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Ferry, Fujiya, Seoul-ria, POTR

Saturday was a MASSIVE day.. big, humungo.. well.. maybe not SUPER, but “eventful”, if you can even call it that. Just a lot of walking and going to places.

– We start off with Nomz and Vio getting ready to go to the V-festival.
– K coming over with a mudcake and a gift – THANKS heaps! The cake is soooooo freakn delish… yum yum~ Nomz says thanks too! =D
– K and D walking to the bus stop to get to Stratty, but lo and behold…. Vroom..!! Bus fails to stop and we’re stranded for another hour til the next bus, but we just leg it all. the. way. to. the. stratty. station. PHEW!

– Train it from Stratty > Circular Quay.. my first time on the Sydney trains.. very fast and efficient!
– Purchase a ferry ticket from Circular Quay > Darling Harbour. Managed to get a few snaps of the view, people and entertainers before boarding the ferry.

– Ooohh, the ugly man at Luna Park! Hahah!
– Legged it through the Darling Harbour and passed the Entertainment Centre to Wagaya but there was a looooooong waiting list of up to an hour, our stomachs were in no shape or form to wait it out. Next destination: Fujiya in China Town!

– Fujiya, waiting list of 10-15 minutes or so. OKAY!
– Ordered: 2 x Chu Hais; Peach and Umeboshi, small Unadon (eel), Wagyu Beef and a Sashimi bento box! Umeboshi chu hai: fail, Undaon: win, Wagyu Beef: major win, Sashimi bento box: win, service: major fail, food: win, will I come again?: win. =D
– After scoffing down some well earned food, K and I walk to Capitol Square to grab some dessert at Passion Flower. The ice cream flavours are eccentric and different.. totally drool worthy. Service however, sucks balls, everyone just seems so pushy and rude! I got a scoop of Durian and Sticky Rice. Not bad, I’d love to try Lemon, Lime and Bitters sorbet, and espresso, and even taro! But the service is so crap it just deters me from going there again. EH.
– We leg it back to SeoulRia which is right next door to Fujiya as Fujiya was closed just as Nomz and Vio got back to the city from V Festival and were starving for some food. I’ve never seen Nomz eat so fast in my life.. haha speedy gonzales when she’s hungry!
– They order a chicken teriyaki and a bibimbap in a clay pot. The waiter was nice enough to mix the rice up for Nomz, win! Hahahah..

– We walk K to Railway Square to catch her bus, we also bus it to Broadway, pick up Tsubi (HAHA!) and drive through George St heading to Pancakes on the Rocks for some late night coffee. Mind you, I am DEAD at this point.. was THIS close to just nodding off at POTR! The service and coffee was PATHETIC. It just gets worse and worse… >=(
– Head back to the car and we’re off on our way home at some wee hour in the morning. PHEW!!



Thursday – The World Bar; Friday – Ivy

Time for a blog update!

Vio came up to Sydney on Thursday last week to attend the V Festival which is held on Saturday, therefore Nomz was let off with a 4 day weekend whilst I still went to work, sleep deprived and all. Hahah, Thursday entailed us visiting The World Bar where they served drinks in teapots! The place was packed, it’s a very Caucasion atmosphere, and the music… well definitely not what I’m used to. It’s more like head banging, jumping up and down, waving your arms and kicking your legs to whatever beat you can get… it was.. interesting to say the least. Got home, half deaded and managed to get 4 hours of shut eye before another day of work before the week ends.

Friday.. let’s see, Nomz cooked dinner, hooray! Veal with prosciuto, avocado, cheese, sundried tomatoes and a side of salad = YUMMO!!

Look at Miss Speedy go, pow pow pow!

After dinner, a quick 20 minute nap and we were off again! Off to Ivy we go!

Free entry, score! A really snazzy poshy place… I like it! Music – decent. Faux pas’ of the night, way too much PDA, can be rather over crowded on the dance floor, some random dude having a drink fall down from the balcony above and having his head split and well.. girls, best to take a guy with you to avoid unwanted attention. Really. =)

Didn’t get to bed til 4 in the morning. Running low on energy and sleep.. tis gonna be a LONG weekend and will be napping whenever and WHEREVER I can!


Petrol reload

So every Wednesday night, Nomz and I go and fill up Tsubi’s tank.. – that sounds rather.. odd. Anyhoos, this past Wednesday night was clearly no exception, besides the fact that we did a little detour too. A stop over at Woolies! *Heavens open up, choir singing* Oh how I love grocery shopping.. absolute love! =D

Some snacks we got during our stop over.. all were purchased from the korean supermarkets though.. it’s always nice to try new things.

Potato chips, mochi ice cream and a can of cappucino.

Gooey on the outside, ice cream on the inside.. – it kinda melt =( .. bits of nuts.. assumingly pistachio nuts cause of the green casing.. *shrug* was ok. Will I buy it again? Possibly not. Been there done that.

As for the beverage.. cappucino? I think not.. more like diluted watered down coffee. Epic fail.

How about the potato chips you ask? Epic… nuttah. Have yet to crack it open!


Babies from MY Baby

Neh neh neh neh nehhhhh~

I’ve been trying to play with my camera with every chance I get, fitting it in after a long day of work, a work out, a shower, cooking, dinner, washing up and then finally some schnap time! =D I still need to give a name for my baby, just as Nomz calls her Subaru “Tsubi” – who might I say, got a very nice and FREE wash last night! Hahahah..

It’s sexy box.. kinda.. hahah

ooOohh, see the colour differences?!

The hidden depths of Nomz bag… I see a Mintie!! ; My old ancient little mini brick of a phone. Time for an update? Perhaps, after I purchase a laptop.. I’ve been pretty much without a “my pc that I can call my own” PC for a good five months! FIVE whopping months, me… who literally struggled for three months without internet access when moving houses.. This is what work does to you, stops you from caring about the important things, like computers, internet, cupcakes and food!

Pumpkin and chickpea curry – recipe
T’is was ok… the apartment smelt gooooOood though!

Vio should have arrived by now in Syd, so N and V should be out and abouts atm. I’ll catch up with them later tonight… possibly some late night shopping?! Oh yeah, and hopefully a browse through Myer too, I gots a $10buck voucher gift from them for my birthday. Oh snap yeah!!


To EAT list – Chinese, Japanese, Korean 100

100 Chinese foods to try before you die

1. Almond milk 2. Ants Climbing a Tree (poetic, not literal, name) 3. Asian pear 4. Baby bok choy 5. Baijiu <== hrms.. no thank you! 6. Beef brisket 7. Beggar’s Chicken 8. Bingtang hulu 9. Bitter melon 10. Bubble tea 11. Buddha’s Delight 12. Cantonese roast duck 13. Century egg, or thousand-year egg 14. Cha siu (Cantonese roast pork) 15. Char kway teow 16. Chicken feet 17. Chinese sausage 18. Chow mein 19. Chrysanthemum tea 20. Claypot rice 21. Congee
22. Conpoy (dried scallops)
23. Crab rangoon
24. Dan Dan noodles
25. Dragonfruit <== my mum eats this all the time, but I’ve never tried it..
26. Dragon’s Beard candy
27. Dried cuttlefish 28. Drunken chicken 29. Dry-fried green beans 30. Egg drop soup 31. Egg rolls 32. Egg tart 33. Fresh bamboo shoots 34. Fortune cookies
35. Fried milk
36. Fried rice 37. Gai lan (Chinese broccoli) 38. General Tso’s Chicken 39. Gobi Manchurian
40. Goji berries (Chinese wolfberries)
41. Grass jelly | 42. Hainan chicken rice
43. Hand-pulled noodles
44. Har gau (steamed shrimp dumplings in translucent wrappers) 45. Haw flakes
46. Hibiscus tea
47. Hong Kong-style Milk Tea 48. Hot and sour soup 49. Hot Coca-Cola with Ginger 50. Hot Pot 51. Iron Goddess tea (Tieguanyin) 52. Jellyfish 53. Kosher Chinese food 54. Kung Pao Chicken 55. Lamb skewers (yangrou chua’r)
56. Lion’s Head meatballs
57. Lomo Saltado
58. Longan fruit 59. Lychee 60. Macaroni in soup with Spam
61. Malatang
62. Mantou, especially if fried and dipped in sweetened condensed milk 63. Mapo Tofu 64. Mock meat 65. Mooncake (bonus points for the snow-skin variety) 66. Nor mai gai (chicken and sticky rice in lotus leaf) 67. Pan-fried jiaozi 68. Peking duck 69. Pineapple bun 70. Prawn crackers 71. Pu’er tea 72. Rambutan 73. Red bean in dessert form
74. Red bayberry
75. Red cooked pork 76. Roast pigeon 77. Rose tea
78. Roujiamo
79. Scallion pancake 80. Shaved ice dessert 81. Sesame chicken 82. Sichuan pepper in any dish 83. Sichuan preserved vegetable (zhacai) 84. Silken tofu 85. Soy milk 86. Steamed egg custard 87. Stinky tofu 88. Sugar cane juice 89. Sweet and sour pork, chicken, or shrimp 90. Taro 91. Tea eggs 92. Tea-smoked duck 93. Turnip cake (law bok gau) 94. Twice-cooked pork 95. Water chestnut cake 96. Wonton noodle soup 97. Wood ear 98. Xiaolongbao 99. Yuanyang (half coffee, half tea, Hong Kong style)
100. Yunnan goat cheese

100 Japanese food to try

1.Properly washed and cooked, top quality new harvest white rice 2. Freshly made tofu 3. Miso soup
4. Nukazuke are vegetables pickled in a fermente rice-bran bed or nukadoko
5. Fresh sanma (saury), sizzling hot from the grill, eaten with a drizzle of soy sauce and a mound of grated daikon radish 6. Umeboshi 7. Freshly made, piping hot crispy tempura
8. A whole grilled wild Japanese matsutake – a fragrant, highly saught after mushroom.
9. Freshly made sobagaki with sobayu
10. Mentaiko from Fukuoka, or tarako – marinated/salted pollack roe
11. Onigiri 12. Sashimi
13. Saba oshizushi is sushi – fresh mackerel or saba is fileted, salted and marinated, then pressed firmly onto a block of sushi rice; the whole is then left to rest for a few more hours.
14. Mugicha
15. Kakifurai – breaded and deep fried whole oysters
16. Morinaga High-Chew candy, grape flavor
17. Karasumi is salted and dried mullet roe.
18. A pot of oden – ganmodoki, boiled eggs and daikon radish
19. Ika no shiokara is cuttlefish squid that is salted and fermented in its own innards.
20. Calpis
21. Ankou nabe – monkfish hotpot or stew.
22. Unadon
23. Komochi kombu or kazunoko – brined herring roe, and komochikonbu is the same herring roe pressed onto konbu seaweed.
24. Yamakake, grated yamaimo with maguro (red tuna) cubes (or just tororo with a raw egg)
25. Gyokuro green tea 26. Milky Candy 27. Wanko soba 28. Omuraisu with demi-glace sauce
29. Handmade katayaki senbei – means rice cracker, size of your palm or bigger, made of pounded rice that is formed by hand, dried under the sun, and toasted over a charcoal fire until the rice patty pops and forms crunchy air pockets. It is then painted with dark soy sauce. The sweet version is then sprinkled with big grains of salt
30. Yohkan (yokan) – is a dense, fudge like cake of sweet azuki beans; sometimes it contains chestnuts
31. Ishi yakiimo are sweet potatoes cooked in hot stones
32. Natto – fermented, sticky/slimy soy beans
33. Fresh seaweed sunomono. – a salad of sorts, usually with seaweed and/or seafood, with a slightly sweet, oil-less vinegar dressing.
34. Ikura or sujiko – salmon eggs still encased in the egg sac, while ikura – eggs removed from the sac membrane. Both are cured in salt or soy sauce and eaten raw
35. Tonkatsu
36. Goma dofu is an example of shoujin ryouri
37. Chawan mushi or tamago dofu – the same dish either piping hot or ice cold
38. Freshly made mochi
39. Gindara no kasuzuke is gindara, or silver cod, marinated in sakekasu, sake lees mixed with other ingredients such as salt or soy sauce, mirin, etc
40. Hoshigaki are dried persimmons
41. Inarizushi Sushi rice stuffed into fried bean curd pockets
42. Chikuzen-ni – cut up chicken, lotus root, carrots, taro root, burdock root, shiitake mushrooms etc. are stewed together in a dashi broth
43. Surume is salted and dried squid 44. Yakinasu with grated ginger – grilled eggplant and a bit of soy sauce 45. Tamago kake gohan is just hot, freshly cooked white rice with a raw egg plus a little soy sauce.
46. Kabuki-age is a round, deep fried rice cracker that has a distinctive crackly surface
47. Nikujaga – Japanese meat and potatoes 48. Spinach gomaae – Spinach, and other dark green leafy vegetables
49. Fuki no tou – butterburr shoots, blanched and de-bittered and cooked in a typically Japanese sweet-salty sauce
50. Okonomiyaki 51. Yakitori – skewered and grilled chicken bits 52. Ohagi 53. Japanese style curry
54. Kenchinjiru is a clear yet hearty vegetable soup
55. Yakult
56. Kakipea – snack made up of spicy little rice crackers
57. Takoyaki
58. Sakura mochi is a sticky rice that is half-beaten and dyed a pale pink is wrapped around a sweet azuki bean paste. The whole thing is then wrapped with a preserved cherry tree leaf, which is slightly sour-salty.
59. Buta no kakuni – braised pork belly 60. Daigaku imo – Sweet potato chunks are deep fried then dipped in sugar syrup, which forms a hard, caramel-flavored coating, then sprinkled with sesame seeds 61. Kappa Ebisen is a puffy, crunchy shrimp flavored snack, manufactured by Calbee
62. Tori no tsukune – soft stewed chicken dumplings
63. Hakusaizuke is salt pickled nappa or Chinese cabbage
64. Hayashi raisu is Japanese beef stew
65. Goya champuruu – bitter gourd, which is stir-fried with pork, egg and tofu
66. Dorayaki – Sweet azuki bean paste is sandwiched between two small pancakes
67. Ochazuke is rice with various salty/savory toppings, over which hot green tea is poured
68. Sakuma Drops are fruit flavored hard candies manufactured by Sakuma Seika
69. Stewed kiriboshi daikon – shredded and dried daikon radish
70. Takenoko gohan (or in fall, kuri gohan) is rice cooked with fresh bamboo shoots;
71. Cream or potato korokke – korokke is the Japanese version of croquettes | 72. Fresh yuba – Thin films of tofu are scooped off the top of vats of warm soy milk 73. Real ramen 74. Monaka – A crispy waffle-like casing is filled with sweet azuki paste, a sweet custard-cream, or ice cream 75. Ekiben of all kinds are bento lunches 76. Edamame 77. Chicken karaage
78. Kuzumochi – a cool summer sweet made from kuzu powder
79. Mitarashi dango
80. Konnyaku no dengaku – Konnyaku served hot on a skewer with a salty-sweet dengaku sauce, which is made with miso, sugar and other things
81. Yukimi Daifuku (mochi dumpling) filled with vanilla ice cream 82. Sukiyaki
83. Nama yatsuhashi – sweet from Kyoto flavored with nikki or cinnamon
84. Panfried hanpen
85. Nozawanazuke or Takanazuke – preserved mountain food: freeze-dried greens that are salted down.
86. Kiritanpo – Pounded rice cakes are formed around a skewer and grilled
87. Amanattoh – sweet natto – not sticky or fermented; they are just beans with a crystallized sugar coating.
88. Narazuke pickle – various vegetables like gourds and cucumbers together with ginger are pickled in sake lees
89. Aji no himono 90. Baby Ramen 91. Kobucha 92. Kasutera – a Japanese spongecake 93. Tazukuri – tiny little dried fish that are cooked in a sweet-salty sticky caramel like sauce
94. Karintou – snack. Bits of flour dough are deep-fried, then coated in dark brown sugar caramel.
95. Sauce Yakisoba 96. Kamaboko – firm fish cake
97. Oyako donburi – literally ‘parent-child bowl’. A donburi is both the name of the container (bowl) as well as the name of the food which is served in it – various things on top of a bed of plain rice. An oyako donburi consists of chicken pieces and vegetables encased in half-scrambled egg. Other donburi include gyuudon (beef donburi), tendon (tempura donburi), katsudon (tonkatsu donburi), tekkadon (raw tuna cube donburi), and so on and on.
98. Atsuyaki tamago
99. Kuri kinton – whole chestnuts cooked in sugar syrup in a sweet potato paste that is dyed yellow with a gardenia seed.
100. Japanese potato salad

100 Korean foods you gotta try

1. Myeolchi Bokkeum (Stir-fried Anchovies) 2. Samgyetang (Ginseng Chicken Soup) 3. Bulgogi (Grilled Marinated Beef)
4. BulDalk (Burn-your-pants-off Spicy Grilled Chicken)
5. DalkBal (Spicy Chicken Feet)
6. Korean Fried Chicken | 7. Dalk Galbi (Stir-fried Marinated Chicken and Veggies) | 8. San Nakji, chopped (Semi-live Baby Octopus) | 9. San Nakji, whole (Live Octopus) | 10. Sundubu Jjigae (Soft Tofu Stew) 11. Juk (Rice Porridge) 12. Galbi (Grilled Short Ribs) 13. Galbitang (Short Rib Soup)
14. Shinseollo (Fancy Hot Pot)
15. Gobchang Gui (Grilled Beef Intestines)
16. Seng Gan (Raw Beef Liver)
17. Galbi Jjim (Stewed Ribs) 18. Bossam (Steamed Marinated Pork with Lettuce Wraps) 19. Japchae 20. Jaeyuk Bokkeum (Spicy Stir-fried Pork) 21. Kimchi Jjim (Braised Kimchi with Tofu)
22. Ddong Jip (Chicken Gizzards)
23. Odeng/Eomuk (Street-side Fish Noodles) 24. Hoddeok (Stuffed Street-side Pastries) 25. GeiJang (Raw Fermented Crabs)
26. Hongeo (Fermented Skate)
27. Gochujang Samgyeopsal (Grilled Pork Belly Smothered in Red Pepper Paste)
28. Lotteria’s Shrimp Burger
29. Sae-u Kang (Shrimp Flavored “Fries”) 30. Doenjang Jjigae (Fermented Bean Paste Stew) 31. Cheonggukjang (Stinky Fermented Bean Paste Stew) 32. Boshintang (Dog Soup) <== no thanks!!
33. Seonji Haejangguk (Hangover Stew with Clotted Cow Blood)
34. Ddeokbokki (Chewy Rice Cakes in Spicy Sauce) 35. YukHui (Korea’s Steak Tartare) 36. MiyeokGuk (Seaweed Soup)
37. Mae-eunTang (Spicy Fish Soup) 38. Nakji Bokkeum (Stir-fried Baby Octopus) 39. Ojingeo (Dried Cuttlefish) 40. Beondaeggi (Silkworm Larvae) <== maybe NOT!
41. Golbaenggi (Sea Snails)
42. Jangeo Gui (Grilled Eel)
43. Jaratang (Turtle Soup) No thanks!
44. Bog-eo (Blowfish)
45. Sae-u Sogeum Gui (Salt Grilled Shrimp)
46. Deodeok Root
47. Bindae Ddeok (Mung Bean Pancake)
48. Pajeon (Green Onion Pancake) 49. Bibimbap (Mixed Rice and Vegetables)
50. Boribap (Mixed Barley Rice and Vegetables)
51. Jjim Dalk (Braised Chicken)
52. Patbingsu (Shaved Ice and Red Bean Treat)
53. Dotorimok (Acorn Jelly)
54. Naengmyeon (Chilled Noodles)
55. Makkoli/Dongdongju (Rice Beer)
56. Bokbunja (Raspberry Wine) 57. Soju (Rice Whiskey) 58. Andong Soju
59. Jogae Gui (Grilled Shellfish)
60. Haepari (Jellyfish)
61. Gyeran Jjim (Steamed Egg) 62. Corn Ice Cream 63. Dolsot Bibimbap (Mixed Rice and Vegetables in a Sizzling Stone Pot) 64. Mandu (Stuffed Dumplings) 65. Ddeokguk (Chewy Rice Cake Soup) 66. Songpyeon (Stuffed Chewy Rice Cakes)
67. Hot Bar (Fried Fish Batter Street Food)
68. Shikhye (Sweet Rice Punch)
69. Any product with Green Tea in it
70. Gujeolpan (Nine-sectioned Dish)
71. Yogurt Soju Cocktail
72. Baechu Kimchi (Cabbage Kimchi) 73. Any Kimchi that’s over 3 years old 74. Baek Kimchi (White Cabbage Kimchi)
75. Shake-’em-up Dosirak
76. Mul Kimchi (Water Kimchi)
77. Oi Sobagi (Stuffed Cucumber Kimchi)
78. Ggakdugi (Cubed Radish Kimchi) 79. Sae-u Jeot (Salted Tiny Shrimp)
80. Myeongran Jeot (Salted Pollack Roe)
81. Changran Jeot (Salted Pollack Guts)
82. Ssamjang (Mixed Soybean and Pepper Paste) 83. Kalguksu (Hand-cut Noodle Soup) 84. Ramyeon
85. Entire Hui Meal (Korean style Sashimi)
86. Gimbap (Seaweed Rice Rolls)
87. Jokbal (Pigs Feet)
88. Sundae (Blood and Noodle Sausage)
89. Yeot (Traditional Korean Candy)
90. Naengi (Shepherd’s Purse)
91. Kimchi Jjigae (Kimchi Stew)
92. Budae Jjigae (”Army Base”Stew, traditionally including hot dogs and Spam)
93. Agu Jjim (Stewed Monkfish)
94. Haemultang (Seafood Soup) 95. Nurungji (Hot Water Mixed with Rice Scrapings in a Stone Pot) 96. Sujebi (Rustic Dumpling Soup)
97. Janchi Guksu (Thin Noodles in a Seaweed Broth with Condiments)
98. BungeoBbang (Goldfish-shaped Stuffed Pastry) 99. Raw Ginseng or anything with Ginseng in it
100. MakHui (Chilled Sashimi Soup)

Phew.. !