Taipei Trip Part 1 + Apology to my readers

Sorry about the lack of posting, but when your website is constantly being attacked by virus, it is not fun at all! Ever since I’ve moved out from Worpress hosting I have experienced several virus attacked incidents and causing me to be blacklisted by Google. It was heart breaking because it also affected my subscribers, regular viewers and food bloggers friends which I would like to apologise to them. After some research and work, I found out that it was my theme that is actually causing the issue, so I’ve searched for a new theme and hoping this will give me a new start. So far so good, no more incident until now.

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Last few weeks, I took 2 weeks off to attend my best friend wedding in Hong Kong and spent 5 days in Taipei. It was strictly a girl’s trip and probably is my last girl trip Sad smile (international) after I got married. I had a really great time with Miss E, Taipei is the land of night market and street food. I still look at the food pic every now and then to refresh my memory.

A dedicated food blogger like me must always start with plane food. I flew with Qantas in the afternoon so we had the lunch menu and afternoon snack. I also had the privilege to experience the new airbus A380, it was awesome!

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Open chicken pie with mash sweet potato and green beans, cookies and cream mousse, greens with balsamic vinegar and olive oil & Cup noodle as afternoon snack

Once we arrived Hong Kong, we took the connecting flight straight to Taipei, don’t want to waste one more minute, we were offer a light dinner in the flight to Taipei which is a mini vegetarian pizza with fresh fruit and tea.

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Taipei Taoyuan international airport

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Our hotel – New Stay Inn, clean and reasonably priced, highly recommended

The next day we went to National palace museum, Xinyi Place shopping centre and Wufenpu commercial district which is a shopping haven for the ladies. Before heading to Wufenpu we needed to refresh ourselves with snack from the food court in Xinyi place.

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Breakfast – Chinese roti with egg, basil leaves and homemade chilli sauce

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Lunch – Gravy beef handmade noodle soup and greens

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Snack – T.K.K Fried chicken wings and rose tea

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Wufenpu shopping haven

We end the night at Raohe Street Night Market, my favourite night market because it has full of foods! A lot of funky foods that I’ve never heard of tried. First stop is the famous pepper pastry, it is easy to spot and right next to the entrance. One of my favourite food in the whole trip.

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Famous pepper pastry with pork filling

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Crème brulee in egg shell & BBQ corn

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From top left clockwise – BBQ suckling pig, black sugar tea, fresh fruit, chicken thigh fillet skewer

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Deep fried milk

We lined up for this deep fried milk because all the travel blog was raving about it, the oil looks really clean and it is deep fried to order. It was piping oil and doesn’t really taste like milk, rather it taste like melted cheese with a hint of sweetness.

We were all exhausted and was carrying too many shopping bags, we took a taxi home then took a rest. Not long later we were starving and walk over to another night market which is just few street away from our hotel for our 2nd dinner.

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Ning Xia Road Night Market

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Oyster pancake, pork liver soup, pork meat ball with poach egg, Taiwanese minced pork rice

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Hong Kong Eat Out – Part 2

Arome cake shop www.aromebakery.com.hk

If you have follow my Hong Kong eat out part 1, here is more to come…during the time I was in Hong Kong, I discovered a really nice bakery/pastry place – Arome. I believe they are owned by Japanese, the taste and texture is very similar to Savoy in here. I especially love their chestnut cake also known as Mont Blanc, a dessert of pureed, sweetened chestnut topped with whipped cream, I am not a big fan of sweet things but this is one of my favourite dessert in the world.

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chestnut cake from Arome cake shop

Hui Lau Shan www.hkhls.com

After a long walk around the streets, we needed some refreshment. We spotted a distinctive red and gold sign, there is the Hui Lau Shan. Hui Lau Shan was opened 50 years ago specializing Chinese style dessert such as herbal jellies, sago and fresh fruit drinks.

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Mango blended ice with aloe Vera

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Mango blended ice with coconut milk and sago

Yee Shun Milk Company

You must try Yee Shun Milk Company if you would like to enjoy some local fare. Famous dessert here includes steam milk curd, French toast, steam egg. You can eat it cold or warm with the dessert, I personally find the hot one more outstanding.

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Cold steam milk curd

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Cold Chocolate steam milk curd

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Hot steam milk curd

We had dinner in Causeway Bay, I don’t remember the name of the restaurant now but I came here for a purpose, it is the BBQ roast Goose ! I never tried Yung Kee, which is renowned for its roast goose, but this place was fantastic! Taste similar to duck but with much more flavours, skin was extremely crispy that I couldn’t stop myself from eating.

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Whole Roast Goose

The next day, we continue our eating journey. Typical HK style café for breakfast is a must, including pineapple bun, hot milk tea, satay beef with vermicelli, sunny side up with sausage and ham nomnomnom.

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Hot Milk Tea

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Satay beef with vermicelli

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Pineapple bun fresh out from oven

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Sunny side up with ham and sausage

Tsim Jai Kee

Wonton noodle soup in here is so awesome, big portion and reasonable priced. The menu has English, Chinese and Japanese, you can imagine how many tourist visit this place.

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Wonton noodle soup with fish paste

 

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Hong Kong Eat Outs – Part 1

Hai all! Sorry for being quiet for a while, there was some personal family issue which I had to fly back to HK urgently. About 3 weeks ago, my grandpa passed away. He was 93 at that time and the last time I saw him was 2 years ago. My grandpa has lived a remarkable life, he was a great grandpa and a great dad to my mum. My grandpa pursued his many endeavours diligently, and always rose to meet challenge, he used to own shares in a restaurant which from my memories, we always go there yum cha on a weekend. My grandpa lived in Wan Chai for all of his life ever since he relocated to HK so therefore I had a lot of food and restaurant memories in the HK Island. Grandpa, may you rest in peace & I love you forever and always.

Combining in a few posts, I would like to take you to some of the good food experiences I had in HK during the 2 weeks I was there, a lot of them are my comfort food and foods that I grew up with.

??? Café De Coral – Wan Chai

1st day of arrival, we grab a quick bite in Café De Coral, It is one of the major Chinese fast food chain which I highly recommend. As you may know, to try the local restaurant is not always easy because of language barrier and menu is in Chinese. In here, all menu are hang on the wall with Chinese on top & English on the bottom, most of them even have picture next to it (of course it is for reference only). Be warn though, this place is extremely fast pace, once you order take your ticket and line up to collect your food straight away.

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From left to right: Bake pork chop rice, Deep fried fish fillet and cream corn rice

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From left to right: Chicken & potato curry with rice, Lemon ice tea

 

 

??? Egg puff – Wan Chai

A very popular street snacks in HK, originated in the 1950s. It is made out of eggs, sugar, flour and evaporated milk cooked into an iron mold. Outside is hot and crispy, inside is soft like a pillow. Nowadays, you can find different flavours like chocolate, green tea etc. but I like the original better!

 

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Hot & Crispy Egg Puff

 

???? Tack Hsin Restaurant – Tsim Sha Tsui

For some odd reason, HK people like to have hot pot 365 days in the year, no matter is 13 degree or 35 degree, I finally understand why hot pot is also my favourite too. I guess it’s a cultural thing. The air conditioning is so strong indoor that you can have a hot pot anytime you want. Tak Hsin is a popular place for hot pot and has several branches in the Kowloon & HK Island. Just the soup base there are 15 to choose from, we opted for a non-spicy meat base soup – beef brisket with white radish. It was sweet & delicious. This is a buffet style hot pot where you can tick off the dish you like and quantity you want on a piece of paper, several instance the waitress missed the order but doesn’t matter we just re-tick that again in the next round…

Massive range of condiments made me gone crazy, my beloved coriander, garlic, chilli, XO sauce, sesame oil. Mix your own sauce and the food is just about to come. We ordered mountain of foods, my favourites were fish paste noodle & deep fried fish skin!! Yummy!

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All you can eat Hot pot & massive range of Condiments

Forgot to mention this was also a reunion night with my cousins, which one of them – Julia, we haven’t met for 10+ years ever since I moved to Sydney from Canada. It was a lovely gathering and I wish I could see her again soon.

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Fish paste noodle & deep fried fish skin were my favourites

 

 

 

 

 

 

?? So sweetTsim Sha Tsui

A Good night is not complete without dessert, so we were walking around TST trying to find Honeymoon Dessert, which is a very famous dessert chain store but end up we find So Sweet. It was a very random find but I felt very lucky that we end up here because the dessert here is so awesome!

This store is open by a HK television actor call Wong Cho Lam, he graduated from The Hong Kong Academy for performing arts, and he is one talented individual. Although he doesn’t have a good looking face but because of his kind heart he managed to steal’s Leanne Li heart who is now his girlfriend. She is Miss Chinese international Pageant winner from Vancouver…anyway, enough of gossip.

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So sweet is famous for fusion dessert, mixture of Chinese/western dessert in one plate. The menu has like over 10 pages (Just dessert!) and we had a difficult times choosing it. We ordered 4 desserts and share among us. Mango sticky dumplings was heavenly good, chewy and thin like paper sticky rice wrap around sweet mangoes, top with designated coconut, one each is just not enough!

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Mango sticky dumplings with strawberry & mango sauce

Secondly came the mango shaved ice with explosive pearl balls. The moment you bite on them it burst out some juice, just like eating fish roe but in a sweet form… That is freaking creative I must say! Then come 3rd was another mango shaved ice but with vanilla ice-cream & herbal jelly this time. Lastly and my favourite was the chocolate fondant with green tea ice-cream. One of the best Chocolate fondant I have eaten, not overly sweet or biter, moist and gooey in the inside. Love it!

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From left to right: Mango shaved ice with explosive pearl balls, mango shaved ice with vanilla ice-cream & herbal jelly

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Chocolate fondant with green tea ice-cream & almond flakes

 

Stay tune for the part 2 of Hong Kong Eat outs!

 

 

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Kungfu Ramen, Haymarket Chinatown

 

Ratings
Food: 5/10
Atmosphere: 5/10
Service: 7/10
Value: 5/10

Average Price
Entrée: $4 – $10
Main: $10 – $20
Dessert: $5 – $8
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: Normal
Waiting time for foods: 10 mins – 15 mins
Booking time require: Walk in
Child friendly/High Chair: No

 
 

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Former Vietnamese restaurant Xic Lo is now Kungfu Ramen. Specialised in hand pull noodle with a reasonable priced menu. Similar to other Northern Chinese restaurant like SeaBay or Chinese dumplings restaurant in Chinatown, pan fried dumplings, bbq lamb skewer is pretty standard. The service was really nice as the chef allows me to take pics and witness a live show of hand-pulling of noodles.

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Kungfu Ramen (beef), $10

For a $10 dinner I can’t complain much. The beef slice was cold and tough to chew but that wasn’t what I am after. The broth is savory and sweeten by white raddish but the real star of the meal are the noodles… the perfect texture of soft and chewy. I am a noodle soup queen so I have no problem slurping on a bowl of noodle even without any ingredients or toppings as long as the noodle are up to scratch. But I know most people are after a lot of ingredients and toppings and would treat the noodle as a side thing.

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Watching the chef slamming the dough so vigorously and then stretching it until it becomes these long thin strands was exciting. At least I know my noodle was made fresh to order.

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Shish-Kebab (5 Skewers per serving), $10

These lamb skewers can’t go wrong when they are grill under a charcoal stove. The flavours was intense, with slightly dry and chewy tidbits of meats. I can have 5 of those.

Conclusion: A quick fix for dinner if you are after some northern Chinese noodle and skewer that is cheap and without the queue. It’s not something that would wow you but the noodle is made fresh and chewy. I gave credit to the hand-pull chef.

 

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Address:

opening hrs: Mon – Sun: 12:00 to 22:00
Ph:+612-9281-3678
Web: N/A

Getting There:

Parking: Kent Street or Sussex Street
By train: Central

 

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Kungfu Ramen, Haymarket Chinatown

Former Vietnamese restaurant Xic Lo is now Kungfu Ramen. Specialised in hand pull noodle with a reasonable priced menu. Similar to other Northern Chinese restaurant like SeaBay or Chinese dumplings restaurant in Chinatown, pan fried dumplings, bbq lamb skewer is pretty standard. The service was really nice as the chef allows me to take pics and witness a live show of hand-pulling of noodles.

Ratings
Food: 5/10
Atmosphere: 5/10
Service: 7/10
Value: 5/10

Average Price
Entrée: $4 – $10
Main: $10 – $20
Dessert: $5 – $8
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: Normal
Waiting time for foods: 10 mins – 15 mins
Booking time require: Walk in
Child friendly/High Chair: No

 
 

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Kungfu Ramen (beef), $10

For a $10 dinner I can’t complain much. The beef slice was cold and tough to chew but that wasn’t what I am after. The broth is savory and sweeten by white raddish but the real star of the meal are the noodles… the perfect texture of soft and chewy. I am a noodle soup queen so I have no problem slurping on a bowl of noodle even without any ingredients or toppings as long as the noodle are up to scratch. But I know most people are after a lot of ingredients and toppings and would treat the noodle as a side thing.

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Watching the chef slamming the dough so vigorously and then stretching it until it becomes these long thin strands was exciting. At least I know my noodle was made fresh to order.

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Shish-Kebab (5 Skewers per serving), $10

These lamb skewers can’t go wrong when they are grill under a charcoal stove. The flavours was intense, with slightly dry and chewy tidbits of meats. I can have 5 of those.

Conclusion: A quick fix for dinner if you are after some northern Chinese noodle and skewer that is cheap and without the queue. It’s not something that would wow you but the noodle is made fresh and chewy. I gave credit to the hand-pull chef.

 

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Address:

opening hrs: Mon – Sun: 12:00 to 22:00
Ph:+612-9281-3678
Web: N/A

Getting There:

Parking: Kent Street or Sussex Street
By train: Central

 

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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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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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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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Golden Century, Sydney China Town

www.goldencentury.com.au
 

Ratings
Food: 7/10
Atmosphere: 5/10
Service: 7/10
Value: 7/10

Average Price
Entrée: $15 – $20
Main: $20 – $30, seafood over $100
Dessert: $2 – $5
Degustation: Banquet menu available from $38 to $60 p/p
Corkage: $5 p/p
Cakeage: Free

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: 1 – 2 days
Child friendly/High Chair: Yes

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Every winter I will always go to Golden Century at least once, simply because of the seasonal menu – lamb brisket hot pot. Lamb brisket hot pot is a traditional Cantonese food which a lot of us will eat during winter time. Lamb not only is high in protein, it can also promote blood circulation and helps strengthen capacity to keep out of the cold. Another thing I love there is the Pipi, it is prepared fresh and cooked to order.

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Complimentary pork and vegetables soup

This place is always packed, maybe because of the number of awards they have received in the past and it is listed on a lot of tourist guides. When you walk in it is almost like a multi-cultural day based on the different nationalities of people you see there.

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XO Sauce pipi, $65/kg

Pipi is one of my favourite seafood, it is tasty and pair well with XO sauce. The Pipi in Golden century are very fresh, medium sized and well clean, I did not taste any sands in it. Some of the background information for the non-Chinese readers, XO sauce is a popular Asian seasoning made with chillies and dried scallop, shrimp, onion and garlic.

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Lamb Brisket hot pot, $39.80

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The Lamb hot pot came with a plate of veges and a gas device, so from start to finish your meal is still boiling hot. I guess they adopted this idea from Chinese steam boat. The lamb were juicy and full of flavour, the soup base are full of lamb flavour which further lifted the sweetness of the meat. The green is not the normal bok choy or choy sum, it is call the Shingiku or Tang Ho which is commonly used in Korean style hot pot as well.

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Complimentary sponge cake and egg cracker

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Complimentary orange

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Complimentary sweet red bean soup

The service was impeccable, waitress are very attentive and even helped to cook our veges. After our main meals, we were absolutely stuffed, I was struggled to finish off the complimentary sweets and fruits.

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very complimentary wine list, the most expensive wine I spotted was over $20,000

Conclusion: Golden Century is located in the prime location of China town, make sure you book in advance because this place is popular. Don’t expect great service or ambience because these are not the things Golden century focus on. I recommend going in a group to make most of the fresh seafood and to try a vast variety of dishes.

 

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Address:

393-399 Sussex St, Sydney  
opening hrs: Mon – Sun: 12:00 to 04:00 
Ph:+612-9212-3901
Web: www.goldencentury.com.au

Getting There:

Parking: Kent St or Pitt St
By Train: Central or Townhall 
By Bus:

Takeru

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Chef’s Gallery, Sydney CBD

While I was walking toward china town from Wynyard, I noticed the empty shop next to KFC George Street has turned into a dim sim Chinese restaurant. The amount of people lining up there was similar to the iphone 4 line infront of apple store. I decided I must give it a try. Honestly I am not a big fan of dim sim especially the steam one, but to satisfy my readers I have to be one of the first to try it myself. The design and layout of Chef’s Gallery is very similar to Din Tai Fung in world square. Both restaurants themed oriental with a big open kitchen.
 

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

Average Price
Entrée: $8 – $10
Main: $15 – $20
Dessert: $5 – $9
Degustation: N/A
Corkage: $10 per bottle
Cakeage: Free

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
Booking time require: 1 days – 2 days
Child friendly/High Chair: Yes

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My girlfriend and I decided to order 3 courses, one entree, main and dessert. The menu has a variety of savoury dishes and desserts, clear symbols for vegetarian and chef’s recommendation. We opted for all those that have a chef’s hat next to it.

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Wok fried medium grain rice with prawn and diced Chinese olive, $13.90

The order were all mixed up, firstly the piggy face sweet bun came as a entrée and I told the waitress “shouldn’t that be arriving last?” so they took the dish back and next was the fried rice. Although I was hoping to have the entrée first which is the pan fried buns but anyhow, I was starving so I dag right into the fried rice. The fried rice was nice, buttery salty and little piece of olive, prawn, shallot enriched with stripes of eggs. The rice they used was a short grain which makes it a little bit different to the ordinary fried rice.

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Lightly pan fried buns with pork, $9.90

The Zi Jian Bao was a little bit disappointing, despite the presentation was nice and the skin was silky smooth, the dough was chewy and the pork mince inside was mushy and a little too soft. After eating three of them I feel a little bit sick to eat buns again.

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Steamed sesame "piggy face" bun, $5.90

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We got attracted by the name of this dessert “piggy face bun” I never expected the bun itself looks like a pig. It was so cute and almost too pretty to bite into! I started with a bite to the pink pig nose, it was so chewy and taste like chewing gum. Inside was nothing special – black sesame paste but it has a weird taste. Not those sweet tastes that I used to eat. Looking around us was a couple that ordered some pumpkin alike desserts. I must say the chef here has a good art and food craving skills but when it comes down to taste, he needs to work harder.

Conclusion: Don’t get trick by the queues outside, it is not an indication of the popularity of the restaurant. The service we experienced was poor, we asked for a change of table because the wind next to the front door was too strong and because my friend and I just recovered from flu we would like to sit in a warmer place. However, we got rejected by the manager and was told that it is too unfair for the next customer. The food portions here is small and pricy, the chef’s recommendation dishes are not up to standard especially the buns. It was way too chewy to be under the chef’s recommendation menu. I don’t think I will come back again.

 

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Level Ground, Shop 12, 501 George Street, Sydney  
opening hrs: Mon – Sun: 11:00 to 15:00, 17:00 to 22:00 
Ph:+612-9267-8877
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Parking: Kent St  
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