Chinese Noodle Restaurant – Sydney

My last post in 2013 would be talking about this gem at Haymarket area a.k.a Sydney Chinatown. I consider myself lucky because if it’s not my aunty’s office located around here, I probably wouldn’t find this noodle shop.

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I came to the new branch of theirs which is located in different side at the Haymarket plaza. This small noodle shop is packed at most of the time especially if you come here for dinner.Chinese-Noodle-Restaurant-Sydney-1

Me and family were astonished watching the lady making the noodle and that’s why it took us quite a long wait to get our foods ready. They make every dish right after the order comes both for noodle and dumplings. It’s always interesting to watch quite a show like this!

Mixed Seafood Stir Fried Noodle – Xinjiang Hand-made style

It’s pretty awesome to realize the noodle that had just been made in front of us is now served on the table. It was pretty big and thick, reminds me of Japanese udon but in flatter way. The portion is ridiculously big enough to feed 2 persons or more!  The chewy doughy noodle tasted well-balanced between sweet and savory sauce plus we got abundant toppings too.

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AU$ 11.80

Pork and Chives Dumpling (steamed-15 pieces)

As seen in the picture, the dumpling’s wrap was quite thick and fluffy. I don’t like thick dough but really love the pork and chive stuffing. They are really generous in putting the well seasoned minced pork inside  and it tasted really nice when combined with the soy sauce and sesame oil provided on each table!

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AU$ 8.80

Vegetarian and Black Sesame Bun

The buns weren’t our favorite because it’s a little bit hard and rough. We also didn’t like the mixed vegetables filling for it’s under-seasoned.

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Black sesame bun topped by coconut crumbs, looking so luscious. Unfortunately, same like the vegetarian bun, this one also had a rough and kinda hard dough. The black sesame filling was not very special as well.

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AU$ 1.20

Bun is just not their specialty, so go grab noodle and dumplings when you make a visit. The staffs don’t really speak English but they are very friendly though, so just point the menu while you are ordering the foods. Overall it’s a nice place to go when you are craving for affordable homemade dumplings or Chinese noodles around Chinatown!

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Cheong Fun RM Medan Pasar Rame, Jakarta

Cheong Fan, is a flat rice noodle (if translated, it means steamed rice roll) which originally from China but in Indonesia, we call it chong fan. I use to eat chong fan/cheong fun in Chinese restaurants that serve dim sum or yam cha. The flat rice noodle usually filled with minced pork, beef, prawn, vegetables, scallops, crab and etc. It really depends the restaurants’ creativity in mixing up the filling. After that, cheong fun then rolled and poured with salty/sweet soy sauce (sometimes served with fried shallots or chives on top).

Pork cheong fun. Picture credited to http://www.yelp.com

In this post, I’m going to review Cheong Fun from Medan Pasar Rame Restaurant that is located in Mangga Besar, Jakarta. In Indonesia, cheong fun is very well known in Medan as one of their street food unlike in my city, Bandung, we can nly find it in Chinese Restaurants for dim sum menu. In Jakarta, there are many Medanese selling Chinese-Medan foods especially in Chinese area (Chinatown-like area) including Mangga Besar. I’m not going to joke, Chinese-Medan foods are utterly very good. This cheong fun is slightly different with the ones I usually eat for dim sum because they cut the noodle paper into smaller pieces and fried it with seafood, beef and vegetables. Hmmm sounds good, right?

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The simple menu where they don’t offer wide range of selections.

And well yes, the fried cheong fun (cong fan goreng in Indonesian) tastes good! It is dominantly salty and savory because of the salty soy sauce (that’s why the color is pale), mixed with sliced pork, prawn, meat ball, fish ball, egg and vegetables. The cheong fun itself, is a bit sticky at the beginning, actually it is not so different with kway teow that also made by rice flour too. If you see the picture below, surely you may think it doesn’t look any different with fried kway teow. Hehehe, that’s true but fried kway teow will  taste dominantly sweet because of the sweet soy sauce and kway teow has narrower cut than cheong fun.

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If you haven’t got the experience to taste cheong fun, you should! Seriously it’s very good especially for a night out eating. Let’s eat cheong fun and have fun!

Medan Pasar Ramai Restaurant
Jl. Mangga Besar Raya No. 4a
Jakarta – Indonesia

Homemade Cooking Feast

What is better than homemade foods? I am a homemade foods lover and even those aren’t my traditional homemade foods, still it evokes the happiness and comfort as if I ate my comfort foods. And I am a true believer that it’s not about the place or the food but the company that matters. Fortunately I had all of them in one package last Saturday, yummy homemade foods with great companies.:)

Actually I had a group study work on Saturday afternoon since me and my group were trying to finish our assignment as much as we can during the Easter break. Besides the assignment work, we had a plan to cook and have lunch together. But in the end I stayed all day long in my friend’s apartment unit, had a great lunch-dinner with her flatmates and other friends who also joined us.

I will reveal all of their fabulous homemade cooking that successfully have WOW-ed me and definitely amused my tummy! Seriously, how lucky my friend is for having those cooking master flatmates and my friend herself is a great cook too. 🙂 Fascinating, that so many foods from different Asian countries resemble one to another. As yesterday we had Vietnamnese and Laos foods but all of them tasted so familiar as they resemble to Chinese and Indonesian food as well.

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Let’s start with the sticky rice, special kind of rice that has sticky texture that interestingly cooked in a special traditional container. It took more than 1 hour to get the rice ready but it worthed the wait. I always love sticky rice as this resembles with Chinese sticky rice that I used to have back home. The sticky rice has slightly salty flavor and goes well with any other dishes we had on the table.

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The second dish was the chili and lemongrass chicken that was very lovely. It was fried chicken fried with garlic, lemongrass and chili. The next one was the unique fish paste that tasted awesome. They made this using fermented fish, chopped finely and then mixed with chili, garlic and other seasonings. The fish paste tasted spicy and salty which really perfect to my liking. This is perfectly fit to be eaten with the sticky rice.

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We also had this capsicum basa fish that hidden under the capsicums layer very well as at first I thought this was a stir-fried capsicum. 😀 The basa fish was seasoned with ginger and then fried before mixed up with the capsicum. Homemade-Cooking-Feast-7

This pork meatball was so delicious, that was made from minced pork, mushroom and spring onion then fried and smeared with a special sauce.Homemade-Cooking-Feast-6 The next dish was the bitter melon soup. What so special with the bitter melon is because it was filled by generous filing of minced pork and mushroom. I really like the filling inside but as I can’t manage bitter very well, I just ate a little bit of the bitter melon and only took the filling. So yummy! It took quite a long time as well to cook this one 😀

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This flat rice noodle is very similar to kway teow but this one is in wider sheet. We ate this with fried shallot and special sauce which was fish sauce, minced garlic, lemon juice and sugar. I really like this one too especially the lemon juice make it tastes so fresh.

Homemade-Cooking-Feast Everything was seriously so yummy and I can’t wait to have another dinner with them. It’s so interesting to know and eat new kind of foods from other countries. Thank you Linh, Jenn, Freddy, Vee and Intan for the great Saturday! I’m looking forward our next homemade dinner feast! 🙂


Eastern Restaurant – Bandung

If you are going to Bandung and looking for a modern, cozy ambience Chinese food that truly serve good foods in reasonable prices, you should go to Eastern Restaurant. This restaurant exactly has gained a good reputation in my city and can be categorized as one of the everyone’s favorite restaurant.

Before going any further I apologize for the bad quality pictures for this post. This was a sudden dinner when I didn’t bring any appropriate device to capture good pictures. All I had was an iPad combined with the dim lighting in the Restaurant, well not a very amusing combination though. 😀

It was on Sunday evening, about 1 hour before the mall closed and I had a family dinner at Eastern Restaurant Bandung. The restaurant is located inside Istana Plaza shopping mall, a family mall in a very strategic location in town. For the good foods and other qualities they have, no wonder that you will have to queue for quite a long time during week-end to get a table. Actually it always almost packed by customers during week-days as well.

Sup Burung Dara (Dove Soup)

My favorite entree ever at Eastern is the Sup Burung Dara (Dove Soup), served in a bamboo cylinder “bowl”. It was a minced dove meat and broth steamed in a bamboo bowl. This was very tasty with a strong savory broth taste. When you chew the meat, you will find a very tender meat combined with crunchy minced radish. This is so perfect to be enjoyed in Bandung’s cold rainy weather. Recommended!

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IDR 22,000 / US$ 2.20

Soft Shell Crab with Salted Egg Yolk

My mom’s favorite here is the Soft Shell crab with Salted Egg Yolk and I think we always order this menu in our every visit here. I love the soft shell crab here as they make it perfectly crunchy and dampened by the generous egg yolk sauce. Just perfect to my liking! My mom is a soft shell crab lover and she always loves the soft shell crab here over the ones she has ever tried from other restaurants.

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IDR 54,000 / US$ 5.40 (Small portion size)

Pocai saus 2 Telur

We need veggies to complete a Chinese food dinner right? Our choice that night was the Pocai with two kinds of egg sauce (egg and salted egg). In the past they made it with century egg as well but as the health issue about arose, they stopped using it. Too bad that I love century egg so much. 😀 They cooked the pocai in thick sauce style, cracked the egg and added chuks of fried salted egg.

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IDR 40,000 / US$ 4.00 (Small portion size)

Fried Chicken with Singapore Sauce

We also ordered one of their new chicken menu which is Fried Chicken with Singapore Sauce. It was a perfectly crunchy-savory fried chicken with a sour and spicy chili sauce.

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IDR 48,000 / US$ 4.80

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Besides the a la carte Chinese Food, you can also have Suki, All You Can Eat and Dim Sum here. I never ordered any beverages other than the Chinese tea. They have Ti Guan Yin, Oolong, Chrysant and Jasmine tea that you can choose.

Notes :

  • The pricing might not accurate (my bad) but I set all of them to the maximum so the real prices are more likely to be exact or below what I mentioned here
  • All of the menus (except the Dove Soup) we ordered were the small size portion which fits for 2-3 persons

8,8/10

Eastern Restaurant – Istana Plaza

Jl. Pasirkaliki 121 – 123

Bandung – Indonesia


Hawker’s Cuisine Perth

I had a five hours transit in Perth last month before going home. In that opportunity my cousin and his wife picked me up from the airport and took me for a dinner. Well, I always love this city and finallyyyyy after almost a year I came back even it was just for 5 hours! I’m happy!

One of the failed dining destination in my Perth holiday was The Hawker’s Cuisine in Northbridge-Chinatown. At that time this restaurant closed so we ate at other restaurant nearby. Too bad. As when I finally went back to Indonesia, almost every people I met asking whether I visited Hawker’s Cuisine or not..” 🙂 Happily in this arrival, they took me there to have a late dinner since actually all of us have had our dinner before. I had mine in the plane so you can imagine that I was super ready for another foodies.

We arrived around 10 pm and the restaurant was still very crowded by people. As we were half full, we only ordered 2 dishes, rice and drinks. We ordered Soft Shell Crab with salted egg, Sambal Kangkong, rice and Teh Tarik. My cousin says their soft shell crab is the best in Perth, well it got me excited. 🙂 Actually I also heard most people love the marmite chicken and other marmite stuffs that I might try in my another visit next time.

Soft Shell Crab with salted egg

Crunchy, savory and super delicious. I just expected there were more generous salted eggyolk on the crab that will make it even more tastier.

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Soft Shell Crab with salted egg – AU$ 30

Sambal Kangkong

Believe it or not, I never had any kangkong dishes since I live in Melbourne so it took me like 7 months to eat this! I am such a big fan of kangkong but I am just too lazy going to Asian market and looking for this yummy veggie. Eating Sambal Kangkong really made me happy and I reckoned it was nice with mild spiciness.

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Sambal Kangkong – AU$

Teh Tarik

Teh tarik is Malaysian style milk tea and I do like how the way it tasted because they sweeten it very well. In this cause, they make it not too sweet which perfect my liking.

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Teh Tarik – AU$ 3.50

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Outside the Restaurant after we finished eating. They were going to close.

To be honest, I am sure I should make another visit next time with empty tummy and more dishes variety. Overall I enjoyed the dining experience, for the foods, viscous Chinese atmosphere and prompt yet friendly service.

It was like a super fast getaway in Perth but I am happy to spend it with people I love while enjoying lovely foods.

Rate : 8/10

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Kwetiaw Sapi A-Gap 88 Bandung

A fast and absolutely yummy solution when you are starving at night in Bandung. This is a reliable place to eat at night as this place opens until 11 pm daily. Guaranteed, they serve foods that can make your tummy happy. Kwetiaw Sapi A-Gap 88 (A-Gap 88 Beef Kway teow) cooks the dishes in Pontianak’s style (Chinese-Pontianak. Pontianak is the capital city for West Kalimantan). They do make every dish so yummy and this is even approved and admitted by the real Pontianak people as my mom’s family are originated from there. By the history of taking our relatives and friends here, no one ever complain or disappointed eating here.

This humble restaurant located in Chinese district in my city and you will feel the atmosphere obviously once you get here. I am happy that during my short escape back home, I had the opportunity to dine and eat all of my favorite ones here.

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Kway teow Bun

All of the kway teow dishes here cooked with sliced beef, beef meatball, tendon, veggies, bean sprouts, beef’s innards such as tripe, intestine and liver. If you don’t like the innards, ask the waiter to have your kway teow without them. Actually I do really love beef’s innards if only I don’t need to be mindful of my cholesterol level. :p The dish is like fried kway teow but they make it a little bit soggy. The kway teow tastes very firm yet chewy. Just nice, yeah nothing else.

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Kway teow Goreng (Fried Kway teow)

The same combinations are used in this one and the difference is only the they cook it.

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Bihun Siram (Rice Vermicelli with thick sauce-style)

This one is fried egg coated rice vermicelli in a round pancake like shape. The crispy fried vermicelli then poured by thick sauce with same combination fillings. Bihun siram is my most favorite dish in this place. The fun part is when you cut down the vermicelli and eat it up, you will feel the crispy yet soggy savory fried vermicelli. Just heaven!

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All of them are priced IDR 22,000 – US$ 2.10 each, so it’s totally worth the price as you will be served promptly as well. I think it’s appropriate to say Kway Teow A=Gap 88 is the best one in town even you compare with any other more fancier restaurants. Recommended 🙂

Rate : 8.8/10
Kwetiaw A-Gap 88

Jalan Astana Anyar no. 11

Bandung – Indonesia


Chinese Stir-Fried Beef

Family is where my heart belongs. Always have and always will. This morning I received a text from my dad in Indonesia that my mother’s big family start coming to my city as tomorrow one of my cousin will be married. What a beatify moment for our big family! I do really want to attend the wedding. I love the hectic atmosphere when one close relative carry out a marriage and every family member will be involved in the bee hives rhythm. I miss home and this situation makes me miss it even more.

Since I am so far away from my home and family, I try to raise up the “back home taste” this afternoon by cooking stir fry beef. I was born in a Chinese descent family but since my great grand parents generation, they already lived in Indonesia. No wonder Chinese food is one of the most frequent menu served on our table. My mother is a great cook and she loves cooking various menu of Chinese foods for the family. One of the most often dish is the stir fry beef with onion. This is easy and quick to be cooked yet tasty as well. I can say this is one of me and my brother favorite dish too.

Ingredients:

  • 1 beef steak fillet
  • 1 Tablespoon of cooking wine
  • 1 Table spoon of Hoisin Sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of sesame oil
  • Onion (chopped)
  • 1,5 Tablespoon of olive/vegetable oil

Step by Step:

  1. First of all, mix all the sauce ingredients in a bowl (cooking wine, Hoisin sauce, Oyster sauce, pepper, salt and sesame oil)
  2. Cut the beef steak into your preference size of pieces. I like to have it big while my mom used to cut the beef small and thin.
  3. Chop the onion into 4 wedges and cut it into thinner pieces (I only used 1 wedges)
  4. Heat the pan for a moment then add olive/vegetable oil over the pan
  5. Add the chopped onion and stir until it smells
  6. Put the beef and cook for approximately 1 minute
  7. Pour the sauce mix and stir until it perfectly cooked and brownedChinese-Stir-Fry-Beef-Bring-Back-the-Homy-Feeling

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had this stir fry beef 15 minute recipe for my lunch and felt simply happy. Food can bring back memories and comfort you. For me, this home style dish is such a comfort food that successfully warmed my day. Easy, simple and tasty! You can combine this with vegetable if you like and have it with freshly cooked rice.


New Hongkong I Chinese Restaurant-Malang

I went there by the end of December 2011 when my parents celebrated their 28th wedding anniversary. We were on our holiday in Malang-East Java. New Hongkong is one of the classic Chinese Restaurant in Malang which has turned into more modern one. The modernization obviously seen by the atmosphere and the food presentation there. I think the atmosphere is quite nice, clean and comfy. Here they are the foods we ordered that time :

All the menu ordered : Fried Soft Shell Crab with Salty Egg, Baby Kaylan, I Fu Mie, Cold Dishes (Leng Pan). Fried Pigeon with Ngohyang

I can say the foods here are quite pricey even the taste pretty good. But by the comparation of the quite small portion and and the price,,, Hmmm it can be categorized such as a high price. :p

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Jl. Arief Rachman Hakim 7-9
Malang Kota/Klojen