Chatime brand new opening, Burwood

Buy 1 Get 1 free until Nov 2nd

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perfect location right in front of Burwood plaza

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Love the opening special Buy 1 get 1 Free hehe…

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look at the queue…*faint*

If you are a big sucker of bubble milk tea, I mean a high quality milk tea that uses real brew tea rather than artificial powder then I think you should come check out the new grand opening Chatime in Burwood. Chatime is a well known Taiwanese franchise with more than 300 outlets across the globe. Not only you have an option in choosing toppings but also flavour and level of sweetness.

Today I have experienced the long queue for their brand new opening promotion – Buy 1 get 1 free. How can you resist? Despite I was lining up for 20 mins and they forgot to give me the toppings that I wanted. I still think it was worth the wait.

I’ve tried most of their top 10 sellers, I highly recommend Matcha red bean milk tea, Roasted milk tea, Jasmine green milk tea & TieGuanyin tea Latte. They all have a very unique and real tea flavour.

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Jasmine Green Milk Tea with Grass jelly, L $4.70

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Tie Guanyin Tea Latte with Grass jelly, L $4.70

Toppings $0.50: Peal, Grass Jelly, Coconut Jelly, Red Bean, Coffee Jelly, Aloe Vera, Lychee Jelly, Rainbow Jelly, Grape Jelly, Egg Pudding, Agar, Taro Jelly, Fig Jelly. If you are ordering a milk or tea flavour drinks I recommend you to choose pearl, grass jelly or beans as toppings, if you are choosing a fruit or juice then you can try matching with other jelly.

If you miss the chance of going to the Burwood store, here is some exciting news for you. Chatime is spreading into Sydney like crazy, there will be new stores opening in World Square (in front of Coles) in early November and Chatswood Westfield in mid November. Stay tune and expect to line up for their Buy 1 get 1 Free special!!!

 

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Address:

Shop 2A, Murray Arcade, 127 Burwood Road, Burwood  
opening hrs: Mon – Sun: 9:00 to 18:00 
Web: www.chatime.com.au

Getting There:

Parking: Burwood plaza free 3 hrs parking
By Train: Burwood Station 
By Bus:

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The New Era of separating Eggs

Ever tried separating egg yolk under time pressure? The stove is on and mixture are boiling… What was your success rate? Separating egg white from the egg yolk is always the most painful exercise for me, its either some egg shell accidently got into the mixture and you are using all the toothpick, chopsticks to get it out or one little drop of egg yolk will ruin your egg white mixture from being fluffy. Instead of buying a $5 egg yolk separator this is what I found in the kitchen drawer…

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oooh la la

I have found this soup ladle and thought hmmm maybe works on separating eggs, the result was really good and I was impress how clean and easy the job can be done. This captures the yolks and allow the whites to run into the bowl below. It may not necessary save you from a broken yolk but does speed up the process a bit. Any slotted spoon should work too, have a look at what’s in your kitchen drawer!

 

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Meet Fresh Taiwanese Dessert House, Haymarket Chinatown

www.meetfresh.net

 

Ratings
Food: 6/10
Atmosphere: 5/10
Service: 5/10
Value: 5/10

Average Price
Entrée: N/A
Main: N/A
Dessert: $5.5 – $10
Degustation: N/A
Corkage: N/A
Cakeage: N/A

Others
Ease of finding a car park: Extremely Hard
Ease of finding the restaurant: Easy
Brightness of restaurant: Bright
Noise Level: Noisy
Waiting time for foods: 15 mins – 20 mins
Booking time require: walk in
Child friendly/High Chair: No

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Meet fresh originated from Mr and Ms Fu who were born and raised in a traditional farming family from Central Taiwan. They wanted to share that handmade, freshly prepared wholesome taste with everyone and so Meet fresh was born. Their mission is to be persistent as to how they make their desserts, it must be handmade with the freshest and natural ingredients with no added preservatives.

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Meet Fresh Signature, $5.50

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Taro Ball Dessert 5 – spotted beans, coconut jelly & peals, $5.50

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Taro Ball Dessert 2 – sweet potato, coix seeds & peals, $5.50

Where Daniang Dumpling used to be at the corner of Dixon and Goulburn is now the home of Meet fresh. Traditional Taiwanese desserts can be difficult to sell to the non-Taiwanese. Firstly, we are not grown up with eating this type of dessert, they don’t come in a form of oven, so can’t really rely on warmness or crumbly texture to draw attentions. Also, they are not presented in a colourful way like cupcakes or ice-cream. Thirdly, we questioned ourselves as to what is really inside the bowl? Main ingredients are black grass jelly, slippery like taro rice balls, yellow mushy sweet potatoes, little pearls that reminds me of Easyway. Unfortunately I am not a big fan of all the above but after some research, good things about this popular chain store is opportunity for you to make your own combination of dessert and the freshness of the ingredients. My researched told me that if the rice balls are not fresh it will taste like rock or have a rubbery texture. The ratio of sweet red bean soup and peals was also proportionate.

Conclusion: Overall, I think this newly dessert house provide a new dessert place for catch up or late nights. The queues are crazily long and very hard to view the menu without being squashed. If you are grown up with this type of dessert you will love it. Otherwise it is an acquired taste and may not suit everybody.

 

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Address:

13 Goulburn Street (corner of Dixon Street next to Mamak), Sydney  
opening hrs: Mon – Sun: 11:00 to late
Ph:+612-8339-1031
Web: www.meetfresh.net

Getting There:

Parking: Kent St  
By Train: Town Hall Station  
By Bus:

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My labour day long weekend, Central Coast

 

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Well the long weekend is over, and we survived the day light saving for a lost of an hour. Now its time for the lazy me to post about what I’ve done during those 3 precious days. We have absconded city limits and head up the north to Central Coast, we were originally going to fit in a few recreational activities that the extra day affords but due to the stupid weather AGAIN we stayed inside my friend house most of the time and cooked.

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Thanks to Esther for lending out her luxury home, especially her kitchen where 4 people can fit in at once to cook different things. OK readers, here are more pics for the curious one.

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After we offloaded our bags and luggage, we drove out to the biggest Westfield in town. I was amazed by the size of this shopping centre it is double the size of QVB in Sydney. But I felt like a foreigner because we were the only Asians in the mall…

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Mad Mex in Central Coast

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Cool lights made out of Corona bottle

Wanted to try some Central Coast local restaurant but could only see franchise that Sydney also has. So, we opted for Mad Mex. Some background info here, Mad Mex serves gourmet Baja style Mexican food that’s healthy, hearty and the only thing it’s heavy on is flavour. The first store opened in Sydney and expanded to Melbourne and Brisbane.

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Chicken Burrito – soft flour tortilla with black beans, rice, cheese, lettuce & sour cream.

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Yellow corn crispy tacos – crispy yellow taco with black beans, cheese, lettuce & sour cream

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Beef quesadilla – grilled and sliced tortilla with cheese filling and served with salsa & sour cream

On the way back home for some relaxing DVD and indoor games, we saw this sign…

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How can we resist not to get one, occasionally we will see 99cents/kg watermelon in Woolworth but what’s more exciting than getting a whole! Although it wasn’t the seedless one but skin was really thin and extremely juicy & sweet..awww! I love watermelon!!

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We got back home, cut our watermelon and put them in fridge for cooling. What other indoor activities can we play now? Esther suddenly took out her Mah Jong table and I think it is time to teach our two ABC boys to learn how to play this Chinese ancient game. Mah Jong is a traditional Chinese tile game with many variations. An ancient game widely play by Chinese and Japanese. More info here.

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For dinner, we decided to go for a quick and easy steam boat. For the stock I have use chicken stock along with some Chinese herbs and corn.

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On Sunday we drove to The Entrance, since the Entrance has now been internationally recognised as “The Pelican Capital of Australia” and we want to be part of it. Before feeding the Pelican we decided to feed ourselves first with a nice lunch. We stumbled cross MOJO’s cafe which is just behind where the Pelican Pavilion foreshore is. The staffs here are local residents, they are really nice and friendly.

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Spicy Chicken Turkish – Lightly spiced chicken, roasted red capsicum, avocado & cheese, $10.90

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Mojo club burger & Fries, $16.90

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Fish & Chips – Beer battered or grilled fish fillets served with fries, salad and homemade tartare sauce, $16.90

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Seafood platter for one – Lightly battered fish, grilled fish, fresh prawn, mussels, calamari, salt & pepper squid, smoked salmon, fries & salad, $28.90

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Hot Chocolate

I am really happy with the food here, portion are generous and tasty. The seafood platter was HUGE and enough to share between two people. All ingredients are fresh and made to order.

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Carrot cake by Rain, extra sultana and walnuts

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Vegetables soup with parsley

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Chicken bake pasta with parmesan cheese

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Fresh garlic breads

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oops… guess who cleaned up the mess?

More cooking continue after we got home, Rain made a carrot cake, I made a vegetables soup and pasta baked chicken, JC baked some fresh garlic breads. It was the first time I made a pasta bake chicken, if you are a cheese lover I think you will like it. I will post the recipe in another post. I had such a relaxing and good time in Central Coast, when is the next long weekend?

Ajisen Ramen, World Square

Sorry for the non-noodle eater, as promise I have to continue blog about all the ramen around Sydney so bare with me. This time we went to Ajisen Ramen which has two branches in City, one in Haymarket and one near World Square. We dined at World Square one because of its convenient location near the train station.

This place is less impressive compare to all my other experience, it doesn’t taste authentic and seems to have a lot of MSG in the soup. Their noodle is not too much like a ramen, it’s more like a rice noodle to me. What’s good is their menu is very extensive, if you don’t want to order ramen there is always other things to cater your needs. Portion was big at a reasonable price especially with my buy one get one free entertainment voucher.

Ratings
Food: 6/10
Atmosphere: 6/10
Service: 5/10
Value: 6/10

Average Price
Entrée: $6 – $10
Main: $15 – $25
Dessert: $7 – $10
Degustation: N/A
Corkage: N/A
Cakeage: N/A

Others
Ease of finding a car park: Hard
Ease of finding the restaurant: Easy
Brightness of restaurant: Bright
Noise Level: Noisy
Waiting time for foods: 15 mins
Booking time require: Walk in
Child friendly/High Chair: No

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You will be surprise that they are also having snow ice dessert, which is flavoured shaved ice that is very soft in texture. I tried the snow ice somewhere else so I know how good it is. If you still have room after the main course have a try at the peanut butter shaved ice.

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Tontoro (pork cheek) Ramen, $15

I was looking for something light and not spicy, usually I must order something with an egg but not in here because their egg are just hard boil egg which is not my favourite kind of egg. The Tontoro was very tender and soft. Soup was sweet and with a lot of cabbage in it. However, I must say the service in here was horrible, waitress doesn’t bother to smile and only chat among themselves.

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Chashu Ramen, $13.50

My friend opted for the Chasha Ramen, she finished it in no time so I assume it was good. It was topped with about 4 – 5 slices of thin pork belly, green onions, hard-boil egg and black fungus slice. The soup of hers and mine looks very similar. I think to have a perfect bowl of ramen a salted gooey egg is a must but Ajisen could not deliver this to us.

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Conclusion: The service in here was quick but not attentive, the food is average if you are looking for something quick and simple then give this place a try.

Address:

85 Liverpool Street, Sydney    
opening hrs: Mon – Sun: 11:30 to 22:30, (Fri,Sat 23:00) 
Ph:+612-9267-8816
Web: www.ajisenramen.com.au

Getting There:

Parking: Liverpool St or Pitt St 
By Train: Town Hall Station  
By Bus:

Takeru

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Ajisen Ramen, World Square

www.ajisenramen.com.au

Ratings
Food: 6/10
Atmosphere: 6/10
Service: 5/10
Value: 6/10

Average Price
Entrée: $6 – $10
Main: $15 – $25
Dessert: $7 – $10
Degustation: N/A
Corkage: N/A
Cakeage: N/A

Others
Ease of finding a car park: Hard
Ease of finding the restaurant: Easy
Brightness of restaurant: Bright
Noise Level: Noisy
Waiting time for foods: 15 mins
Booking time require: Walk in
Child friendly/High Chair: No

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Sorry for the non-noodle eater, as promise I have to continue blog about all the ramen around Sydney so bare with me. This time we went to Ajisen Ramen which has two branches in City, one in Haymarket and one near World Square. We dined at World Square one because of its convenient location near the train station.

This place is less impressive compare to all my other experience, it doesn’t taste authentic and seems to have a lot of MSG in the soup. Their noodle is not too much like a ramen, it’s more like a rice noodle to me. What’s good is their menu is very extensive, if you don’t want to order ramen there is always other things to cater your needs. Portion was big at a reasonable price especially with my buy one get one free entertainment voucher.

You will be surprise that they are also having snow ice dessert, which is flavoured shaved ice that is very soft in texture. I tried the snow ice somewhere else so I know how good it is. If you still have room after the main course have a try at the peanut butter shaved ice.

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Tontoro (pork cheek) Ramen, $15

I was looking for something light and not spicy, usually I must order something with an egg but not in here because their egg are just hard boil egg which is not my favourite kind of egg. The Tontoro was very tender and soft. Soup was sweet and with a lot of cabbage in it. However, I must say the service in here was horrible, waitress doesn’t bother to smile and only chat among themselves.

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Chashu Ramen, $13.50

My friend opted for the Chasha Ramen, she finished it in no time so I assume it was good. It was topped with about 4 – 5 slices of thin pork belly, green onions, hard-boil egg and black fungus slice. The soup of hers and mine looks very similar. I think to have a perfect bowl of ramen a salted gooey egg is a must but Ajisen could not deliver this to us.

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Conclusion: The service in here was quick but not attentive, the food is average if you are looking for something quick and simple then give this place a try.

Address:

85 Liverpool Street, Sydney    
opening hrs: Mon – Sun: 11:30 to 22:30, (Fri,Sat 23:00) 
Ph:+612-9267-8816
Web: www.ajisenramen.com.au

Getting There:

Parking: Liverpool St or Pitt St 
By Train: Town Hall Station  
By Bus:

Takeru

Map picture

Ajisen Ramen on Urbanspoon

Ryo’s noodle, Crow Nest

My favourite Jap food is ramen, as the queen of ramen I have searched everywhere in Sydney to find the best ramen for my readers, and came up with a list. I will first talk about the no.1 on my list first – Ryo’s in Crow Nest. I know a lot of people don’t like this place because they think the soup is too oily, the flavour is too salty or not enough toppings. But this is what ramen should be; rich soup that is full of flavours and chewy noodle without too many toppings. I did request for less salty this time though because I think the one I ordered was little bit too salty on its original state.
 

Ratings
Food: 8/10
Atmosphere: 7/10
Service: 7/10
Value: 8/10

Average Price
Entrée: $4 – $6
Main: $11 – $15
Dessert: N/A
Degustation: N/A
Corkage: Free
Cakeage: Free

Others
Ease of finding a car park: Normal
Ease of finding the restaurant: Easy
Brightness of restaurant: Normal
Noise Level: Noisy
Waiting time for foods: 15 mins
Booking time require: Walk in
Child friendly/High Chair: No

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We arrived at the restaurant on a Sat morning at 11.30am and the restaurant is still not open, we walked around and end up inside an open inspection nearby. When we came back there was already about 6 people queuing up!! This place is small and cosy, shared table and help yourself with water. I never ordered my ramen from the menu because I reckon the special one on the wall always taste nicer as ingredients are best made by seasonal choice.

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Tokyo style soy sauce flavour with roast pork, nori, bamboo shoots and egg, $10.50

JC opted for the Tokyo Ramen, which stated on the board as the top 3 most popular in the restaurant. It has slices of pork, bamboo slices and pink and white fish cakes on top. The soup is a soy base chicken clear broth, not as rich as mine but still flavoursome.

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Ramen noodles in pork and fish stock soup with roast pork, egg and nori (soy sauce base), $14

I ordered the fish and pork soup with roast pork ramen, the name attracted me the first thing I sat down. The thin slices of pork were tender and delicious almost fall into piece when I bite onto it, it has right amount of fat in between the meat. The soup was sweet and beautiful matches perfectly with the gooey eggs. I haven’t find a place that cooked the egg as perfect as Ryo’s.

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Deep fried soft shell crab, $6

Our side dish arrives while we were slurping our noodles. The golden soft shell crab looks fluffy and crispy. It was still boiling hot that almost burnt my tongue.

Conclusion: Best ramen in Sydney, The chicken and pork stocks are intense and full of flavours. Place is small and cramped but offer you an authentic Japanese feeling. What I love the most is the chewy egg noodles.

 

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Address:

125 Falcon Street, North Sydney 
opening hrs: Thu – Tue: 12:00 to 14:30, 17:00 to 21:30 
Ph:+612-9955-0225
Web: N/A

Getting There:

Parking: West St
By Train: No train station near by 
By Bus:

crow nest

Map picture

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Ryo’s noodle, Crow Nest

Ratings
Food: 8/10
Atmosphere: 7/10
Service: 7/10
Value: 8/10

Average Price
Entrée: $4 – $6
Main: $11 – $15
Dessert: N/A
Degustation: N/A
Corkage: Free
Cakeage: Free

Others
Ease of finding a car park: Normal
Ease of finding the restaurant: Easy
Brightness of restaurant: Normal
Noise Level: Noisy
Waiting time for foods: 15 mins
Booking time require: Walk in
Child friendly/High Chair: No

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My favourite Jap food is ramen, as the queen of ramen I have searched everywhere in Sydney to find the best ramen for my readers, and came up with a list. I will first talk about the no.1 on my list first – Ryo’s in Crow Nest. I know a lot of people don’t like this place because they think the soup is too oily, the flavour is too salty or not enough toppings. But this is what ramen should be; rich soup that is full of flavours and chewy noodle without too many toppings. I did request for less salty this time though because I think the one I ordered was little bit too salty on its original state.

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We arrived at the restaurant on a Sat morning at 11.30am and the restaurant is still not open, we walked around and end up inside an open inspection nearby. When we came back there was already about 6 people queuing up!! This place is small and cosy, shared table and help yourself with water. I never ordered my ramen from the menu because I reckon the special one on the wall always taste nicer as ingredients are best made by seasonal choice.

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Tokyo style soy sauce flavour with roast pork, nori, bamboo shoots and egg, $10.50

JC opted for the Tokyo Ramen, which stated on the board as the top 3 most popular in the restaurant. It has slices of pork, bamboo slices and pink and white fish cakes on top. The soup is a soy base chicken clear broth, not as rich as mine but still flavoursome.

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Ramen noodles in pork and fish stock soup with roast pork, egg and nori (soy sauce base), $14

I ordered the fish and pork soup with roast pork ramen, the name attracted me the first thing I sat down. The thin slices of pork were tender and delicious almost fall into piece when I bite onto it, it has right amount of fat in between the meat. The soup was sweet and beautiful matches perfectly with the gooey eggs. I haven’t find a place that cooked the egg as perfect as Ryo’s.

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Deep fried soft shell crab, $6

Our side dish arrives while we were slurping our noodles. The golden soft shell crab looks fluffy and crispy. It was still boiling hot that almost burnt my tongue.

Conclusion: Best ramen in Sydney, The chicken and pork stocks are intense and full of flavours. Place is small and cramped but offer you an authentic Japanese feeling. What I love the most is the chewy egg noodles.

 

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Address:

125 Falcon Street, North Sydney 
opening hrs: Thu – Tue: 12:00 to 14:30, 17:00 to 21:30 
Ph:+612-9955-0225
Web: N/A

Getting There:

Parking: West St
By Train: No train station near by 
By Bus:

crow nest

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Belated moon festival post

Sorry guys I have been slacking with my posting due to my Bro’s wedding and family and relatives came over from overseas. Allow me to post back some of the old posts and one thing I missed talking about is the Moon festival, also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival which is a popular harvest festival celebrate by Chinese and Vietnamese people. It happened on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar when the moon is round and the round shape means family reunion. Members of family will get together wherever it is possible. My mom without exception had prepare a family feast for us. Thanks mom !

 

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Steam baby Abalone

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Soy braised chicken with chestnut and bean curd

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Pork stir fry oyster sauce and wood ear

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Steam Bok Choy with oyster sauce

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Steam fish ( don’t know what fish hehe?) with shallot and coriander

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Fat Choy noodle with Sea cucumber and Chinese mushroom

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