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Restaurant Review – Golden Chopstick (Melbourne)

Published September 20, 2010 by Mary Jane

Afternoon Bloggy friends, I have a feeling tonight I won’t be making any post so thought I better to it this arvo while I’m still awake. Anyways, this particular restaurant we went with our brother in law’s family. My sister in law hasn’t try out this restaurant before and she wanted me to try out with them so I can give them an opinion as to whether this restaurant sells authentic Taiwanese food. I’m very harsh when it comes to Taiwanese food, so far I have not found a restaurant that I would recommend that sells authentic Taiwanese food.

It was a small restaurant, but was quite packed with people. The tables they had came with a round steamboat/bbq tin – I would imagine they use that for steamboat or bbq. Perhaps we should have tried out their steamboat/bbq thing as it might be their specialty. We decided to share a few cold dishes and hot dishes so here they are:

Piggy ears

Piggy ears

Piggy ears are not your typical dish but I love them. I remember when I was young my grandma used to make them and they’re delicious even though the thought of eating an pig’s ear puts me off. The presentation for this cold dish was nice but the taste was only ok, it wasn’t crunchy like the ones my grandma used to make..so a little disappointing.

gibblets

gibblets

The next cold dish was the gibblets they were really nicely seasoned, well balanced with some seasame oil. So I liked this dish 🙂

Tofu with century eggs

Tofu with century eggs

next cold dish was tofu and century eggs, one of my favourite cold dishes – you can’t go wrong with tofu and century eggs as long as it’s well balanced with some soya sauce. So this dish was fine too.

Chicken Fried Rice

Chicken Fried Rice

The chicken fried rice was disappointing – it’s quite dark in colour and all you taste is the soya sauce and chicken – nothing special, I’ve had better fried rice else where – so this was not up to standard!

Deep fried battered prawns

Deep fried battered prawns

Once again the deep fried prawns were pretty average, nothing special just tasted like prawns battered and deep fried not much flavouring or spice in it…

dumplings

dumplings

Shredded pork wraps

Shredded pork wraps

The next dish is even more bizarre, a shredded pork dish that came with some wraps. At first we thought that’s quite special as the menu had no mention of wraps. Then when I wrapped the pork inside the wraps – the skin texture of the wraps tasted really weird. I only had one wrap. The shredded pork was way too sweet. Something wrong with their seasoning – I wonder if the cook taste his/her food when they send it out cos this one was not up to scratch..

I always go for dumplings – I love dumplings..but I have a feeling these ones won’t taste as good as I expect them to be. The filling is quite nice but the dumpling skin is way to chewy and doughy for my liking. I prefer thinner skin, that’s the way Taiwanese dumplings are – and we use a lot of ginger too so unfortunately, the dumplings aint Taiwanese style. More of mainland Chinese.

Shanghanese Dumplings

Shanghanese Dumplings

The Shanhanese dumplings are not bad, it isn’t one of the best ones I’ve tasted before. But at least its less chewy and doughy than the dumplings.

So overall, the dishes were pretty average – I wouldn’t call them authentic Taiwanese – maybe more close to Mainland Chinese style. Perhaps their other dishes might be better…the Non-Taiwanese ones. Here’s my rating:

Dining experience: 3 star
Food experience: 3.5 star
Would I recommend? Probably not!

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Restaurant Review – Laksa King (Melbourne)

Published September 16, 2010 by Mary Jane

Afternoon, heheh I’m actually blogging in the arvo instead of evening that’s cos I’m going out for dinner with friends tonight, so by the time we get home – I would be too tired to blog. So today I had the police clearance checked booked in at 2pm to supply all my documents and forms for a potential job. Personally, I feel it’s a waste of time to make you bring these documents and forms and then I thought maybe they were going to interrogate me or something but nothing like that. I been wanting to bake Pandabear a Panda bread. I came across it online and it’s so cute, so I thought today would be the day – as I had another day off from work. I know I’m getting really slack..but it didn’t turn out – FAIL nevermind it still tasted like a nice loaf of bread so that’s the main thing.

This particular restaurant was recommended by a friend of ours. Obviously the name gives it away – they must specialise in Laksa…Malaysian hawker style food. I was told this particular restaurant started with a small take away joint it then did really well so moved on to a larger restaurant and it’s always packed.

When we arrived at the restaurant, it was packed – and we waited for a few minutes to be seated on a table.

When you arrived into the restaurant we spotted a large black board written full of Laksa King’s dishes and it’s prices. The menu were placed on our table and it was rather comprehensive.

We decided to share a few dishes, that way we get to taste a variety of dishes..So we ordered some curry puff, Loh bak, combination seafood laksa, Lo Mee, fried rice and I think for a vegie dish we went for gado gado.

Curry Puff

Curry Puff

Loh Bak

Loh Bak

Combination seafood laksa

Combination seafood laksa

Loh Mee

Loh Mee

Fried rice

Fried rice

Gado Gado

Gado Gado

Our meals arrived pretty quickly even though the whole place was packed, the waiters were ok – not superly friendly but at least they attend to your request when you ask for some chillie sauce. Anyways, the presentation of the meals were fantastic. Let’s start with curry puff and Loh Bak – they were pretty standard, nothing special. The Loh Mee with thick gravy sauce was very tasty, the seafood laksa was standard, nothing special infact I thought they might have made their laksa from a paste, it was very coconuty and not spicy at all. Still tasty though. With the fried rice – this was very average. The gado gado which is a vegetable salad served with a peanut sauce dressing was pretty tasty, I’ve never had it before so I couldn’t compare it with previous ones. Overall, we were pretty happy with our meals – it was served relatively large portion and at a reasonable price.

Here’s my rating:

Dining experience: 4 star
Food experience: 4 star
Would I recommend? Yes!

Comfort Food Recipe – Blue Swimmer Crab Fried Rice

Published August 18, 2010 by Mary Jane

Evening bloggy friends, hope this post finds you all well. Pandabear had a day off work today so for some reason, when he’s around I don’t really feel that productive. I woke up late this morning and because there’s no gym or swimming activities happening this week I was feeling very demotivated. By about afternoon time, I made myself a banana smoothie out of my stickmaster 🙂 pretty happy and then late afternoon brave the cold cold wind and went out to QV and Chinese store to buy some ingredients both for cooking and baking…it was so heavy carting groceries without my bluey trolley, I took my trust backpack and it was good carrying my groceries – but it was so heavy – poor Pandabear he’s sick so couldn’t go out to help me 😦 then I was silly enough to want to do Jamie’s Cook Book Challenge at night baking a cake!! I know I’m mad…and I didn’t have the right equipment as well so had to improvise it was a disaster – I will update on the next post…

Well, this particular recipe – I kind of made it up hehehe Alot of times I like to experiment, as most of you know I’m a freelance cook, I don’t usually follow recipes for my cooking. So we went to Victoria Market and I spotted these nice blue swimmer crabs, so I bought 2 of them. To be honest back home in Perth I never buy crabs, I hate the thought of chopping them up – as most of you guys know I have creature phobia – ie fish, cray fish, lobster, crabs etc. Anything that has eyes that stare at you when you try to chop them up, I struggle with it. So I thought surely chopping up crabs is an easy thing to do since they are dead. I was wrong, the eyes keep staring at me..but eventually I did it quickly!!

Blue Swimmer Crab Fried Rice

Ingredients

2 x blue swimmer crabs
minced garlic
2 x eggs
some red chillies
2 tablespoon of soya sauce
some basil
handful of garlic
steamed rice
parsley for garnish

Instructions

1. chop up the blue swimmer crabs and make sure you take the full shell out and bash the legs (it’s so cruel :-() so it’s easier to get the meat out. Add oil to the pan, chuck in minced garlic and sliced red chillies and throw in the crabs. Stir fry it until the blue swimmer crabs starts to turn orange. Then add 1 tablespoon of soya sauce and continue pan fry for a few minutes.

2. Dish out the crabs, leaving juices behind – throw in steamed rice (it’s best to use over night rice) and beat the eggs and pour in the eggs and stir fry it together, add 1 tablespoon of soya sauce and once the fried rice is done, throw back in the crabs and toss it with some basil and it’s ready to serve onto the plate. Garnish with some parsley and there you have it a delicious blue swimmer crab fried rice. 🙂

Blue Swimmer Crabs

Blue Swimmer Crabs

Blue Swimmer Crabs Fried Rice

Blue Swimmer Crabs Fried Rice

Close up

Close up

Comfort Food Recipe – Omellete Fried Rice

Published January 22, 2010 by Mary Jane

Hello Everyone, wow it’s been busy at work today – now it’s quieter I can start writing again. Anyways, Fried rice is a simple, easy and quick recipe and anyone can make fried rice. There’s different version of it but yeah it’s definitely a comfort food and you can make it within 20 minutes. To make fried rice less boring, wrap it up with an omellete and you’re laughing 🙂

Here it is…

Omellete Fried Rice

Ingredients
2 x bowls of rice
3 table spoon of Soya sauce
2 x pieces of Chicken thighs
2 eggs
2 cloves of garlic
1-2 sprigs of spring onions
1 cup of frozen mix vegies
1 table spoon of tomato sauce

Instructions

1. mince garlic, put some oil in the pan and chop up the chicken thighs into little pieces – stir fry it until it’s golden brown and add in the frozen mix vegies – you can buy a bag of 500g frozen vegies that have corn, peas, capsicum etc and stir fry for another few minutes at in soya sauce and the tomato sauce. Now you can make it different with add in fish sauce and tomato sauce and it becomes thai style or just add soya sauce it’s up to your preference. It’s best you use old steamed rice from the night before hand as it doesn’t stick together when you stir fry it.
2. plate up the fried rice, next step is to cook your omellete – whip up the eggs in a bowl and add salt and a bit of pepper for seasoning and pour the mixture into the pan with some oil and make sure you move the pan in the circular motion then once the eggs are cooked, pour the rice back into the pan and wrap the eggs up over the rice and there you have it some omellete fried rice. Simple and delicious.

Enjoy…