My Favourite Thai Restaurant in Sydney : Chat Thai

Hi Everyone, I have decided to feature a blog on my favourite Thai restaurant, Chat Thai. I have been to the branches over in Manly and Haymarket. I love the one over at Haymarket as they have a wide range of tempting and mouth watering desserts, in addition to their tasty dishes. A word of caution: One has to be patient if you are waiting for a table without making any prior reservations. You could simply wait from around 30 mins to an hour or so, due to every popular crowd waiting to be served.

It pays to be patient, especially at Chat Thai

After a wait of around 1 hour, we managed to get into the restaurant and we began making orders without any hesitation. I have been to Chat Thai at least more than 10 times in a year and there are dishes which I simply prefer to others. Firstly, we ordered the LARPB GAI ($12), which is a spicy minced chicken salad. Served on a bed of spanish onions and lettuces, the chicken salad is light, tasty and a bit spicy.

LARPB GAI

The next dish we ordered was the DTOM SAAP ($14). It was my wife’s favourites as the pork ribs were cooked till perfection in the rich tasty and spicy soup. The meat of the pork ribs fall off effortlessly as you place it inside your mouth. Tender and tasty, it is also available in beef too.

DTOM SAAP

Tried the GAENG PANANG NUEA curry ($14), but it did not entice me that well.  Just found it to be a bit too sweet for my liking. That is due to the fact that I still prefer the Singaporean & Malaysian style curries, which is completely different from the Thai version.

GAENG PANANG NUEA curry

Lastly, we got our favourite desserts from Chat Thai. Their desserts are yummy.

I ordered the durian with sticky rice . It was rich and well prepared. Tasty pieces of durian with generous servings of coconut cream over the glutinous rice. Sinful yet satisfying.

DURIAN WITH GLUTINOUS RICE

My dearest woman ordered her favourite coconut ice cream. It is fresh coconut made into ice cream and place on top a tasty portion of glutinous rice and palm seeds. I did take a scoop or two, plus finishing the peanuts too.

COCONUT ICE CREAM

That was the best finale to my sumptuous meal. Love you heaps Chat Thai and I will be back soon.

Chat Thai Haymarket

20 Campbell Street 

9211 1808

Lunch: 10 am to 5 pm

Dinner:5 pm to 10 pm

Supper: 9.30 pm to 2 am


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May’s Blog on last weekend’s lunch at Pondok Buyung

I finally got myself glued to the computer, trying to write out last weekend’s blog. It was not easy to pen my thoughts while trying to savour heaps of delicious food around me.  Last Sunday, we decided to check out an Indonesian eatery as suggested by my Indonesian friend. We drove all the way to Kensington to check the place out.

Pondok Buyung seems to be very  popular with the locals for their authentic Indonesian Padang Fare. By the time I got there, it was past one and I still had to queue. The only bad thing about this place is it is so packed with people and you got very little time to think about what you really want, especially when it gets to your turn.

When it came to my turn, I tried ordering for both my wife and myself with the limited command of Bahasa. So, I decided to simply indicate the dishes with my fingers. I got the rice with chilli potatoes, vegetables and chicken curry.

The chilli was not bad, but was not as spicy as the one over in Shalom Restaurant over in Broadway. Chicken curry was tender, dishes were pretty well done with that authentic flavour.

Hers was even better. She had fried fish, fried chicken and vegetables. It is much tastier than mine. The fried chicken was well marinated with spices and fried perfectly. As for the fried leather jacket, it was good too. All it needed for some tasty chilli sauce to complement it. On the other hand, she did not enjoy the fried bean sprouts as it tasted raw. The total price for the  2 orders were $19 dollars. You can get free tap water from the fridge to cool your burning tongue too.

Final Verdict: We shall return again for this authentic Indonesian Nasi Padang in Sydney. It should be one of the better Indonesian eatery around town. However, this place is simple looking , not fancy. Good for simple and quick yet tasty meals or take aways.

Pondok Buyung

124 Anzac Parade

Kensington Sydney Australia

(Open Thurs to Tuesday 11.30 am to 10pm)

61 2 966 322 96

Visit to Singapore – Part 2

Has been a hectic week for me since my return to Sydney. Back to work, at a new environment and location, it does take a fair bit of adjusting though. Was browsing through the pictures that I had taken during my last trip to Singapore, it did bring a smile or two.
My parents decided to take us to the famous place (Puay Heng in the CBD (Central Business District) for their Bak Chor Mee (Minced Pork Noodles). I have been to the place numerous times and I have never been disappointed.
We ordered our noodles with chilli & black vinegar and it was served in minutes as the lunch crowd has yet to arrive. It had full of ingredients such as mushrooms, fishballs, pork slices and the noodles was cooked so nicely. It was so delicious and tasty.
After my brunch, I wanted to have some local delights and  I proceeded to Yat Kun coffeeshop. I ordered the half boiled eggs, the toasts with kaya and butter, and kopi c. It was such a delight, especially it has been a while since I feasted on such yummy tea snacks. Here are the pictures to elaborate on what I had just described. The eggs was done perfectly, not too raw and yet not fully cooked. Best eaten with dark soya sauce and white pepper.
And my toasts, nice crusty traditional bread with kaya and butter inserted between.
And last of all, my Kopi C to give me the caffeine that I needed badly. Kopi C is actually black coffee with evaporated milk and sugar added to it.
I went back home after the hearty meal and proceeded to more shopping. Will update the blog with more pictures. I am still contemplating to move over to another blog site… I wonder. Have a great week ahead.

Lunch at Masuya

It seems to be a while since I have uploaded my blog. A week… Long enough. I am also debating about moving to a self hosted blog, rather than this.. Let us go straight to the point.

I was invited to a place for lunch by one of my working partners. We decided to pay homage to Masuya, a nice restaurant famous amongst the office crowd for its nice Japanese bentos, sushi and sashimi. Also, I had tried snapping pictures with my new Iphone 4, which is still alright. But, it does pale in comparison with a DSLR that I usually take pictures with.

The service was excellent as the hostess welcomed us and ushered us to a nice seating area. And, he brought us 2 glasses of complimentary Pinot Gris. It was nice and light.

Had a look at the lunch menu and there was the delicious bento specials.

 

We then decided to go ahead and order the Shogun Bento ($29.80). There seems to be a lot of good stuff in this bento box: Beef, chicken, prawn, sushi, sashimi and spider roll. We waited for a short while and we were served with the beautiful looking bento set.

 

The food served is extremely well prepared, perfect touches to its finishes, taste and appearance (pardon me for not using the DSLR) I love it heaps, and I helped myself with an extra serving of chicken teriyaki from my colleague. It was extremely satisfactory. I have been to Masuya months ago and I realised that the standard of its food has been pretty consistent. Keep up the good work. I will be back for more food the next time round. Decided to get some nice O cha to accompany the nice meal we are having.

 

I ordered another Matcha green tea ice cream as my dessert. It was creamy and it has a real green tea taste in the ice cream.  It has nice red beans topping, garnished with fresh fruits to go along. Yum. Absolutely delightful. They had a sake ice cream, which I thought it was interesting to have.

 

It was a great meal, especially we had great service and excellent food at Masuya…

 

Just a note: I will be going overseas tomorrow and will try to take more pictures of nice food hunt areas that I find and will add it onto the blog for you to have a closer look. See you soon.

 

Masuya Japanese Restaurant

Lower level, 12-14 O Connell Street Sydney

02 9235 2717

Website: http://www.masuya.com.au

 


Sunday’s Lunch at Ryo’s Ramen

How I simply love the weekend, filled with beautiful sunshine and blue skies. I had woke up early this morning to sort out my blogging contents and to learn new ways of blogging. I realised that it is not easy to be a foodie and a food blogger at the same time. Kudos to those Australian food bloggers for leading the way. I will persevere and will not give up eating or blogging.

We live in the lower north shore and we are just minutes away from our favourite ramen place, Ryo’s ramen. Initially, I hesitated to have ramen for lunch as the queue over at Ryo’s can be extremely long. However, the queue looks reasonable when I finally reached Ryo’s.

Waited for around 15 mins and we were ushered to our seat. Thankfully the short wait was still bearable, as I was starting to get very hungry. Ordered their No 1 Speciality, Soya Sauce Ramen with a plate of gyoza to go along. Ramen still priced reasonably at $11.50 and gyoza at $6.00.  Within minutes, we were served with the piping hot ramen. The taste was still so good, since the first time I stepped into the restaurant 2 years ago. When my mum came over to visit us, she would always want to have lunch here as she loves the nicely textured noodles in their flavoursome broth.

The boss was in a good mood, chatting with regulars. As I was armed with my SLR, I decided to take a couple of pictures of the food to feature in my blog. Here is the tasty ramen I had this afternoon. The noodles was well cooked, springy in its texture and resting in its tasty broth. The tender pieces of pork belly slices, soya sauce egg, bok choy, seaweed and fishcakes just went hand in hand with the noodles in the broth. I think the key to their success is due to the chef’s efforts taken to achieve such a tasty broth for the ramen. Somehow, I miss those times that I had ramen along the streets in Osaka. Amazing what memories food could bring you.

And, not forgetting our entree, the gyoza. It was well done, not overly cooked. Love dipping it into the vinegar and chilli oil sauce, as it brings out the taste of the gyoza and the meat and vegetable filling.  I am truly satisfied.

Just in case you need directions to get there, here is it.

 

Ryo’s Ramen

125 Falcon Street, Crows Nest. NSW

Open Mon To Sun (Wed Closed)

 

Recipe: Prawns with Caramelised Onions (15 mins cooking + preparation)

During the holiday season, I had to think of new ways to dish up my food. It has to be quick, easy and delicious as it was already 1 pm when I woke up from my slumber. I reckon the choice of ingredients are important too. We love having prawns on the dinner table. We got fresh King Prawns from a great seafood shop over at Cabramatta recently. It was fresh yet reasonably priced. The prawns that we got in the city was more expensive by at least $5/kg. Unbelievable.

So, I am just going to share with you the recipe what I had that lunch, that was extremely delicious and quick to prepare. Here it goes.

 

Ingredients

500 grams of King Prawns (You could also remove shell and devein it, and just leaving tails intact)

Half a Spanish Onion

1 teaspoon of pepper

2 bird eye chilli (deseeded)

2 slices of ginger

1 teaspoon of white sugar

1.5 tablespoon of oyster sauce

1 teaspoon of dark soya sauce

1 teaspoon of shaoxing wine

1.5 tablespoon of vegetable oil

5 pieces of iceberg lettuce  (for plating purpose)

Instructions:

1. Heat wok and add oil once wok is hot

2. Place onions in wok, heat lowered  and continue to fry them till they get caramelised

3. Add chilli, ginger & chilli in the wok and gently fry

4. Add prawns into wok and fry it

5. Add  the oyster sauce, pepper,  shaoxing wine, dark soya sauce and sugar to the prawns

6. Cook till prawns turn red in colour

7.Remove prawns and place into the lettuce plate

This recipe is quick and very nice to have around your dinner table. Do ensure that the prawns are fresh and serve while hot. I will leave you with a picture that I had taken after cooking this dish. Cheers. Hope you will like it.

Recipe: Bittergourd with Pork Ribs Soup

As I was planning to make a nice delicious soup for one evenings, I suddenly pondered on the soup I had over in Guangzhou. It was so nice, clear yet tasty and it helps eliminate the heat in our body by means of a key ingredient, Bittergourd.  Here are the ingredients for this yummy soup.

Ingredients:

1) 400 – 500 grams of  pork ribs (blanched to remove blood)

2) 5 dried longans

3) 1 honey date

4) 1 medium size bittergourd (Remove pith, seeds, and cut into smaller strips)

5) 10 pcs of dried scallops (soak in water)

6) 5 dried oysters (soak in water)

7) 30 gram of soya beans

8)Salt (add to taste)

Cooking Instructions:

1) Blanch the bittergourd in the hot boiling water  for about 15 mins to remove its initial bitterness. Take it up and place it aside.

2)Boil a new pot of water (2 Litres)

3) Place all ingredients, including the blanched bittergourd into pot

4)Turn to high heat for next 30 mins. Leave it to simmer at low heat for next 1.5 hrs or so to allow the sweetness of the ingredients to diffuse into the soup.

5)Add salt to taste, based on individual preference.

The result would be a nice smelling, sweet tasting soup which would extremely beneficial to health. You could serve the ribs with a plate of soya sauce and cut chillies. Hope you enjoy the wonderful soup.

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