Saturday, January 31, 2009
We were at Pho Hoang Gia, Flemington, a week ago from today and the memory of that lunch are still fresh in my mind. That says a lot about the food eh? H and I use to frequent this place almost twice a month when he was living in Rhodes but since he's moved this is our first time back after 2 years. The place is still pretty much the same; the food still tastes the same, no change in the decor or the people working behind the counter.
I love the pho (beef noodle soup) here. The broth is just right and the beef slices lightly pink just the way I like it. However, after a discussion with my Vietnamese colleague about food in Flemington she tells me that Flemington's Vietnamese cuisine is not authentic as they are made by Vietnamese-Chinese thus the taste is slightly different from what she eats at home. I still love it here though. Try to find out for yourselves.
We started off with prawn spring rolls. The prawn rolls here are great. They are filled with generous amounts of tasty prawn cake (the same as fish cake, but done with prawns instead of fish).
MM ordered the fried chicken and broken rice with an additional fried egg on top. She loves it so much that even after a week has gone past she's still dreaming about it!
H got his favourite vermicelli with grilled pork and spring rolls. We've tried this at a few places and this is one of the best.
Last Saturday's 39'C was just too hot for me to order the usual; pho, so I got the pork chops with broken rice instead. The pork chops here are really tasty; marinated with generous amounts of lemongrass, garlic and fish sauce.
Overall, this is a great place to go on a lazy Afternoon, offering great value for money dishes. They also have air conditioning which is really important when it's 39'C outside!
Pho Hoang Gia
2/98 The Crescent
Flemington NSW 2140
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
We started of with the entree to share (for 2 at $28.50, or 3 ppl for $39.50). You get to choose 3 entrees out of 5 that they have on the menu. We got the (from left to right) chicken liver pate, seared scallops and soft shell crab. The chicken liver pate was delicious. Seared scallops wrapped with bacon was good too. The soft shell crab however was nothing spectacular.
For mains we both ordered the 350g Angus 150 day grain fed rib eye ($39.50). The quality of the meat was excellent and the chef cooked it to perfection. The baked potatoes were exceptional; I couldn't stop eating it even though I still had half a chunk of steak left and my stomach was getting full.
We had a lovely bottle of red that went really well with the steak.
Kingsley Steak House
29a King Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Monday, January 12, 2009
First thing that caught our eye was the salmon nigri. Both H and I just loves salmon; sashimi, smoked, grilled.. you name it, we'll try it and most likely love it. The salmon was very fresh and the overall combination of salmon, rice and mayo with red onion went really well together.
Salmon Belly Nigri. Another first for me seeing salmon belly served on sushi train. The dish was nice but it would have been better just by itself without the rice sashimi style.
H and I were very intrigued by a picture of this on their menu. It's Flamed Grilled Spicy Miso Scallop Roll. It's the special for the month selling at $9.80 a dish. A lovely combination of grilled scallop on a roll filled with avocado topped with spicy miso sauce. Very yummy.
This dish is fabulous. It's fish on a skewer and deep fried. The fish was really fresh. The reddish thing on the plate is octopus stewed in some kind of tomato sauce. It was really tender and tasty that we got a plate of that by itself.
Tomato Stewed Octopus - as above. Doesn't look as good as it taste.
One of the many fusion dishes at Umi Kaiten Zushi, I love the combination of mango and roe. The sweetness of the mangoes inter-mingled with the saltiness of roe *swoon*. The salmon however didn't add anything to this dish, in fact it was like a third wheel when you're on a date at the movies hehe.
Seared scallop and sashimi combo. Even though it looks like a great combination I would rather have eaten them separately as to be able to savour the natural flavours of both this ingredient. My brain was just too overwhelmed by the competing flavours of the two to be able to enjoy this dish fully.
Unagi Nigri. Pretty good as it wasn't overly marinated.
Seared Salmon - not as nice as Azuma's but still pretty good.
We can't believe the deep fried prawns were not on their menu. We settled for deep fried salmon skin instead. This dish is huge and well worth the $5.50 price tag.
Overall, a great place to go to for good and fresh sushi. It is however on the pricey side, but if you have the entertainment book, that entitles you to 20% of the total bill.
Umi Kaiten Zushi
Level 1, 477 Pitt Street
Haymarket NSW 2000
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Happy New Year dear readers…
Here's to another year filled with good food and great company.
We started of with French onion soup. I used onions, white wine, thyme, bay leaf and chicken stock to make the soup. For the bread I used sour dough (as that was what we had at home at the time) and home made herb butter followed by cheese on top. However, as I had to share the oven with H's roast lamb which was roasting at an even 165'C the cheese didn't melt and brown in time before I had to take it out.
My first blog for 2009 is not a review of a restaurant or even a cafe, it is actually our new year's
eve dinner. H and I decided to create our own dinner for two which was a great end to a fantastic year and the start of the new year.
We followed the soup with a smoked salmon and cucumber combo. We usually make this as an entree when we have people over and have had great feedback with them. Start of with cucumber as a base, put two drops of Japanese mayo followed by smoked salmon layered on top. I've added some dill for added presentation.
The lamb took ages to cook but it was all worth the wait. The meat was succulent and full of flavour.
For dessert I melted some lindt 70% dark chocolate with their chilli chocolate. Once melted, I added some cream and finely crushed nuts and spread it out on baking paper. I should have planned this better and got some cake molds as well so that the chocolate would have a proper shape. The dessert didn't turn out as well as I hoped in the end and I didn't have the heart to take any pictures after that. Sorry!
The next day; New Year's Day.
The leftover lamb was made into a Lamb Ragu cooked with bortolli beans. Yum Yum
With a side of rocket salad and Parmesan cheese on top drizzled with a balsamic dressing (ala Cafe Sopra).
Finally ending with cheese, crackers, nuts and grapes.
Sorry for the long long posts. I just couldn't decide between starting another post for the leftovers which we made into new year's day dinner or to posts them all in one as it is kind of a continuation. I guess you know which one won even though the second day dinner is a total meal by itself.