Our Date Night ‘In’

Having a baby has been the most overwhelming experience that I have ever been through. Sure, I am filled with joy and pride whenever I see Little J growing up well and happy and achieving milestones. But there’s no denying that there are rough times too, especially times when he’s sick, when he’s cranky and when he refuses to sleep at night. Ever since he started child care and I returned to full-time work, I have put Little J to bed as early as 7pm or the latest by 8pm. I believe he needs to sleep early since he wakes up early and doesn’t seem to sleep much at the child care itself. If he doesn’t get enough rest, he will get cranky the WHOLE day, but it’s also not easy to coax him to sleep at night because he just fights sleep most of time! So when I managed to get him into a working routine that has him asleep by 7.30/8pm at night, I did not want to disrupt it at all. Come what may, my baby has got to be in bed by 8pm. You may say it’s a rigid method but most babies thrive on routine and when you find one that works, you just stick to it.

While having a good sleeping routine allows Little J to be up fresh and happy the next day, the downside to it is that we are not able to go out in the evening or at night anymore. In fact, I don’t think we have been out for dinner since Little J was born, except for the couple of times we went to our aunt’s place for dinner, and even then, we had to leave early. Also, Little J gets extra cranky past his bed time, so at the end, we just thought it wasn’t worth it pushing him to stay awake. So what do we do when we crave for the occasional date night with a nice dinner, just the two of us (of course I meant Saucer and me :))?


Appetizers for our date night

Ordering delivery is our next best bet! There are plenty delivery services around our suburb, but we were recently invited to try out Menulog, No.1 for Online Takeaway. It was a Friday night, and as usual, after picking up Little J from child care, it was close to 6pm. I asked Saucer to scroll through the list of restaurants available around our suburb, and to pick one that he liked.


Online takeaway made easy

There were over 40 restaurants for our suburb alone! So it wasn’t easy picking out one that we liked. In the end, we chose to have Thai food, simply because we’re both fans of hot and spicy food and it’s perfect for the winter days. The restaurant we ordered from was called Aroy Thai, which we have heard good comments about from our neighbours. Ordering was easy peasy using their app, and payment by credit card. After placing our order, we received an SMS telling us that our food would arrive at 6.20pm, which was about 40 minutes from the time we ordered. While waiting, I put some rice to boil and sure enough, by the time the rice was cooked, our dishes were here! Perfect timing.


Bowls of rice to go with Thai food

The first dish we had was a combination of Fish Cakes and Gai Hor Bai Teuy or pandan leaf wrapped chicken. Saucer never fails to order fish cakes from any Thai restaurants because he always thinks the Thai fish cakes are just different from the Chinese ones, perhaps more herbs/spices within? We quite enjoyed the fish cakes but thought the chicken was a little too tough. They tasted as if they had been fried and re-fried in the pandan leaves, rendering them to be hard and dry.


Fish Cakes (AUD$7.90) and Gai Hor Bai Teuy (AUD$6.90)

My favourite dish that night was the Yum Pla Fu, which was deep fried fish fillet served with mixed salad vegetables, fresh chilli and lemon juice. It was great that they chose to separate the sauce and the fish in different containers so that the fish remained crispy instead of soaking wet. And indeed, they were still hot and crispy when we ate them! I loved the fish just the way they were, without the sauce.


Yum Pla Fu (AUD$15.90)

Last but not least, Thai food would not be complete without a curry dish to complement our rice, would it? We chose the Red Pumpkin Curry with Pork. It was loaded with coconut milk, which made it fragrant but also toned down the spiciness of the dish. This would be great for those who cannot tolerate very spicy food because of its mild heat, the milky texture and also the addition of pumpkin that gave the dish a tinge of sweetness. An aromatic and tasty dish nonetheless.


Red Pumpkin Curry with Pork (AUD$12.90)

In case you’re wondering, yes those dishes were just for the two of us, and no, we did not finish all of them that night. We did, however, manage to have that date night that we wanted, albeit at home. Hey, after all, it’s always the company that matters, right? Of course, the experience was made better by the fact that we didn’t have to do any cooking to enjoy nice and delicious food. I must say Menulog’s delivery service is pretty impressive. We look forward to try other restaurants for our next date night!


Our dinner for our date night

Applying for Malaysian Passport from Australia

As mentioned in my previous post, we went to Canberra just before the Easter break to register for Little J’s birth and to apply for his Malaysian passport. There were a lot of planning involved in that trip, not only logistics (Little J’s food, clothes, nappies, timing the trip with his nap/sleep time, etc) but also preparation in terms of the documents we needed. The last thing we wanted was to drive all the way there after making an appointment a month in advance, to find that we forgot to bring an important document needed to register his birth! That would really be a disaster and a waste of all the effort we (I) had put in.


Nothing like a sleeping child on a road trip :)

Anyway, as with everyone else in Sydney, our nearest option to register for our child(ren)’s birth with the Malaysian Consulate would be in Canberra. All the information you need really is in their website. One key point to note is that to register for your child’s birth, it is highly recommended to do so before he turns 1 year old, because after that period, you would need more documents and have to wait for a longer application time (more than 6 months according to the website).


We’re there!

For the list of documents required for the registration, you could check out this link. For passport application, check out this link. Other important key points to take note:

  • Make an appointment as soon as possible. Note that appointment times available are only from 9am to 10am, Monday to Thursday. So if you are making a day trip there, it means starting your journey from Sydney at 5.30am the latest. Or if you are planning to stay the weekend there, you might want to book a Monday morning appointment. For us, we managed to get the appointment on the Thursday before Good Friday, so we got to stay a night there after our official business.
  • Take passport photos of your child beforehand (if you want to save money). If you are like me, trying to save the AUD$15 for photos, you could take the photos of your child beforehand at home. It’s actually not too hard especially for babies who are not that mobile yet. Just lay them on a piece of white cloth and snap the picture with his/her eyes looking at the camera, mouth closed and head straight (not tilted). We did this and the officer accepted our photos! Printing the photos ourselves at the photo shop only cost us AUD$0.15 by the way. :)
  • Double and triple check all the documents required for the application. Most importantly, make sure all the original documents are with you. If you don’t/forget to make enough copies, as long as you have the originals, you could still make the copies there. But without the originals, your application might have to be put on hold.
  • Parking off-street in front of the consulate. Since it was our first time there, we were not sure where to park and tried to enter via the gates which were closed. After several attempts at the intercom, we then found out that public cars were not allowed inside the building. We had to park outside by the road or across the building. Entering the building was via a side gate which was unlocked.
  • Child registration and passport application are two different processes. Read more about this in my experience below.


Posing in front of the Malaysian Consulate

We reached there right at 10am on the dot. We were worried about being late but there was actually another family in front of us still in the process of renewing their passports so we sat down and waited. There were 3 counters but only one with an officer. There was no numbering system so we thought we just had to wait until the family was done to get to our turn. That family actually took more than 30 minutes (3 adults and 2 kids) to renew all their passports and by the time the officer was available, it was about 10.45am. So we quickly went over to the counter, ready with documents. When the officer asked for Little J’s Malaysian birth cert/Borang W, I said I didn’t have it and that I was supposed to apply for it then. Little did we know that the officer that we were waiting for was actually in charge of passports ONLY, while registration of birth was handled by another officer who was freely roaming around in the office behind the counters. :( When he came out, he said “Oh I saw you waiting earlier. Why didn’t you call me?” I felt so stupid for waiting for 45 minutes with a hungry Little J for no reason. Stupid for assuming that everyone was supposed to wait for that one operating counter. Anyway, to cut the story short, we had all our documents ready, Little J did some thumb prints, we paid the fees and proceeded to the next counter for passport application. Thankfully, the officers were quite nice and fast, so we managed to submit everything within half an hour.


Malaysian Consulate in Canberra

On another note, we kept hearing about the famous nasi lemak that was sold at the Malaysian Consulate before and I asked the officer about it. Unfortunately, since the processing of passports moved from Canberra to Melbourne, there were less applicants at the Canberra office, which resulted in declined market for the nasi lemak. Apparently, the nasi lemak was made by one of the staff in the office to sell to people who had to endure long waits for the passport processing back in the time where you could collect them within the same day. Now that passport processing is done in Melbourne (or Perth), we could only submit our application in Canberra and wait for a month for the passport to be ready.


Are we done yet?

By 3pm on the same day, we were able to collect the Borang W (Malaysian birth registration certificate) from the office. For the passport, we had the option of providing an Express self-addressed envelope to the officer to mail it to us when it’s ready, or to go back to the office and collect by hand. We opted for the postage and within a month or so, Little J’s passport arrived in the mail! I have to say I’m quite impressed with the efficiency of the Malaysian Consulate.


Little J’s Malaysian passport!

Mother’s Day at Hooters

Mother’s Day has come and gone, and for the first time ever, I celebrated it as a mother myself. Every day, I thank God for giving me my precious little bundle of joy in the form of Little J. No matter how tired I am, or how stressed I am after work, seeing him just lifts my mood up! :) Come to think of it, he’s now exactly 10 months. Can’t believe how time flies by when you’re preoccupied with work and mommy duties. There’s almost no time for myself anymore. But it’s just so rewarding when he’s growing well, healthy and happy. That’s all that matters, isn’t it? For Mother’s Day, we decided to go to Hooters, just because they had a promotion that entitled mothers to eat for free. :) What an unconventional place to celebrate, you’d think? But you’d be surprised to see that the Hooters here is actually really family-friendly! More than 50% of the tables were occupied by families with kids, so we felt right at home. :)


With Little J on Mother’s Day

All the mothers got to be a Hooters girl for the day too. We were given this customized bib that was drawn with the signature Hooters singlet with the accompanying bosoms to wear. I thought that was quite cute, LOL! I don’t think I’ll ever qualify as a Hooters girl so a fake one will have to do for now. :)


Hooters bib on Mother’s day


Little J looking suspicious

For lunch, we ordered ribs! Lots of them! You see, with this promotion, the cheapest meal came free so we thought we might as well order 2 items of the same value. Since Saucer wanted to have ribs, he ordered the Full Rack of Pork Ribs (1kg) all to himself. There was a half-rack portion available but it just wasn’t good value since it was around $33 compared to the full rack at $50. Just look at the glorious slab of ribs that arrived soon after! It was just shiny, sticky, juicy and yummy! The sauce was sweet and caramelized, the meat was tender and came off the bones easily, and the surface had a slight char on it, making it perfect. Saucer polished off bone after bone without realizing how much ribs he could actually eat!


Full Rack of Pork Ribs 1kg (AUD$49.95)

Saucer and his ribs

As for me, I opted for the Combo which came with half rack of pork ribs and a 350g piece of steak. It was expected that the steak was outshone by the ribs, rendering it neglected throughout lunch. We ended up packing most of the steak back because our tummies were just filled with the gorgeous ribs. :)


Combo of Half Rack of Pork Ribs and Steak (AUD$49.90)

Halfway through our meal, the music suddenly came on really loudly and the Hooters girls all lined up in front of the dining area getting ready to dance. I was a bit worried at first as to how Little J would react to the loudness. It was the level of loudness where you wouldn’t be able to hear the person in front of you speaking. Luckily he didn’t seem too perturbed by the volume of the music, but more intrigued with the girls dancing to the likes of YMCA in front. :) Overall, we had an enjoyable lunch out, thankfully drama-free and Little J behaved really well. That was a great enough Mother’s Day present for me.

Canberra Ibis Styles

During the Easter long weekend, we brought Little J to Canberra to register his birth with the Malaysian Consulate before he turned 1 year old. I purposely chose the day before the Easter break to go so that we could stay an extra day there and still had a few days of holidays after that to recover in case the trip turned out to be a disaster. *paranoid* I will write more about our trip to the consulate in the next post, because I would like to write about our experience staying at Ibis Styles Canberra, for the night. It was actually quite a last minute decision deciding to stay overnight, simply because Little J had never slept overnight anywhere else so I was worried that he might not sleep well and keep us awake, which then defeated the purpose of staying a night there. But it would also be too tiring for us (Saucer actually) to be driving 3.5 to 4 hours each way, which meant a total of 8 hours, if we did a day trip! As if fated, there happened to be a Groupon deal for a night’s stay at Ibis Styles just a few days before we were due to leave, and I called up the hotel to check for availability before making a purchase. There were still rooms available and the deal was quite reasonable at $109 for 1 or 2 Queen beds Superior room including breakfast for 2, so I decided to go for it.


Double Queen Superior room

Given a choice of either 1 Queen beds or 2, of course we opted for the latter to have more room and for Little J to crawl on. We managed to check in a little earlier at 12pm (as opposed to hotel’s policy of 3pm) after we were done at the consulate. I had actually requested for a cot the day before, but was disappointed to see that it wasn’t there when we arrived. No matter, I informed the staff at the front desk and she said it would be set up in no time. We left for lunch and returned about 2 hours later, only to find no cot in the room still! So I went to the front desk again and upon investigation, we found out that the cot was actually set up in the wrong room! There was clearly some miscommunication regarding the room number. So we had to wait patiently for the cot to be set up again while Little J was fussing for his nap. Luckily, we managed to get him to nap quite soundly in the cot after a tiring morning for all of us.


 The 2 Queen Beds

Now that the cot drama is settled, I shall proceed to talk about our experience at the hotel. Generally, the hotel staff were helpful and nice (despite the miscommunication earlier), and the room looked neat and tidy. However, Saucer mentioned that he thought the sheets felt a little dusty when he slept on the bed, giving him the impression that they were not slept on for a while. Not really sure how true that is, but he could be a little picky when it comes to tidiness. *LOL*


40 inch LCD TV, table and chairs for our takeaway food


Sorry mommy has to take pictures before you can crawl around :P

I loved that there’s a dining table and 2 chairs in the room, which was very useful come dinner time. You see, ever since Little J was born, we never have the chance to dine out anymore, because his bedtime is around 7.30pm. So we usually eat at home, or in this case, ordered delivery. The bathroom came with a bath tub, which was essential for me to bathe Little J. He enjoyed the bubble bath tremendously although he did appear amused with those bubbles (we usually use bath oil at home with no bubbles).


Toilet and bathroom


Bath tub and shower



As with most hotels/inns here, tooth brush and tooth paste are not provided, so make sure you bring your own. We had had enough experience of these to remember bringing our own toiletries to avoid making last minute, overpriced purchases. :) There was an ironing board and an iron in the closet, which were useful if you had business meetings to attend to, or if you’re like me, for emergency workaround to dry up clothes. (cue baby clothes wet from drool)


Ironing board and iron


Coffee and tea making facilities

The standard coffee and tea making facilities were available, although we did not use any of them. The kettle looked a bit too old and suspicious, so I was glad that I brought boiled water from home for Little J.

I put Little J to bed around 7.30pm as usual, and only then I realized how thin the walls were! The occupants next door must have just returned from their day out for I could hear each of them taking a shower one after another, and the sound of the shower was quite loud. It was as if the shower was just next to us! I was so worried about it waking Little J up but thankfully he managed to sleep through the noise. Still, I could hear them using the water tap every time, as well as their chatter (although I couldn’t make out what they were saying). But this really annoyed me because if the occupants next door were taking their shower or going to the bathroom late at night, we would be able to hear it as well. It was too late to do anything about it, plus if the hotel structure was built as such, there was no point changing to other rooms anyway. So we just had to live with it praying that Little J didn’t wake up every time someone used the shower or toilet next door.


Yes, now you can have the bed! :)

The next morning, we woke up early (thanks to Little J) and had buffet breakfast at the restaurant downstairs. The variety was quite standard for an Australian hotel – toasts, croissant, bacon, egg, beans, tomatoes, sausages, pancakes, cereal, yogurt, fruits, and the like. I thought the hash browns were gorgeous! They were crispy and fluffy even though they’re left on the serving platter in a huge volume. Usually, most hash browns would have been soggy.


Where’s my breakfast?


 My plate

After the filling breakfast, we took a walk outside the hotel. It was cold and misty, as you can probably tell from the pictures below.


A walk in the morning


With Little J who’s not so little anymore

Overall, our stay at Ibis Styles Canberra was just decent. It served the purpose of being close enough to the Malaysian Consulate (about 10 minutes drive) and allowed us to rest overnight after the long drive. However, its a little away from the city centre, which limited our dining options tremendously. The closest option was at Kingston but most of the shops there were closed on Good Friday. And, as you can probably tell, I was most annoyed by those thin walls that disrupted our sleep at night. On the other hand, the hotel did have pretty good breakfast and the staff was polite and nice. And it did help that we got the room at a discounted price!


Ibis Styles Canberra

Ibis Styles Canberra
203 Goyder St,
ACT 2604 Australia
Tel No.:(02) 6295 2944
Website: www.ibisstylescanberra.com.au

Modern Cuisine Kinn Thai

Ever since Little J started solids, we would usually have lunch out at least once a week during the weekends. It’s just a little easier feeding him solids on the high chair compared to feeding him milk in a restaurant.:) We would normally wait for him to wake up from his morning nap, then steam his lunch of mash potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots and broccoli, pack it in a container and off we go. 2 weeks ago, we decided to have something hot and spicy at a local Thai restaurant. Kinn Thai Restaurant used to be called Red Spoon in Castle Towers, and we heard quite a lot of good feedback from our friends on it. So we decided to drop by on a Saturday, and were pleased to get a table even though the restaurant was pretty busy.

Kinn Thai


We pushed Little J in while he’s on his pram, so one of the waitresses showed us to a table near the corner of the dining area, away from the busy human traffic. However, when I requested for a high chair, she seemed a little taken aback, almost as if thinking why I still wanted a high chair when the baby was already in his pram. Sure enough, she actually said out loud (with a sort of sour face), “Where are you going to place the high chair?” indicating that the pram had already taken the space. So I said I’d push the pram out of the way, so could you please place the high chair here? She reluctantly got me a high chair and we settled Little J in it. That wasn’t a nice start to my lunch, but thankfully she seemed to be the only bad apple I met that day. The next waitress who came was all smiles and served us politely throughout our lunch – refilling our water and entertaining Little J when he started to make noise. So fine, I’ll let it go, Miss Sourface.

Dining in a Thai restaurant is never complete without the customary order of the Tom Yum soup. For us, this soup makes or breaks a Thai restaurant, and sadly, we have never had any memorable ones in Sydney. They are usually not spicy enough! At Kinn Thai, the Tom Yum soup was served in a nice little steel pot that reminded me of how Thai restaurants in KL used to do it. The soup arrived steaming hot and very fragrant. It had 4 sizable and succulent prawns, lots of mushrooms, baby corn and lots of flavour! While this may not be the best Tom Yum soup that we’ve had, it was the best that we’ve had in Sydney. It was spicy, flavoursome and had a nice kick to it. We also loved that the portion was not too big or small, just perfect for the 2 of us to share.

Kinn Thai

Tom Yum Prawn Soup (AUD$11.90)

For our mains, we actually ordered out of our comfort zone. Instead of the usual basil stir-fry, or the green or red curry, we opted for the Chilli Kaffir Lime Barramundi listed in their ‘New dishes’ page. It was a plate of crispy barramundi strips, wok-tossed with Thai water spinach (kangkung) in chilli kaffir lime jam. And man, was it spicy! Yes, even for our taste buds, this had a good spicy kick to it, which made me wonder how this would go down with those who are not so accustomed to spicy food. But we absolutely loved it! Saucer was sweating buckets but he kept going for more. Maybe it’s the fact that he loves fish, or the fact that they used kangkung, reminding us of good old Malaysian food, or the awesome fact that their chilli jam was really like our sambal. Fiery and pedas. Just so close to home.

Kinn Thai

Chilli Kaffir Lime Barramundi (AUD$22.50)

Last but not least, we also tried the Caramelised Pork Hock, another item in the New Dishes list. There were 4 huge pieces of tender meat on thin, crispy pork skin served on caramelised sauce with chilli and lime sauce on the side. The pork was lean, which I loved, but also soft and moist. I wonder how they did it! And the skin, oh the crispy skin, I wish there was more of it. And the sauce, it’s caramelised, but it’s not overly sweet. It was just perfect with the pork, and with rice too. This was modern Thai at its best, I think. Even though there were only 4 pieces of it, they were generously sized and very filling too, since each piece was solid meat.

Kinn Thai

Caramelised Pork Hock (AUD$28)

Kinn Thai

Father and son at lunch

While we enjoyed our lunch, Little J was busy banging his hands on the table and looking around curiously at the other diners, at the waitresses, at everything! Every so often, he would scream for attention and then smile when he got it. But otherwise, we immensely enjoyed our lunch there (bar my experience with Miss Sourface). It was nothing like the old school Thai food that we’re used to, but we didn’t mind it one bit. The portions were generally above average so we left feeling stuffed even until past dinner time. We certainly have no qualms returning!

Kinn Thai

Whatchu lookin’ at?

Kinn Thai Restaurant
Shop 7, The Piazza Castle Towers,
6-14 Castle St
Castle Hill,
2154 NSW, Australia
Tel No.: (02) 9899 5669 / (02) 8677 9044
E-mail: info@kinnrestaurant.com.au
Website: www.kinnrestaurant.com.au

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Yum Cha at Jin Yan

It was a Saturday afternoon, and Little J was up from his morning nap, fed and changed. In other words, he was in a good mood. And when he was in a good mood, mommy and daddy were in an awesome mood! :) So out we went for lunch at Jin Yan Asian Cuisine, using a voucher that Saucer bought. We seldom use group buying vouchers now unless it’s for something that we really like or we know it’s tried and tested. For Jin Yan, it falls into the former category, because both Saucer and I (well, it’s me, really) are suckers for dim sum. Fortunately, booking was a breeze and we managed to get a reservation for Saturday afternoon, which I assumed would be the peak time to go.


Check out my new shoes!

The restaurant is located in Castle Hills RSL club, and our address happened to be within 5km radius of the club. According to the NSW Registered Clubs Act 1976, we have to be club members to be able to enter the club. Since we only found it out at the entrance of the club itself, we had to quickly decide if we wanted to be members, which cost $22/year per person. We were definitely not inclined to join the membership just for what might be a single visit to the restaurant, and wondered what to do with our voucher. The receptionist then said that she would be happy to let me in if I could get a member, any member, who would be willing to sign us in. So I turned around, spotted the first family I saw, and approached the father. He turned out to be a member and was kind enough to sign us in. So yay! Problem solved!


Prawn dumplings / Har Kau

The voucher we bought entitled us to 9 courses, starting with the Har Kau or Prawn Dumplings. I thought the prawn dumplings were done well, with thin translucent skin and decent-sized succulent prawns inside. Loved that the skin did not break easily too despite having let them sit for a while since I was feeding Little J his lunch.


Pork dumplings / Siew Mai

The Pork Dumplings or Siew Mai were also generously sized with bits of prawns mixed on top. The addition of prawns gave the dumplings a succulent crunch on top of the juicy pork within. Oh, did I mention that service was pretty quick too? Once it was made known that we were there on a voucher deal, we were given a table stand with a label “Special” on it. Since then, the dishes came one after another (sometimes too quick), until all 9 courses were on the table.


Spring rolls

The Spring Rolls were nothing out of the ordinary. They were freshly fried and they arrived hot to touch with crispy skin. The star of the day, according to Saucer, was the Salt and Pepper Calamari. They arrived with a distinctly fragrant aroma and were super crispy! The batter they used was also nicely spiced, making this dish very addictive. In fact, while I was busy feeding Little J his lunch, Saucer finished almost half of this plate. LOL! Good thing the portion was pretty generous, which left me quite a few pieces to munch on after.


Salt and Pepper Calamari

The BBQ Pork Buns were slightly smaller in size and did not have much filling. The bun was a little too doughy for my liking too, so I thought they could do better with this. The vegetables came as part of the 9-course menu and was worth a mention because we would otherwise not order this on our normal yum cha. The greens were nothing to shout about, in fact, I thought they were a little too matured. So the stems especially, were rather tough to chew on.


BBQ Pork Buns / Char Siew Pao


Choy Sum

The Special Fried Rice is a common dish in all Chinese restaurants here, but it’s not so common to find good ones. This was not the best, but it was certainly above average. At least it did not taste like it was scooped out from a tray of pre-fried rice from the morning. It was nicely peppered with bits of golden egg and had 2 sizable prawns inside. I also liked that it did not have the typical chicken breast fillets inside, which is a common occurrence in most fried rice in Sydney. I mean, who puts chicken breast in proper fried rice? Give me BBQ pork anytime! :)


Special Fried Rice

Oh, now it comes to my favourite of the day. The Egg Tarts! They were absolutely heavenly! The egg custard really melts in your mouth. I have eaten a good number of egg tarts before and when I said the custard melted in my mouth, really I could still feel it being a gelatinous form on my tongue before it dissolved. But this one, I could not even really feel its presence on my tongue because it dissolved almost immediately. It was almost like a transition from solid form to liquid in an instant, and I just loved the feeling of the smooth, silky egg on my tongue. Of course, the pastry did not disappoint. Flaky, crispy and buttery – an absolute yum!


Egg Tarts – Heavenly!

The last item on our menu was the Coconut Jelly, which was mixed with red bean. This was served slightly cool, so it was a nice ending to our otherwise hot lunch. We were also given a glass of wine each, which I thought was a rather weird combination with dim sum, but it came with the voucher so, whatever. But just let it be known, that dim sum only goes well with Chinese tea, and you don’t need wine for every meal of the day. There, I said it.


Coconut Jelly


White Wine

On another note, Little J was a charm that day! He finished his lunch of mash potatoes, sweet potatoes and carrots while we enjoyed our dim sum. I guess he also loved the racket there because he was just laughing and banging his arms on our table the whole time. We had to clear our table on the area within his reach, so most of our dishes were crammed to one side of the table while the other was empty. It was really quite funny. But it was overall an enjoyable experience and a satisfying lunch too. We would certainly not mind going there… now if only we know another RSL member who could bring us in.


Happy boy having his lunch!

Jin Yan Asian Cuisine
Castle Hill RSL Club
77 Castle Street
Castle Hill NSW 2154
Phone: (02) 8858 4848
Fax: (02) 8858 4881
Email: jinyan@castlehillrsl.com.au
Yum Cha Lunch: 11AM – 3PM

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