Monday, August 22, 2016

REVIEW:Morning After

Morning After, West End
Looking through my old photos, I realised that I have not blogged for a very long time. Hopefully my current momentum will keep me blogging! On the days when hubby is at work, I will try to explore some new cafes and treat myself to some brekkie! Morning After has been on my radar, and finally on an early Saturday morning, I visited Morning After.

It was not busy, however, all the 2-seater tables have been occupied and the only choice I had was the shared bench. There were so many interesting options on the menu from the sweet corn pakora, carbonara and Boston baked beans.... Well, I was very tempted to order any of that, however, I was just craving some Eggs Benedict that day. The hollandaise sauce was good, served on top of two perfect poached eggs with thick toasts. Yum! My chai latte aka 'chai boy' was all right, thought it could be more warm.

Eggs Benedict

Chai Latte
Anyhow, hoping that I will be able to return to Morning After in the future to try more of their goodies. :)

Morning After Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

REVIEW: Hawker

Hawker, Chinatown, Sydney
We never miss a visit to Mamak each time we visit Sydney, and on our last trip, we visited Hawker, which is a sister restaurant to Mamak. Instead of Indian Malay influenced food, Hawker serves Malaysian Chinese street hawker food!

I try to order meals that are not available in Brisbane and there were a few that caught our eyes. Having tried the 'Lor Bak' in the past, we just had to order them again because we enjoyed it so much last time! 'Lor Bak' is actually a five-spiced marinated pork meat wrapped in tofu skin and then deep fried. Back in Penang, 'lor bak' is also served with additional snacks such as tofu, spring rolls, prawn fritters with chilli sauce and most importantly the 'lor' aka starchy sauce. Hawker certainly sticks to the tradition which I like!

Lor Bak
Next up, is the 'poh piah'! It is another version of fresh spring roll containing shredded vegetables (mostly yam beans), with lettuce, tofu, omelette and shallots. Despite its simplicity, 'poh piah' is one of my favourite food. Hawker's poh piah is quite good but a little dry.

Poh Piah

Finally, my go to meal to try is the 'char koay teow'. I have to admit it is pretty darn tasty! It is very similar to home with the addition of cockles (although I always omit the cockles, ahaha). Yum! I am looking forward to returning to Hawker one day...

Char Koay Teow
Hawker Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Kitchen Inn

Kitchen Inn, Calamvale
Hubby's mom recently bought a voucher online for Kitchen Inn, knowing that I enjoy Malaysian meals. Finally after having some free time, we made our way to Calamvale. I rarely travel so far down south and it was a joyous moment when we found this restaurant! (LOL, as we were starving by then)


It was pretty packed on a Saturday night and as we walked past tables of diners, I noted that most people ordered their famous handmade noodles dish. After browsing through the menu, the four of us decided to try different meals, and decided to order FIVE dishes!

Well well well... We certainly did not want to miss out on their special dish and had the Signature 'Kampua Special'. It comes with their handmade noodles, served with BBQ pork and roast pork in a dry sauce. I had to say that it was actually pretty delicious. I enjoyed the stringy noodles with the crunchy pork belly... 

Kampua Special (comes in small or large servings)
Since it is a Malaysian restaurant, we ordered the usual suspects of 'char koay teow', seafood horfun and their Kitchen Inn Bak Kut Teh. The char koay teow (CKT) was pretty good, the flat rice noodles cooked well with eggs, bean sprout and fish cakes. Hehe, I think it is one of the top five CKT in Brisbane. The seafood horfun was above average and I think the Bak Kut Teh was a miss for me. Coming from Penang, I am used to top flavoured Bak Kut Teh, and Kitchen Inn's was just a little too sweet for my liking.

Penang's Char Koay Teow
Seafood horfun

Kitchen Inn's Bak Kut Teh

Our last dish, 'Braised Pork Flat Noodle' was my favourite for the night. I have always preferred flat noodles and this one with braised pork and minced pork just hit the mark for me. The pork was tender and I enjoyed the flavour of the dish. 

Braised pork flat noodles
There are additional sauces provided and if you are a fan of chilli, you can always help yourself to the red chilli oil or green chilli. Overall, we had a good time there and it always feel good to satisfy my Malaysian food cravings... 

  Kitchen Inn Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato