Saturday, December 16, 2017

Glenny Kebabs, Glen Waverley MELB

Working till late often limits one's food option because not only is eating late unhealthy but it would be highly unlikely for anyone to be in the mood for appearing/sounding presentable. Having said so, I would compromise healthy eating when I feel the need to reward myself. Meh to rocking up anywhere presentable.

Located just next to the Caltrex station on Springvale road, the entire kebab concept heavily reminded me of my student days, pigging out late post-studying. The brother and I were pretty clear on what we wanted but stumbled when asked if we would like to top our meal with cheese at no extra cost. Yes please.

As for the sauces, we opted for the favourite chilli, garlic, tomato and barbeque combination.

The verdict? I liked how the meat was thinly shaved, making it easy to chew, and fries were crisp as opposed to soggy. This is definitely the ultimate late night cheat meal in my books and one that although my poor metabolism is unable to cope often, it would be something I don't mind having as a treat after a crappy day. Or post partying, if I ever do that ;)

  Glenny Kebabs Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Wednesday, December 6, 2017


Alas, the seasonal period commences and Melbourne CBD has begun to see an influx of both tourists and locals flocking the streets despite Victoria's temperamental climate changes. Oh and not to mention the many sales thrown in, much to consumer's delight.

This year, I have resolved to upgrade my 10 year old laptop and am looking at newer 2 in 1 laptops that enables me to work on the go. Not that I do this often but who knows what is in place for me next year.

The sister and I watched a rather tempting video on grilled meats a few days ago and despite her being the more carnivorous one between us, I insisted on going somewhere to get our fix. Bookings are necessary here to avoid disappointment, especially on weekends.

One of the better Korean BBQ places as staff members are available to cook the meat for you (no more burning expensive meat) and the entire restaurant has good ventilation. Yes, I have been to a few places that unfortunately, have left an after-aroma on my clothing.

We have ordered the Angus set, composed of premier Angus cube rolls, premium Angus rib fillet, king gal-bi and a mixed veggie and mushroom platter - valued at $105, which can easily feed 2 people comfortably.

Seafood jeon - I liked how this was fluffy in texture and not dripping in oil. Cut into bite sized pieces and made with a fresh marinara mix.

We have also ordered a plate of marinated pork neck to share, assuming that we wouldn't be filled (but we were). Staff members took effort into ensuring that the hot plates used to cook the meat is regularly changed for different types of meat and once cooked, a different plate or bowl is used to serve the meat in.

Both of us agreed on the gal-bi being our favourite. The meat was a lot more tender, probably because it is a cut closer to the bones, and marinated to perfection. Both Angus cuts melted away with every bite and the pork neck was charred to perfection.

Overall, a faultless BBQ experience, priced reasonably,  and one that I would recommend to any skeptical BBQ goer or for first timers.

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

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

White Mojo Plus, Glen Waverley MELB

One of the few brunches to end the year with and as usual, at a spot close to home. We waited for a good 15 minutes before we were seated. Service is rather efficient; no time wasted from taking orders to serving freshly prepared food at the table.

Iced matcha latte and pineapple juice - not a big fan of the pineapple juice as it tasted as though it came straight out of a commercially prepared bottle. Matcha latte was decent and would do much better with a tad more flavour.

Big brekkie - albeit costing slightly more than a few other establishments, the portion was decent but the highlight for me was the quality of ingredients used. Hash browns were crisp as opposed to soggy, bacon cut had a nice smoky aroma infused into it and the green mash made out of some sort of legume and veggie combination had pleasant aromatics wafting through it. Overall a good feed although big eaters might need to add extra toppings to get their fill.

Chips - just because it was there on the menu and surprisingly both of us love chips.

Mushroom ragout - the best mushroom dish I had was in Adelaide many years ago and since then, I have not come across one equivalent in taste. This one here is not quite as creamy in comparison although I was still pretty chuffed to be dissecting this dish. Excellent utilization of various types of mushroom, sprinkled with a generous grating of cheese and smoked almond crumbs. Vegetarian and carnivore friendly.

White Mojo Plus+ Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Bikanerwala, Clayton MELB

Of late, my laptop has been playing up to the stage whereby most of the external ports do not function despite numerous attempts at reinserting the USB plugs. To make matters worse, I can't seem to utilize gmail and so, have been away from the blogging sphere.

Nothing much I can do at this stage but to look at newer laptop options to hopefully resolve the matter but at least it gave me the freedom to wander off indulging in my many other hobbies. I have took a liking towards sports recently and being the overzealous person that I am, I thought it was a good idea to hit a few shuttlecocks followed by some ping pong balls, all in a two hour timeframe.

Dinner/ supper followed suit and as always, it would be a naughty treat considering that our session ended at close to 10pm. Clayton has a few late night Indian eateries and one could easily pick out the aromatic scent of herbs and spices wafting in the air from miles away.

Mango lassi - a must have in my books. Sweet but not excruciatingly overboard with it.

Goat curry, aloo gobi and palak paneer - ordering was off my hands especially in an area which I lack knowledge of and this was what we ended up with. Each curry dish differed from one another according to its sauce base but all were mildly spicy for us.

I didn't mind the aloo gobi which was a lightly sauteed cauliflower dish, given a small dose of spices in it. Goes well with a piece of warm garlic naan.

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

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Miku Japanese Dining, Doncaster East MELB

Of late, I have been craving for Japanese food and quite specifically, sushi. After a brief introductory to Miku, I was blown away by the quality of each morsel served and knew that a second visit is utmost necesary to fully whet my appetite.

Nori chips - my best description of this rather addictive chips served upon arrival.

The sister opted for a sake tasting platter and albeit not being an expert in this field, I quite enjoyed the strong rice aroma of the dai gingo. From memory, dai gingo often refers to the highest quality sake in the house.

As an appetizer, we were served with pieces of halibut which had been lightly seared prior to being drizzled by a touch of lemon juice. Topped with fish roe and a small serve of seaweed, this got our taste buds excited for the other dishes to come.

Fried tuna fish wings - am not a fan of picking meat from fine bones knowing that my clumsiness could potentially be a hazard but I found this dish rather easy to dismantle as the flesh easily pulled away from the bones. The acidity from lightly dipping it into soy sauce balanced the fish's natural oiliness perfectly without masking any of it's natural sweetness.

Uni nigiri - As most of my family members and close friends would know, I can be extremely picky when it comes to seafood. Tainted by the pungent fishy smell that is often associated with seafood back in Malaysia, I tend to steer away from anything that screams fishy. Having tried uni at the Sydney fish market, a delicacy many describe as a taste of the sea, I recalled squirming at the strong fishy aftertaste. However, Miku managed to change my mind last weekend, serving me an extremely creamy and fresh uni nigiri. No fishy aftertaste and it left me wanting more.

Local tuna was used to prepare our otoro tuna nigiri and tuna nigiri. Being the fattiest part of the fish, the otoro felt smooth on our palate and it's richness was utmost divine. Not something one could indulge excessively in but definitely one of the freshest I had, more worthy than a few places I have visited in Japan.

Soft shell crab roll - I love a good crab roll and this one ticked all the right boxes for me in terms of size of each roll, proportion and freshness of each ingredient. Wouldn't mind finishing this myself had I not ordered other dishes.

Chirashi don - clearly my childhood dislikes had turned into a favourite of mine. Again, a faultless bowl of fresh seafood tactfully arranged atop of sushi rice, each still retaining it's own natural sweetness. If only Miku could be closer to my work place :(

Another light side dish consisting of crisp salmon skin served atop a small bed of sushi rice, dotted with fish roe. Ah how could something simple taste so good.

Sukiyaki udon - we decided to try this dish out of curiousity because traditionally, the thin slices of beef is best consumed with raw egg. A strange combination but somehow it works brilliants be it from the creaminess of the egg or the sweetness of the cooked beef. We made the mistake of letting it cool before we pounce on it tho.

Matcha cheese daifuku - starchy treats are no stranger to me and I loved every bite of this. Would have liked a little more cheesy taste but that could have been because the stronger matcha flavour had overpowered it slightly. Could still taste a bit of saltiness coming from the cheese tho.

Matcha daifuku - I loved their ichigo daifuku but sadly, that had already been sold out. This one is definitely for those wanting a strong kick of matcha for dessert:)

Matcha ice cream served with red bean - the only way to end an already satisfying meal.

Miku Japanese Dining Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Monday, October 30, 2017

Pie Face, CBD MELB

A random detour post-work as I was feeling extremely peckish and felt the need to reward myself especially after such a long week's shift of 9 to 10 hours on my toes.

I initially planned on just having a sausage roll but the poor shop assistant may have heard me incorrectly and picked the wrong one. To save him the hassle of unpacking, I merely asked him to add the one I wanted on top of that order.

One was a beef sausage roll and the other must be, I believe, a plain pork sausage roll. Wouldn't say the filling wowed me in any way and felt as though there were more fillers in it as compared to real meat.

Both sausage rolls tasted pretty similar and I suspect, the same filling was probably used in both situations.

Pie Face Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Fried beehoon recipe

One of the first few dishes I have made growing up and one of the few that I saw myself cooking at least once a month after school hours. Not the fanciest nor tastiest dish I have made but somewhat satisfying to concoct from a 12 year old's perspective.

A packet of beehoon noodles, soaked until softened
A few cloves of garlic, finely minced
1 tbsp dried shrimps
Chicken thigh/ breast fillets, marinated in soy sauce overnight
Chinese cabbage, chopped into bite sized pieces

1. Saute garlic until fragrant before tossing in chicken and dried shrimps, further cooking for another 3-4 minutes.
2. Add 1/2 a cup of chicken broth and incorporate chinese cabbage. Leave to cook until veggies are almost translucent in colour.
3. Toss in noodles and quickly add dark caramel soy sauce, kecap manis and pepper to taste. Gently stir noodles until it is evenly coated in the dark sauce and has an even distribution of chicken and cabbage.
4. Garnish with thinly/ thickly sliced egg omelette.