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Food at Sydney

Published February 11, 2010 by Mary Jane

Hello People, hope this blog finds you all well. Tonight for dinner I decided to have some Tacos..mmm..yummy crunchy tacos. I bought a packet of them that came with seasoning, sauce and hard shell Tacos. All I have to do is prepare the filling, beef mince and salad and there you have it tacos. When I opened the fridge I realised I didnt have any lettuce..doh!! What to do, all I have is a bag of snow peas..and really it’s not suitable for Tacos…but the usual me said why not? What have you got to lose..it’s vegies. So I stir fried the snow peas, chopped up some tomatoes, cheese and whipped up the beef mince with taco seasoning. So I started carrying each individual bowl of items to our little dining table. Pandabear stared and said “what? Snow peas with tacos?” I know I know it’s weird but I didnt have any lettuce in the fridge. Plus, you know me I’m into improvising and creating new stuff like mixing avocados into potato mash, adding noodles into a stuffed squid and the list carries on. So after Pandabear whinged about it, he saw me start piling all the fillings into the tacos so he decided he’ll give it a shot. Well…it actually tasted pretty good, gives it a crunchy texture to the tacos as suppose to wet cold lettuce.

Okies, after our usual walk back home I realised something had bit me..yes, I started feeling itchy near my left leg and numbness. I thought it might have been a bee!! No!! I think I’m allergic to bees, but minutes later I didn’t swell up so it could be just some nasty ants. Pandabear even considered sending me to the emergency rooms in hospitals. Fortunately, I didn’t swell up so he’s out now grabbing some icecream and hopefully some cream for my mysterious insect bite. I decided to stay home and wait for him and blog…

Well, our next honeymoon destination was Sydney…the land where it reminds me the return of Asia…so populated, bad traffic, cranky people..that reminds me I’ve asked this man to take a picture for us and he looked at me shocked and disgusted as if I was wasting his time. But me being me, I insisted he took our pictures…not just once but a few times until he gets it right. He walked off probably cursing me. But I got my pictures, that shall teach him some patience. So it wasn’t all bad in Sydney, we caught up with our cousins who took us out to this nice restaurant in Kingsley where they specialise in soft shell crabs and steaks..sorry I forgot the name of the restaurant. I had some soft shell crabs with my steak. I’ve never had soft shell crabs before, I’ve had mud crabs and those red normal crabs and blue crabs but never a soft shell crab. Pandabear decided to stick with his favourite seafood prawns, so he had garlic prawns with his steak. Our cousins ordered sides – which included some awesome potato mash, roasted mushrooms and linguine crab meat. The meal was fantastic, I loved my soft shell crabs – I didnt have to worry about bones getting stuck in between my teeth and digging meat out of the crabs. It was all edible, I basically pop it into my mouth and chew it 🙂

I must admit, Sydney has some awesome restaurants and great food. So it made up for it’s cranky people and hectic city life style. So the next day we decided let’s try out it’s food hall, it was huge! So many varieties to choose from and they even have this Asian Dude standing there selling fresh squeeze juice. It’s like 3 bottles on specials and we took some back to the hotel. Bargain! We ended up grabbing some Chinese takeaway, I know why Chinese? Cos they look pretty good. The guy gave us a huge serving, he must saw my hungry look and my drools..it was not only decent in serving but the price was for a ridiculous $7.50 now where in Perth are you going to get a decent chinese dish for $7.50 in your dreams..Honestly, Sydney is all about the food we later on met us with our cousins again who took us to Lindt Restaurant, that’s right they have a chocolate Lindt Restaurant how cool is that? I know I’m a village Perth girl. I get easily amused. The dessert was awesome, it’s worth going there for it’s chocolate waffles, hot chocolate, and their delicious mouth watering chocolate cake. Now I’m not a chocolate person, but I love things that are made out of chocolate except eating chocolate by itself 🙂 I know I’m weird.

Then we met up with one of friends who lived in Sydney and he took us to this fine dining popular Japanese Restaurant called Masuya Japanese Restaurant, I will do a restaurant review on that. Then the next day, our lovely cousins took us to the Sydney Fish Market. Awesome I love markets,and there’s heaps of fresh seafood loads of them and you don’t know what to choose. So what did we do? We ended up ordering a bit of EVERYTHING…ranging from scallops, lobsters, abalone, sashimi – I don’t like them but my cousins do, fish & chips, prawns, crab balls, squid rings and loads more of other stuff. We were so full that we started consider feeding those hungry seagulls. Fish market is definitely a place for seafood lovers, I would highly recommend anyone from Perth to go there if you love seafood. Cos you’ll be seafood out after one visit.

Anyways, it was time to visit the Bondi beach – I came across these petrol rescuers and insisted on having a picture taken with them. They were pretty friendly and told me “We’re not the real one – you see we are volunteers and in yellow colours, the ones you are after are over there in Blue they are the bondi rescuing team” I was amazed with their friendliness and honesty. So I decided they were the real volunteer heros and still took some pictures with them. I even tried to surf on their board on the sand…yeah I know I’m a chicken when it comes to water. So our cousins decided to take us to try out deep fried battered mars bars. Sounds rather gross but it actually tasted quite good. The chocolate just melts in your mouth. Now it’s very rich so we had 1 deep fried battered mars bar to share amongst 4 of us. It was indeed very rich and very sweet full of chocolate. It’s definitely worth a try if you are a sweet tooth. But I’m a savoury girl so one bite does it for me 🙂

At midnight, I was feeling peckish it was time for some supper so Pandabear and I decided to head down to China Town for some porridge and authentic supper meal. We had some porridge that came with ‘yao jia guey’ deep fried long sticks, clay pot chicken and stir fried prawns. It was delicious and the whole place was packed with Asians. Now that’s when you know the restaurant is good, when it’s packed with Asians. The next day, we tried out some random cafes and they were pretty good. So if you ask me would I ever go back to Sydney again? Ofcourse! For the food and for a short holiday would I live there Ofcourse NOT!! I’m from a lay back Perth and can’t adjust a hectic Sydney lifestyle I don’t know how my cousins did it, and they loved Sydney…maybe it has all the hustle and bustle that resembles the Asian countries. Oh yeah, we also went to the Sydney Harbour Bridge – it was overated..not spectacular and some time for some oriental massage which helped us coped with Sydney’s hectic lifestyle. To top it off, on our way to the airport it took us an hour as suppose to 20 minutes due to traffic jam and apparently that’s quite normal according to the taxi driver. However, the taxi driver was pretty friendly and chatted with us the whole way till the airport and helped us with the luggage. That was very nice of him 🙂

Till next time…

Soft Shell Crabs with Steak

Soft Shell Crabs with Steak

Fluffy Mash with Roasted Mushrooms

Fluffy Mash with Roasted Mushrooms

Garlic Prawns with steak

Garlic Prawns with steak

Linguine with crab meat

Linguine with crab meat

Food hall chicken stir fry with steamed rice

Food hall chicken stir fry with steamed rice

Freshly squeeze watermelon & Orange Juice

Freshly squeeze watermelon & Orange Juice

Fish market squids and soft shell crabs

Fish market squids and soft shell crabs

Fish market fresh produce

Fish market fresh produce

The deep fried battered mars bars

The deep fried battered mars bars

The Bondi Volunteer Heroes

The Bondi Volunteer Heroes

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Comfort Food Recipe – Japanese Beef Curry

Published January 25, 2010 by Mary Jane

Okies, we’re on to the topic of curries again….I love curries and would eat them any day. They are so tasty and addictive – plus I love rice so curry and rice are great mates 🙂 Anyways, Japanese curries are not spicy at all and they are so simple to make – less fattening and healthier option as they don’t have any coconut milk hehehehe

So here it is…

Japanese Beef Curry

Ingredients

500g of diced beef
2-3 blocks of Japanese curry
2 carrots
2 potatoes

Instructions

1. For the beef – you can choose any cuts of beef steak, it’s best to choose some with the fats as it taste better with curry. So diced the beef if it already hasn’t been done. Anyways, add oil into the pan and stir fry the beef until it’s golden brown and add in blocks of japanese curry – you can get a packet of them in any Asian grocery stores – they come in blocks. Add in diced carrots and diced potatoes.

2. Slow cook the curries, add in some beef stock or water and initially bring the curry to boil and simmer it slow cook it for around 30-40 minutes until the beef is tender, carrots and potatoes are nicely cooked

3. Serve the curry with steamed rice and you’re laughing…

Enjoy…

Japanese Beef Curry

Japanese Beef Curry

Comfort Food Recipe – Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup

Published January 20, 2010 by Mary Jane

Hello Everyone, I’m continuing on with my Taiwanese dishes… well, Taiwanese dumplings goes extremely well with beef noodle soup. Taiwanese beef noodle soup is one of my favourite dishes and it’s so easy to make…here’s the recipes… 🙂

Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup

Ingredients
500g beef briskets
1 x small piece of ginger
2 or 3 chinese 5 star spice
2 or 3 cloves of garlic
2 or 3 chillies
3 x table spoon of Soya sauce
1 x packet of noodles
some coriander or spring onions (optional)

Instructions
1. For the beef briskets, you can also buy other beef cuts just make sure they have some sort of fats on them that’s what makes the soup taste good 🙂 anyways, dice them into cubes. Heat up the pan with oil, mince the garlic, sliced the ginger into large pieces and chopped the chillies and chuck these into the pan along with the five star spices (you can get this chinese five star spices from any Asian grocery stores – it has a strong aroma if you don’t like it you can miss this out it’s optional). So stir fry the garlic and chili along with the chinese five spice and ginger until you can smell the strong aroma and throw in the beef pieces and stir fry it until it’s brown and add in some soya sauce continue to stir fry for a few minutes and pour in some boiling water – you can add more soya sauce if you would like the soup to be darker, adjust according to your preferences.
2. Now turn down the fire to simmer the soup for about 1/2 hour – 45 minutes until the meat is tender
3. Boil the noodles and drain it and put them into a bowl and add the beef soup and there you have it traditional taiwanese beef noodle soup to garnish add some coriander or chopped spring onions – they go really well with beef
4. For dipping sauces simply add soya sauce and cut chillies or chilli paste and you’re laughing!!

Enjoy…