Dining Asian in Melbourne roundup (part2) – Lee Ho Fook, Shizuku,

Dining Asian in Melbourne roundup (part1): “… Living in Melbourne has never been such a privilege … from the early dingy takeaway interpretations to [the present] array of niche ethnic flavours, with many beginning to push archaic preconceptions …” Now that you have read about my recommendations in central Melbourne (Mr Huang Jin, Fomo Thai, … Continue reading

Dining Asian in Melbourne roundup (part1) – Mr Huang Jin, ShanDong Mama, Fomo Thai

Living in Melbourne has never been such a privilege with such a rich culture in Asian cuisine, which in the past few years has expanded, shifted and matured exponentially from the early dingy takeaway interpretations to now having a vast array of niche ethnic flavours, with many beginning to push archaic preconceptions and contemporary boundaries. … Continue reading

Whirlwind of a 2012.

As we embrace the new year, we look back on the past year in reflection and move forward with hope and resolutions. In mentioning resolutions, my one is to be more real-time with my blog updates. Though as unrealistic as that may seem (*ahem, so much for perseverance), I will try! A little flashback on a … Continue reading

East-side brunch series: Yumcha for brunch? David’s. Wealth Garden.

Part 2 of east-side brunch series… When one suggests brunch, it is not unusual to conjure images of scrambled eggs, fritters, bacon and all those awesome things mostly European inspired. How many people think of yum cha as being a brunch option first up? I do it on a frequent basis, but when I was … Continue reading

Not forgotten but unwritten – Vue, Enoteca, Regency…

Still in the midst of writing up Japan, planning for Europe, and miles behind posts from late last year and this year, there are not many cracks in time to actually “catch up” on writing. Hence this post fo various eats, and events… they are unwritten but certainly not forgotten. Worthy Chinese Cuisine on King … Continue reading

Dainty Sichuan

176 Toorak Rd South Yarra 3141 03 9078 1686 It was a midweek evening, that I rushed frantically from work driving through traffic to arrive at this food blogger eat out. Parking, to my amazement, was quite easy to find. Pushing open the heavy door, one collides with the loud chatter of predominantly Chinese diners … Continue reading

San Choi

300 High St Kew, 3101 03 9852 9119 This was a smallish gathering – and by small I mean a table of 10 or so – of family friends. A fact of life: I don’t think we will ever deviate from dining at Chinese restaurants for these kinds of get-togethers. For one – we are … Continue reading

China – part2 Oriental SuZhou

Settled more than 2500 years ago, Suzhou is rich in history and culture. It is infamous for its iconic monochrome architecture (aka black tiles and white walls), which has become distinctly representative of Oriental construction. Few will probably know that this city is built on a historically disaster free zone, neither too dry or too … Continue reading

Hoa Tran

246 Springvale Rd Springvale, 3171 03 9547 7879 It has been quite some time since I have been here. The entrance at the rear of Springvale road faces towards Springvale shopping centre. The once old open plan car park that sat between the sunlit entrance of Hoa Tran and Buckingham Avenue is now a towering … Continue reading

Simon’s Peking Duck

Mr C.K is a long time friend, colleague and fellow diner. As a keen photographer, he has offered on many occasions to be my food photographer (with his far superior equipment), to which I have begun obliging more frequently. In conjunction with his recently set up photography blog, he also offered to guest post on … Continue reading

Tao Tao House – yum cha

815 Glenferrie Road Hawthorn 03 9818 0968 After a fairly soft opening just short of two months ago, this recent addition to the quiet end of Hawthorn has been touted as a rising suburban gem. I was gleefully delighted when I found out that ex-Flower Drum dim sum chef Jason Au would be bringing his … Continue reading

Hutong – CBD

14-16 Market Ln Melbourne, 3000 03 9650 8128 Birthdays are always such a good excuse to indulge / splurge on food. Don’t you agree? It was Mr JL’s birthday, and we were invited to dine with him at HuTong. It was just after the sun had fallen on a Saturday evening, and not surprisingly this … Continue reading

David’s – yum cha

4 Cecil Pl Prahran, 3181 03 9529 5199 This institute of a yum cha joint has won its 9th hat from The Age Good Food Guide, as clearly depicted on the front door. I am rather sceptical when any one place receives too much hype, as often it brings with it a lot of expectation, which … Continue reading

eat, laugh and be married

Weddings are the ultimate institution of uniting two people, and is a time of tremendous joy and emotion – the exchange of vows, the reels of beautiful photography and not to mention the hugely stressful hustle and bustle. Yet it is hard to find a frown upon any face. In planning for over a year, one … Continue reading

10 days around New Zealand (part 2) – Crystal Harbour Restaurant

After some research before jetting over, I found many nice restaurants would be closed during the holiday period, and given we weren’t particularly inclined to dine at any place with a Christmas set menu – one: it is generally a rip off, two: quality is likely to be lower – we decided on betting our money on … Continue reading

Golden Dragon Palace – yum cha

363 Manningham Rd Templestowe, 3108 9852 4086 Foreword: I must again point out, that I will try REALLY hard to lower my benchmark – set so very high after returning from my Michelin star experience in Hong Kong – and try to not be excessively unenthusiastic or critical of Yum-cha in Melbourne. A pre-Harry Potter-theatre lunch at yet … Continue reading

Purple Sands

Many Asian-east-side-Melbournians will remember the first Purple Sands in its original location in Doncaster. Though it has come and gone at a number of locations in various interpretations, its reputation for Cantonese cuisine remains an institution in itself. At its current location in close proximity to the Rivoli Cinemas, the décor of this small cosy … Continue reading

Spice Temple

Crown Complex Southbank 03 8679 1888 Another birthday celebration equals another excuse to escape studying and indulge in food … shhh I didn’t say that =P. Anyways, to celebrate Mr PW’s birthday we made ourselves a last minute booking at Spice Temple Melbourne – the newest addition to Neil Perry’s successful Rockpool chain. This place … Continue reading

Shanghai Noodle House – dumpling place on Tattersalls Ln (滄浪亭)

689 Tattersalls lane CBD Melbourne 5382 3738 A little hungry after a catering service at the Melbourne Museum, originally we were going to pop by good ‘ol Camy Shanghai Dumpling on Tattersalls lane for a quick fix. But we were (not surprisingly) greeted with an epic queue at 8.30pm. It was a Friday night after … Continue reading

Yung Kee – succulent goose & perfect fried rice

My next yummilicious stop at Central on Hong Kong Island … Yung Kee (鏞記酒家) 32/40 Wellington Street Central Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong At the heart of Wellington street you find this ostentatious three storey restaurant with an unmistakable golden shimmer. Quick statistic : on average Yung Kee sells around 300 of their roast goose … Continue reading

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