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Queensland Roadtrip with Accor

Recently I had the opportunity to go on a luxury roadtrip in Queensland with Accor Hotels, alongside a few bloggers from all over Australia (Chloe, Clarice, and Shellie). We started off in Brisbane and slowly ate our way to Gold Coast and ended the trip in the lovely Byron Bay. Four solid days of eating (LOTS of eating), unwinding, and chillaxing with the girls – it was definitely a much needed getaway from the busy work life in Sydney. Three months later I have finally gotten around to finish editing all the photos haha.. So here is a little photo blog entry to recap all the fun times! Enjoy🙂

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First things first – food! We were given a warm welcome by Sofitel Brisbane Central in the form of a sky picnic, French style.

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Insert heart-eyed emojis here.

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A bit of salads to balance out the cakes. Absolutely adored the chicken quinoa salad!

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How gorgeous is this set-up?

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Being a little bit greedy.

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After lunch we returned to the hotel where we were staying – The New Incholm Hotel. And naturally, of course, more food awaits. A preview of their “Girls Night In,” a new service the hotel is offering. The idea is that you get pampered with manicure, unlimited movies, cheese, champagne, ice cream, etc. It’s like a sleepover for grown women!

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After a little bit of downtime relaxing in my own suite (which has TWO floors by the way), it was time for dinner! But first – pre-dinner drinks at Socialites Bar!

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The Socialite – spiced rum, pear liqueur, ginger liqueur, fresh pear

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Rise and shine! Breakfast in bed – the best kind of breakfast😉

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After an uber comfortable drive in our Uber Select ride (see what I did there?), we arrived in sunny Gold Coast! Upon arrival at Sofitel Broadbeach, we were greeted by these light and refreshing passionfruit mocktails.

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And then we’re off to a poolside cooking class with Chef Sam Moore, who is Chef de Cuisine of the two hat restaurant, Room81.

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Foie gras galore

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Charred marron, jerusalem artichoke espuma with jamon crumble

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Such a satisfying feed

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After lunch, the girls and I thought we’d go do some cardio to burn off all the food we’ve been eating. So we went shopping😀 Made it back to my room just in time for this fiery sunset.

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Dinner at Room81. Amuse bouche includes this adorable little earl grey foie macaron!

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Some dry ice magic.

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Valrhona sphere, filled with raspberry, hazelnut & salted caramel goodness. So shinyyyy

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More dry ice magic.

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Smashed it. Literally!

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Gold Coast, you’re alright.

 

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I love sleep because it’s like a time machine to breakfast. Hehe. After this breakfast of champions, it’s time to bid Gold Coast farewell.

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Next stop: Byron Bay! Words cannot describe my excitement when I saw this paradise that is Elements of Byron.

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I mean, seriously? There are gigantic day beds hanging in the middle of the gigantic pool. If you need me, you know where to find me…

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Next off – more food! Hightlights were definitely the crab donuts and the smoked burrata. And the liver pate with buttery dill brioche. And just.. everything on the table.

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A little BTS. Hi Chloe and Shellie!🙂

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Did somebody say spa?

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After a one-hour full body massage, I was feeling as light as a feather.

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Couldn’t resist going on an evening stroll by the pool…

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And I might or might not have sat here for an hour or ten…

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Some R&R (seems to be all I’ve been doing this trip) in this gorgeous bathtub inside my private villa.

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Time to go to sleep in this big fluffy bed! I have to admit, it was nearly impossible to get up at 5:30 the next day for the sunrise yoga. I blame this bed.

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Still made it in time for this epic sunrise though!

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Morning yoga to this view… Happy sighs

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After yoga it was time to feed our bellies!

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Catching up with the carb-dashians at Graze.

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Yes, yes. Give me my magic potion.

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Poached eggs, sambuca cured salmon, kale pesto & hollandaise on grilled sourdough

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Amazing breakfast spread

Annnd that’s a wrap! Special thanks again to Accor Hotels, Maddy, Chloe, Clarice and Shellie for making this trip so much fun! Definitely feeling the post-travel blues while editing these photos.

As always, thanks for reading. Till next time!

 

 

 

 

Penang Char Koay Teow - Stir fired noodles with seafood (Premium)

Lazy Suzie

A Malaysian-inspired restaurant and bar on Stanley Street in Darlinghurst, Lazy Suzie has only been open for a few weeks, but has already become one of my favorite eateries in town. The fact that I went twice in two weeks is pretty solid proof. What can I say, chef Zacharay Tan rarely disappoints!

To celebrate my dear friend Philsosofly‘s birthday, Isaac, Angela, Johnny, Ravi and I headed to Lazy Suzie for brunch today. We ordered everything on the menu apart from the Malaysian vegetarian curry. Everything was just downright delicious.

Good food, good company, good laughs; what more can one ask for on a Saturday morning?

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Pie Tee – Pastry cup filled with braised shitake, yam bean & freshly picked crab meat

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Lobster Thermidor Spring Roll

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Raw kingsfish with torch ginger flower, coconut, yam bean

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Kaya Toast – Brioche, coconut custard, slow cooked eggs with soy burnt butter

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Chicken Congee with crispy skin, slow egg, ginger & shallot

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Roti B.E.L.T. – Bacon, egg, lettuce, tomato, sambal mayo

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Penang Char Koay Teow – Stir fired noodles with seafood

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Penang Char Koay Teow – Stir fired noodles with seafood (Premium)

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Auntie Jenny’s Roti Baby – Spiced pork mince in fried bread, fried eggs

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ABC – Shaved blue pea flower ice, burbur cha cha, taro ice cream

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The legendary ABC in the making

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I’ll take two, thanks!

 

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Ho Jiak – Malaysian Street Food

For the past month or so I’ve been having these extreme cravings for CKT (char kway teow) and all things savoury with “wok air”. So when I found out about this new Malaysian joint in Strathfield, I just had to check it out.

Ho Jiak, conveniently located inside Strathfield Plaza, takes inspiration from the hawker food stalls in the streets of Penang.  I visited the joint with Yan and Koentadi on a fiery summer day (35 degrees to be exact). Not the ideal time to eat laksa and such, I know; but hey, challenge accepted!

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Michael Jackson (Soy milk with grass jelly)

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Satay Chicken Skewers

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Roti Canai with Curry Beef

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Roti Canai with Curry Beef

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Penang Fried Kway Teow

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Michael Jackson (Soy milk with grass jelly)

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Hainanese Boneless Chicken with Soup

Our favorite dish was definitely the Hainanese chicken rice. Juicy, tender strips of white chicken served with a dome of chicken oil rice. Oh, that rice – so fluffy, so fragrant, so goood. Definitely one of the best I’ve had in Sydney.

The satay chicken was another favorite – perfectly charred and very flavorful, although a bit salty. We also tried the roti canai, laksa, and CKT. The laksa was delicious but a bit too spicy for our amateur palettes; sweat beads started forming on my forehead just three bites in and the warm weather of the day definitely did not help. The CKT, whilst flavorful with a generous amount of toppings, was a bit too burnt for my liking. Too much “wok air,” if there is such a thing?

In terms of drinks, the teh tarik and Michael Jackson (soy milk with grass jelly, ’cause it’s black and white. Get it? Ha ha ha ha ha) were both delicious and definitely helped douse that fire in my mouth after eating the laksa.

Overall I really enjoyed our meal and would definitely return if I’m in the area and craving some Malaysian street food!

Ya Bacon Me Crazy - Buttermilk waffles with house-made bacon, caramel and cinnamon ice cream, Black Forest Smokehouse maple bacon, maple syrup and chocolate coated bourbon bacon

Bacon Festival @ Cuckoo Callay

What to do on Valentine’s Day when you don’t have a valentine? Why, pig out of course! (Literally PIG out because bacon. Get it? Hehehe I’m so funny.)

Cuckoo Callay in Newtown is conveniently having a three-week long Bacon Festival so the decision on venue for breakfast was an easy one. We arrived at 9am to avoid the wait and the place was already pretty packed. What can I say, the charm of bacon is hard to resist😛

We ordered four things plus drinks to share between the three of us. First off we had Drizzle Sticks.

Drizzle sticks

Drizzle sticks – Crunchy Black Forest Smokehouse streaky bourbon bacon drizzled in chocolate and hazelnut

Bacon drizzled in chocolate mmm. Sounds promising. Unfortunately these didn’t live up to expectation. Bacon wasn’t really crunchy and there were bits of white solidified fat on them as well. Not to say these weren’t delicious but man these had so much potential. If only the bacon was crisped up more.

Moving on, next on the table was Don’t Go Bacon My Heart.

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Don’t Go Bacon My Heart – Beer candied bacon and popcorn chicken burger served with beer and tomato chutney, mustard aioli and slaw on brioche

The brioche buns were fluffy, slightly sweet and buttery. Chicken was crispy; only complaint is batter was a bit thick. The tomato chutney and slaw added a bit of sweetness that contrasted the salty bacon well. Overall the burger is on the sweet side which is why it is served with pickles. Add the tangy pickles in your burger and VOILA MAGIC. Easily our favorite item of the meal.

Bacon All the Rules - Black Forest Smokehouse maple bacon, bourbon bacon, bacon steak, bacon sausage and bacon-crumbed poached eggs served on sourdought

Bacon All the Rules – Black Forest Smokehouse maple bacon, bourbon bacon, bacon steak, bacon sausage and bacon-crumbed poached eggs served on sourdough

Bacon lovers, this is for you! Bacon All the Rules contains bacon in five different forms. FIVE. That’s all you need to know about this dish really. I’d say the sausage was my favorite item on the plate.

Dat yolk porn

Obligatory yolk porn shot

Last but not least, we had Ya Bacon Me Crazy for dessert, because no meal is complete without dessert; breakfast included.

Life is short; eat dessert first.

Ya Bacon Me Crazy - Buttermilk waffles with house-made bacon, caramel and cinnamon ice cream, Black Forest Smokehouse maple bacon, maple syrup and chocolate coated bourbon bacon

Ya Bacon Me Crazy – Buttermilk waffles with house-made bacon, caramel and cinnamon ice cream, Black Forest Smokehouse maple bacon, maple syrup and chocolate coated bourbon bacon

Trust me when I say this is tastier than it looks (I spent some good ten minutes staring at this photo while editing. Wiping drools off my keyboard as I type). The combination of sweet and salty and hot and cold almost never fails. A friend commented as we ate that bacon was the least sinful thing on this plate and I have to agree. Sooo worth it but.

I call this the msyan_ shot

I call this the msyan_ shot

We also ordered the Shake n’ Bacon which was the bacon milkshake. Sounds gross but it was surprisingly quite decent. Bacon flavor was quite subtle and it tasted like a malt milkshake with a hint of smokiness.

If you are what you eat, I definitely feel like a pig right now. But what’s new, right?😛

Cuckoo Callay
Address: 324 B, Newtown Railway station, Newtown NSW 2042
Phone:(02) 9557 7006

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Aqua S

Today, I finally visited Chur Burger for the first time (I know.. Please don’t judge) and now I understand iFat‘s obsession with it. That pulled pork burger was so so delicious. But that’s a post for another time because today the focus is on a newly opened ice cream parlour, Aqua S.

You’ll most likely have seen on your social media feed photos of this bright blue soft serve sitting atop a fluffy cloud. If you haven’t, you most likely live under a rock. I know for a fact that I saw maybe ten photos on my feed in one day some time last week.. That probably contributed to the reason why Aqua S blew up like crazy, from an almost empty store to having a long, long line and a 30 minute wait (on average) when we went at around 8pm.

The flavors they have at the moment are: sea salt, lemon tea, and biscotti. (You can check their Instagram page to see the current flavors as they change them every two weeks). In terms of toppings, they have fairy floss, caramel popcorn, poprock candy and toasted marshmallow. It’s available in either a cone or a cup.

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Sea salt + lemon tea soft serve with caramelized popcorn and fairy floss on a cone. Look at the fluffy fluffy cotton candy cloud!

We tried all of the flavors and I have to say my favorite would be the combination of sea salt and lemon tea. It was sweet, salty and sour all at the same time. Super refreshing and perfect for when you’re already in a semi-food-coma after some epic burgers. I’m not too convinced that either of the flavors on its own would be my thing though (would be too salty and too sour?). Biscotti, on the other hand, was very tasty on its own and I can imagine it to go well with both the other flavors.

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Lemon tea with caramelized popcorn and toasted marshmallow

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Biscotti with poprock.. in a cup with a cone LOL

Final words of advice:
1. The fairy floss is really photogenic but almost impossible to eat, and honestly it didn’t add much to the ice cream in terms of flavor or texture and is there purely for aesthetic reasons. But I ain’t complaining. Anything for the shot, right? ;P

2. A cup would be a lot less messy to eat than a cone since the soft serve melts pretty fast, so you better devour it quick or you’ll end up with ice cream soup all over your hands (or if you’re unfortunate, pants).

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They also have a new green tea flavor! LOLJOKES that’s from Chanoma which is right opposite of Aqua S😛

Aqua S Ice Cream Parlour
Shop 27, Level 10, 501 George Street, Sydney 2000
Telephone 0406 970 070

The infamous steamed buns with pork belly, hoisin, cucumber, scallions

Ssam Bar 2007 @ Momofuku Seiobo

I know Good Food Month was over ages ago and Ssam Bar 2007 was long gone with the wind, but I figured I’d better put some Sydney content on this site if I’m going to call it a Sydney food blog. So here you go.

Ssam Bar 2007 was one of the highlights of Good Food Month 2014. This special menu was a pop-up for one week only. The fact that we didn’t have to fly all the way to New York to try these signature dishes of David Chang got us a bit too excited. Eileen, Alfred and I basically went (an hour early to wait in line. Hush. It was so worth it) and ordered the whole menu and ate ourselves silly (but still somehow had room for dessert at Black by Ezard).

Anyhoozies, here’s what we ate:

Sydney rock oysters with kimchi consomme

Sydney rock oysters with kimchi consomme

Tasmanian sea urchin with tapioca, whipped tofu, scallions

Tasmanian sea urchin with tapioca, whipped tofu, scallions

Cured kingfish, edamame, horseradish

Cured kingfish, edamame, horseradish

The infamous steamed buns with pork belly, hoisin, cucumber, scallions

The infamous steamed buns with pork belly, hoisin, cucumber, scallions

Because these buns deserve more than one photo

Because these buns deserve more than one photo

Fried brussel sprouts with chillies, mint, fish sauce

Fried brussel sprouts with chillies, mint, fish sauce

Smoked prosciutto with red eye mayo, baguette

Smoked prosciutto with red eye mayo, baguette

Apple salad with bacon, lychee, peanuts

Apple salad with bacon, lychee, peanuts

Tello's chawanmushi with black truffle, snails, edamame, scallion

Tello’s chawanmushi with black truffle, snails, edamame, scallion

The trio

The trio

Pan-roasted skate with brown butter and preserved lemon

Pan-roasted skate with brown butter and preserved lemon

Spicy honeycomb tripe

Spicy honeycomb tripe

Marinated hanger steak ssam with ginger scallion, kimchi, bibb lettuce

Marinated hanger steak ssam with ginger scallion, kimchi, bibb lettuce

All tucked inside a little blanket oftuce

All tucked inside a little blanket of lettuce

Despite a few let down’s (eg. the sea urchin with whipped tofu. Personally thought it was a waste of sea urchin and not sure what the tapioca balls were doing in the dish. Very adventurous dish but not a fan. Kingfish was also quite meh), our meal was largely satisfying. It was hard to pick one favorite dish because there were so many outstanding onesl. But here are my top four:

The honeycomb tripe with slow cooked egg had to be one of my favorites. Truth be told, this was my first time eating tripe (I know. I am a disgrace to the Asian race) and my mind was blown. Let’s just say the bar for any future tripe dishes is now set very high. The pork buns were a no brainer – I mean, what could possibly go wrong with glorious melt-in-your-mouth-tender slabs of fat pork belly sandwiched between fluffy steamed buns? I also really liked the brussel sprouts. I can already hear a few people going “ew” at me; but hey even though I might be biased because I love these green morsels, these sprouts were magical! The caramelization gave them a nutty aroma, and the crispy puffed rice provided a nice textural contrast. The apple bacon lychee salad was also bomb, because bacon.

Till next time!

Momofuku Seiōbo
Address: The Star/80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont NSW 2009
Phone:(02) 9777 9000

Roast wagyu short ribs, japlapeño puree, green shallot kimchi, soy glaze. Definitely our favorite dish of the night. Meat was so flavorful and fall-off-the-bone tender and THAT CRUST mmm. The japlapeño puree was surprisingly not too spicy, but I'm not complaining since I'm a spice wimp. If you can order only one thing from HLF make it this one!

Ho Lee Fook (Hong Kong)

I have been wanting to visit Ho Lee Fook in Hong Kong ever since it first opened earlier this year. The fact that it’s run by Jowett Yu, the guy behind Mr, Wong and Ms. G’s in Sydney, set the bar very high. I went with high expectations and fortunately I did not leave disappointed.

Hokkaido scallop, snowpeas, pickled enoki, shiso, salmon roe

Hamachi, cucumber, lemon jam, horseradish, puffed buckwheat. I loved this dish. The lemon jam made it very light and refreshing and the puffed buckwheat provided a nice textural contrast.

“Prawn toast x okonomiyaki” kewpie mayonnaise, bulldog sauce, shaved cabbage, aonori

Mom’s “mostly cabbage, a little bit of pork” dumplings, sacha soy dressing. The name was a bit deceiving as these do contain quite a lot of pork in it; delicious nonetheless though.

Taiwanese style lu rou fan, 5-grain rice, pickled daikon

Prawn lo mein with shellfish oil, grilled shallot, crispy garlic

Prawn lo mein with shellfish oil, grilled shallot, crispy garlic. Doesn’t look like much but actually so delicious. Very intense flavors from the shellfish oil and fragrant shallot and garlic.

Roast wagyu short ribs, japlapeño puree, green shallot kimchi, soy glaze. Definitely our favorite dish of the night. Meat was so flavorful and fall-off-the-bone tender and THAT CRUST mmm. The japlapeño puree was surprisingly not too spicy, but I'm not complaining since I'm a spice wimp. If you can order only one thing from HLF make it this one!

Roast wagyu short ribs, japlapeño puree, green shallot kimchi, soy glaze. Definitely our favorite dish of the night. Meat was so flavorful and fall-off-the-bone tender and THAT CRUST mmm. The japlapeño puree was surprisingly not too spicy, but I’m not complaining since I’m a spice wimp. If you can order only one thing from HLF make it this one!

“Breakfast 2.0” Horlicks ice cream, cornflake honeyjoy, oats, dried longan, cocoa coffee crumbs. So yummy. Can’t go wrong with Horlicks or cornflakes or a combination of both.

Matcha cake, chocolate ganache, liquid hazelnut praline, toasted milk, strawberry

Matcha cake, chocolate ganache, liquid hazelnut praline, toasted milk, strawberry. This was the more “meh” dessert. Matcha flavor quite subtle and overall not an overly exciting dish.

Final thoughts:

I have read some nasty reviews about this place and all I can say is that – basically, if you visit this place expecting traditional Chinese food, you are bound to be disappointed; but if you come with an open mind, I promise you that you will enjoy these quirky and daring dishes as much as I did.

Would I return? Ho lee fook-ing yes!

Ho Lee Fook
G/F No. 1-5 Elgin St, Central, Hong Kong
+852 2810 0860

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Seoul Tasty (Part I)

I know, I know.. I haven’t touched this site in over a year. What can I say.. Life got in the way. (Or maybe I’m just lazy :P)

As those of you who follow me on Instagram would know, I went to Seoul, Korea for a few days with my bestie. I ate a ton and took a billion photos (hence the spam on IG); but I feel bad so I’ve decided to take the visual purge elsewhere and revive this blog!

Without further ado, here is the foodporn:

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Gimbap from a random small stall in the MTR station. These are available pretty much everywhere on the streets.

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Yukhoe – a traditional Korean dish made from seasoned raw beef, pear and egg yolk

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Ginseng chicken soup at Tosokchon. Apparently the best in Seoul – and indeed it was delicious. Word of advice: come early (11am ish) or be prepared to wait in line.

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The chicken was stuffed with glutinous rice, which absorbed all the flavors like a sponge. The meat was fall-off-the-bone tender and there was a generous amount of ginseng, dates, pepitas, etc.

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Also available with black chicken at a slightly higher price tag (28,000W)

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Deli Manjoo – essentially a cute corn-shaped cake that is filled with custard. Freshly baked and piping hot, and not to mention quite cheap (3,000W for a small bag), there is not much to fault here.

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Do take care when you bite into it though – the custard filling is HOT!

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Maximum anticipation… Myeong Dong! Farewell, money😥

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Some food to fuel the high intensity cardio that’s about to happen (shopping)…

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Hotteok – a brown sugar filled pancake, topped with pine nuts and sesame. Hot from the griddle, it has a slightly crispy exterior with soft and gooey innards. So perfect for this weather.

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Grilled octopus

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Topped with dried bonito, takoyaki sauce, and kewpie mayo. Octopus itself is very tough but flavors are very nice and full of umami.

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Tteokbokki everywhere

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Bindaetteok (mungbean pancakes) in the making

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The infamous egg bread!

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SAH KEEN TO EAT😛

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Essentially a hard boiled egg encased in a slightly sweet, fluffy, cake-like bread. Can only imagine how perfect this would be if the yolk was still runny!

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I had no idea what these were called but the aroma of these little cakes being cooked filled the streets and I just knew I had to buy some😛 I later found out that these are called hodugwaja and are little cakes filled with red bean paste and walnuts. There is also another variety that is peanut-shaped, each filled with half a peanut.

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Macaron ice cream sandwich? Yes please!

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Nevermind that it’s -10 degrees outside… #yolo (Just to give you an idea of how cold it was: we actually took this back to our hotel; it was a 15 minute walk, with a stop-over at the convenience store for water. This thing made it back intact without melting even a teeny bit).

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Right before it started snowing!

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Not sure if santa or spiderman

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#seoulbeautiful

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Second day – Got hopelessly lost and wandered around.

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Fat kitty y u so kootee

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Teddy cafe! A beary cute place to chill out (or should I say warm up)😀

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Santa teddy, so hurry down the chimney tonight

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Chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream. Even that scoop of ice cream is teddy-themed!! Asians and their cute food ahhhh *insert heart eyes emoji*

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Myeongdong Gyoja

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Steamed dumplings filled with minced pork, leek, vegetables and sesame oil. My kinda comfort food😛

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Noodles with mince and dumplings in condensed chicken broth

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Egg bread again because I’m an addict.. This particular one was cheaper (1,000W compared to 2,000W) but for a good reason.. Egg was way overcooked and the cakey part simply didn’t taste as nice as the other one.

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O’sulloc Tea House – a popular chain cafe that specializes in matcha here. The ice cream, unfortunately, was below par. Flavor was alright but texture was far too icy.

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Luckily the matcha roll cake made up for it! Sponge cake was light and fluffy and the filling was not overly sweet.

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Mid-devouration

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Obligatory Korean BBQ – This restaurant uses kurobuta pork and it’s definitely better than the other random place we wandered into.

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Mmmmm #juicy

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Ox-tongue

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Not gonna lie – side dishes are my favorite part of KBBQ

Annnd that’s it for now! Thank you for reading and stay tuned for part II which will be about my meal at Jungsik!

Cinnamon Pumpkin Crepes (Paleo)

Are you ready for more pumpkin?😛

These cinnamon pumpkin crepes are filled with vanilla greek yogurt, almond butter and berries. I topped them with maple syrup, desiccated coconut and more cinnamon. Obviously greek yogurt is not strictly paleo, but like always you can fill and top these with whatever you like.

These crepes are paleo if you use coconut flour. Do take care when you flip them though cause they’re quite delicate, especially with coconut flour. I broke my first one that’s why there is only one crepe in the picture haha.

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Cinnamon Pumpkin Crepes (Makes 2 crepes):

2 tbsp pumpkin paste
2 eggs
8 drops stevia (OR 2 tsp raw sugar)
2 tbsp milk of choice
1 tsp oil
Pinch of cinnamon & all spice
Pinch of salt
1/2 tbsp coconut flour (OR 1T wwf)

1. Mix all wet ingredients first then add in the dry and combine.
2. Lightly grease pan and pour half of the batter onto pan and cook. Take care when you flip (especially if you used coconut flour since these are quite delicate).
3. When both sides are done, slide it out of pan onto a plate. Put in desired fillings and roll it up.
4. Repeat until all batter is used.

Ideas for fillings and toppings:
Fresh/ dried fruits, chopped nuts, desiccated coconut, maple syrup, coconut whipped cream, greek yogurt, ricotta, cottage cheese, nut butter, pumpkin butter,  speculoos, etc etc.

Below is the recipe for my vanilla greek yogurt that I filled the crepes with:

Vanilla Greek Yogurt

4 tbsp 0% Chobani greek yogurt
Few drops vanilla extract
8 drops stevia (OR 2 tsp raw sugar OR 1 tsp maple syrup)

Mix everything until combined.

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Enjoy!

Chocolate Pumpkin Mousse Pot Plant (Vegan)

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Yes I ate a pot plant for dessert. You know, soil and all. It was delicious.

Justttt kidding. Did I get you? Haha. This is chocolate pumpkin mousse topped with homemade oreo crumbs!

So a few months ago I saw this picture on Instagram of mint ice cream being served in this way and I thought that was awesome. I’ve been wanting to recreate something similar but of course with healthy ingredients. When I saw the clean pumpkin treat challenge on @busygirlseatclean’s Instagram a few days ago, I knew this was the perfect opportunity to experiment with a chocolate pumpkin butter thing that I created accidentally during exam period (My creativity seems to run most wildly when I’m under stressful situations, when I don’t actually have the time to be creative -.-). But yeah TIME TO PLAY WITH FOOD!😀

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Since I didn’t have any mint leaves on hand, I actually went and picked some random leaves from the bushes outside my apartment LOL. You can do this too if you don’t have mint. Just be sure to clean the leaves first so you’re not eating actual dirt and bug poop and whatnot.

Had so much fun photographing and eating this with my boyfriend and housemates! Since it was night-time and the lighting was crappy in my apartment, we were actually using two different iPhones as our light sources and moving them up and down and left and right in attempt to get the perfect angles. We probably looked ridiculous since my other housemate walked by and laughed. Fun times!

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Note: The recipe below makes a single portion (or two tiny ones if your pots/ containers are tiny), so multiply the recipe as you need!

4 T pumpkin paste*
1 T almond butter (or other nut butters)
2.5 T dutch processed cocoa**
1/4 t instant coffee granules
1/4 t raw sugar (OR other sweeteners of choice)
4 drops stevia (OR an extra 1 t raw sugar OR other sweeteners of choice)
1 T milk of choice
2 oreo cookies***

1. Mix everything except the oreos until well combined.
2. Put mousse in a small transparent container (or for a more realistic result, put in a mini clay pot!).
3. Crush the oreo cookies until they become crumbs and resemble soil. Place on top of mousse. Decorate with mint or random leaves/ shoots of choice.
4. Take a billion photos of pot plant then dig in!

*Use store bought or make your own by roasting a wedge of pumpkin at 180C for 40 mins then blend in VitaMix until smooth.

**Regular cocoa is fine it just won’t look as dark.

***Make your own with this recipe! So much healthier and they taste just as amazing (if not better!).

Have fun planting!😉