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Restaurant Review: Som Tam, Bangkok

5 Oct

The hotel we are staying is located near Siam, so we decided to have lunch at Som Tam at Siam Square Soi 5 before checking-in our hotel on our first day in Bangkok. Once you arrive at the restaurant, tell the staff the number of people dining at the restaurant, and he will give you a menu.

Som Tam, Bangkok

After deciding what you would like to eat, ask the staff to take your order, have a seat and wait for your turn. I personally think that staff has super good memory, as he remembers what each group of people have ordered and provide a table accordingly.

Fresh Coconut@Som Tam

Fresh Coconut@Som Tam

Refreshing and cooling drink! Perfect for the hot weather!

Papaya Salad@Som Tam

Papaya Salad with Fermented Crab

This place is famous for its papaya salad, of course we had to order one. Oh my god, it’s super spicy, so if you can’t eat spicy food, you might not be able to finish this dish! This dish is so spicy that even my parents felt the heat, but the ingredients were very fresh and all the flavour and texture combined together was awesome!

Fried Fish@Som Tam

Fried Fish

This is probably one of my favourite dishes in Bangkok! Well, I have to say the fish isn’t the freshest, but definitely the tastiest! A bit spicy but not too much, sour, sweet and salty… all-in-one! Should have ordered some sticky rice to go with it! Totally worth the price!

Thai Sausage@Som Tam

Fried Thai Sausage

This is the first time I see these fried thai sausage, interesting shape, a pretty nice appetizer and snack.

P.S. Sorry that I didn’t write down the exact name of each dish and the price!

Environment: 8/10 (Convenient location, but can be a bit crowded)

Service: 7/10 (Not the best service, as some staff tried to avoid us when we were asking for help)

Food:  8/10 (Pretty good for the price, especially the fried fish)

Overall: Good quality food for the price! I would consider re-visiting again next time!

Address: 392/14 Soi Siam Square 5, Rama 1 Road, Bangkok, Thailand.

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Restaurant Review: Cafe Loisl

3 Jul

Met up with a friend who I haven’t seen for a very long time, and she chose this cafe. Well, I have to say, if it wasn’t suggested by my friend, I don’t think I would ever come here. Even though it’s not far from my home, the location is very inconvenient. There are some tables outside, not the best outdoor view, but nice and calm environment.

We went there on Sunday at around 12:30pm, and there weren’t a lot of empty tables. We were lucky to find a table near the window. My friend and I each got a breakfast set and a raspberry sparkling and then shared a piece of apple strudel.

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Enjoying my raspberry sparkling

I know we should order Vienna Coffee, but I don’t drink coffee at all, so I chose Raspberry Sparkling to cool down myself on a hot sunny day.

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Omelet on sourdough (HKD$59)

Sorry for the bad photo above, I’m still not used to my new phone yet, still trying to figure out the functions. Anyway, back to the omelet, it was just average, but I really like the sourdough. I think my friend’s one tastes better. Hers came with 2 eggs, some avocado and tomatoes, with sourdough.

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Apple Strudel

I think most people, who have been to this cafe, would have tried this apple strudel. However, it wasn’t as good as expected, a bit disappointing; I would prefer apple pie or apple crumble more!

Environment: 8/10 (Inconvenient location, but quiet environment)

Service: 7.5/10 (Average, the man who I guess is the boss is friendly)

Food:  7.5/10 (Not particularly great)

Overall: A nice place to relax yourself.

Address: Shop A, G/F, 8 Tai On Terrace, Sheung Wan

Weekend trip@Macau

26 Apr

I have been longing to see The House of Dancing Water since the day I saw their advertisement, but have never had the chance to pay a short visit to Macau. Therefore, I was so excited when my friend suggested going to Macau during Easter. We bought the Hard Rock Hotel Package through The House of Dancing Water’s official website, and paid an extra MOP$280 to upgrade our tickets from Zone C to Zone B. While we called the hotel to upgrade our tickets, the staff  kindly reminded me that the seats available are near the stage and we would get wet during the performance; so if you don’t want to get wet, do check with the staff before buying your tickets.

Day 1

We bought our Turbojet tickets online and chose to leave Hong Kong at 10:30am. We took the free shuttle bus to the Grand Lisboa after we arrived Macau. We weren’t interested in gambling at all, we just wanted to get off somewhere close to the area around Ruins of St.Paul’s. The shuttle bus stopped in the basement, so we had to pass through the casino to get back to ground level, and I think many people were also taking advantage of the free shuttle bus service too.

When we got to the area near Ruins of St. Paul’s, we spotted a long queue outside 2 shops. I have seen them being recommended in our travel guide book so we decided to give it a try. The 2 shops are next to each other, so we split up, my friend queued for the egg crisps while I queued for the pepper meat balls.

Pepper meat balls (Pepper buns) are one of my favourite Taiwanese foods, but I haven’t seen them being sold in Hong Kong, so I was very happy to see them. Although this shop is also from Taiwan, it cannot be compared with the ones I ate in Kaohsiung. It was yummy and juicy inside, but I think there’s not enough meat fillings and spring onions inside, and I think it’s a little bit pricey. Pepper meat balls are very hot just out of the oven, so be careful!

Tai Kwan: Pepper meat ball (Pepper bun)

Tai Kwan’s pepper meat ball (MOP$13)

As for the egg crisps, the shop was packed with people, so customers could only choose either buying a small pack at MOP$10 or a larger pack at MOP$20. We chose the smaller pack because we weren’t sure if it was good or not. My thought? I didn’t really like it, neither did my friend. They are just egg biscuits, smell good but were a bit dry, not particularly tasty. I, however, do appreciate and support these traditional shops  for their history and their insistence to keep these traditional food. I enjoy watching them make these egg crisps by just using simple tools and everything is hand-made.

Pun Veng Kei

Pun Veng Kei: Egg Crisp

Pun Veng Kei’s egg crisp (a packet@MOP$10)

It was very crowded in the tourism area and the weather wasn’t really good, so I wasn’t in mood to take photos.

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I wonder how local people react to the crowd of tourists around their home every day

A sneak peek of Macau

A sneak peek of Macau from the top of Ruins of St. Paul’s

We then walked to the Fishermen’s Wharf, which was absolutely a disappointment. Not sure if we went there at the wrong time or day, there wasn’t anything special at the area. No shops, no restaurants, nothing to see at all. Maybe it would have been better if it was a sunny day, at least it would be nice to walk along the promenade. If you only have a day in Macau, don’t bother going there.

We then went back to the area near the Ruins of St. Paul’s to buy some souvenirs. I only got a pack of dried meat, as I wasn’t interested in almond cakes or any other products.

Dried meat

Dried meat

After that, we went for lunch at Wong Chi Kei. Well, I have to say I’m not a fan of Chinese-style noodles like wonton noodles and fish ball noodles, but I tried their restaurant in Hong Kong and I liked it, so when my friend said she wanna try Wong Chi Kei, I didn’t object. I wasn’t feeling well, so I chose something light, noodles with ginger and spring onions. It was tasty and reasonably priced, considering it’s located at the center of the tourism district.

Wong Chi Kei: Noodles with ginger and spring onions

Wong Chi Kei’s noodles with ginger and spring onions

After that we took the shuttle bus to our hotel. We were lucky to discover that the hotel offers free shuttle bus service somewhere near the tourism district while we walked to the Fishermen’s Wharf. My first impression of the Hard Rock Hotel: it was hippy and modern but I didn’t like the uniform of the reception staff. Our room was pretty spacious. The facilities inside the bathroom were nice too, especially the bathroom scale, a very good tool to check if you have gained too much weight during your trip. There’s also a very creepy magnifying mirror inside the bathroom, it’s so clear that you can see every pore and every fine hair on your face. I, however, didn’t really like the idea of separating the toilet and the bathroom, especially because there’s no wash basin inside the toilet.

Hard Rock Hotel

Hard Rock Hotel

Hard Rock Hotel

After a short rest at the hotel, we went down and had a walk around the City of Dreams. We also got our free tickets to watch the Dragon’s Treasure Show after the House of Dancing Water.

Finally the highlight of the trip! My camera wasn’t good enough to take fantastic photos, as it was pretty dark inside and the performers were moving around all the time, so it was hard to capture them. Even so, I would definitely recommend people watching it. It was full of excitement and laughter. We were seated in the 2nd row in Zone B, and we did get wet, but it was fun. The performers tried to interact with the audience, and sometimes they intended to get the audience wet. To me, the most exciting part of this performance was seeing Faye Leung, a former principal dancer of Hong Kong Ballet and one of my favourite dancers; I love watching her dance, so it was great to see her dance and perform again, though it wasn’t a real ballet performance and she wasn’t wearing pointe shoes. If I have a chance, I would like to watch it again, because I believe you will have a different experience each time, depending on where you sit and the performers’ interaction with the audience.

After the amazing performance, we went to watch the Dragon’s Treasure Show, which was disappointing. I think this show is made to suit people who are planning to gamble and get some luck while they are at the casinos. Little kids might like it too, but definitely not for me. Only watch it if you have time and can get the tickets for free.

Day 2

We didn’t plan anything special for the next day, we just went to The Venetian and had a walk at the Grand Canal Shoppes. It was a little bit disappointing too, as it wasn’t as lively as I thought it would be. We firstly had a Portuguese egg tart at Lord Stow’s Bakery & Cafe, which was just okay, it wasn’t hot enough.

Lord Stow's Bakery & Cafe: Portuguese Egg Tart

Lord Stow’s Bakery & Cafe’s Portuguese egg tart

Then we went to Victoria’s Secrets, but didn’t find anything, as they only sell a small range of products. After hanging round a bit, we went to Tai Lei Lok Kei to eat their famous pork chop bun. They are a bit pricey, and they are marked a bit higher than their original store. However I think it’s very delicious; the pork chop was tender and juicy, and the bun was crispy on the outside and soft inside. It would be perfect if there were caramelized onions, but it seems like the Macau-style pork chop bun doesn’t come with onions. Anyway, I would still recommend this!

Tai Lei Loi Kei: Pork Chop Bun

Tai Lei Loi Kei’s pork chop bun

After a delicious and simple lunch, we headed back to our hotel to grab our stuffs, and took the free shuttle bus to the Taipa temporary ferry terminal. The ferry trip back to Hong Kong was included in our hotel package, and you can choose your own schedule when you check-in the hotel, as long as tickets are still available.

Getting on board the ferry wasn’t fun at all. We originally planned to take the ferry at 2pm, but we arrived earlier than expected. It took us a relatively long wait to pass through immigration, and when we arrived at the waiting area it was a few minutes to 1pm, but the staff still put us on the 1pm ferry instead of the 1:30pm one. In the end, we had to run to get on board, and I’m not joking, it was a very long run from the waiting area till we reached the ferry. We knew the ferry would wait for us, but we also knew that all the other customers were on board already, and we felt like we have to run to avoid them waiting for us.

Slightly chaotic, anyhow that’s the end of my weekend trip in Macau!

P.S. Do make good use of the free shuttle bus service offered by different hotels and casinos when you are in Macau. 

Restaurant Review: La Creperie, Wai Chai

7 Apr

I had my first crepe when I was in France; I still remember my French teacher taking the whole class to a restaurant in Dijon that specializes in crepe , where I had a crepe with 4 different kinds of cheese and a sweet crepe with blackcurrant. I know there are 2 restaurants that specialize in crepe in Hong Kong, but didn’t have a chance to try it. It was Good Friday and I finally met up with 2 of my friends and tried out this restaurant.

La Creperie: Les Pierres Noires

Les Pierres Noires (HKD$118)

I had to struggle when choosing, because all of them seem very delicious, but in the end I made my decision and chose Les Pierres Noires, which has smoked ham, egg, Camembert cheese, tomatoes and some salad on the side. It was delicious, with a generous amount of smoked ham and Camembert cheese. Everything was nice, except the tomatoes weren’t great.

La Creperie: La Plougastel

La Plougastel (HKD$69)

We then ordered a sweet crepe to share among the 3 of us, which came with strawberries, strawberry ice-cream and some chocolate sauce. The strawberries were fresh and the strawberry ice-cream was delicious!

Environment: 8/10 (It wasn’t crowded during public holiday, pretty quiet)

Service: 7/10 (The service wasn’t really nice, the staff weren’t really enthusiastic)

Food:  8/10 (Pretty good if you wanna try French crepe)

Overall: Nice place to try some authentic crepe, but don’t expect their service to be great. Try their weekday set lunch as it’s a cheaper option.

Address: 1/F, Kui Chi Mansion, 100-102 Queen’s Road East, Wai Chai

Restaurant Review: Cafe Corridor, Causeway Bay

29 Feb

Met up with one of my best friends on Sunday for brunch, and she chose Cafe Corridor at Causeway Bay.  The cafe is right opposite Times Square, but it’s not easy to spot its entrance. It’s a pretty small cafe with limited tables. When we got there at around 1:30pm, there was only one table left at the corner. This cafe is famous for its coffee, but I don’t drink coffee, so I just ordered a set of All Day Breakfast.

All Day Breakfast@Cafe Corridor

All Day Breakfast

It comes with scrambled egg, hash brown with ketchup, cocktail sausages, bread with a small piece of butter and some salad. The presentation was good; the smiley face on the hash brown was really cute, and I like how mine was different from my friend’s. The scrambled egg was good, not too dry. The cocktail sausages weren’t exciting, just those you can easily get from the supermarket and cook yourself. I particularly like the bread, it’s slightly toasted and it’s not just ordinary plain white bread, there’s herbs in it. For me, the salad dressing was a bit sour, but other than that, everything else was good.

Not the best brunch ever, but I like the environment, the food presentation and the service. If you want to have brunch somewhere else in Causeway Bay, Home at Caroline Hill Road is another good choice too. It’s also a small cafe with limited seats. Their staff are very nice and polite, and it’s a great place to sit and relax. Try their lunch set or their Full Day Breakfast.

Environment: 8/10 (Pretty small and a bit crowded, but still feel comfortable)

Service: 9/10 (The staff were very nice and polite)

Food:  8.5/10 (Pretty nice brunch)

Overall: A nice place to revisit again during non-rush hours.

Address: G/F, 26A Russel Street, Causeway Bay

Day 3@Auckland, New Zealand

21 Feb

Got on the Auckland Explorer Bus at 9:30am, and paid NDZ$40 for a day pass. I got off at the 1st stop, the Bastion Point Lookout, which I think is a must. From there, you get to see a very beautiful view of the coast. If I have time, I would definitely spend more time there.

Meadow at Bastion Point Lookout

Meadow at Bastion Point Lookout

The view of the coast from Bastion Point Lookout

View of the coast from Bastion Point Lookout

Overlooking Auckland CBD from Bastion Point Lookout

Overlooking Auckland CBD from Bastion Point Lookout

Then I got off at stop 5 (Auckland Museum), and then changed to the satellite bus, which took me to Mount Eden, the most famous landmark in Auckland. After I got off, I had to walk all the way to the top. It’s a pretty steep slope, but definitely worth it. The view from above is amazing, and it provides good views in all directions over the city. On our guide, it said that the tour buses are banned up on the mountain, but when I left, I heard that it is still available and replaced by smaller vehicles, so better double check that if you want to visit there but don’t want to walk up the slope yourself.

Bowl-like crater at Mount Eden

Bowl-like crater at Mount Eden

View from Mount Eden

View from Mount Eden

View from Mount Eden

View from Mount Eden

After visiting Mount Eden, I took the satellite bus back to the museum. I got a discount with my Explorer ticket and paid NZD$5 to enter the museum. This is a good place to spend a few hours so as to understand the history and culture of New Zealand. You can also pay a bit more to watch a performance, which I believe is performed by the natives.

Auckland Museum

Auckland Museum

Later I got an American hot dog at one of the mobile vendors, and sat down at a nearby area, where they were having a live music performance for free. The hot dog was just average, though I like the sweet chilly sauce.

Mobile vendor selling hot dogs

Eye-catching mobile vendor

American hot dot

American hot dog

Then I headed to the Wintergarden, which is near the museum and it’s free of charge. Not a lot of flowers blooming, but I did get some good shots of some lovely flowers.

Wintergarden

Wintergarden

Flower at Wintergarden

Flower at Wintergarden

Fern at Wintergarden

If you don’t want to spend time figuring out the public transport system, the Explorer bus is perfect. However, if you want to spend some time on each attraction/stop, I don’t think you will be able to. It’s better to find out where you want to go and plan ahead, so everything fits into your schedule. It is also recommended that you visit the places on the satellite bus route first, before heading to other attractions on the main route, as the satellite bus has limited service hours. You could, of course, pay a bit more and get a 2-day pass, but for me, I don’t think it’s really necessary. If you need to visit some of those attractions, I’m sure you can go to the transport center and ask for directions.

Cute ducks at the park

Cute ducks at the park

Weird tree at the park

Weird tree at the park

Headed back to the city and watched one of the street performances, as Auckland was holding the International Buskers Festival at that time. The performers come from different parts of the world, and their performances are entertaining and fun.

Street Performance

Then on the way back to my hotel, I got a burger from Burger Fuel. The C N Cheese burger is huge, it has a beef patty, lettuce, tomatoes, aioli, cheese, tomato sauce, onion, sesame bun. The burger is good, and I particularly like the sesame bun, as it’s slightly toasted.

Burger Fuel

C N Cheese Burger

C N Cheese (NZD$9.6)

Day 1@Auckland, New Zealand

6 Feb

I made a search and found that Air New Zealand had the lowest one-trip flight fare from Sydney to Hong Kong, apart from China Airlines. I went to Air New Zealand’s official website, and found that if I stop over at Auckland, it would only cost me an extra AUD$30, so I decided to stop over for 5 days, which was the option with the lowest fare.

I’m sure it’s not my first time in New Zealand, but I don’t remember where I have been and which airline I was on when I was young. As far as I remember, I haven’t been on Air New Zealand for the last 12 years. I have been flying a lot with different airlines these few years, so I thought it would be interesting to see how other airlines do and make a comparison.

The boarding time printed on the boarding pass was one hour before the flight departs, but we only started boarding 25 minutes before. I think they had some problems with passengers who booked their tickets with another airline, because the flight was a shared code one, so they firstly had to find these passengers and change their boarding pass. Later when most passengers were on board, there was a missing passenger. After that passenger was found, another passenger lost his/her passport and I don’t think that passenger eventually found it.

After some delays, I was finally off to Auckland. I was on the Works, so I was served lunch. I chose the beef casserole with mash and peas, it also came with sushi and an apricot cake. Not the best flight meal I have ever had, but it’s good, especially the mash and the dessert. The beef casserole was a bit salty and the beef was slighty dry. The sushi isn’t like real Japanese nor Korean ones, but I was a bit surprised to see them serving sushi as a side.

Air New Zealand flight meal

Air New Zealand flight meal

One thing I really like about NZ is their seat, it’s very comfortable. In the past, Cathay Pacific used to be one of my favourite airlines, as their flight meals and service are usually pretty good, and they have very good entertainment system with a wide range of movie and music selection. However, recently I don’t really want to fly with CX, especially for a long haul flight. This is mainly because their seat is very hard and really uncomfortable.

After 3 hours, I finally landed Auckland; getting through customs and immigration was pretty smooth. I heard many bloggers saying that it usually takes a long time to get through; however the staff only asked me a few questions on what kind of medicine and food I had and then I was set to go.

I took the Airbus Express, it took me less than an hour and I arrived at my hotel. After I settled down, I went out and immediately headed to the post office to get some stamps so that I can send some postcards to my friends. I later realize that most of the souvenir shops do sell stamps, so you don’t really need to go to the post office to get them. Then I was hanging around, going in and out souvenir shops, just in search for some pretty postcards but not other stuffs, because my luggage is overweight, so I can’t buy anything! I also went to Countdown, the New Zealand version of Woolworth, to get some breakfast, water and snacks.

The highlight of the day was heading to The White Lady for a burger. It was voted as the Number 1 thing to do in Auckland, so I went there at around 6:45pm, and I saw around 8 people making an order while I was waiting. I ordered an egg burger, and it took some time for it to be done.

The White Lady

The White Lady

Ordering Counter at the White Lady

Ordering Counter

History of the White Lady

History of the White Lady

The White Lady's Egg Burger

Egg Burger (NZD$8.90)

There were fresh lettuce and tomato, browned onion, ketchup, grilled meat patty, and a fried egg. The beef patty was good, though it was a bit salty. The lettuce and tomato were super fresh! I can’t say it’s the best burger, but I’m a fan of food stalls on the street; so the White Lady is definitely different from many burger shops out there, and their burgers are delicious.

The White Lady (Corner of Fort Street & Commerce Street, Auckland, New Zealand)
Environment: N/A
Service: 8.5/10
Food: 8.5/10

Restaurant Review: Hong Ha Hot Bread, Mascot

25 Jan

Oh yes, I’m at Hong Ha Hot Bread again! I really like their Vietnamese roll, so I decided to go there again to try their chicken roll.

Since it was raining today, the queue wasn’t that long this time, approximately 8 customers waiting. The store also had some rolls prepared in advance, so when customers need extra ingredients, they just need add them and your order is done.

Chicken roll, Hong Ha Hot Bread

Chicken roll (AUD$5.00)

When I saw the chicken roll, my first impression was “the chicken rolls seems to have less ingredients”. There’s shredded chicken, pickled carrots, coriander, mayonnaise, special sauce and seasonings. The shredded chicken tastes very good and juicy. The bread wasn’t as crispy as last time, which I believe it’s because they were made ahead of time and they added too much mayonnaise. The chicken roll is still nice, but I definitely like the pork roll more!

Environment: N/A

Service: 7.5/10 (Average service)

Food:  8.5 /10 (I personally prefer the pork roll more!)

Overall: I’m definitely going to miss this so much!

Address: 1151 Botany Rd, Mascot, NSW 2020

Official website: www.redroll.com.au (Doesn’t seem to work though)

Restaurant Review: Ayam Goreng 99, Kingsford

23 Jan

This is the fourth time I have been to Ayam Goreng 99, twice dine-in and twice takeaway. The following dish is always my number one choice!

Chicken satay, Ayam Goreng 99

Sate Ayam (Chicken satay) (AUD$8.00)

Sorry for the bad quality photo, it might not look nice, but it’s super delicious! I really like the peanut butter and sweet soy sauce. The chicken is charcoal grilled, but it’s not dry at all. My friend who came to visit me love this so much that she wish I could deliver some to her back in Hong Kong.

I heard that their marinated chicken is very popular too, but I guess I don’t have the chance to try them. I wish I could stay here longer to try their other dishes. Anyway, here are two other dishes that I would recommend: Rendang (Curry beef), Pepes Jamur (Mushrooms pepes). I think the only thing I didn’t really like was their thick rice noodles dish, I guess it’s mainly because I prefer the Chinese-style more.

Environment: N/A (Simple interior, and can get a bit crowded)

Service: 8.5/10 (The staff are pretty friendly and helpful. If you dine-in, you write down what you want to eat on a piece of paper and hand it in to one of their staff. You can get water from the fridge or get hot tea yourself, so it’s pretty much self-served.)

Food: 8.5 /10 (One of my favourite restaurants around UNSW campus)

Overall: Their food aren’t expensive, and they taste really good. Just beware of their opening hours. They are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, and they have a 2-hour break between lunch and dinner time.

Address: 464 Anzac Parade, Kingsford, NSW 2032

Food Discovery Trip at Cabramatta

22 Jan

I planned a food discovery trip to Cabramatta and had a list of restaurants and food I would like to try, however this wasn’t a really successful one. I was planning to try the crispy chicken dry noodles at Tan Viet Noodle House, but it is currently under maintenance until 2nd Feb. I was also planning to try the doughnuts and fried banana fritters at Kaysone Sweets, but again the shop is closed and will be reopened on 25th Jan. I was pretty disappointed, but luckily still got to have some Vietnamese food.

After realizing Tan Viet Noodle House wasn’t opened, I was so hungry that I just randomly went into a restaurant, without trying to find the other ones recommended by many food bloggers.

Pho 54, Cabramatta

This restaurant is the typical kind of Asian restaurant, not too fancy interior and average service. The moment I sat down, I asked for the menu and the man just pointed outside, because they only have the menu on one of the walls, so I had to get up to check out their menu. I wasn’t too sure what to go for, so I just went for the first pho on the menu, which the man referred as Pho Special.

Pho Special

Pho special (AUD9.50)

The Pho Special was a combination of beef tripe, tendons, brisket and meatballs. For me, it was a pretty big portion. I would say it’s good, but not sure if it’s one of the best. One thing is note though, most of their customers were Vietnamese, so I guess it should be authentic and up to their standard.

It was so hot inside the restaurant, especially after having a big bowl of hot noodles and drinking some hot tea, so I was desperately searching for a cold drink. I was looking for a place called Hung Vuong to try their avocado shake, which was recommended by one of the food bloggers, but I couldn’t find it at all. During the searching process, I saw Viet Hoa Hot Bread, a place recommended for its Vietnamese roll. Of course, I couldn’t eat a pork roll after a big bowl of pho, so I went for their pandan waffle.

Pandan waffle

Pandan waffle (AUD$1.50)

The edge was crunchy; the inside was soft and chewy. I don’t really remember how pandan should taste like, so I’m not sure if it really has pandan flavour. At first I thought it was just like a normal waffle, but I actually finished the whole thing very quickly. It’s pretty good!

After the pandan waffle, I was still looking for a cold drink. I was wandering around, going in and out of the little streets and shopping centers, and came to Yummi Sweets. I have seen many people holding a cup of drink with the word “Yummi’ on the street, so I guess it should be pretty popular. It was also the only store I saw selling avocado shake, so I decided to give it try.

Avocado Shake, Yummi Sweets

Avocado shake (Small: AUD$4.0)

The lady put in a few chunks of avocado, some ice, some milk and something which I believe is syrup, gave it a quick blend, and voilà it’s done! It is very milky and creamy, with a hint of avocado flavour. At first I thought I couldn’t finish it, because it was very rich, but I eventually finished the whole thing. Try this if you like milk shake or something rich and creamy. If not, you can have a sugar cane drink, very popular choice among the locals.

Before I left, I also got some crumbed chicken thighs from Red Lea.

Red Lea, Cabramatta

The store is pretty big, one side selling fresh chicken, and another side selling friend chicken and chips. I heard that their chips are pretty good, but wasn’t in mood of having chips that afternoon, so I only got 4 crumbled chicken thighs.

Crumbed chicken thigh

Crumbed chicken thigh (4 for AUD$10)

Although they were cold the moment I arrived home, I found them pretty good. The skin, of course, was no longer crispy, but the flesh is still juicy. I would love a little bit of seasoning though, so I had to add a bit of pepper before munching them down.

Pho 54 (2/54 Park Road, Cabramatta, NSW 2166)
Environment: 7/10
Service: 7/10
Food: 8/10

Viet Hoa Hot Bread (John Street, Cabramatta, NSW 2166)
Environment: N/A
Service: 7/10
Food: 8.5/10

Yummi Sweets (Park Road, Cabramatta, NSW 2166)
Environment: N/A
Service: 7.5/10
Food: 8/10

Red Lea (Shop 57 John Street, Cabramatta, NSW 2166)
Environment: N/A
Service: 7.5/10
Food: 8/10