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Restaurant Review – Great Eastern Restaurant (San Francisco)

Published April 18, 2010 by Mary Jane

Apart from the awesome Ritz-Calton restaurant in San Francisco, we’ve also had the opportunity to roam around China Town. Apparently we were told that San Francisco’s China Town is the largest and one of the best China Towns in USA. I can see why… As Pandabear and I walked through the large gate of China Town, the whole streets were filled with restaurants, shops selling nick knacks which ranges from kitchen appliances, markets, through to antiques and souvenirs. These sort of scene spans across a few blocks and every where you go it’s packed with Chinese people. It was an eye opening experience…

We’ve had the privilege of dining at this Chinese restaurant called Great Eastern Restaurant. It was with great difficulty that we chose this restaurant as there were so many choices to choose from, every restaurant seemed to be packed with people and their food pictures are all very impressive. So anyways, we came across this restaurant and had a peak with its menu on the outside door and saw quite a few Chinese people dining at this restaurant. We decided ok, let’s give this restaurant a try.

We were seated on a table which was very close to the glass show case of roast ducks hanging there looking juicy and tasty. The waiters were all well groomed and friendly. They gave us some chinese tea and left us to look at the menus. After few minutes the waiter came back to take our orders. We decided to try their peking duck with steamed bun, medicinal pork rib soup as our friend loves soup, deep fried egg yolk snow crabs cos they were so cheap and fresh compared in Perth, stir fried chinese vegies – which was the vegies that I used to eat in Taiwan which they don’t really sell in Perth called ‘Dang Er’, and a dish that was recommended by the waiter stir fried squabs with snow peas and ginger. I was thinking to myself what are squabs I’ve never tasted squabs before? The waiter replied it’s a pigeon meat. Okies, let’s be adventurous and tried the pigeon meat.

glass show case of roasted ducks

glass show case of roasted ducks

The food waiting time was fantastic, even though the restaurant was packed, we got our food within 10 minutes from order and they come few minutes after one another. Great service 🙂

The Medicinal Pork Rib Soup tasted fantastic has a nice tinge of medicinal taste not strong enough to overpower you but it’s there and the pork ribs were tender they fall off from the bones and the soup was just seasoned perfectly not too oily or salty. Made you feel healthy and want to have another serve.

Medicinal Pork Rib Soup

Medicinal Pork Rib Soup

The deep fried egg yolk snow crabs was impressive, so much meat in those crabs though I must admit some are coated with slightly too much batter, I felt like I was eating alot of batter. But the flavour was excellent, meat was tender and well priced.

Deep fried Egg Yolk Snow Crabs

Deep fried Egg Yolk Snow Crabs

The Peking Duck was great too, crispy skin, duck meat was tender. Usually in Perth they serve Peking Duck with pancakes, but I was pleasantly surprised when it came with steamed buns – I call them open mouth steamed buns cos you can flip them open in half and put duck meats with shallots and plum sauce and it tasted great!

Peking Duck with Steamed buns

Peking Duck with Steamed buns

The Chinese Stir fried veggies were also well-done. Not over cooked still juicy and tender. I was so glad they served us with ‘Dang Er’ and not Chinese Cabbages or something I eat regularly in Perth. I missed this ‘Dang Er’ veggies and used to have them in Taiwan but haven’t managed to locate them in Perth.

Stir Fried Chinese Vegies

Stir Fried Chinese Vegies

The squabs were fantastic, full of flavour soft and tender and the snow peas well done perfectly still crunchy and it went very well with the ginger.

Stir Fried Squabs with snow peas and ginger

Stir Fried Squabs with snow peas and ginger

Overall, we were very satisfied with all the dishes – the food waiting time was great, service was great and the proportion size of the dishes were adequate. The only thing I must say is that the toilets were located downstairs where it was dark and scary. I had to go there by myself feeling really scared. So I would recommend them to have lights near the toilet section as it made you feel like anyone could just peep out and attack you or it seems like a scene from a scary movie hehehee.

Here’s my ratings:

Dining Experience: 4 star
Food Experience: 4 star
Would I recommend? Yes

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Food at Melbourne

Published February 6, 2010 by Mary Jane

Hello People, since we’re on the topic of restaurants in Melbourne – I decided to write about food at Melbourne. I’ve had the opportunity of traveling to Melbourne for my honeymoon. That was my first time to Melbourne and I love it. There’s literally food shops and restaurants everywhere and it’s open till late at night so if you are hungry for some late night supper, not to worry head down to China Town and there’s bound to be century eggs with pork porridge there waiting for you. It’s what I would call Aussie land of food hehehe… now for our honeymoon trip we decided to be spontaneous, just rock up to places and choose to dine at what ever. Oh yeah, besides from booking the Rockpool place we basically roam around and just dine anywhere that ranged from Food court up to the higher end of the market Rockpool.

The food is considerably cheaper in Melbourne compared to Perth. Especially at the food court, there’s so much variety that I find myself lost in deciding what to eat. Fortunately, I nailed it down to Japanese food – yes I love Sushi I could eat it everyday and not get sick of it. Pandabear had a large bowl of udon soup and you can also order some bubble tea along with it as well..bargain 🙂 We got around Melbourne Central with trams, I love trams they are so cool you don’t get them in Perth 😦 they basically are like little buses that runs on rails on the road kinda like mix between a little train and a bus – quite comfy too. A whole day pass would get you around Melbourne Central to all the popular places you want to go. I got really excited when I come across BreadTop, yes we don’t have it in Perth we only have a small bread shop that sells asian breads, nothing compared to Melbourne’s BreadTop – full of Asian breads reminds me of the bread shops in Taiwan 🙂 so we bought it for our snacks and brekkie – so yummy you just wanna go back and buy more.

Night time, head down to China Town there’s loads of restaurants there – it’s hard finding which one to dine, but I always make sure the ones that are filled with Asians, it must be good. So that’s generally how I go about choosing Chinese Restaurants. They even do the dumplings similar to Ding Tai Fung. Night time when you are after some great coffee – which I’m not really into, I’m more like a hot chocolate person. Coffee gives me the shakes and makes me so hyperactive that I can’t sleep 😦 The cafes in Melbourne are awesome, not only they do great drinks they also do great desserts and I’m sure to do a restaurant review on one of the cafes I dine in Melbourne that’s worth mentioning. Morning time, there’s lots of cafes that does brekkie – we decided to just dine in one of them. Reasonably priced and good service 🙂 what more can you ask for?

Now if you are in Melbourne don’t forget to check out the markets place. It’s got loads of cool gadgets, jeweleries, clothes, souvenirs and loads more. Sort of like our flea markets in Fremantle but a way bigger version of it. We even got this China man to draw a cartoon version of Pandabear and myself that was really cool. I could spend hours and hours checking things out at the markets. The produce is so fresh, I just felt like buying all the fresh ingredients and rush back to the hotel to whip up some meal. Unfortunately this was not possible, no kitchen in our hotel. But really, Melbourne is not all about the Food..the shopping is great over there. There’s DFOs which is similar to our Harbor Town in Perth but 10 times bigger. There’s streets which basically just sell clothes, lots of little boutique shops worth checking out. There’s just lots to do in Melbourne and you would never go bored 🙂

Taro Bread from Bread Top

Taro Bread from Bread Top

dumplings from China Town

dumplings from China Town

Seafood noodles from China Town

Seafood noodles from China Town

One of the cool cafes

One of the cool cafes

Market Food

Market Food

The portrait drawing place

The portrait drawing place