The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – G.K. Chesterton

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Tasty Malaysian @ Tasty Dining, Oakleigh (Melbourne, Australia)

This was our first meal in Melbourne when we flew there last month. We arrived in the wee hours of the morning after a long overnight flight from Hong Kong (with three kids!) - and we just wanted an early dinner and crash early for the night. My younger sister, with whom we were staying in Melbourne, suggested Tasty Dining (though she referred to it by its former name, Kotaraya), as it was open for dinner at 5:30pm, and it was conveniently located nearby. One of the advantages of arriving so early for dinner at a restaurant is that it is still empty so that the kids can be rowdy without causing too much parental embarrassment. Service was average, with some room for improvement. One of the waitstaff got one of our dishes wrong, but there was no fuss made when we pointed it out, and the correct one was replaced in good time. The food was delicious and reasonably priced. Tasty Dining is a good option if you're in the area.

At the start of dinner service at 5:30 on a weekday - had almost the whole restaurant to ourselves:

Nasi Goreng - fried rice with spices, egg, chicken and prawns:

Chow Ho Fun - flat rice noodles with chicken, roast pork, shrimp and fish cake in egg sauce:

Coconut Butter Prawns, one of my sis' favourite dishes:

Sambal Kang Kong (water spinach) - one of my fave leafy greens dish:

Roti with Curry Chicken - the only thing the 8-year-old wanted from the menu. He didn't want rice or noodles, and this was the only bread dish I could see. And it was a mighty fine choice. :

Tasty Dining (Kotaraya)
960-962 Centre Rd
Oakleigh South, VIC 3167

Tasty Dining Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Friday, 6 January 2017

Baikingu Brunch @ Zuma, Hong Kong

Zuma is one of our favourite Japanese restaurants in Hong Kong, and we enjoyed a family-friendly weekend brunch there for my birthday which fell on a Sunday. The Baikingu Brunch (HK$490 per adult) is named after the Japanese term for all-you-can-eat-buffets ("baikingu" is a loan word for Viking, I guess because the Japanese think the Vikings had big appetites?), and there were indeed a nice variety of all-you-can-eat Japanese food on offer at the brunch - fresh sushi and sashimi, delicious food off the robata grill, slippery udon and onsen tamago (hot spring eggs). I like that most items were made as soon as they ran out, as this ensures freshness and also minimises wastage that often comes from buffet affairs. I love the open kitchen concept because I could watch the cooking in action! The Baikingu Brunch also included a choice of main course from a list, and a dessert platter. Kids under 3 eats free, and it's only HK$200 for kids aged 4-12 which includes a Bento Box of selected Japanese food and juice! And this juice is freshly pressed! There is also a small room set up with toys for kids and parents who want a break between plates. The Zuma Baikingu Brunch gets thumbs up from this family of three kids!

Sushi chefs hard at work:

Sashimi, oysters au naturel and sushi:

The robatayaki workspace:

Various tsukemono and kinpira to accompany your food:

The Kids Bento Box (which the 3-year-old ate and the 8-year-old barely touched):

Hubby's first (of a few) round:

We both ordered the Gindara Saikyoyaki (miso cod), because it's that good:

The Dessert Platter which was actually quite healthy:

Zuma's Baikingu Brunch is popular, and it's often fully booked a few weeks ahead.

[The prices quoted above do not include the 10% service charge.]

Level 5
The Landmark
15 Queen's Road
Central, Hong Kong
Tel. +852 3657 6388

Monday, 2 January 2017

Happy 2017!

Wishing you all good health and a successful new year! May 2017 be better than 2016.

The view from our balcony just past midnight on 1st January 2017:

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Yum cha lunch @ Gold Garden Dim Sum Seafood BBQ Chinese Restaurant, Balcatta [Perth, Australia]

Hello from Melbourne! We're in Australia for Christmas, and it is gooooood to be back here. It is summer in Melbourne, but it has been chillier and more wet than it has been in Hong Kong which is supposed to be in its winter season. I'll be back to normal blogging schedule in a couple of weeks' time, but in the meantime, here is our last meal in Perth when we were there in July. A family friend had invited us out to yum cha lunch at Gold Garden Dim Sum Seafood BBQ Chinese Restaurant in Balcatta. It's funny, but we eat more yum cha in Australia with family than we do in HK, where yum cha is from. The quality of dim sum was pretty good at Gold Garden, though there were a couple of items that had already sold out by the time we tried to order, like the egg tarts. Our friends did all the ordering and paying, so I cannot comment on the pricing.

Small in when compared to a typical Chinese restaurant in Perth:

Beef Horfun - fried rice noodles with beef and egg sauce:

Crispy Noodles with chicken:

Lor Mai Kai - glutinouos rice steamed in lotus leaves:

Har Cheong - prawns in rice noodle rolls, one of hubby's favourite dim sum:

Chicken feet, a treat I only get to indulge in if we're dining with family or friends who share my appreciation, as hubby is not a fan:

Har Gau - prawn dumplings, a popular one with the kids:

Delicious fried squid:

Luo Bak Go - pan-fried turnip cake:

Taro dumplings:

Gold Garden Dim Sum Seafood BBQ Chinese Restaurant
Stirling Gate
12/257 Balcatta Rd
Balcatta WA 6021
Tel. +61 8 9344 3323

Gold Garden Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato