Madame Sousou

231 Brunswick St Fitzroy, 3065 9417 0400 On a rather glum wintery day with the heavens opening up over Melbourne (sympathies to all the race-goers), driving through the down pour was slightly unnerving given the terrible visibility and the state of my tyres… Lucky for me, I was heading to Madame Sousou for Ms ET’s … Continue reading

The Point

She is an avid eater, but is always in dilemma over whether it’ll make her fat. Only yesterday, despite eyeing them eagerly, she refused to eat any of my Cacao macarons. Only an hour-or-so later she announced: “omg hate u. just had two macarons”. Lucky I purchased a 12 box…A while back, when I began … Continue reading

Cacao Fine Chocolates & Patisserie (#2)

Westfield Doncaster store 1st floor, Kiosk 107 619 Doncaster Rd Doncaster, 3108 St Kilda Store 52 Fitzroy St St Kilda, 3182 City store Ground Level, GPO Cnr Burke & Elizabeth Streets Melbourne CBD Being wound up with all the other sleek cafe’s and dessert places all around Melbourne, I had neglected Cacao’s macarons for a … Continue reading

SaiKung – Seafood!!!

Hung Kee(洪記) Saikung Hoi Pong Square Hong Kong If you have travelled through Hong Kong, I surely hope you have visited Saikung for its seafood – love that huge wall of glass displays of seafood. It is definitely not a novel scene for Asian countries, but the quality here is reassuringly high. Amongst the crystal … Continue reading

Al’s Cooking – Banana Cake: simple but super fluffy!

A very simple recipe for a deliciously moist, fluffy and very aromatic banana cake! It’s not the prettiest cake, but once you take a bite through that lovely soft interior, I’m sure you’ll forgive the appearance. P.S. I cheated on this one, since this current banana cake is courtesy of mum, though I have made it … Continue reading

Il Fornaio – the famous Snickers!

2 Acland St St Kilda, 3182 9534 2922 After some ramen, we headed down to St Kilda for some post-dinner dessert at Philippa Sibley’s Il Fornaio – how can anyone say no. Good traffic, easy to find location, but terrible parking – though what does one expect in St Kilda on a Saturday night. Housed … Continue reading

DonToo

340 Little Lonsdale St (Shop 6) Melbourne, 3000 9670 7113 After reading Thanh’s review on this place, it was definitely a must come! And lucky for me, my friend suggested we come here for a triple-joint-birthday celebration this Saturday. Again I find myself lost trying to find the place, surely my sense of direction isn’t … Continue reading

Best Egg Tarts in Hong Kong

“The egg tart … is a pastry commonly found in Hong Kong and other Asian countries”. (1) The origins are murky, but “seems likely that they are yet another example of British tea time snacks… adapted to local Chinese tastes” (2) Currently there are two version, shortbread version more akin to the British version and … Continue reading

Al’s Photography #6 – Landscapes of Hong Kong

This is a quick compilation of the diverse landscapes of Hong Kong. They aren’t your typical cityscape photography, so hope you all enjoy! The old streets of Central: … famous cobblestone path (it is steep!) … bustling streets with signs hanging off anything and everything. Typical streets of ‘pre-skyscraper’ Hong Kong. … one of the … Continue reading

Al’s photography #5 – Taiwanese Festival @ Federation Square

A wonderfully sunny Sunday afternoon perfect for festivals! I didn’t even realise, but it was the National Day of Taiwan, and there were various performances and interesting stalls showcasing Taiwanese craft and culture. They are a very patriotic bunch! =) The 2nd and last photo are courtesy of Ms JH using Canon S90.

Tai Pan – Yum Cha

239 Blackburn Rd Doncaster, 3109 9841 9977 Established for over 20 years in the Eastern burbs, Taipan has a strong reputation for its yumcha. Despite now offering up to 3 seatings on weekends and public holidays, it is still a constant hustle and bustle, with most people without bookings being turned back. It’s one of … Continue reading

‘Mad Hatter’ Spring Picnic – Melbourne Food Bloggers

It was a beautiful cool but sunny day at Studley Park – perfect weather to gather and meat (oh, oops did I type that, I meant ‘meet’) the 30+ wonderful faces from the Melbourne food blogging community and equally awesome accompanying dishes of course. There was so much to try, and so many people to … Continue reading

Al’s cooking – ‘PRIZE winning’ Double Chocolate Brownies

“A chocolate brownie is a flat, baked square or bar introduced in the United States at the end of the nineteenth century. … [It is a] dense, rich chocolate cake, which is, in texture, like a cross between a cake and a cookie”. See: Wikipedia Having signed myself up for the Melbourne Blogger’s Mad-Hatter Event, … Continue reading

My question to all viewers:

Do people want more posts on my culinary experience across Asia? (HK, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Macao, India)

Tim Ho Wun (添好運) – cheapest michelin star restaurant

G/F, Phase 2, Tsui Yuen Mansion 2-20 Kwong Wa St Mong Kok, Hong Kong 2332 2896 Over the coming weeks / months there may be a few posting regarding some of the ‘highlights’ from my trip through bits of Southern India, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Macao and China earlier this year. The first stop: Hong … Continue reading

Shou Sumiyaki

160 Little Bourke St Melbourne, 3000 (03) 9654 3933 Another one from the archives; pre-dating my blog. Not many words, but lots of juicy photos! Lunch set menu: Sashimi appetiser – fresh salmon, but where’s my ginger! Spring roll salad – freshly fried exterior skin has a crisp crunch to it; the filling has hints … Continue reading

Punch Lane

43 Lt Bourke St Melbourne CBD, 3000 (03) 9639 4944 One from the archives; pre-dating my blog. Not many words, but lots of juicy photos! Small cosy place, with a really warm and ambient atmosphere. As a wine bank, they have quite an extensive wine selection.    Tapas / entrees: Rabbit & caramalised onion – … Continue reading

Wine Bank on View

45 View St Bendigo 03 54444655 Wednesday night in Bendigo is ‘wine tasting night’ at Wine Bank on View. They provide a weekly selection of hand-picked wines (generally locally but also many from afar) for free tasting. Intelligible explanations and appraisals from the friendly staff really make this a gem of an idea! Too bad … Continue reading

Al’s Photography #4 – playing with colour

I find sometimes that a little splash of colour can do wonderful things for the visual senses, other times a muted black-white washout adds a different perspective, a little extra tone, and an emphasis beyond the palette of colours. These were taken in my moments of impatience and boredom, obviously whilst waiting for my lovely porterhouse steak sandwich to … Continue reading

Laurent Boulangerie Patisserie

139 Upper Heidelberg Rd Ivanhoe, 3079 9497 3844 T’was a Sunday afternoon, and naturally one would be feeling a little peckish. Then again that might just be my worms talking – I’ve been accused of being infested with worms on many occasions due to my incessant hunger. Usually takes me around 20 minutes to digest … Continue reading

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