Saturday, 25 April 2015

Green Beans and Tomatoes Egg Pancake

I made some egg pancakes and stuffed them with green beans 
that my son harvested from his agriculture class.
I added some chopped tomatoes,
fried them in coconut oil 
then sprinkled a bit of fried onions and seasoned with salt and pepper. 
Voila! Hmmm... love the smell. 
How can something so simple be so deliciously good?  
Add some Crispy Prawn Chilli (you can purchase at Asian stores)
or any chilli sauce just to give it a kick.

with Crispy Prawn Chilli.

My son's green beans harvested yesterday!

Friday, 24 April 2015

Hong Kong Day 1- DimDimSum Dim Sum Specialty Store, Wan Chai

We chanced upon this restaurant because it was located on the same street as our hotel.
 We also found out that it was named 
one of the top 101 places to eat by Newsweek Foodie Awards 2012. 
Time Out Hong Kong also named it best dim sum in 2011
and was also mentioned  in the book, Where Chefs Eat.

Oh boy, am I glad we decided to dine here.
Not only do they offer fantastic and delicious dim sum, prices are reasonable too. 
 I fell in love with the Mushroom Buns which are truly delicious and the skin so soft and fluffy. 
Another highly recommended dish is the Deep Fried Dumplings with Wasabi Filling. 
Wasabi as filling is something I haven't tried with dumplings before,
 they actually tasted amazing together.
 Do not forget to try the Satay Flavoured Wagyu Spring Rolls too. 
They are awesome!

Rice Flour Rolls with BBQ Pork HK$22

Shanghai Soup Dumplings with Black Truffle HK$22

Traditional Siu Mai with Quail Egg HK$21

Steamed Fish Maw and Cordyceps HK$24

Pork Dumplings with Crab Roe (Sui Mai) HK$25

Steamed Shrimp Dumplings (Har Gow) HK$28

Chiu Chow-Style Dumplings HK$18

Deep Fried Dumplings with Wasabi Filling HK$19

 Satay Flavoured Wagyu Spring Rolls HK$26

Chicken Feet Steamed with Soy Sauce HK$19

 Mushroom Buns HK$20

7 Tin Lok Lane, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Hong Kong Day 1- Keung Kee Roasted Meat Restaurant, Wan Chai

We arrived in Hong Kong early Monday morning and the temperature was 27°C and so humid.
 On our way to the hotel we passed by these towering skyscrapers, these are actually apartments. 
Every time I return to Hong Kong these dwellings seem to be getting smaller and smaller.
Hence to accommodate its huge population, building up is the only way to go.  

After dropping off our luggage, it was still quite early 
and most shops and restaurants do not open until 10 or 11am. 
So we decided to have a quick breakfast at Keung Kee Roasted Meat Restaurant
which is only 2 mins walk from our hotel.

Iced Coffee, Lemon Tea, Lemon Water

BBQ Pork Noodle

While waiting to meet up with my family,
we strolled at the nearby Wan Chai Fresh and Wet Market.
Besides, what better way to experience a city and 
immerse yourself in its local culture than to visit its market.

These fish balls come in variety of shapes and sizes.

The friendly fishmonger.

Live prawns (yummy!) and freshly caught fish.

Roasted duck, goose, chicken and pig.

Keung Kee Roasted Meat Restaurant
Shop A & B, 
G/F 9-17 Tin Lok Lane,
Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Wan Chai Fresh & Wet Market
Wan Chai Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

American Express Lounge, Sydney International Airport T1

The American Express Lounge only opened last December 2014.
Love this latest addition to Sydney Airport.
You can take a  moment to relax in this cozy and quiet environment or 
take advantage of its high speed Wi-Fi before boarding your aircraft
It has a good selection of food at the self service food bar 
with plenty of drinks to choose from as well.
Also take note that this is a flight announcement free lounge 
which means you have to monitor the flight announcements on the screens yourself.

Enjoy a calm and relaxing atmosphere before your flight.

Complimentary food and drinks for the guests. 
Wonderful service and food was delicious!
Orange and Carrot  Cream Soup
Steamed Basa Fillet with Tomato Coulis
Thai Green Curry (Spicy but I love it!)

 Strawberry Panna Cotta

The American Express Lounge is located next to Gate 24, 
which was the gate for our Cathay Pacific flight bound for Hong Kong.

* Please note the lounge access is not for all American Express card holders, please check the list of eligible cards on American Express' website. 

The American Express Lounge
Sydney International Airport
Terminal 1 Departure Level 
Adjacent to Gate 24

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Old Chang Kee, Toast Box, Singapore

I call this vibrant beautiful country my second home. 
Thinking of Singapore gives me a thousand reasons to smile.

The lively ambience of markets, the sights and sounds of street food,
the smell of spices in Little India and the colourful decorations in Chinatown
are just some of the things I miss from my life in Singapore.

Sotong Head
I still miss this snack very much. 

Sotong Heads, Sotong Balls, Fish Balls, Breaded Prawns, Crab Nugget
Feel good snacks!

Kaya toast- toasted bread with kaya or coconut egg jam and butter, 
half-boiled eggs and kopi.
 This is a really popular breakfast combination that is loved and enjoyed 
by many Singaporeans including myself.

Singapore will always remain close to my heart.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Wildpear Cafe, Dural

I am so glad I found this gem! Easily one of the best cafes in The Hills.
 It is tucked away in the heart of Dural and looks to be very popular among the locals.
I love that you can just sit back and enjoy their delicious food 
while taking in the lush greenery all around.
I know I will be going back again to enjoy another day of wonderful food 

because the dishes simply taste divine.

The outdoor area is set against a backdrop of greens 
creating a relaxing garden mood.

This charming cafe is also part of a plant nursery.

Sizzling Australian Garlic Prawns
in tomato and crusty garlic bread

Middle Eastern Grill-
chicken, lamb, chorizo and prawn skewers, hummos, lemony yoghurt, flat bread,
cucumber radish salad with black quinoa dressing

Grilled Atlantic Salmon
pomegranate crushed walnut salsa, tahini yoghurt, baby beans, chats and lime

Turkish Delight Smashed Pavlova
Fresh strawberries and watermelon, cream, ice cream, turkish delight, 
crushed pistachio & rosewater syrup

Baked Raspberry and Lime Cheesecake
with coconut ice cream and white chocolate anglaise

Rosewater, Strawberry & Vanilla Milkshake
topped with Rosewater Pashmak and Pistachio

Persian Love Cake
topped with locally grown figs, orange blossom honey,
vanilla yoghurt & fresh pomegrante

Orange and Almond Cake
topped with locally grown figs, orange blossom honey, 

pistachio and vanilla ice cream.

Wildpear Cafe
658 Old Northern Rd Dural, NSW
02 9651 6600

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