Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Osaka 大阪- A Foodie's Haven, Dotonbori (1 of 2)

Dotonbori is the heart and soul of Osaka. We literally spent the whole evening wandering around 
the labyrinth of streets, exploring, trying different foods and kuidaore (eat-til-we-drop)!
I see delicious food everywhere and it was definitely way too much to resist!

This place is vibrant, colourful, bright and so full of energy. 
No wonder it's been known as the street that never sleeps. 
Many of the restaurants have gigantic plastic sculptures of food and robotic seafoods hanging above them. 
Illuminated neon signboards light up the Ebisu Bridge on Dotonbori canal  
which the famous Glico running man signboard can be seen

Dotonbori is  known for its culinary delights. Make sure you try Osaka's most famous dishes- okonomiyaki and takoyaki. Okonomiyaki is a Japanese savoury pancake containing ingredients to your liking. The name is derived from the word okonomi, meaning "what you like" and yaki meaning "cooked". Takoyaki is a ball-shaped Japanese snack made of a wheat flour-based batter with octopus inside.

Kani Doraku is a Japanese restaurant chain that specializes in crustaceans and other seafood. 
A giant robotic crab that sits outside this restaurant's wall has now become an iconic symbol of Dotonbori.

Takoya Dotonbori Kukuru

Their takoyaki is slightly crisp on the outside but very soft and runny on the inside.

My ecstatic boy can't contain his excitement when he saw this. 
 Lord Stow Bakery, famous for its creamy, delicious egg tarts.
This has been my son's favourite egg tart since he was a toddler.

Matcha egg tarts!

Fugu, Puffer fish or blowfish is a Japanese delicacy that is cut into thin slices and eaten raw like sashimi but can be deadly if not prepared properly.  Japanese chefs must have a licence to prepare blowfish in Japan.

Kuidaore Taro, a mechanical drummer has been playing his drum since 1950 in Dotonbori.

Genroku Sushi


Cook-it-yourself, Yakisoba Fried Noodles and Okonomiyaki

Kani Douraku

1-6-2 Dotonbori, Chuo-ku, Osaka

Takoya Dotonbori Kukuru
1F Hakua Bldg., 1-10-5 Dotonbori, Chuo-ku, Osaka

Lord Stow's Bakery

1-10-6 Dotonbori, Chuo, Osaka

1-6-8 Dotonbori, Chuo-ku, Osaka

Genroku Sushi

1-6-9 Dotonbori, Chuo-ku, Osaka

1-6-4 Dotombori Chuo-Ku, Osaka 542-0071, Osaka Prefecture
+81 6-6212-9195

Monday, 23 November 2015

The 7th Sydney Food Bloggers Xmas Party 2015

I certainly agree with Julia Child, people who love to eat are always the best people. 
Imagine in a room full of people who appreciate food as much as you do. 
We foodies love bonding with people over food and diet is not in our vocabulary. 

Thank you so much Susan of Chocolatesuze and Helen of  Grab Your Fork
for organising this annual Sydney Food Bloggers Xmas Party.
Funky atmosphere, great food, awesome people = fantastic party!

Thank you Simon for the group photo.

Victorian-style furniture add to the funky atmosphere.

Cookies sponsored by Brookies.

Cake sponsored by Smash Cakes

The present I "stole".

Simon says I eat therefore I blog.

with Chocolatesuze and Adobo Down Under

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Lin Heung Tea House 蓮香樓, Central, Hong Kong

Lin Heung must be one of the oldest tea houses in Hong Kong. When you arrive, do not wait to be seated just walk in and find yourself a seat or wait behind diners until they leave. Also expect other people to do the same with you. On our visit, the place was packed with local people who were mostly elderly Chinese men and women drinking teas, talking loudly and enjoying their dim sum while some were reading newspapers. Dim sum is served breakfast and lunch on traditional trolleys. Service is almost non-existent. I pretty much expected this so that wasn't really an issue for us. It is what it is. Now we move on to the food, their traditional dim sum was delicious and authentic and that's what makes this restaurant so popular among the locals. So if you're brave enough to fight for your own table and your way to the trolley why not give this place a go? Enjoy dim sum the old skool way because old is cool.  

Lin Heung literally means fragrant lotus hence brightly coloured lotus flowers are printed 
on these bowls, spoons and cups.

It is customary for Cantonese to sanitize their chopsticks, tea cups and bowls 
in extremely hot tea at the table while enjoying dim sum.

Fried Rice Dough with Vegetables and Pork

Tofu Skin Rolls, Shrimp Dumplings, Rice Paper Rolls with Minced Pork

Chicken Feet, Beef Balls, Spare Ribs with Black Beans

Rice Paper Rolls with Roast Pork

Sausage Rolls and Roast Pork Buns

Lin Heung Tea House 蓮香樓
Address: 160-164 Wellington Street, Central

Phone: 2544 4556

Monday, 16 November 2015

LuMi Bar and Dining, Pyrmont

We had an absolutely wonderful meal at LuMi a few weeks ago. My family and I had the 8 course degustation and were totally blown away by every single dish served. We couldn't stop talking about how great the beetroot with black sesame puree and cream dish was. I love how Chef Federico combines Italian and Japanese savoury tastes. The flavours were sensational and made my palate dancing the whole time. 

 It's been wonderful and exciting talking to Chef Federico who shares the same joy and passion for Japanese cuisine. A chef with an impressive CV which includes Noma, Attica, RyuGin and Ormeggio at The Spit. Just amazing.
Well done Chef Federico, you're a genius! 

Sourdough with Burnt Butter and Mustard

Salt and Vinegar Rice Crackers

You've got to love these!

Confit of Baby Corn with Bonito

Baby Cos Lettuce Hearts smeared with Miso Paste and sprinkled with freshly grated Parmesan

Chawanmushi with Parmesan

Scallops, Kohlrabi, Yukari
scallops hidden under ribbons of kohlrabi and sprinkled with beetroot powder

Beetroot, Black Sesame, Cream

Ravioli, Gruyere, Porcini Butter

Spaghetti alla Chitarra
Octopus, Kumquat

Lamb, Red Miso, Lime, Kosho

Yuzu, Mandarin, Licorice, Wakame Powder

Fennel Pollen
 Frozen Coconut, Rhubarb

LuMi Bar and Dining
56 Pirrama Road
Pyrmont, NSW 2009
Tel: 02-9571 1999

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