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Sunday, 17 February

00:37

AOK Hong Kong Cafe - Ngong Ping Village, Lantau Island, New Territories, Hong Kong my name is Food.


Ngong Ping Village was somewhere we wanted to go to see the Big Buddha, plus ride in the cable car ride which goes across the island allowing us to see panoramic views of Lantau Island, Hong Kong Airport and the seascape. Oh, you can also catch a glimpse of the Buddha too. Before starting our walk and hike up, we decided to have a quick meal and found ourselves in a traditional style cafe.


Was able to snap a photo before it got very crowded, it was a very hot hot day indeed.


Shrimp Wonton Noodle was a warm and easy simple meal to have during our trip to Ngong Ping. The broth was not very strong in terms of taste as it tasted quite bland with a slight hint of salt. The simple chinese vegetables gave the noodle soup the crunch texture while the shrimp wonton was made quite well, not simply falling off its skin.

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Saturday, 16 February

23:18

Gong Cha - Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong my name is Food.


OMG, we finally found a Gong Cha and just had to buy one. The price was cheaper than what we would pay in Brissie which was upsetting. It's like paying for a regular for the size of a large... gah, not wanting to think for too long since we were walking back to our hotel, we decided to just buy a large Bubble Tea.


So many flavours that we havent' seen nor tasted before but we thought for comparison reasons and for equality, we thought we could just get our usual Taro Milk Tea with pearls. The taro pulp always adds that extra texture which we enjoyed instead of just a powdery taro bubble tea. The pearls were cooked well, not too hard nor too soft, just the right consistency of chewyness.

23:04

McDonald's - Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong my name is Food.


Whenever and wherever we travel, we always seem to make a stop over in McDonald's.  Either once or twice or even for a midnight snack. There isn't a specific reason why but maybe so that we can try the different items available that we won't be able to find in down under. A few items available in Hong Kong that is definitely different would be their twisty pasta. Imagine macaroni, eggs, a choice of sausage or grilled chicken or ham served in a hot chicken or tonkotsu broth with other greens. Gosh, that's definitely something you won't find..


Sausage McMuffin w Egg, a classic from one of McDonald's breakfast options. The patty however, was different to the one we're used to in Brissie. The spice in the sausage was more distinct than what I've tasted usually as a breakfast.

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19:00

Izakaya Rokun - Runcorn Espresso & Matcha


One of my board game buddies has long recommended that I try out Rokun Izakaya, a new Korean run Japanese eatery in Runcorn plaza. Situated next to Moge tea, it has become fairly popular, thus making it even more difficult to source a parking spot during peak hours. Nevertheless determined, I made a point to try it out.


Arriving early, the restaurant was fairly empty. We were the only ones there along with another table. Service was fast.


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17:00

Plum & Ginger Relish Small Batch Preserving Tiffin bite sized food adventures

white dish of purple plum & ginger relish with chunks of cheese and sourdough starter crackers in the background

I enjoy making jams and chutneys but with only two of us in the house, it takes forever to finish a jar of anything. Even gifting does little to make a dent into stockpiles. The answer is small batch preserving. Theres no need for kilos of fruit and sugar. This Plum & Ginger Relish is ideal. A dozen plums will get you started.

white dish of purple plum & ginger relish with chunks of cheese and sourdough starter crackers in the background

We had some visitors in our house over Christmas. When they departed, they left behind some fruit and vegetables. This included a dozen or so plums. Whilst plums were in the shops, it was really too early in the season for them. The plums were tart and verging on over ripe. They werent spoiled, they just werent very nice to eat. Rather than waste them I decided to make a relish to use with cheese and cold meats. Even a modest dozen plums created ample relish, with 1 huge and 2 small jars.

overhead view of dish of plum and ginger relish with chunks of cheese and sourdough crackers on a wooden board

Ive used plums but this would be equally suitable with any stone fruit including the often disappointing apricot. Like all chutneys and preserves, Plum & Ginger Relish benefits from some keeping time in the jar. This allows the vinegar to mellow and the relish to continue to thicken. Having said that, its ready to eat now, so tuck in. Its great with my Leftover Sourdough Starter Crackers that you can see in the photo above. Recipe here!

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Friday, 15 February

11:32

Eating Out: Yavanna (mostly sweet edition) Kittens Gone Lentil

In my last post, I covered some of the meals I'd had at Yavanna, but I also mentioned that they have a great selection of baked goods. It changes day by day, so you are never entirely sure what will be there. But they always have several delicious options, some of which are also gluten free, and some of which are savoury. While I've only eating in the restaurant a few times, for a while I was in a habit of popping in for a little treat. Especially at the end of a Saturday shift! I like to get myself a treat, go home, and watch Steven Universe. A good ritual, though it has been a while since I've been. Buckle in for a trip down things I've bought lane.

German Poppy Seed Pastries

German Pastries at Yavanna


Cheese and Vegemite Scroll

Cheese and Vegemite Scroll from Yavanna


Vanilla Slice

Vanilla Slice from Yavanna


Strawberry Curd Doughnuts

Strawberry Curd Doughnuts from Yavanna


Glazed Berry Cake

Glazed Berry Cake from Yavanna


Apple Crumble Cake with Roasted Tahini

Apple Crumble Cake with Roasted Tahini at Yavanna


Cardamon Sugar Doughnut and Chocolate ANZAC Sandwich Cookie

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Wednesday, 13 February

19:00

Flour and Chocolate - Northgate Espresso & Matcha


If one asked me to name my top five guilty pleasures, no doubt french pastries would make their way into the list. Having tried out quite a few within Brisbane, there can be no question that Flour and Chocolate are one of the best in the business. With their little store on Morningside, I try to stop by every time I'm in the area, which unfortunately isn't that often. Fortunately for Adam, they opened up a second and far more bigger store at Northgate, a quick 15 minute train ride from his place, a grueling 2 hour trek from mine. But he was super keen and wanted to support the owners, so we went on opening day.



With a delicious array of baked goods, we were pressed for choice. I could tell quite a few other patrons were in the same boat as us. Ordering at the counter, service was a little confusing as there appeared to be two lines for drinks and food. Turns out you order drinks at the food counter and pick it up at the drinks counter.

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11:54

Eating Out: Yavanna (savoury edition) Kittens Gone Lentil

Yavanna opened earlier this year to a lot of buzz. All vegan, the focus is heavy on mock meaty and cheesy creations, with a pretty amazing selection of baked goods to boot as well as a full vegan bar. Despite it being only a five minute walk from my work, I've only been to eat there a handful of times. But the general acclaim on the vegan scene is good, and it gets super busy! The menu has changed a few times, and they also have fortnightly specials as well.

The first time I went was for lunch, and I was feeling like something a bit lighter. Lighter can be hard to find at Yavanna! I settled on the Brinner Omelet (with mushrooms, spinach, tomato, onion, and cheese... served with a side of tater tots and some guacamole), and some garlicky greens. There wasn't much mushroom or spinach in the omelet, and it could have been cheesier, but it was pretty tasty and a good texture. The garlicky greens were lovely, though a little bit on the oily side.

Brinner at Yavanna


Garlic Greens at Yavanna


This one time, I discovered on the Saturday morning of my weekend off that I had left my laptop charger cable at work. This was my old laptop, that wouldn't work without being plugged into the wall. So to make the trip in to work to get it seem more justified, I stopped in for breakfast at Yavanna. It was a cool day, so a turmeric latte was definitely on the cards. I am happy to report theirs is good!

Turmeric Latte at Yavanna


I ordered the Bacon Toasted Sandwich, with a side of tater tots. The side ended up being a whole bowl! This was a yummy and pretty filling and decadent breakfast! Yavanna will never leave you hungry.

Bacon Sandwich and Tater Tots at Yavanna


Another lunch visit, they had a fortnightly special that was a burrito filled with mac and cheese, chicken parm, and fries. Of course I had to go there! It was so good, they crispe...

00:21

Guangdong Barbecue Restaurant - Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong my name is Food.


Trying to find this place was not as easy, especially if we neither of us spoke the language. We found our way however to this double or triple story restaurant tucked away in Ashley Road. We were then escorted upstairs to our table and weren't sure what to expect but knew we had to at least get one of their roasts.


Although the place may not look the best with aircon not so cool, sweaty diners inside and  finding it hard to get the waiters' attention when wanting to order, the place seemed to have been packed with people even queueing out the front. The food wasn't as good as what we thought it would be. Or maybe we just had that idea of what it would be, how it would taste and so on..

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