Friday, February 17, 2017

Rose Garden BBQ, CBD MELB

Very rarely do I crave for roasted/ barbequed meat and whenever I do get cravings for it, a quick visit to any decent eatery would suffice. Went here for dinner at around 6pm and sadly, was informed that every single piece of roast/ barbequed meat had been completely sold out.

At this stage, I got a bit fidgety and took an extra few minutes to finalize my thoughts before settling with a plate of barbequed pork omelette on rice.

I was surprised when this dish got served as I was informed by the waitress that there were no more barbequed pork meat left for the day. Found this to be filling but rather bland tasting.

Note to self: Always check out the rotisserie before walking into any restaurant.

Rose Garden BBQ Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Japan: Cheap eats

Contrary to popular beliefs of exuberantly priced meals in Japan, just like any other city, it’s all about knowing where to eat amidst the labyrinth. After all, not everybody can afford higher end meals (unless if you’re born with a silver spoon in your mouth). Sigh, the number of times I caught myself squandering around the clearance food section in supermarkets prior to pay day.

These cheap eateries have meals starting from ¥500 to about ¥800 and again, vending machines are utilized for ordering and cash transactions. After a tiring excursion, the sister and I ducked into this unknown eatery located along the busy streets of Shinjuku. A bowl of oyakodon topped with shredded seaweed and a plate of tonkatsu with curry and rice fed us well that night.

Another one of these cheap eateries located near our hotel in Kyoto made its way into our food diary as we headed here, once again, after a weary day out. Propped on a stool near the kitchen, we slurped up a bowl of kitsune udon, munched into a few pieces of golden chicken karaage and spooned out beef don with slivers of scallion scattered in it atop a bed of vinegar-ed rice.

While these were the only two cheap and fast paced eateries that we have been to, others such as Coco curry house and Yoshinoya are vastly available in most cities, also offering the same affordable and quick food concept.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Malaysia: Kanteen Plus KUALA LUMPUR

The closes shopping mall to my place would be the Plaza Damas mall which may not have as stores operating in it as compared to a bigger mall. Housing necessary outlets such as a supermarket, pharmacies, optometrists and bakeries, there are also a few quaint cafes offering room for catch ups or leisurely reads.

Food in most malls can be financially taxing and so, sometimes it is wiser to venture out to the many eateries located just outside the mall for meals. According to the father, this eatery is popular among officer workers and students alike. Comfortable and spacious seating area, friendly staff and quick service sums up my first impression here.

There is no shortage of food choices as the menu comprises of a balanced mix of Chinese and Malay cuisines, all priced from RM10 to RM18. Ordered a plate of cucur udang (prawn fritters) and a vegetarian version, both served with sweet chilli dipping sauce. Fritters were chopped to pieces, enabling sharing across the table. Slightly oily but delicious nonetheless.

Ayam penyet – the sister, unfamiliar with what she may be ordering but still game enough to take a gamble, ordered this dish. Chicken was crispy and comes topped by a layer of crunchy bits.

Wat tan hor with fried noodles – portion size is just right for myself and comes with a generous serve of soup thickened with egg.  Alternatively, this dish also comes with a hor fun version. Both go down well with a drop of soy sauce infused by chilli padi aka a tiny, vibrant red chilli known to quite spicy.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Japan: Rokurinsha Tokyo Ramen Street, TOKYO

Shortage of time is a major issue among the Japanese considering that commuting for work and prolonged working hours take up at least 10 hours in a day, making it easy to dismiss the thought of running to a shop for a gift or to have a decent meal. From my two weeks of holiday in Japan, this was evident to me.

Ranging from sleep deprived to diligent spectacled, newspaper reading employees to the occasional flamboyantly dressed character out of a manga comic, of which, nobody seems to bat an eye at – everyone squeezes into the train in an attempt at avoiding having to wait for subsequent ones. Once we arrive at the Tokyo station, our eyes lit with excitement.

Crowded, yes but just like the other main stations that houses a JR line, it is well equipped with a delicious array of restaurants and specialty shops bearing gifts and souvenirs. I can see how the Japanese save time in a train station. Ah, how excited we were at the prospect of fuelling our exhausted souls.

Noting a line up outside this restaurant, we immediately jumped into the queue out of curiousity. And like any other main train station, free wifi is available, much to the delight of the researcher in me. Turned out this restaurant is renowned for their tsukemen (ramen consumed after dipping in a separate bowl of soup).

Flavour soft boiled egg dip noodles – bundled up neatly, the noodles were prepared al dente. Dipping it into the accompanying broth softened up its texture slightly, making it much easier for slurping.

For variety sake, we ordered a bowl of ramen in broth that comes served with pickled bamboo shoots pork meat, generously topped with fine slices of spring onions. Again, delicious and pork broth had a delectable flavour depth to it.

At $10 for a good portion of noodles and a thick slab of protein, I can see why the Japanese would brave the meal time crowd and queue up for a spot here.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Simply Spanish, South Melbourne MELB

Winner of an acclaimed international paella cooking competition held in Spain, Simply Spanish won the crowd over with their version. Heavily publicized soon after, the restaurant's business boomed tremendously and the already busy paella cook servicing customers outside the restaurant became even more overwhelmed by a new crowd wanting to sample their paella.

Seafood paella - I have had my fair share of paellas whilst in Spain and am happy to admit that this is worth the wait. Traditional paella ingredients are rabbit meat/ bones, a little bit of chicken, all engulfed by the aromatic saffron, contrary to what we may find in many Spanish restaurants. Whilst what I had may not be an original reiteration, it was still extremely flavourful. Each grain of rice had been slightly softened by a rich stock, accompanied by a generous amount of seafood pieces.

Ah, another excellent reason to wake up early on a Sunday morning.

Simply Spanish Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Sushi Sushi, Chadstone MELB

When Chadstone opened its newly renovated doors to consumers last year, I decided to head over on my weekend off. Boy, was that a big mistake.

Not only did parking proved to be a challenge on its own but finding a place to eat is yet another task to accomplish, except it was much more difficult that the previous mission. Just about every restaurant or cafe was full of customers and there's even a queue patiently waiting to get a table.

And so, I made my way to a takeaway sushi shop located in the older side of Chadstone which was not overly busy due to its highly efficient self service concept.

Sushi pack - sushi packs start from $12 upwards and comes with the usual side of pickles and salad. We decided on one that had a good mix of salmon sashimi, chicken karaage rolls and nigiri pieces. Quite a decent feed.

Also had an extra serve of seaweed salad and salmon nigiri.

Lastly, we each had a piece of aburi scallop nigiri that had been glazed with a sweet teriyaki sauce.

In short, for a quick fix, this takeaway place is pretty decent. Select your preferred sushi option followed by making a transaction at the till and off you go. Happy days.

Sushi Sushi Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Hokkaido Baked Cheese Tart, Chadstone MELB

The much loved Japanese cheese tart has finally arrived in Melbourne, exciting fans with not one but four outlets across different suburbs. Having only tried Pablo cheese tart in Japan almost a year ago, I have seen quite a few people rave about this place and decided to give it a try myself.

The verdict? At $3.90, it is reasonably priced in comparison to tarts produced by different bakers. The crust is buttery soft and has the right crumbly consistency aka not too fragile but still able to disintegrate at the slightest pressure applied.

As for the cheesy filling, it was indeed decadent. Texture is runnier compared to a normal cheesecake and so, be careful of dribbling if you leave it unattended for too long! Right amount of sweetness and caramelization on the top.

Overall, would certainly reconsider buying it again for cheat meals #worthit

Hokkaido Baked Cheese Tart Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato