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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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Chicken in white wine cream sauce pasta

Ingredients (serves 2)

2 boneless chicken breasts
1/2 cup chopped mushrooms
1/2 cup chopped onions
3 slices ham/bacon chopped (optional)
2 tablespoon heavy cream
1 cup white wine (or just enough to cover half the chicken)
flour seasoned with dried tarragon, salt and pepper
olive oil/butter

Method:

  1. Dredge chicken in the seasoned flour. Add olive oil or butter to pan.
  2. Brown chicken in pan till light brown on both sides.
  3. Then add the mushrooms, onions, ham and fry till onions are soft and translucent. Add wine. Simmer covered on low heat until chicken is done, around 20 minutes.
  4. Remove chicken from frying pan, leaving onion and mushrooms. Shake 1 tablespoons flour and the heavy cream into pan. Stir into the drippings in the frying pan. Flavor with tarragon according to your taste.
  5. Cook until sauce thickens. Pour over chicken and serve. Garnish with additional herbs of your liking.

This was one of the first western dishes I learned to cook back in my uni days. I used to serve it with roasted potato wedges but nowadays I usually cook up some fettucine or spaghetti and add it to the chicken for a cream based pasta.

It was another horrendous day at work today, so bad that my colleagues were really angry on my behalf, still, I felt comforted that at least my own teammates were so supportive. Sigh, if only people could be professional and  not shoot the messenger.

On the bright side, on the way to work and back from work, I saw full arch rainbows in the sky! So pretty, I love rainbows…. I was too greedy and made so many wishes that now I think none of them will come true (T____T).

Gerry has returned from his Brisbane/Melbourne trip and he bought me a present again! Another cookbook, this time it was a Thai/Malaysian food cookbook which I really really like. Thank you Gerry!I actually read this book a couple of years ago in Borders, back then (actually now still the same) I couldn’t bear to fork out money for cookbooks and would go to Borders, sit there with my favourite Irish Nut Creme coffee and try to memorise these recipes. Cheapskate or what?! But it was actually very fun lah.

Ok, FINALLY it’s Friday, I don’t expect a good day at work tomorrow, but maybe with such low expectations, things might turn out alright? *fingers crossed*


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