Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Republic Coffee Traders

Republic Coffee Traders, Woolloongabba
Republic Coffee Traders seem to be one of the few cafes that open on a public holiday. As mom is super keen to visit a cafe before they fly back to Penang, I took them there and RCT blended well among the industrial shops or company in that area. Street parking was plenty that day.

They have an all-day menu and I certainly had a difficult time deciding what to have for breakfast! Everything just seems so interesting and attractive. Anyhow, the word 'crusted egg' caught my attention and I could not steer away from it. Mom and grandma shared the omelette with pulled duck.

But first off, a cup of latte for grandma and cappuccino for mom while I had the chai latte. Grandma is certainly keeping herself updated with the current trend of drinking coffee and not having her usual 'kopi-o' aka black coffee that she usually get from the hawker stores back in Penang. 

Untitled

Soon after, our meals arrived and they were beautifully presented. The crusted egg still has a gooey egg yolk and has crunchy crispy breadcrumbs. It could be better if it was scotch egg instead! 

Untitled
Crusted egg with potatoes, celery and toast
As for the duck omelette, grandma and mom enjoyed it. The omelette was fluffy and the pulled duck was flavourful and tender. Grandma was certainly keen to have more! We enjoyed our time and meals in Republic.

Untitled
Omelette with pulled duck and toasts
  Republic Coffee Traders Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Golden Lane

Golden Lane, Sunnybank
Looks like there is a new yum cha restaurant in Brisbane! Golden Lane just opened last Sunday and currently offer 10% discount for the first week. Together with the in-laws, we visited this busy restaurant yesterday. We had to wait for about 15-20 minutes before our table is ready. The tableware is all new, with dipping sauces (chilli oil, vinegar, soy sauce) on the side. However, I did note that the tablecloth is a little dirty...

Anyhow, straight to their menu! They offer some yum cha selection, together with congee, noodles, rice noodles and stir-fry dishes; or if you are keen, you can select dishes from their BIG colourful printed menu. As for us, we ordered from their paper menu and handed it over to the waitstaff. Do not be surprised if the waitstaff start using their mobile phone while working... From my observation, they were taking our order through a mobile app.  :)

Untitled
Menu
Untitled
Menu
Some of our meals came by quickly and after some reminder, our steamed yum cha meals start to arrive. First up was the spring onion pancake. It is quite different from other pancake that I have tried, and Golden Lane's pancake is fluffy and flaky at the same time. 

Untitled
Spring onion pancake

Next up is the Pig's trotter with ginger and vinegar. It was ordered so that I can get a taste of it. I have not try any in the past and it is sour-ish but also sweet at the same time. I had the egg while the in-laws had the trotters. They commented that it was pretty authentic and good.

Untitled
Pig's trotter with ginger and vinegar


I was keen to try their 'xiao long bao' and the pan fried pork buns. They are quite different from what I expect. The xiao long bao was quite big in size and meaty, but did not have the 'juice' I expect. The pan fried pork buns were soft and fluffy in the inside. 

Untitled
Xiao long bao
Untitled
Pan fried pork buns

Their prawn dumplings came with three assorted prawn dumplings which were unique and each of us get to try a different one. Its fried prawn beancurd pastry was generous in size and we all commented it was good. I did not expect the steamed glutinous rice with chicken to come in balls shape... It was mediocre and my least favourite. 

Untitled
Prawn dumplings - 3 version
Untitled
Fried prawn beancurd pastry
Untitled
Steamed glutinous rice with chicken

Last but not least, we devoured a bowl of Golden Lane's special wanton noodle. It was served in a rather large bowl with six plump wantons (filled with pork mince, prawn and fish roe). It was rather delicious! We could not finish the remaining honey duck buns and had them packed home. 

Untitled
Golden Lane's special wanton noodle

I think Golden Lane served fairly good dim sum meals and will likely be a competitor in the current yum cha market, which means better food and deal for us consumers! There might still be some issues in the first week of opening but they are certainly trying hard. :)  

Golden Lane Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Cafe O-Mai

Cafe O-Mai, Annerley
Grandma and mom came over to visit me a couple of months ago! It was certainly nice to have them here and have popo's homecooked food. It was then my time to treat them to some local food, and that day, popo craved for some noodle soup. I took them to Cafe O-Mai for lunch and ordered pho for popo.

Firstly, we tried their fresh pork and prawn spring rolls, followed by some crispy roast pork. I have tried their roast pork banh mi in the past, and their roasted pork was just so moreish that should not be missed. Therefore, I ordered some for us to try. Yum!

Untitled
Pork and prawn spring rolls

Untitled
Crackling Roast Pork
The chicken pho was served in a rather large serving and luckily we ordered two main meals to share between three of us. Popo seemed to enjoy the chicken pho with its generous servings of shredded chicken breast.

Untitled
Chicken pho
On the other hand, I ordered the 'com ga nuong' aka chargrilled lemongrass chicken served with fresh salad and rice. The grilled chicken was extremely tender and flavourful!

Untitled
Com ga nuong
Cafe O-Mai has been one of my regular place to go and this is the first time I tried their lunch service. Service was efficient despite busy.




Cafe O-Mai Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato