, and not overripe. The perfect smashed avocados for me is when there are sizable chunks in between all that mashed sludge. What I am loving the most was how they provide you with a side of green tea sea salt. That was for me, the tip of the iceberg. The partially charred lemon makes the avocado fresher than it already was as well.


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I love the concept of open air roasting house and we get to watch coffee roaster machines doing its job. It was a first for me.



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Once it reaches a certain colour and at specific duration, coffee beans get poured out.



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Stages of colour these beans undergo from its raw green to the perfect roast. Almost odourless or a little like hay when it was at the first stage, and it proceeded to this aromatic state when its dark brown.



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It was quite a drag to be noticed by the waiters when we were sitting at the far end of the table. But other than that, Industry Beans has the whole package of a great roaster, spacious warehouse including a beautiful outdoor setting, great food and ambiance. This brunch place is a true winner.





Industry Beans
Unit 3 Corner of Fitzroy & Rose Fitzroy Street, Fitzroy
Melbourne, Victoria 3065
Australia

Tel: +(61) 03 9417 1034

Mon to Fri: 7am-4pm
Sat to Sun: 8am-4pm





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Friday, January 23, 2015

Hwaro Korean BBQ 멜번화로구이

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Bibim-bab Rice In Stone Bowl, 16AUD

Here's a quick review of how dinner went like at Hwaro Korean BBQ 멜번화로구이. I ordered myself a bowl of Bibim-bab. The rice portion was little but everything on top was delicious. Yummo!


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Ox Tongue Thick Cut, 16.90AUD

I didn't dare to eat this one. How fearless do you have to be able to caress an ox tongue with yours? Seems like an easy and pleasurable task but I don't have such courage. Everyone else on the table enjoyed it though. There was the option for a thin or thick cut for these pieces of muscular organs. We chose the thicker cut, but if this is what they consider thick, what is thin then?



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Wagyu Scotch Fillet Beef, 28.90AUD

Can you see a pretty even marbling across the fillet of beef? That makes it oh so tender. And if you're wondering what is that white ball doing over there? The fillet was served with one buttoned mushroom, don't ask me why.


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Gal-Bi Beef, 24.90AUD

Everyone enjoyed the Gal-Bi Beef so much. Perhaps, a favourite for all of us. Its essentially just beef ribs marinated with a special traditional sauce. Simple but man that was absolutely amazing, and I meant both the meat texture as well as the sauce.


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Wagyu Fillet Steak Beef, 25.90AUD

Marinated with the same sauce as from before, these are thin scotch slices off the bone.



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Bul-Go-Gi Beef, 21.90AUD

The Bul-Go-Gi Beef on the other hand was more difficult to cook. Form beef balls and make sure it stay put in chunks. If you play with the thongs too early, everything would fall off to the charcoal base. But don't you worry, we didn't actually cook anything. The waiters were the ones getting their hands dirty.



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We had the meats wrapped up in lettuce because that is how a Korean would eat it. These were all the refillable side dishes and you can ask the waiters for unlimited rounds.


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Tonight's crime time with Audy and Odin


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We had to take off our shoes to sit on a more private table. Tables have exhaust to eliminate steam and smell. But sadly, my hair still smelled like barbecue when we left, and it had to happen when I just washed them earlier in the day. Bummer.

Audy was feeling extremely generous as it was a glorious day for him and I won't say why. But when life brings good news, share the happiness among your friends, right? So thank you for the treat brother! Will return the favour next time.






Hwaro Korean BBQ 멜번화로구이
562 Little Bourke Street, CBD
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Australia

Tel: +(61) 03 9642 5696





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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Yong Green Food

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Another Vegetarian restaurant option that serves mostly vegan, raw, organic, gluten free and you know, all that stuff. I met up with my blogger friend, Wanderingmint and her friend Steve for dinner. Yong Green Food had far been in my list for quite sometime ever since my absolute amazing experience at Vegie Bar (a vegetarian restaurant). I expected Vegie Bar's standards, but Yong Green Food wasn't on par. Not that its bad, it was just decent.


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Organic Chilli Bean Nachos, 15AUD 


Overall dish was very dry to the throat, and barely enough sauces for all the chips. The corn chips were served with chilli beans, guacamole, sour cream and organic cheese. Some jalapenos on the sides where everyone would just sweep it under, and left them all behind.



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Homemade Kimchi Gyoza, 13AUD

Flimsy looking Homemade Kimchi Gyoza that barely forms a shape. I say the chili soy sauce served with it was its saving grace.



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Kelp Pad Thai, 19AUD

The Kelp Noodles were delightful. It wasn't everyone's' favourite, but I loved it anyhow. Amongst all that mixed organic veggies, thin kelp noodles were coated with chilli cashew sauce with strongly spiced tamari almonds that were extremely addictive.


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Buckwheat Crepe, 13.50AUD

I have high expectations for the Buckwheat Crepe because of how it looks, and the craze over it on on Instagram. This crepe was absolutely organic, vegan and gluten free with braised shiitake mushrooms inside as the standout ingredient folded within. The white sauce underneath was wasabi soy mayo. I thought with kewpie it would taste better. Overall, if not for the presentation 13.50AUD was a bit much to hand over.


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Fried Nori Roll, 13AUD

I liked the Fried Nori Roll, but again, it was slightly overpriced. They wrapped mung bean noodles with tofu, sesame leaves and some veggies around three nori seaweeds. The sauce was lovely as well, it was sweet, sour and therefore called the yuzu citrus dipping sauce.



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Dragon Bowl, 19AUD


Dragon Bowl was incredibly amazing and its one of the recommended items on the menu. At first we were rather disappointed when it came by looking like this. We thought it was just vegetables and tofu, how great..? Then we understood we had to add in the red chili paste onto the bowl and mix it up. There was actually biodynamic brown rice and some sliced soy beef underneath all that veg. Dragon Bowl it up like bibimbap and the result was of reddish rice mixture. The sauce was just, wow. The miso soup on the side also helped to wash out the heavy duty.


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Chocolate Cheesecake, 9AUD

Let us warn you, desserts at Yong Green Food is always a bad idea. We should have shared one, instead we ordered three. Raw desserts here just can't simply win over the real deal. Unless you can prove me wrong, don't be half hearted with opting for the vegan, raw or gluten free desserts option because it just wouldn't taste as good. The cheesecake was rather sandy and not cheesy at all. It was made out with a mixture of blended cashew, almonds, sunflower seeds, sultanas, cacao, dates to sweeten, agave and coconut oil.



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Tiramisu, 10.50AUD


The Tiramisu was as sandy as the the Chocolate Cheesecake. With the same blended cashew, agave, dates and raw cacao powder, they added brazil nuts, coconut butter, a normal espresso and a little bit organic spiced rum.


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Raspberry White Chocolate Cheesecake, 8AUD

This one used blended cashew and agave as the core cake ingredient as well. Such sandy consistency shouldn't be considered a cheesecake. Cheesecakes are milky, smooth and cheesy and its hard to achieve that texture with raw ingredients like what was used here.

After trying out their mains, I thought it was pretty decent but uncomparable to Vegie Bar. And after having their desserts, we all got pretty dissatisfied. I say, ditch the raw, damn it I already having a cake, give me proper, proper cake! Comparing the two, I would pick Vegie bar because I know every dish I order there is often a definite winner.  Trust me, I have been to Vegie Bar a couple of times and was never disappointed. At Yong Green Food on the other hand, you have to know what to pick or you'll basically be discontented. And of course, avoid their desserts at all cost.






Yong Green Food
421 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Melbourne, Victoria 3065
Australia

Tel: +(61) 03 9417 3338

Mon: Closed
Tue: 12pm-4pm
           5pm- 10pm
Wed: 5pm-10pm
Thu to Sat: 12pm-4pm
                     5pm- 10pm
Sun: 12pm-4pm
          5pm- 9pm





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