NZ part 7 – honey, ice cream, ribs and sushi ??

This week marked the beginning of another chapter in my life, now putting into clinical practice what I’ve learnt in theory over the last 6 years. It has been a long week of irritating pager *beeps*, extreme multitasking and unbelievably steep learning curve, not to mention the stress of responsibility. I promise, as I ease into this demanding and chaotic career, I’ll return to a better routine of posting. Wish me luck =).

Anyways, here’s a quick jumble of bits and pieces – NZ part 7…

Huka Honey Hive
65 Karetoto Rd (off Huka Falls Rd)
Wairakei Park, Taupo
+64 7 374 8553

So what is Manuka honey you may ask?

Manuka honey, a type of honey known for its antibacterial and healing properties, is derived solely from the Manuka plant’s flower predominantly found in New Zealand. A national rating system (UMF rating) is used to indicate the antibacterial potency of Manuka honey – with 15-20% being the highest grade (and most expensive) and can be used to aid wound care. [1, 2] ,

I was personally planning to visit many apiaries / honey retailers during the trip but many were closed over the Christmas / New Year period, to my utter disappointment. Luckily Huka Honey Hive in Taupo was open!!!! Free tasting too!!! mmmm

Cute little bees. Cute behind the glass / plastic pane… but probably not so adorable when they are swarming around ey?

Some of that New Zealand liquid gold. (p.s. I took sothese pics ‘at-home’ since I forgot to take whilst I was busily stuffing my mouth with honey =P). Apart from the infamous Manuka honey there was a huge array of New Zealand Bush and flavoured honeys – from sweet, syrupy tone, to a buttery or licorice finish, to a lime infused acidic note. There was also many other flavours in various fruits, nuts, ginger and lavender.

Anyways so what does one do when faced with so many choices ? Buy a few kilograms of it, and lug it all home on the aeroplane!

For the observant ones out there, you might have noticed the black-sign against that blue-wall advertising ice cream! They had New Zealand Kapiti ice cream!!! Despite all that sugar-goodness from the honey, I couldn’t pass this up.

Scoop1 : Manuka honey, scoop 2 : espresso – both wonderfully creamy and velvety, and delectably fragrant. The distinct floral manuka honey came through the subtle vanilla in mouthwatering wafts, whilst the espresso gave a robust stream of roasty coffee. No wonder everyone raves about New Zealand ice cream.

And not to mention heaps of honey sweets and skin care products =).

And I also failed to mention many New Zealand honey companies have shipping services too… ooo. But do read the details carefully, especially in regards to the UMF ratings. There used to be heaps of “fraudulent” products falsely advertised as “active” etc, but should be better these days with the national UMF rating system.

Dixie Brown’s restaurant & dessert bar
38 Roberts Street
Taupo 3330, New Zealand
+64 07 378 8444

With unobstructed views of the falling sun reflecting off the calm surface of Lake Taupo, this would be something you’d expect at a high-end fine dining. But, don’t be misled. The affordable menu draws in quite the crowd on a weekday night.

800g of tender BBQ basted long bone pork ribs.

Just look at those juicy pork ribs – scrumptious, fall off the bone and slightly charred…

Peanut chicken skewers (satay & sweet bell pepper) with a savoury Dixie rice.

Calamari lightly seasoned and battered with tartare sauce.

Hawaiian Burger with a prime beef patty, juicy pineapple, with the usual lettuce / tomato / onion, and gherkin & alioli to add a kick. Ok, so I failed to take a photo of the other half (*ahem* the important half) of this American-sized burger… but you can use your awesome creative imagination to imagine what it looks like =P.

The finale… a Dessert Pizza with berry compote, banana, dark chocolate chunks and marscapone. We had too much to stuff down our gullet already by this stage, so it was literally “breath-taking” (*ahem* difficult to breathe) to eat this final course.

Rating: Yummy, and maybe a +1 for making us full to the brim with joy! All in all a really cheap eat, with huge portions and food quality way beyond its price-tag =).

Wabisabi sushi bar
5 Horomatangi Street
Taupo Town Centre 3330, New Zealand
(07) 378 9558

We didn’t expect to find a wabisabi out in New Zealand, but we did. And neither did we expect to eat at one, but we did.

Teriyaki beef bento box.

Teriyaki chicken bento.

Teriyaki chicken rice … Ok, so we clearly overdid it with the teriyaki didn’t we?

Rating: Average to Yummy. A quick stomach-satisfying meal, and a much needed dietary change (for my parents) from the usual non-Asian style cuisine.

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7 Responses to “NZ part 7 – honey, ice cream, ribs and sushi ??”
  1. Hannah says:

    It’s funny, as a kid I was never interested in honey, but having recently fallen in love with raw Leatherwood honey, I’m so intrigued and desirous of your Manuka honey. And the dessert pizza, but that’s just a given 😉

  2. Love the honey and ice cream!

  3. Thanh says:

    Good luck with the job. Go forth and save some people.

  4. Well done on your first week and job…. it is full on and i hope it is satisfying 🙂

  5. hannah & leaf – mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm hONEY!!!! i think i’ve had like half of a tub already LMAO

    thanh & penny – thanks!!! it’s getting better already =). don’t feel so over my head now

  6. Agnes says:

    Hahaha, you lugged kilos of manuka honey back… you are so Asian…. 😉 Hope that work has been going well!

  7. Bugs Bunny: What's up Doc? says:

    What an overwhelming post!

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