Full Moon Celebration

It’s interesting to know that a baby’s full moon celebration is really only practiced by the Chinese customs when a baby turns one month old. Needless to say, when I talked about this tradition with my Australian colleagues, all of them were intrigued. To be honest, I am not very familiar with this tradition either but I learnt that a baby’s full moon celebration is sort of an unveiling party to present the baby to friends and relatives for the first time after he’s born. It is also held to celebrate the health of the baby, where visitors give their blessings and gifts. Little J had his full moon celebration a couple of months back, when my mom was around to help out. Since we don’t have many relatives here, we only had a mini celebration with simple home cooked dishes by my mom.


Red eggs to symbolize fertility and harmony

On the night before the celebration, my mom prepared the pork trotter’s dish because she said that it would taste much better left overnight. It was a good call because it turned out that on the next day, there was so much to do that she just barely got everything ready in time for lunch. We only had a few relatives joining us – namely my cousin brother and his wife, my dad’s cousin and her family, plus my grandmother’s good friend, all of whom are residing in Sydney.


Little J after he just woke up

Just before lunch, Little J woke up from his morning nap. As usual, he would expect to be fed once he’s awake. When he wasn’t fed after a while, he started getting cranky and started to protest with a cry. It was quite stressful to keep him entertained while we warmed up his milk, because this boy is not patient at all. If he wants something and he doesn’t get it, he will make it known with a big loud wail. Saucer helped by placing him in different positions to distract him, but it only worked for a while before he realized he wasn’t getting any milk yet!


Little mister cranky


“Where is my milk?”

Of course, once his milk was ready, he immediately gulped it down contentedly. That’s one of the reasons I found it hard to feed him with a bottle, because his wakings were sometimes unpredictable and it’s stressful to listen to him cry while waiting for the milk to be warmed. Staying with him at home meant that I could do without bottles for now and feed him on demand, thankfully.


Saucer feeding Little J


Little J with his first ang pow

When my cousin and his wife arrived, they presented Little J with his first ang pow as a blessing for surviving the first month. He was obviously oblivious to the fact that he was holding the ang pow since he was busy feeding. LOL! Once he’s fed, it was time for us the adults to eat. I thank my mom for putting in so much effort to cook up a meal for all of us within the same morning. We had the traditional Pork Trotter Vinegar, Chinese Wine Chicken, Red Eggs, some vegetables and Curry Chicken.


Full moon feast


Pork Trotter Vinegar

I know there are many other traditional dishes that are common during full moon celebrations, such as the Ang Koo (glutinous rice cakes) and pickled ginger, but we simply did not have time to do all that. It was a one-man-show for my mom, since I was in serious sleep-deprivation which meant I couldn’t help her out. But we had a nice feast all right, and most importantly, we had the company of our relatives who were there to give their blessings to Little J.


Simple full moon celebration

Looking back at the pictures here when Little J was just one month old, I’m amazed by how much he’s grown! I have pictures of him with the same outfit now and it’s so snug on him, compared to the one above which appeared to be big and loose. Babies really grow too fast! I will attempt to document any significant milestones of Little J here in my blog, with the hope that he would find them interesting to read when he’s older. :)

Life with A Baby

It has been more than 3 months since the life-changing morning when I gave birth to my baby boy. It was life-changing indeed, where do I even begin?? For starters, I was never prepared for a baby to be crying so much, to be feeding so often and to be sleeping so little (well, at first). I still remember the night of the delivery itself, it was around 3+am when it was all over and my baby was placed in a bassinet next to me. Saucer was lying down on a nearby chair as he was also exhausted having been up and at my beck and call.


The boy who changed my life

At one point, the medical team left and the midwife told me to get some rest. I was still in disbelief that I had actually given birth to a baby, so it was hard to fall asleep. But soon, fatigue kicked in and I started to doze off, and that’s when it started. Baby’s second cry (the first was when he just came out) resounding in the room. Saucer went to pick him up and rocked him, which worked. Then he put the baby back in the bassinet, and within minutes the crying started again. Saucer carried him again and repeated the process until he ended up holding the baby in his arms instead because the little rascal would start wailing whenever he’s placed in the bassinet! We took turns with the holding so we could get some rest and this continued until the wee hours of the morning. Needless to say, our sleepless nights had already begun.

The next morning, Saucer went home to freshen up and rest while I was transferred to the maternity ward. As expected, baby was crying most of the way there in his bassinet, which was really starting to stress me out. Once we were there, a nurse taught me how to breastfeed him, which managed to settle him down. But putting him back into the bassinet had always been a tricky thing to do – gently and slowly so that he would not wake up. Throughout the first night, he woke up quite a few times crying loud and my only way to console him was to breastfeed. At one point, I fell asleep while breastfeeding him, just because I didn’t have any sleep at all for that 2 days. And I startled myself waking up worried that I had dropped the baby off my bed. Yes, it’s true and it’s not funny. I was actually looking forward to go home because at least my mom and Saucer would be around to help out.

The next few days at home were similar – baby cried, breastfed baby, held him and rocked him to sleep, put him down in his cot and he started screaming again. Repeat the above. I carried the baby so much that I eventually developed the De Quervain syndrome / mummy’s thumb. (As of now, I am wearing a thumb splint every night before I go to bed hoping it will make my thumb better.) It was beyond tiring! And having to do this the whole day and night made me a constant, moody and grumpy mother. I couldn’t even tell day from night because that’s how often the baby woke up. When she’s not cooking, my mom helped with the rocking part so that I could rest. But not for long, because he would start screaming every 2-3 hours, which, after deducting the 1 hour or so of feeding him, eating my own meal, going to toilet, shower, etc, I was really only left with 1 hour or less to rest. I used to be someone who was able to sleep easily and soundly, but ever since the baby was born, my ears became so much more sensitive. I would be startled awake with the slightest noise, and even mistook the chirping of the birds as the baby crying. I became this paranoid person who was afraid of the slightest sound. Every time I had the chance to lie down on my bed, I would force myself to sleep because I knew that the baby would be awake at any time and I simply needed to sleep while I could. But of course, the more I stressed about falling asleep, the harder it was to actually sleep. And I ended up not sleeping at all before the baby woke up again. And when I did fall asleep, I would sometimes startle myself awake thinking if I was still holding the baby and whether I had dropped him. Yes, I think how I felt was pretty close to depression, and I wasn’t shy to admit it. That’s why when my mom left after the first month, I thought I was going to be miserable on my own with no help during the day.


Thumb splint for De Quervain syndrome

But surprisingly, having forced to be on my own actually made things easier. During the second month, I had more time to observe the baby’s signs and cries without distraction from others, and very soon I managed to get him into a working routine. It was mainly eat, play (awake time) and sleep. The sleeping part was the most challenging of all, for he still refused to sleep on his own without being carried. I just had to persevere and repeated the process of putting him down on his cot over and over again until he finally got the message. And when that happened, I couldn’t tell you how liberated I felt. It was as if I had achieved something extraordinary! Many people had suggested me to use baby sling or carrier, but I was adamant. I wanted to try to get him to sleep on his own instead of having me to work around him. And I was glad I stuck to it because now he is able to nap on his own in the cot, while I was free to do house chores/rest.


Play time

That was just with the day time naps. The night sleeps were still horrible. Saucer was the designated baby rocker, where he would hold the baby and rock him to sleep then place him down. However, there were still times when he lost his patience, especially after repeating the process over and over again only to be met with a wailing baby whenever he’s put on the cot. It took us the longest time to be able to break the habit of holding him to sleep, but somewhere after the 3rd month, I was able to get him to sleep on the cot without rocking. Don’t get me wrong, he would still be whinging for a few minutes, but that’s much better than a resounding cry at night. And slowly but surely, I was becoming a much happier person with better mood. I stopped startling myself awake in the middle of the night now, and I am much less stressed about going to sleep. Indeed, when people say that it can only get easier, it is quite true.


Tummy time

Little J is quite a stubborn fella. Whenever I put him on tummy time, he never stopped struggling to get up. The longer I let him on his tummy, the more angry he became and he would start yelling. That’s why I could never put him to sleep on his tummy even though I wanted to give it a try. And now, his latest obsession is sucking his fingers. Whenever he had the chance, in his fingers went to his little mouth. I’m guessing this is a sign that he could be teething soon, which is another stage that I should prepare myself for.


His favorite hobby

As of now, it has been 3.5 months since that fateful morning when little J was brought into this world. From being a stressed and moody person, I gradually learnt to accept little J for who he is and to always stay positive. I am much happier now, and it shows in him! :) During the first couple of weeks of having him around, I used to look forward to going back to my ‘old’ life, to go back to work, to have a normal social life and to send him to child care. But after spending so much time with him now, I am dreading the day I return to work and not having him around. I have tried short trips out on my own without him and they are just miserable. I can’t imagine how it would be when I start working full-time again. I guess that’s a bridge that I will only cross when I come to it. For now, I’m happy to wake up to little J with his big smiles every morning! :)


Little J and his smiles

Another Malaysian Eatery

“You can take a girl out of Malaysia, but you can never take Malaysia out of a girl”. I think that pretty much sums up what food I had recently. :) Yes, we are in Sydney, and yes, I know “when in Rome, do as Romans do” but sometimes a girl is just home sick! Well, in this case, Saucer too. So a few weekends ago, we decided to visit a Malaysian restaurant for lunch. There are not many great Malaysian restaurants near where we live, so we were crossing our fingers hoping that Ma’leisia Cafe wouldn’t disappoint.

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Prawn mee

The good thing about going there during the weekend was how quiet the streets were. It was also very easy to get a table during lunch, and with a baby pram in hand, we chose to dine al-fresco, you know, just in case the baby chose to wail in the midst of our dining. I had the Penang-style Prawn Mee or Har Mee which came in a huge bowl! I know Sydney portions are supposed to be huge but this was really big that I couldn’t finish the noodles. And mind you, I have been finishing most of my meals now even though they are in bigger portions. I loved the richness and aroma of the prawn-based broth, although Saucer thought he had had a better version in the city. I also liked the succulent prawns and the generous amount of fried shallots on top. I thought there was way too much chicken meat, I would have loved more prawns and less chicken please. Otherwise, it was a good bowl of prawn mee that was sufficient to satisfy the occasional craving.

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Nasi Lemak with Bali Chicken

Saucer ordered the Nasi Lemak with a side of Bali Chicken. We were puzzled with what Bali chicken was, and were told that it’s fried chicken covered with a spicy gravy. Well, thank goodness we gave it a try because Saucer absolutely loved the chicken and gravy! It was spicy, peanut-y and very fragrant. Best of all, there was more than enough gravy and sambal to go with the rice. Don’t you hate it when there’s not enough sambal to go around with your nasi? Again, the portion for this was generous, with 3-4 big pieces of chicken. Saucer commented that for the first time, there’s actually more chicken in the nasi lemak than rice. LOL! He loved it so much that when we returned the next time, he ordered the exact same thing.

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Last but not least, I couldn’t resist a bowl of Cendol whenever I see it on a menu, on any menu. The one served here had pretty much what a cendol should have – gula melaka and all, but I would have loved the ice to be shaved finer. Otherwise, the gula  melaka and coconut milk combination was just a recipe for success. Obviously, the food here can’t be compared to what we had in Malaysia but we’re happy to see more and more Malaysian eateries cropping up around the city and spreading the delicious Malaysian cuisine to all!

Ma’Leisia Cafe
5/2 Horwood Pl,
Parramatta NSW 1740
Tel No: (02) 8677 9575
Opening Hours: Sun – Wed (11:00 am – 3:00 pm) Thurs – Sat (11:00 am – 8:30 pm)

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Winston Gardens Yum Cha

Having a baby meant that dining out, movies or shopping have reduced tremendously. Don’t me wrong, I’m not whinging, because I know this is part of parenthood, and I’m enjoying it as it comes. There are times though, that parenthood could do with a little motivational boost. For me, it is that occasional treat in a restaurant when the baby is behaving well, or the extra hour or two nap in the afternoon. That aside, caring for a baby means having back pain from the countless of times we change nappies at the changing table per day and headaches from the lack of sleep. Speaking of which, yesterday little J decided to wake up more frequent than usual at night, once at 1.15am (which he fussed until 2.10am) and another at 3.30am (just when I managed to doze into deep sleep!). He usually gives me a 3-hour window in between, so I’m not sure what got into him yesterday.

Yes, headaches are unavoidable, so I need to make sure I am prepared for it. There are herbal tea sachets in my medicine cupboard, vitamin C and my last resort, the aspirin. Thankfully, I did not have the need to resort to drugs yet, but it gives me a peace of mind to know that I have something to turn to should the need arise. As a breastfeeding mother, not all drugs are suitable  for me, so I made sure I read up the internet for more information. Of course, the best medicine is sleep! I’m not sure if it works, but I keep telling my boy every night to sleep longer hours just before he goes to bed. I hope sooner or later, he gets the message. LOL!


Char Siew Pau

Getting back to that occasional motivational boost, Saucer brought us to the local Chinese restaurant the other day for yum cha. It was our first time at Winston Gardens, and we were glad that the place was child-friendly. There were many other tables with a pram or a high seat next to them, so we felt totally at ease. As with all the yum cha places, we always stuck to our standard orders of Har Gau (prawn dumpling) and Siew Mai (pork dumpling). The Har Gau here was generously sized, but I thought the skin was a tad too thick and slightly soggy. In fact, 3 out of the 4 pieces broke their skin when we lifted them out with chopsticks.


Har Gau / Prawn dumplings 

The Siew Mai fared better in terms of its taste and texture. Even though it’s generally a pork dumpling, there were pieces of shrimp within, giving them a nice succulent crunch in the midst of the meaty pork.


Siew Mai / Pork dumpling 

Sauce always yearned for Lor Mai Kai in Sydney, but there doesn’t seem to be any shop serving those. The closest we can get here is Hor Yip Fan or Lotus Leaf Rice, which is essentially glutinous/sticky rice flavored with chicken and pork, then wrapped with lotus leaf. The drawback with this dish is that each serving comes with 3 pieces. Since they are made from glutinous rice, each piece is really quite filling. Having to eat 3 of them between the 2 of us filled up most of our tummy space! The good thing though, was that Winston Gardens’ version seemed to have a lot more fillings inside – with pork ribs, egg yolk and lap cheong (Chinese sausage) as well!


Hor Yip Fan / Lotus Leaf Sticky Rice


Generous amount of filling inside

Another mainstay in our yum cha orders is the Char Siew Pao, or BBQ Pork Bun. What differentiates the Char Siew Pao in Sydney to the ones in Malaysia is the filling. I noticed that more often than not, the pork used in Sydney is lean, with minimal traces of fat, whereas the ones we had in Malaysia usually had a mixture of lean and fatty pork meat, which I actually prefer. :)


Char Siew Pao / BBQ Pork Bun

After savory dishes, we chose some sweet ones to end our meal. I was happy to find that they had Po Lo Pau here! The first time I had Po Lo Pau was in Hong Kong, and I could not forget how good it tasted. I had never been able to find anything similar in Malaysia then, but the one here was not bad. It’s still far from my favorite at Kam Wah Cafe, but it’s good enough to satisfy that occasional craving. The crust was crumbly and buttery, while the bun was soft and fluffy. The inside was filled with custard instead of the butter version from Hong Kong, so it’s slightly sweet in the middle. I wouldn’t mind going back for these!


Po Lo Pau with Custard filling

Last but not least, I had to order the Egg Tarts when I saw them piping hot on the tray. The pastry was flaky and light, and the custard smooth and wobbly. I liked that they came in mini sizes so we could still chomp them down on a full tummy.


Egg Tarts

One thing with dining with a baby is that we now do things that much faster. We shop for groceries in a jiffy, we walk faster and we also eat faster – all to be done before the baby wakes up. So even though we had a speedy brunch, it was thankfully a good and filling one. And we managed to have a peaceful one without much fuss. :) The meal cost us about AUD$40 including Chinese tea.


Winston Gardens Yum Cha

Winston Gardens Chinese Restaurant
Shop 1 Winston Hills Mall,
180 Caroline Chisholm Drive,
Winston Hills 2153
NSW Australia.
Tel No.: (02) 9624 6425
Opening Hours: Daily (11am – 3pm) , Sunday – Thursday (5pm – 10pm) , Friday & Saturday (5pm -11pm)
Website: www.winstongarden.com.au

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Our +1

It has taken me a long time to think whether I should be writing this post, because I worry that it will become too emotional for me. But I have decided that such an amazing journey should be documented, if not for me then for my little baby when he’s grown up. The journey of my pregnancy was filled with ups and downs. For starters, I thought the timing of my pregnancy was quite perfect. We had only moved to Australia in April 2012, when both of us were still jobless and adjusting to new circumstances. By June, both of us managed to secure decent jobs and several months later, we decided to look for our very own abode. After much searching, we put our downpayment with much glee and excitement. At that point, I remember thinking, a house would not be complete without a little one. But as with all house purchases, there was much paperwork and renovation to follow up, so even when I started to have major cravings at one point in time, I did not think twice about it. When we came back from the Blue Mountains and I vomited in the bus, I did not think twice about that too. I blamed it on motion sickness.


Our little bundle of joy

I still remember craving a lot for instant noodles with soy sauce, similar to Maggi goreng but without the frying. I would cook the instant noodles first, then mix it with dark and light soya sauce, topped with fried shallot oil. And I would not be bored having it day after day. It started to hit me that there could be something else causing it when my craving was so strong that I was willing to go home during my short lunch break, just to cook the soy sauce noodles, because I didn’t feel like eating anything else. As with most first-time expectant mothers, I was nervous to find out whether it could really be due to pregnancy that I had those cravings. I waited and waited for my period to come, to tell me that I was having a false alarm, just so that I would not be disappointed if I were to do a pregnancy test. By week 6, Saucer and I decided we would try with a home pregnancy test kit. I was still reluctant to do it after buying it, just because I was worried that I’d be disappointed. Once I mustered enough courage, I did it one night, and within minutes, I almost could not believe what I saw. Of course I was elated, but I was also quite nervous, thinking if there could be a possibility that it might be wrong.



We went to the doctors the next day, and confirmed the positive result. We were happy and wanted to tell everyone, but we were also nervous at that point. So we kept the news to ourselves, even from our families. I think it must have been during week 8 that we finally decided to let our families know so that they could share our happiness.


First ultrasound scan

From then on, I remember one of the constant emotions that I had was worry. I worried when I did the first ultrasound scan around week 8, I worried when I did the nuchal scan to check for Down’s syndrome in week 12, and I worried when I was told my blood test yielded a lower than average PaPP-A level. When I was tested for gestational diabetes, I failed the first blood prick test. I was then asked to come back another day for a full-fledged glucose tolerance test, where I had to drink a concentrated sweetened bottle of liquid and wait for 2 hours. That was another excruciating wait – not only did I have to wait for a few days for the appointment, I had to wait for that 2 hours in the clinic not doing anything, and I had to wait for a further 2 weeks to finally get my results. I remember thinking, all this worrying can’t be good for the baby! So I tried to distract myself as much as possible, which was something easier said than done. Sometimes during the middle of the night I would startle myself and place my hand on my tummy, trying to feel if the baby’s heart was beating. Thankfully, all those tests came back negative, and baby was growing well. On a positive note, I had a relatively painless pregnancy, with almost no morning sickness or vomiting, no feet swelling, no water retention, etc. By week 36, I was already feeling the weight while walking around. The visits to the hospital became shorter and shorter, as the midwives were just checking for baby’s position and making sure the heart rate was normal.


3rd/4th month


30 weeks


36 weeks

On the plus side, we also did some fun stuff getting ready for the baby. My colleagues threw me a little baby shower and gave me a nappy hamper. They also gave something to Saucer – the Fatherhood Survival Kit, which I thought was very funny! :) We went shopping week after week, choosing the best deals for our baby. Pram, baby cot, baby bath, car seat, clothes, you name it. The hospital that I went to also provided a prenatal class that was recommended for all first-time parents. So we signed up for it and attended the day-long course. We were taught about the stages of labour, about what to expect on d-day, the technique of breastfeeding and for the fathers, how to bathe and dress a baby.


Nappy Hamper from my colleagues


Fatherhood survival kit!


Hamper from Saucer’s company


Hamper from my company




Some of the baby stuffs we bought

By week 39, I had stopped working and concentrated on waiting for the baby to come. Many mothers had told me that the first baby would usually come later than the due date, so I was patient. My mom came a few days before the due date in preparation for her role as the confinement lady. On the morning before the d-day, I remember feeling a trickle down there, and I thought it was blood. I called the hospital and they asked me to go in for an assessment. It must not have been my day because the hospital was exceptionally busy that morning. I reached there at 11am, a nurse attended to me and told me that my water had broken! But it wasn’t a gush of water coming out, just a leak, that’s why it’s a continuous trickle. They put me on monitor and told me that they would come and check on me soon. Their ‘soon’ turned out to be more than one hour later! This happened until lunch time, when they told me to have lunch first and return at 2pm to have a further assessment. By then, I was already tired and worried because they wouldn’t tell me if I was going to stay or leave. After lunch, the same process continued – doctor/nurse came to check baby’s heart rate and uterine activity, told me they’d come back later, returned about 1 hour later and repeated. Finally, at about 6pm (!), a midwife told me that it was better for me to go home where I would feel more comfortable, and let the contractions come naturally. I was not feeling any pain yet at that point of time, so she thought it could be a day or two when labour would start.

So, back home we went, where I had dinner and a good shower and washed my hair. (Little did I know that turned out to be the last time I washed my hair for another 2 weeks!) By 9pm, I was prepared to go to bed, when I started feeling what I thought must be contractions. They were still irregular, so I knew it wasn’t time to go yet, and tried to make myself sleep. By 11pm, I thought the contractions were coming on more frequently, and I called the hospital for the second time that day. This time, they asked me to go straight to the birth unit, where they would take me in. By the time I reached the hospital, I could barely stand straight while they did my paperwork. I was placed in a birthing suite before midnight but I couldn’t stand just lying down and wincing in pain. The midwife suggested taking a warm shower to ease the pain, and that was what I did for the next hour or so. Before I knew it, I started feeling the urge to push. The midwife was surprised when I told her that, because I was in the room for barely an hour, and I was a first-timer. It couldn’t have been so soon! Anyway, she asked me to lie on the bed for her to check and sure enough, she started to ask me to push whenever I felt a contraction coming. I remember thinking that was the worst pain I’d had in my life, and I think of myself as someone who has a high tolerance to pain. Thankfully, it was all over by 2+am. Yes, the whole ordeal from when I checked into the birthing suite at midnight, to when I held my baby for the first time, took only slightly more than 2 hours! Thinking back, I guess I should feel lucky that I did not have to go through extended hours of labour pain. And what’s more, the baby came right on the due date itself! Not a day early or a day late.


Little J was born

Once the baby was born, I remember thinking, “the worst is over”. Boy, how wrong was I! Within the next few hours, the baby started crying, sometimes inconsolably, and both Saucer and I being new parents, were frustrated and didn’t know what to do. I ended up holding the baby to my chest while lying down on my bed, for the next 2 nights. From then on, the journey of parenting began, which came with sleepless nights! It was indeed challenging, taking care of a newborn, particularly for inexperienced parents like us. But as everyone told us, it can only get easier. So we persevered and persevered. From being parents who did not know what to do when the baby cried, we now are fairly confident with taking care of little J. Yes, I still have to wake up in the middle of the night to feed him, but seeing him wake up the next morning with his big smiles just makes it so worthwhile. Welcome to the world, little J!


His angry cry


He loves baths!


Cheeky look




When he’s in a good mood


Smiling in his sleep!


Lifting his head


Daddy’s little boy


Our first family portrait


A smile I wake up to every morning :)

Tea Gardens Boatshed

Just before leaving Tea Gardens, we thought we should have our lunch prior to the long drive back. After talking to a few locals, we found out that one of the must-try places in Tea Gardens is Tea Gardens Boatshed restaurant/cafe. Situated along the beautiful Marine Drive, this restaurant offers spectacular views of the sea during the day, and is romantically lit during the night. It is also right above the waters, making one feel as if one is in a floating restaurant. Since it was a last minute decision, we just walked in without any reservations. And boy, was it packed! There were no more empty tables, and the ones by the waters were fully reserved as well. The waitress told us that we had to wait for at least 45 minutes to get a table by the water. Since we were already set on dining there, we decided to wait by taking a walk along the pier.

Tea Gardens

What a pretty assembly

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Walk along the pier

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Coffee and chips while waiting for our table

With so much time to kill and 2 growling stomachs, we decided to get some takeaway chips and coffee to snack on. The chips were surprisingly good! Thick, crispy and dense, from the nearby fish and chips store on the same street. Pretty soon, it was time and sure enough, we were given our table as promised, just by the waters. The good thing about sitting there was the gorgeous view, but the downside was the super bright and hot sun shining down on us the whole time! Thankfully we had our sunnies with us, so it wasn’t too bad.

Tea Gardens

Cabernet Merlot AUD$6.60

Saucer placed an order for the Boatshed Caesar Salad, deciding to be healthy on that afternoon. :) It was a wholesome salad consisting of slices of smoked salmon, succulent king prawns, streaky bacon, soft yolk egg, baby cos lettuce, white anchovy, crostini and crispy shaved parmesan. Even though it was just a salad, it was fulfilling and very yummy. The combination of seafood and greens was a nice change to the typical chicken salad that most other restaurants offer. Also, since it was a warm afternoon, the cold seafood and crunchy greens provided a refreshing touch!

Tea Gardens

Boatshed Caesar Salad AUD$20.80

Tea Gardens

Saucer and his salad

As for me, I opted for the Market Fish Fillet which came with roasted kipfler potatoes, baby spinach, black olive tapenade, truffled baby caper and drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette. It was definitely an interesting dish with a unique presentation, somewhat like a mini tower. It was my first time tasting the tapenade and I really liked it! It had a strong savory and slightly sour taste, much like concentrated olives in a puree form, and it went really well with the fish. What a smart way to pair it with! Even though the size of the dish didn’t look too big, it was surprisingly very filling. The fish was flaky and fresh, while the potatoes were roasted perfectly. It was indeed a well-balanced and delicious lunch.

Tea Gardens

Market Fish Fillet AUD$27.90

Tea Gardens

Table by the waters

Tea Gardens

Enjoying the view

Throughout our lunch, we were accompanied with pelicans swimming in the water next to us. Apparently, they were really just waiting for us to throw crumbs to them. Such a funny sight. We were glad that we waited the 45 minutes to get a table here, because it was well worth the wait. We ended up leaving the restaurant satiated and happy, fueled for our 3-hour drive home. :)

Tea Gardens

The hungry pelican

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Lunching at the Boatshed

Tea Gardens Boatshed
110 Marine Dr
Tea Gardens NSW 2324
Tel No.: (02) 4997 0307
Business Hours: Daily 8.30am – 4pm, 6pm – 8pm
Website: www.teagardensboatshed.com.au