Croquembouche for Warren’s 70th Birthday, Baroque Patisserie

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Turning 70th was a big deal in our office for Warren, one of the consultant who has worked in the office for many many years. To make things extra special, our office manager has ordered a Croquembouche from Baroque Patisserie. It was only a mini Croquembouche with about 30 profiteroles made in the shape of a pyramid with toffee, decorated with beautiful sugar flowers.

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My first ever Croquembouche was this one, it was okay, it was way too sweet for my liking, while I am more of a savoury than sweet person, no surprise I felt that way. The cake was put to fridge in the morning before serving in the afternoon so the toffee turns very hard and almost impossible to cut through, or it was meant to be like that? The vanilla crème filled inside the profiteroles was delicious and give this subtle flavours.

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Croquembouche

Beautiful flowers decorations on the cake.

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Address:

88 George St, The Rocks
opening hrs: Mon – Fri: 08:00-22:30,  Sat: 9:00-22:30
 
Ph:+612-9241-4811

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Train Station: Circular Quay

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Dessert cooking class, Mumu Grill, Crow Nest

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What’s your idea of a Hens night/party? Does it always involve crazy drinking and strip party? No, it doesn’t! A dessert cooking class is equally fun and interesting. To celebrate my bestie’s getting married in November, we have managed to score a discounted voucher online for a dessert cooking class in Mumu Grill. We had 18 people in the class and Chef Paul made us feel welcome and part of his family, sharing his knowledge and experience in the kitchen.

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We cooked a variety of things, some baking desserts and some non-baking desserts. You get to taste all the desserts you cooked afterwards as well as a recipe with ingredient and steps, however, the recipe was a bit messy that it has typo and steps missing so it is best to bring you own pen and add notes are you go.

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The best dish I thought was Bread Pudding, it is unlike other bread pudding I’ve ever tasted, it is not soggy and mushy but with a very nice crunch on the top, all the baking dessert are baked with a wood fire oven which can be heat up to 300°C, maybe that’s why it is so tasty!

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We also assembled a rhubarb mess with a layer of cream, baked rhubarb, brushed meringue and fresh berries.

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Other desserts we made are Passionfruit cheesecake and Clafoutis.  Clafoutis is a baked French dessert of fruits ( usually cherries) arranged in a buttered dish and cover with a thick-like batter. Strawberry was in season so we used a lot of those, we also created a dates and pistachio Clafoutis which was delicious!

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Pic of me and Chef Paul with the oven pan!

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Me with my besties.

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76 Alexander St, Crow Nest 
opening hrs: Fri – Sun: 12:00-15:00, Dinner: Mon – Sun: 5:30pm – late
 
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Parking: Alexander St

Train Station: St Leonards

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Zesty Lemon Bars

The annual food blogger meet up is here and each one will need to bring a dish or drink, last year I have made dumplings and the tray was cleaned up in 10 mins, also because maybe I was only one out of 5 person doing savoury dishes. This year I wanted to make a sweet dish, as I am such a beginner in making dessert, this is the perfect chance because I am always having difficult sharing my dessert to my family as none of them like sweets, hence I don’t have much opportunity to practice.

Summer is here I have chosen lemon as my core ingredient to make this dessert, perfect for lemon lovers! These cute little bite size bars has a crust on the bottom and a beautiful and silky filling, it is also easy to make too!

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Ingredients:

For the base

225g unsalted butter, soften

1/2 cup caster sugar

2 cups flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

 

For the lemon later

6 large eggs at room temperature

2 1/2 cups caster sugar

2-3 lemon zest

1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (pulps and seeds removed)

1 cup flour

icing sugar for dusting

 

Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 180C and grease and line a 30cm X 20cm baking tin with foil.

2) For the base, cream the butter and sugar until light, combine the flour and salt to the butter until just mixed. Knead with a hand until flour and butter is combined. Flatten the dough with floured hands and press it into the greased baking tin using thumb and index finger, building up a 1/2-inch edge on all sides, then put it in the fridge to chill for 10 mins.

3) Bake the crust for 15 to 20 minutes, until very lightly browned. Let cool on a wire rack, meanwhile switch the oven to 160C and make the fillings.

4) For the lemon layer, whisk together the eggs, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, and lastly sieve in the flour. Pour over the crust and bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until just set when feel with your fingers.

5) cool down for about an hour, cut into rectangles  and dust generously with icing sugar right before serving.

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when pressing down the flour dough, take you time to do it. The more even the better consistency

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This is what I mean by lightly brown

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Ingredient shot

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Pouring lemon juice into egg mixture

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Make sure no flour lumps in the egg mixture

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ready to be bake

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Don’t forget to dust with heaps of icing sugars!

 

 

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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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Petaling Street Malaysian Hawker Food, Sydney George Street

Happy New Year guys! Hope you had a fantastic break with your family and loved ones. I truly had a relaxing and lazy long break, other than the 3 days working through the Xmas break, only other things I did was eat, sleep and watch TV hehehe…

My bad that I should have catch up on my blog post, so here you go: Petaling Street Malaysian Hawker Food, my latest discovery during my break, such a great find! It is situated on George Street right next to an Adult shop… I mean next to Crocodile Senior Thai near the Central station. At lunch time it is quite packed already given the store only open on Christmas day, come night, it turns into a popular dessert place with over 10 pages worth of dessert menu to choose from, oh and also it open til 2am! Another option of Passion flower, I just love variety and competitions.

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Ratings
Food: 7.5/10
Atmosphere: 6/10
Service: 6/10
Value: 8/10

Average Price
Entrée: $6 – $10
Main: $10 – $20
Dessert: $10 – $15
Degustation: N/A
Corkage: N/A
Cakeage: Free

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 – 20 mins
Booking time require: walk in
Child friendly/High Chair: Yes

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Apparently Petaling Street has 6 branches and five of them are located in Melbourne. When there are so many branches of one food store, it gotta be a good one and it proves me right.

When we first walked in, we see a lot of food menu and pictures hanging on the wall, what a tricky way to make you salivating before even seeing the food, we walked downstairs for a bigger seating. The menu has a lot of variety, ranging from some street food entrée, noodle soup, congee, steam fishes, rice dishes to dessert. (Dessert in a separate menu worth 10 pages long! )

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Steam rice roll, $6.80

I really like this dish, HK have a similar kind of food which we usually eat for breakfast except we don’t put fish ball and bean curd one top.

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Fried Koay Teow, $9.50

The fried koay teow is more on the spicy side, I was sweating and tearing a little when I ate this dish, it has a lot of wok hey and it was piping hot straight out from the kitchen.

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Hainannese Chicken Rice, $10.50

It has all the essentials that a good Hainannese Chicken should have, tenderness of the poached chicken and a good fragrance of the rice. If you are not a big fan of spicy food, this will be a good option for you.

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Petaling street style short rice noodle in claypot, $11.50

I am a big fan of fat and chewy noodle, this fat glass noodle is chewy and absorb all the sauce. On the top it has a big chunks of fried onion, pork mince and Chinese mushroom. Also another good option for the non spicy lover, on the down side is, this dish is more oily compare to others because a larger amount of oil is needed to keep the noodle from sticking together.

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Ice Teh Tarik, $3.50

A reasonable priced drinking menu in here, the cup is large compare those one in mamak village and it wasn’t overly sweet.

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Kopi Ice, $3.50

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Chicken Laska, $9.90

Firstly, the laska came with two different type of noodle so I believe that is the authentic way of how a laska should be. Secondly, the soup was rich and packed with lots of spice and aroma, but however, it was lacking a bit of sweetness but overall it is still not bad.

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Roti Canai with chicken curry, $10.80

I strongly don’t recommend ordering Roti here, I believe it is not their specialties. If you like fluffy roti MaMak is still the best place. The curry and chicken was nice but the roti was too dry and hard. Some part was still a little bit raw when I bite on it.

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Dessert Menu www.pcwdesserts.com.au

Such a great find! Even though a little bit disappointed on the roti but still a good experience. Next time, I am going to try the fish head or steam fish, I heard some good feedback with their fish dishes.

 

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760 George Street, Sydney
opening hrs: Sun – Wed: 11:00 to 23:00, Thur – Sat: 11:00 to 02:00
Ph:+612-9280-1006
Web: www.petalingst.com.au

Getting There:

Parking: Kent Street or Pitt St
By train: Central Station

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Engagement & Christmas at Aria

It’s been more than 2 months since I last blogged. I am terribly sorry my lovely readers! I have been trying hard to write again but seems like finding time was the hardest thing on earth. Things was crazy and multiple things happening at the same time, also my laziness made things even worse =(

Allow me to explain some of the things that happened. Well, firstly and most importantly, I got engaged! Yay! And prior do that JC moved house so meaning lots of packing and unpacking happened during the past months. It was a huge exercise for us because he has been living in the old place for 4 years so you can imagine how many junks there were, some are still remain untouched now and safely sitting in the balcony hehe.

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So yeah, back to engagement bit, on August 6th it was on our 2nd year anniversary of dating, we planned to go to Quarter 21 for dinner to celebrate this special day. But because of the sad news about my grandpa, the dinner didn’t eventuate and postponed to September after I came back from Hong Kong. The poor JC even booked a hotel room and was planning to give me a pleasant surprise but that part of the plan was ruin…. Anyway…

On the day, we went out to the city spent the day doing some shopping. He suggested to go to observatory towel as he has never been there, I immediately rejected the idea because I thought it was a bit of a waste of money (I’ve officially ruined the first proposal plan A), then it’s finally our booking time for dinner, nothing happened during the dinner as JC thought proposing in the restaurant was too ordinary (Plan B didn’t happen). And then, after dinner we walked back to Pyrmont where we parked our car, he suggested to take a monorail as it’s getting late. Luckily, I said yes (or else I will ruin the Plan C) as my feet hurts as a result of all the walking today.

Up to here, you can pretty much guess what happened! In the monorail, only two of us in one carriage, things started getting weird, JC started talking about relationship and the time we have been together in a not so fluent Chinese…one knee on the floor with a ring in his hands, and me burst out laughing but happy and shocked at the same time, he proclaim his love for me and was asking me to marry him. Of course I said yes and we are getting married in May =)

So you see, I was absent from blogging for a good reason. To make up my bad, I promise I will try my best to keep blogging for good restaurants and recipes. As you know, Christmas is coming, I would love to share some of my favourite dishes I tasted in Aria during my work Christmas party last week. If you have followed my older post, I have been to Aria in June and it didn’t disappointed me, food is still amazing.

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We were given three choices for Entrée, main & dessert, it was a clear choice because I’ve tried some of the things on menu in the last visit.

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Oyster – freshly shucked Sydney rock oysters served with mignonette dressing

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Pork Belly – Kurobuta sweet pork belly with pork croquette and caramelised apple

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Barramundi – Crisp skinned fillet with grilled cuttlefish, apple, green olives and a horseradish sauce

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Lamb – roasted lamb fillet with ricotta gnocchi, pumpkin and mustard fruit puree and a sage and balsamic sauce

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Apple and almond crumble – calvados ice-cream, caramelised apple, almond crumble and apple sorbet

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Cheesecake – strawberry cheesecake with strawberry sorbet

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Chocolate delice – chocolate delice with raspberries and vanilla ice-cream

The best thing for me was the crispy pork belly and barramundi, it was cooked perfectly with a nice crispy skin. The dishes were in reasonable size and I can still fit dessert without feeling overly bloated.

Have a Merry Christmas and a happy new year guys ! XOXO

 

 

 

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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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Cheeky Chocolate, North Strathfield

 

North Strathfield is definitely a growing suburb, not long ago another Pancakes on the rocks was open and now a new creation of Adriano Zumbo – Cheeky Chocolate has opened in North Strathfield. With about 100 free parking right opposite the dessert place, you never need to worry about finding a car spot (free parking on weekend only). I think this is certainly a good addition to the inner west. Without travelling to the City CBD, you can still find a place for a chat and sweets after dinner with your friends.

 

Ratings
Food: 7/10
Atmosphere: 7/10
Service: 9/10
Value: 6.5/10

 

Average Price
Entrée: N/A
Main: N/A
Dessert: $10 – $18
Degustation: N/A
Corkage: N/A
Cakeage: N/A

 

Others
Ease of finding a car park: Normal
Ease of finding the restaurant: Easy
Brightness of restaurant: Dark
Noise Level: Noisy
Waiting time for foods: 15 mins – 20 mins
Booking time require: Walk in
Child friendly/High Chair: Yes

 

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Upon our arrival at around 8:30pm on a Saturday night, the place was already packed. We waited for about 15 mins before we get a seat and the waitress kindly offer us to go inside to have a look at the cake display and the menu. The menu is not an extensive one, and 3 out of the 7 dine in dessert menu wasn’t available on the night. However, the service of staff was super friendly and also allows me to take as much picture as possible! (Exactly what a food blogger would love to hear!) Absolutely love the Victorian décor inside Cheeky Chocolate, chandelier crystal lighting hanging from the ceiling and wooden furniture are just beautiful.

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After spending a considerable amount of time choosing what to order finally we opted for one dine in dessert and one cake from the window display.

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Will you pash or dash – chocolate fondant with passion fruit centre, toasted white chocolate & orange soaked pineapple, $18

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Fondant was served on a long slim plate which the white chocolate foam was about to spill out, both JC and me agreed that it would be better if it was served on a round plate. We cut the fondant in half and the passion fruit chocolate just oozed out like how it should be. I enjoyed the fondant a lot because it was moist and not overly sweet. I especially love the orange soaked pineapple, as you can see there was lots of vanilla bean in the mixture and that just offsets the richness of the dark chocolate. But what I don’t like about is the ice-cream on the left, it was a bit bland and icy.

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Apricot jelly, white chocolate mousse, almond crumble, apricot and yoghurt creamy and pistachio, $11

I don’t want to be chocolate overdose, so I opted for a fruity dessert on our 2nd options. This dessert was refreshing and tangy. Almond crumble and biscuit on top gives a nice crunchy texture to the dessert.

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Chai latte, $4.90

The chat latte here is soothing and aromatic. The silky smooth texture went down easily, the cup was so big that I struggled to finish it.

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Skinny Cappuccino, $4.90

Coffee here is not bad too!

Overall, this is not a bad place for a called in to get some take away dessert and the service was great even though they were very busy on a Saturday evening. Beautifully presented cakes and dine in dessert.

 

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Address:

11 George St, North Strathfield  
Ph:+612-9764-5966
Web: www.cheekychocolate.com.a

Getting There:

Parking: George Street 
By train: North Strathfield

 

The Dip, Sydney CBD

 

One of the good things of being a food blogger is the privilege of using an excuse of food blogger catch up to try some new restaurant. The Dip featuring American goodies such as pulled pork, hot dog & nachos has recently opened in the CBD, hidden within the Goodgod nightclub. I am not a really big fan of hot dogs and this sort of foods but I must say their hot dog are awesome, melt in the mouth pulled pork… oh… thinking about it makes me want more now.

 

Ratings
Food: 7.5/10
Atmosphere: 6.5/10
Service: 7/10
Value: 6.5/10

 

Average Price
Entrée: $6 – $8
Main: $12 – $15
Dessert: $4 – $10
Degustation: N/A
Corkage: Fully licenced
Cakeage: N/A

 

Others
Ease of finding a car park: Hard
Ease of finding the restaurant: Hard
Brightness of restaurant: Dark / Disco lighting
Noise Level: Noisy
Waiting time for foods: 15 mins – 20 mins
Booking time require: 1-2 Days
Child friendly/High Chair: Not suitable for kids

http://thedip.com.au/

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10 of us crazy foodies had a strategic approach of what to order, We had one main each then order few different side dishes to share on the table. Mel and I share our main again so that we get a taste of everything.

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Lev’s Dawg – smoked kosher hot dog with chipotle mayo, fresh tomato salsa, grilled yellow peppers and American mustard on a steamed bun, $12

Big hit of the night, most popular choice amongst most people, I absolutely love it. The sausage was flavoursome with a chargrill flavour, I especially love the steamed soft brioche bun topped with heaps of mayo and tomato salsa. I regrets I didn’t order one more of those.

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Southern Smoke – 12 hour smoked pulled pork sandwich with bbq beans, apple & cabbage slaw and spicy bbq sauce, $12

The slow 12 hours cooked pulled pork was smoky and tender, though I had a mess eating it as the sauce just dripped everywhere.

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Pulled pork nachos – corn chips topped with pinto beans, black beans, chipotle peppers, tomato salsa, lime cream and cheese, $14

The Nachos was HUGE! Enough to feed 10 of us, and it was still hot after all the photo sessions. The corn chips are so different to the one I’ve eaten before, it was much thinner and lighter that you just keep eating it without feeling guilty.

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Grilled corn – on the cob, with lime mayo and chipotle salt, $8

I love corn, I can eat it everyday and don’t feel bored. This corn is more on the expensive side but the taste was gorgeous. It has a nice chargrill flavour but not overly burnt, the highlight for me was the mayo, I almost drown my whole corn cob in the sauce, it is THAT good!

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Snow peas, $8

We decided we need some veges to balance out our meat, so we ordered some greens. Snow peas was crunchy and seasoned well.

Slaw, $6

By the time I’ve had a chance to taste this dish, it is nearly polished by everyone. It has apple and cabbage unlike the ordinary coleslaw. It was refreshing and cleanse the palate to ready for dessert.

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Salsa Fries – hand cut fries with fresh tomato salsa and cheese, $6

This was the 2nd favourite dish of the night, I have a weakness in hand cut fat chips, extra fresh tomato salsa and cheese was a bonus! I even dipped it in the mayo too.

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Ice cold Guac – sweet avocado ice cream, strawberry salsa and waffle chips, $10

Ice cream doesn’t really taste like avocado probably because I had too many avocado shakes in Cabramatta and so used to the strong taste, this ice cream has a mild avocado flavour. the waffle was more on the small side which shocked us a little bit that it was just a piece of biscuit.

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Cookies N Cream – Salted caramel ice cream between two chocolate molasses cookies with hot chocolate fudge, $10

I didn’t try this dessert but majority of people kept nodding their head and raving how good it was.

This place is really fun and lively, It is best to drop by on a Friday night after work, have a few drink of beer and a quick bite. On the down side, this place is very noisy and almost impossible to talk, I nearly lost my voice at the end of the night.

 

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Address:

55 Liverpool St, Chinatown
opening hrs: Wed – Thur: 17:00 to 23:00, Fri: 17:00 to midnight, Sat: 18:00 to midnight 
booking: do@thedip.com.au 
Web: www.thedip.com.au

Getting There:

Parking: Kent Street 
By train: Town Hall station

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Star Buffet, Seven Hills

 

www.starbuffet.com.au

Ratings
Food: 6.5/10
Atmosphere: 6/10
Service: 5/10
Value: 8.5/10

Average Price
Lunch: Mon-Sat: $14.50, Sun: $21
Dinner: Sun-Thur: $21, Fri-Sat: $23.50
Special: Discount for member/senior/Children
Degustation: N/A
Corkage: No BYO, fully licensed
Cakeage: Free

Others
Ease of finding a car park: Easy
Ease of finding the restaurant: Easy
Brightness of restaurant: Bright
Noise Level: Noisy
Waiting time for foods: Buffet style
Booking time require: 3-4 Days
Child friendly/High Chair: Yes

 
Buffet 1
 

Before writing up a post on this restaurant, I need to let all my readers know that I am not the biggest fan of buffet. Firstly, I wouldn’t get my monies worth in buffet as I eat small quantity. Secondly, the quality of food is generally poor. Thirdly, I usually lost appetite when I see so many choices in front of me.

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We were here for a post mother’s day celebration dinner with my family and my brother’s in laws. With eleven of us, I suppose buffet would be the best choice to cater for the oldies, young and kids. There were two session with the dinner: 5:30pm – 7:30pm or 7:30pm – 9:30pm, we were in the earlier session so I also get to take handful of pictures of the food before being destroyed by others.

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Star Buffet like most of other buffet is located inside a RSL club, it offers great variety of gourmet food ranging from Australian, Asian, European, even a sushi train, roast BBQ duck/pork plus extensive selection of salads and desserts. I must say this is a really sweet value for what you get if you compare to the Casino Star City Garden Buffet.

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My favourite was the BBQ roast duck as it was freshly roasted in house and not those that bought from supplier. It was tender and delicious and they carve it in front of you.

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Make sure you leave room for dessert because I bet you can only sample a few, although the cakes that I tried didn’t have much taste but I only tried a few things. The focal point was definitely the chocolate fountain as it attracts many kids to line up for it. Instead of dipping the ordinary marshmallow I have substitute with fruits instead and I thought it tasted great!!

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Not long after, the chef starts to bring out some nice tiny crème brulee. OMG , anyone who knows me would know that my favourite dessert is crème brulee and I was very impress that they had it here. I took one back to my table and can’t wait to crack the sugar on top. It was very creamy and fresh but the brulee itself was lacking the punch of vanilla bean and taste a bit too eggy.

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I had a really good night and catch up with my family even though I didn’t eat much, but it was equally enjoyable watching my family demolish about 20 plates of foods.

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Conclusion: The variety of food is quite extensive and you are paying for a buffet that offers a lot of different things. Strongly recommend for big eater or families with kids.

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Address:

Corner Best Rd & William St, Seven Hills 
opening hrs: Mon – Sun: 11:30 to 14:00, 17:30 to 22:00 
Ph:+612-9622-9690
Web: www.starbuffet.com.au

Getting There:

Parking: Next to the RSL club 
By train: Seven Hills Station

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