A family birthday dinner in a Malaysian Chinese Restaurant in the suburb of Redhead. Seaview Malaysian was able to adjust our meals so all dishes were gluten free, and boy we were stuffed by the end of it!
Prawn Toast (not GF)
Chicken and Sweet Corn Soup
Sang Choi Bao type Lettuce Wraps. This was my entree and it was awesome :D :D
So, Rish and I were starting to admit defeat after the entrees (I had only really had lunch at about 5pm too), but somehow, as the soft shell crab came out (no photos – way too yum in the salt and peppere gluten free batter!), and then the other dishes started to arrive we made an effort :p
(photos not included include the noodles, fried rice, honey chicken, tomato braised beef and probably one more dish!)
Sweet and Sour pork was … sweet.
Amazing lemon chicken. Nice tender chicken pieces, great sauce. I could have eaten this all myself!
My order. Veges and tofu
There was room for cake, or in Rish’s case, Deep fried ice cream! He can never say no!
Okay, so we really went down for Cirque du Soleil Ovo, but the highlight of any Sydney trip is gorging on decent Chinese food… mmmm…. At two of the Emporer’s Garden locations, and yummy as usual :D
BBQ Duck and Pork
BBQ Pork with rice noodle
Garlic and Prawn
Cha sieu pao
Contemplating my tea
We stayed the night at Aaron’s hotel, Haymarket, which I think about $120 for the night on Wotif. An older hotel, with a rickety lift, step in odd places, a skylight in the room that let light in WAY too early, and a fire alarm that got us all out of bed before we wanted to be because it goes off sometimes with the steam from the showers.
But the shower was hot and the bed very comfortable.
I’d stay there again, it’s amazingly located right next to Market City, but this time with an eye mask. And maybe earplugs so the fire alarm wouldn’t wake me :/
A couple of recent trips to Jimmy’s Place at Dickson – one better than the other, but tried lots of things all around.
Trip One – a celebration dinner with a group of friends the day Rish’s PhD feedback came back…
With a group of 5, we go for five dishes…. a range of meats
The decimated and delicious Lemon Chicken
Sweet and Sour Pork
A lamb dish that I’m told was delish but came right at the end.
And a dish exactly as described:
Steamed tofu with green asian vegetables.
That night was a resounding success, with full tummies and tipsy PhDs around us ;)
Trip Two – Me, and three hungover guys who’d had a biiiiig night out the night before.
They were very busy that night, and we were seated in the function room out the back…
Lemon chicken, awesome as always
Simple noodles. I didn’t mind these, but others weren’t so fussed.
Veges. My selection. Again, I didn’t mind them, quite simple, but that wasn’t what the others were after
Something with pork and eggplant. I didn’t like the flavours, one at the table didn’t like eggplant, the other was vegetarian, so the guy who ordered it ate the lot and liked it!
Oranges to round off the meal.
Personally, I think the guys were just a little tired and grumpy by the time they had this meal, plus the vegetarian selections are not as exciting as the meats. I’m sure I’ll go back, but there’s other Chinese places in Dickson that need re-trying first :)
Everyone loves a cheap feed, hey? Especially when they’ve been drinking and celebrating Rish submitting his thesis! Woo! Grabbed a table on Friday night at Shanghai Dumpling Cafe under Uni Lodge for a dinner that worked out at 10.70/head.
I’m not really sure what we ordered, a bunch of noodles and dumplings, 10 dishes for the 10 of us, including some vegetarian ones.
I was vastly too sober and tired to enjoy myself as much as the others, as I was driving, but there was much laughter and stress release.
How much better is fresh-home-made awesomeness than something out of a jar? I used to hate sweet and sour pork/chicken, but then my only experiences had been of slimy carrot and pineapple out of an over-sugared Kantong or Chicken Tonight jar (than I used to sit at home til 11pm for Rish to get back from shelf-stacking as an undergrad because I couldn’t open the jar, I was that weak) or over-sugared over-priced takeaway. (more…)