Archive for February, 2015

Jurien Bay Labour Day camping: Day 1

It was lovely weather for a long car ride.

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Reminded me of Windows screensaver  🙂

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After a few hours, we reached Jurien Bay! The beach is really very pretty.

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My chicken snitzel burger at a casual lunch bar was surprisingly tasty.

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Tristan can never say no to ice cream.  It was a frosty boy soft serve too, a childhood love.

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I loved the white sand and aqua ocean. Will be visiting tomorrow!

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I already know HC will be spending many happy hours fishing off this jetty.

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Happy Tristan frolicking in the water. He is a daredevil and literally ran into the sea!

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The tents are up! We’re not too impressed with the facilities of this campsite. But I still love our tents, our portable homes are very comfy.

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Our camping traditional first dinner is always steak.  This time with sweet potato mash.

I can’t believe I’m blogging from my tent while trying to spot stars in the sky.  It’s pretty cool. 

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Labour Day long weekend

It’s the start of an extra long long weekend for us Y (^____^) Y And we’re going camping again!

It’s been long enough since we last went camping that I’m quite excited about it. Funnily enough, our prep and packing time has reduced significantly since the first time we went camping. I don’t think third time camping makes us seasoned pros, but we are definitely getting more relaxed. Or maybe it’s because we’re going with Jo and she’s super organised and always over packs.

I also booked a short holiday in April, going to meet my parents in Singapore, haha, very happy. I think we’re going to have to schedule in a Japanese buffet session. I shall start researching. I was going to go with R to Adelaide but the ticket prices were so exorbitantly high that I had to give up on the idea. So there is somewhere more isolated than Perth!

Ok, will try to post some ‘live’ camping posts over the next few days. Happy Labour Day long weekend!

2015 Year of the Sheep

Gong Xi Fa Cai! I just realised that I’ve had this blog since 2009, that’s like going on 7 years!! It’s pretty amazing when you think my 2nd blog post talked about how I wished my siblings were there to join us for dinner ‘if only if only’ and now it’s only Darren that’s missing from the picture! It took a long time but we’re getting there 🙂
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Our reunion dinner, it’s so much more fun and loud now that the kids are here and Jan’s family has joined us in Perth. I remember in the old days Jo and I had to join Calv’s family for reunion dinner and became the token ‘Wong’ family members. It was really nice of them to us join them come to think of it. I should really bake a cake for Mama Wong some day.

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Andy is our ‘fish’ master, I love the fishes that he steams haha. My sharksfin soup was a fail I reckon, next year I’m going to leave it to R. But at least the braised abalone went well! I’m going to do this as a treat in the future.

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R and his abalone lollipop haha.

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Lou hei. I love this dish I’m not sure why. I think it’s the combination of flavours and texture. Hopefully the year of the Sheep will be a great one for our family and friends, lots of good luck, good health and good fortune please (not greedy at all haha!).

We had our traditional Chinese New Year morning tea at work (3 years running now). As per usual, I shared my colleagues’ zodiac fortunes for the year, explained some Chinese New Year customs and introduced my colleagues to some CNY treats. I really enjoy these annual sessions because I’m proud of our Chinese culture and customs and it’s great to be able to share some of this knowledge.

It’s been a week of feasting and lack of exercise though so I’m hoping to be better next week. Hmm… have to start planning for Chap Goh Meh dinner, maybe steamboat? So much for being good …

Golfball pineapple tarts

My mum whatsapped me today ‘how did your pineapple tarts turn out?’

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I really am no good at baking! My pineapple tarts were huge that they resembled golf balls! I should have resized my portions, but I was too lazy ….

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I can’t comment on the taste because I’m not a fan of pineapple tarts. I know the pastry is quite nice, crumbly, buttery and melt in the mouth. Will have to wait for Jan, the pineapple tart expert to give me feedback. But Happy Chinese New Year Eve everyone! I hope the sheep year will bring my family and friends lots of happiness, prosperity, good luck and good health!

Valentine-less weekend

Sorry my post title is so misleading, it’s not that R and I had a fight, but he was in Sydney for a course over the weekend so I didn’t have a Valentine this Valentine’s day hehe. It was still a very enjoyable weekend as per usual because weekends are usually family days.

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The whole city was hyped up with The Giants fever. I was lucky because the Little Girl Giant was resting just opposite my work building so it was a quick walk to the park opposite to check her out.

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I thought that was the end of my Giants encounter but Jo wanted to see the Giants too so we ended up lining up the streets with the rest of Perth on Saturday to catch a glimpse of the Diver Giant.

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The happy Tristan, this was not because of the Giants though, he actually fell asleep when the Diver came by and didn’t seem too impressed with the Girl giant who zoomed past us. Haha, it was still pretty fun.

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After checking out the Giants, we had dimsum at New Moon (William Street, Northbridge).

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I reckon New Moon has some of the best eggtarts in town, just the right amout of flakiness it its pastry shell.

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Little Ceasars Pizzeria is now available in Victoria Park. HC my brother in law was very pleased because he loves the pizzas there and used to drive to Leederville just to get takeaway. Now it’s a stone’s throw away!

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Very busy despite opening less than a week ago. I’m so chuffed that we’re getting better restaurants in Victoria Park. It’s so nice to be able to walk to the cafe strip and know there’s good food available ( I especially love Grill’d haha).

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Jan and Andy’s Pisagne, a pizza-lasagne, get it? hehe, it was pretty good and as Andy put it ‘very easy to eat’.

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Jo and HC’s must order Greek Lamb pizza. This one was laden with olives.

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I like Little Caesars’ dessert pizzas, this was their Tea Party pizza which comes with a french vanilla cinnamon base and pears. It was lovely. We’re hoping to try their Red Velvet dessert pizza in the future!

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This is my lovely niece with her mummy, Kaka was very happy because we were at her favourite chicken rice joint Hoi Bo for lunch. A girl after my own heart, I am also a big chicken rice fan.
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Tasty Hoi Bo chicken rice. I reckon nothing’s better for lunch than a fragrant bowl of chicken rice with succulent poached chicken and the most shiok chilli sauce. The only thing to fault about Hoibo’s chicken’ rice is the lack of thick dark soy sauce.

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Was so surprised to see jambu available in Perth. Was almost tempted to buy some but it’s a bit hard justifying the price when I know it’s a lot cheaper in Malaysia.

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We’re getting ready for CNY in Perth and have started buying ingredients for our ambitious reunion dinner.  Guess what I’m making tonight?

MKR Sundays

Headed into the city this weekend for some shopping.

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Tried the coffee @Moana (Hay Street mall) which shot coffee lover chills up my spine. Darn it, I thought I had downgraded my caffeine addiction due to the lack of good coffee in East Perth but Moana made me so sad that I’m not working in the city anymore. Moana is a quaint little cafe too, I will be returning.

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Pork Belly ramen from Zen (Subiaco) which we went eons ago because they were the one of two Japanese restaurants in Perth that served uni (sea urchin). Sadly they no longer serve uni and the restaurant was quite disappointing. R found his ramen pretty tasty but Andy thought it was similar to instant noodles (oops).
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Another Gordon Ramsay recipe, Morrocan lamb with sweet potato and raisins. I am surprisingly finding Gordon Ramsay’s recipes quite easy to follow, I should have reduced the stock a lot more and it was a tad too salty, but I can imagine myself doing it again because one pot meals are so handy!

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My foolproof teriyaki chicken and mushrooms with tamagoyaki lunch bento :). Hope the work week goes by quick!

Becoming older yet again

I had a lovely birthday! It was filled with warm wishes, celebrations and lovely food. I even managed to catch a movie (Big Hero 6, it was cute, funny and heartwarming) which was what I really wanted to do for my birthday.
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Birthday brunch at Harvest Expresso which was my request. They now serve matcha lattes at Harvest Expresso. I’ve blogged about Harvest Espresso a few times, it’s my local cafe which is ever so popular and requires a bit of a wait because of it’s tiny space. Instead of trying somewhere new, I wanted to go to a place where I knew the food would be different (they always change their menus which is the sign of a passionate and great chef) but consistently good so Harvest it was.

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Their summer menu dish of Chicken and the egg (Fried egg, confit chicken, crepes, bacon jam, romesco sauce, lemon crème fraiche $20.5) did not disappoint. The chicken especially was tender and moist, very tasty paired with the bacon jam and romesco sauce. We thought the fried egg didn’t add much to the dish (but who will say no to a fried egg) and would have preferred the chicken to be a breast rather than a maryland (bones are so fiddly for brunch) but otherwise, could not fault the taste.

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My dish was the Tonka Toast (Seasonal fruits, French toast, tonka mascarpone,granola, crumble $18) because I am a sucker for french toast. Harvest does a lovely french toast, but I think it would have been much better if the mascarpone was cold which would lift the rather warm dish (even the fruits felt warm and heavy). I loved the granola and crumble though which gave a great crunch to the french toast.

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R brought me for degustation at Red Cabbage (South Perth) which is one of my favourite restaurants in Perth. I was happy that he chose Red Cabbage even though we’ve been a few times because it meant that we were going for the tried and tested classics. Even before the night started, I knew the food would be delicious and I wasn’t wrong :). Even their warm buns which came with garlic and chive butter and a side of pork crackling (so crispy we could hear other tables cracking into their crackle) tasted extra lovely.

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This was our favourite dish of the night, the marron which was really delicious, perfect texture, slightly raw, sweet and delicate, and paired with kimchi which was a great surprise but a wow for the tastebuds. Perfect dish to keep you hanging out for the main.

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Birthday family dinner at Satsuki in Subiaco. I’ve always wanted to try either Satsuki or Ha-lu (sister restaurant) because I’m always keen to find the best Japanese in Perth. I didn’t eat much of the sashimi but I’m told it was pretty good.

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I had a bite of R’s side of ramen which was very flavourful, R told me later that he found it too salty which is saying a lot for someone who usually likes heavy and salt laden food.

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Duck with wagyu beef and madeira sauce ($23). We liked this one a lot so ordered another serve. The duck and beef were both tender and nicely done.

I’m not sure we will be going back to Satsuki again, not that the food wasn’t good, it was actually quite nice (we thought it was a bit pricey at first but it turned out ok when the final bill came) but it wasn’t wow. So no, it’s not winning the best Japanese in Perth award.

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My colleague baked me a birthday cake for my birthday morning tea at work (=^^=). He’s the best baker in our organisation so I was chuffed. It had an asian twist to it to, a really delicious lychee and lime cheesecake (I told him I like lychees). I liked it so much that I had two slices and told him I want one every year. He told me it was the most expensive cake he’s ever baked (it’s the lychee liqueur) so I don’t think I will be getting another one next year haha.

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My pretty birthday cake which was decorated by Kaka with flowers. It was really nice to cut the cake and blow birthday candles with my niece who shares my birthday. We wished each other happy birthday in the car and she giggled ‘Daitaoha yee yee said happy birthday to me!’ I love my niece.

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Rainbow filling. I like rainbow sponge cakes because they’re so pretty. I especially like this one because the shades of the rainbow are just right, not too bright and garish. Also helps that it’s a really nice and moist sponge!

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Sigh, birthday celebrations over and it’s back to work again. Monday’s lunch bento is teriyaki beef with cherry tomato scrambled egg.

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Second lunch bento of butter chicken and rice. This is a recipe from my new Gordon Ramsay cookbook that I received as a birthday gift, putting it to good use immediately hehe. Hope it turns out well.

Have a good week everyone 🙂


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