Sparrow and some meatballs

It’s Sunday night, Jo and I are in the living room watching the Masterchef finale. I made it a point to watch the finale tonight despite not having watched a single episode of this vastly popular show. But my colleagues are all obsessed with Masterchef so they made me promise to watch it so I can discuss it with them tomorrow. So far I like both finalists but I’m rooting for the Chinese girl who’s originally from Malaysia! Oh no, the aunty actually incorrectly identified shallots as onions, how can she get that wrong?!

Anyway I am feeling miserable because the weekend over. Even worse, Jason has gone back to Geraldton and won’t be back in Perth for another 10 weeks. 10 weeks feels like a long time, I wonder what my life will be like then? Lately I’ve been facing new experiences and challenges everyday so I’m a bit apprehensive. Ah well.

Masterchef update: The secret ingredient was whole chicken, I guesed the Chinese girl would cook Hainanese chicken and I was right!! Only I don’t think she’s cooking it right because she’s steaming the chicken and  hainanese chicken is usually poached/boiled. She’s making pandan chiffon cake which is one of my favourite cakes of all time.

Friday night dinner and drinks with TGIF gang minus Gill. It was also a farewell of some sort for Jaso. After dinner at Hawker’s Cuisine we headed off to the new 399 melbourne style bar on William Street. There was great, cosy and warm atmosphere and we had a great time drinking wine (me and Gerry mostly) and chatting.

Saturday morning I woke up early but was nursing a slight headache. Met up with the rest of the guys for karaoke but left to walk around the city with Gerry and Bryan. Introduced the boys to Tiger Tiger coffee bar which serves really really good coffees.

tiger tiger

The service isn’t great, but the secluded alleyway atmosphere with the live Spanish guitar playing was fantastic. They serve a mean hot chocolate with marshmallows as well, yums.

Dinner at Sparrow also located on William Street. Sparrow is an Indonesian restaurant located almost opposite Manise. It’s very popular in Perth and well known for the friendly service, affordable prices and small portions. I remember Fung was the first person who introduced to this eatery, I used to frequent it quite often  but haven’t been since we discovered Manise.

Beef rendang which you order by the pieces (I think it’s $2.50 per piece). The owner told us that the beef was cooked for 5 hours, despite the long cooking time, I still don’t think the beef is tender enough.

Sparrow has empek-empek too, only they call it pempek ($7 with egg). Sauce wise the pempek was pretty similar to Manise’s empek-empek, but it wasn’t crispy enough and the fish cake was a little harder and chewy.

I forgot the name of these mussels, Kerang something. I didn’t have any of these but Wendy said they were good.

I didn’t feature most our dishes but what Sparrow does well is their gravy laden asam/curry dishes are always tasty and great with rice. We ordered 10 dishes in all with drinks and rice and it was only $10.50 per person (the owner also gave us a 10% discount which he has done every single time I’ve frequented).

Happy and satisfied customers!

Daitaoha ratings (btw, the rating system is on my About page):

Food : 6/10

6

Service: 7/10

7 service

Sparrow

Shop A
434 William St
Northbridge 6003 WA
Phone: (08) 9328 5660

I feel like cooking something big and elaborate, but I don’t know what to cook, who to cook for or what to cook for. But today I wanted to try a tomato and cream sauce pasta instead of my usual tomato based sauce, it turned out quite well but I will be experimenting more to get a better tomato cream sauce. This time instead of just using tinned tomatoes I also added fresh tomatoes which I feel made the sauce taste fresher and lighter.

I made beef meatballs to go with the spaghetti and garnished the pasta dish with lots and lots of parsley.

Masterchef update: The Malaysian girl lost!! I wish I watched the show right from the start now, but I have Jason’s Top Chef to watch, I hope it’s good!

I am hoping to force myself to try cooking new recipes and will try to post up a  new recipe from my collection of cookbooks at least once a fortnight. So scary there’s a hailstorm now, the windows sound like they’re going to break,lightning and thunder  everywhere,ok, maybe I don’t like rainy weather so much afterall (T___T).

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12 Responses to “Sparrow and some meatballs”


  1. 1 wendy July 19, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    Diana, the master chef application is now open.
    Could you like have a try?

  2. 3 slappedbygunk July 19, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Oh yes, maybe you could try out Di! You’re really good at cooking and have good sense of taste.

    • 4 di July 19, 2009 at 3:39 pm

      I can already imagine you guys appearing at the last episode and we can all do the group cry and group hug thing, hahahaha. So funny.

      I am not good at cooking lah, just amateur.

      • 5 slappedbygunk July 19, 2009 at 3:59 pm

        Over here the masterchef doesn’t do group hugs in the end hehe.

        You are, you have all the basics and more. When those ppl first start out in the opening rounds they’re not that great and then they always improve loads. Masterchef is a journey, you can do too!

  3. 6 slappedbygunk July 19, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    Btw, I saw that empek empek and I already thought “Nah, not a patch on Manise’s” even before I read your write-up hehehe. Theirs looks so fat and clumsy and wrong. Not crispy, light and GORGEOUS like Manise’s. I miss Manise, you and Jo go tell that Uncle I miss him ok. Or rather, his food haha. Andy misses his sup buntut!

    • 7 di July 19, 2009 at 3:41 pm

      I finally tried the sup buntut the other day and it really is nice, like a Malay bak kut teh. Anyway, the pempek was really not a patch on Manise’s, but the other food is alright, I still prefer Manise’s food though. The sambal belachan…yums

      • 8 slappedbygunk July 19, 2009 at 4:00 pm

        Manise is the best. Eh btw, how comes the Malaysian girl was in the final when she couldn’t even do chicken rice properly? I can do chicken rice. Maybe I enter lah haha.

  4. 9 Her July 19, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    FYI, Pempek is actually the correct spelling. I was surprised to see the price..$7.50 a piece…

    All of U are such big fan of pempek yah..how I wish I could send you guys the chilled ones. Lots of shapes in Jkt..round, long, etc. I guess I take pempek for granted cos’ we can have them anytime and anywhere.

    • 10 daitaoha July 20, 2009 at 12:05 pm

      I’ve never tried pempek in Malaysia or Singapore before, the ones in Indonesia must be fantastic because even the Perth ones are super yummy! Food in Perth is expensive btw.

  5. 11 Her July 19, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    oh yah..I just read the post meme posts, U asked me if I have been to Perth..have not been 😦

    I meant to say that I miss Indo food like Empek2 n Ikan Bakar 🙂 hehehe

  6. 12 Secret admirer January 13, 2011 at 9:58 am

    Hav u ever try tasik – an indonesian restaurant down in northbridge?


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