Visiting Malaysia 2014-15

Work has been really crazy for the past couple of weeks. I finally have some time to take a breather and post a long overdue update on our trip back to Malaysia! In the interest of time, this post will contain mostly pictures and less words since a picture speaks a thousand words right? So I have tens of thousands of words worth in this post. :D As mentioned in my previous post, we made a trip back to Malaysia during the year end holidays with Little J for the first time. If you haven’t already read, I also shared some tips on flying with a baby, which might be handy to you some day should you face with the same situation.

Char Kuey Teow from Kampar market

Char Kuey Teow from Kampar market

As expected, a trip back home wouldn’t be the same without the familiar food from the familiar places! Our first stop was back in Kampar where my hometown is, and breakfast was at the market without fail almost every morning! It’s just amazing how things were still the same after so many years. More expensive, no doubt, but generally still the same food, the same style and the same people. Some hawkers even recognised me as the daughter of so-and-so even though I had not been back for years. Anyway, that’s the beauty of a small town. Enough of that, let’s see some of the pictures of the food we had over the course of a week there. I really miss the variety of food you could get just for breakfast alone back in Malaysia. Over here in Sydney, the most common breakfast is bacon and egg roll, toasts or pancakes if you like at McD’s. Can’t even think of much else!! Even those HK congee and noodle places only start at 10am, which I think is too late for breakfast.

Roti canai

Roti canai

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Nasi Lemak

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Fried noodles

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Nasi Lemak bungkus

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Char Kuey Teow #2

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Apam balik

Of course, we also had plenty of home-cooked meals by my dear grandma. It still amazes me at how she could whip up dishes after dishes for close to 10 people every day and night! And all of them so yummy too! Sigh, looking at this picture just makes me feel miserable now. :(

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Home cooked dinner

After a few days in Kampar, we made a road trip to Penang, just the 3 of us, for a little getaway of our own. We chose to stay somewhere near Gurney so that it’s easy to travel around and close to the sea. The cheapest hotel (if you could call it that) that we could find was the Apple1 Gurney, which cost RM120 per night. It’s located just next to One-Stop shopping centre, which was a good landmark. The room was reasonable – clean, decent-sized and had a clean bathroom. It’s similar to Tune Hotels I would say, except that there’s no extra charges for air-con, towels, TV, etc. So, I guess we’re quite satisfied with it considering we’re only there for sleeps and out most of the day. It was small but had just enough space for our portable cot!

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Chilling in Apple1Gurney Hotel Penang

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Little J’s OOTD

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Ooh, is that a button?

What did we do in Penang? Honestly, we spent way too much time in the malls here because of the hot and wet weather! The first day was spent at Queensbay Mall since Saucer had to get something from his friend there, and then we went to check in to our room. After that, we went to Gurney Plaza because it was raining, and had dinner at Dragon-I. Next morning, we wanted to have the famous Super Hokkien Mee at One Corner Cafe Penang, but it was sold out! :( So we ate whatever the other stalls were selling, and went to Gurney Paragon because it was still raining. Little J had a blast at riding all the different cars in the amusement park there. When the rain stopped in the afternoon, we decided to go to Kek Lok Si temple so that our Penang trip was not all about shopping malls! Luckily it wasn’t crowded and we managed to get there quite easily. Left Kek Lok Si and went back to hotel for a rest, before coming out to Paragon again for dinner with friends. On the last day, we had breakfast at our favourite kuey teow thng place in Taman Sri Nibong, went back to Queensbay Mall to meet Saucer’s friend, did some shopping and visited Saucer’s brother before we left to Kampar.

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Hmm, should I get into this car or the next?

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Next one it is!

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What’s that green thing?

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A bigger car!

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With the Christmas tree at Gurney Paragon

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With daddy at Kek Lok Si

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Learning to pray

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At Kek Lok Si temple

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One for the album

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With our niece!

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Busy with toys

The next few days in Kampar were spent chilling out with family, going out for breakfasts and eating home-cooked food. It was awesome not having to worry about cooking, cleaning, chores, etc. Feels nice to be pampered once in a while eh? :)

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Start ‘em young!

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Free rides in Giant

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With great grandpa!

On the last day in Kampar, we decided to bring Little J for a hair cut at the local barber. He was all fine and still when the barber was shaving the back part of the head off. Then, he started to use scissors to trim the front part, but Little J started moving frantically and was crying too. So the barber said he had no choice but to use the trimmer to shave the front part off as well, since that’s the fastest method. That’s why poor Little J ended up with almost ‘botak’ head. LOL! For the record, it was only RM5, which was less than AUD$2, so it’s well worth it still. :)

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Oh no! Where’s my hair gone?

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Tom yum soup in KL

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Just chillin’, don’t mind me

We spent the last few days in KL with Saucer’s family, where Little J fell in love with this egg-shaped chair. He loved to sit on it and to have us push and rock him. Maybe I should get something similar here so that I could have a few minutes of peace when he sits on it. :) We spent the last few days doing a lot of shopping!

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No daddy, I want to stand here on this piece of glass!

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Hui Lau Shan for tea

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Waiting for us to finish our Chilli Pan Mee

Overall, I think it was a pretty great trip! Flight was good on both ways, Little J was generally good too, except during meals with extended family members where he got very cranky, maybe because of unfamiliar faces? Otherwise, he had a great time there and we also managed to meet with lots of family members and relatives and did lots of shopping! So that’s a lot of agenda ticked. :) We should probably do this more often! :)

Quick Gourmet Meals

When I was just started working right out of university, I remembered feeling really excited about the new life and the freedom it brought. It was the first time I truly lived on my own away from my family, the first time I made my own money and the first time I spent my own money too. It was liberating to say the least. After a couple of years, I then started to get bored with my mundane lifestyle and began to envy people who didn’t have to go to work, namely stay-at-home-moms. I’ll be the first to admit that I used to think SAHMs have the best jobs – they didn’t have to wake up with an alarm clock, didn’t have to endure peak hour traffic, could run their errands (banks, groceries, etc) when everyone else was working and best of all, could have their hair/nails done on weekdays.

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Gourmet dessert at home

So, when I got married, I told Saucer that one day, I’d want to be a SAHM too. And guess what? I had a taste of that after Little J was born, and boy, oh boy, was I wrong! On so many accounts I was wrong. Yes, I wasn’t awaken by an alarm clock anymore, but I was awaken by a human clock who blared at random times of the night or the wee hours of the morning. I didn’t have to drive but that’s because I was too busy/tired to get out of house! Groceries were done during the weekend when Saucer was around, so there was at least someone was looking after the baby when the other was pushing the trolley. And manicure? What manicure?

One of the hardest things that I had to accept was that my life was never going to be the same anymore. I used to love cooking very much, and found passion in trying new dishes every once in a while. As with any other hobbies, it requires time and dedication to make it work, both of which have been given to Little J. So I was a bit upset that while I was (trying to be) a good mom, I sort of neglected my duties to provide great meals to the family. I wanted to prepare delicious and healthy meals for the hubby who’s hungry after a hard day’s work but I could only manage sub-par dishes with the limited time and energy I had.

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Next day delivery

Recently, someone told me about dish’d! It’s a site that was just launched this year, and create delicious frozen meals with the best ingredients. Of course, I was all up to try them out. Ordering from the website was easy, and best of all, delivery was done the very next day! Frankly I was a little skeptical with the next day delivery, but true enough, a big box of goodies was waiting in front of my door when I got home from work the next day. Very impressive!

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Frozen meals with dry ice

 

Since they’re all frozen meals, they’re packed with dry ice to keep them frozen. I received a text message saying the box was delivered at 12.30pm that day, but I only reached home before 6pm. And the boxes were still nicely frozen with plenty of dry ice intact! I ordered plenty of items so I’m going to go through some of my favourite ones that were tried and tested here.

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Seafood Bouillabaisse

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12 GIANT SQUID SKEWERS

I loved the Seafood Bouillabaisse! It was really easy to prepare too – just a few minutes in the microwave is all you need. There were several thickly cut fish fillets, prawns, mussel and vegetables in the soup, making it a complete and wholesome meal on its own. I can definitely eat this on a cold winter night as comfort food! For something that will appeal to both the adults and kids, the Giant Squid Skewers would be a hit. You just need to pop them into the oven, take a nice shower, and come out to a gorgeous smelling kitchen. :)

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BASIL & PINE NUT MEDAGLIONI

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RICOTTA, SPINACH AND LEMON ZEST MEZZELUNE

For pasta lovers, there’s a great deal to be chosen from – from pappardelle, mezzelune, canneloni, medaglioni or tagliolini just to name a few! We tried the Ricotta, Spinach and Lemon Zest Mezzelune and the Basil and Pine Nut Medaglioni. Between the two, I enjoyed the latter more because I love anything with basil, and this combination was really like pesto pasta. Yum!

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MARINATED SCALLOPS

Apart from complete meals, dish’d also sells frozen seafood items on its own. For example, I ordered the Marinated Scallops because I know how expensive scallops can be and the price at dish’d was really reasonable. Add to the fact that they’re marinated and ready to go, so I was sold! From the freezer straight to the pan, I just needed to sear them for a few minutes while my pasta was cooking. I then mixed the scallops with other seafood and vegetables I had and came up with my delicious version of scallop linguine!

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Scallops and prawns linguine

Apart from that, we also had a go at the Cod en Papillote and Squid en Papillote, where the latter had squid rings mixed with tasty vegetables in an equally tasty gravy. We ate this with rice and loved how the gravy complimented the rice so well. Again, they were really easy to prepare too – just place the pouch on a baking tray and place it in the oven. I was really pleased with how the usually busy dinner hours were transformed into a relaxed affair.

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SQUID EN PAPILLOTE

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COD EN PAPILLOTE

Last but not least, to cap off a great meal, we always leave room for desserts. I had a go at the 2 Love Apples and the Heritage Raspberry and Pistachio Frangipane Tart. The love apples looked really gorgeous! I loved the combination of different textures in this dessert – smooth creamy mousse, juicy poached apple in the middle and crumbly biscuit base at the bottom. Decadent! Saucer, on the other hand, absolutely adored the raspberry tart. Just look at the tart – it’s almost crowded with raspberries on top, giving it a sweet and tart burst of flavour that complemented the pistachio base very well. He finished more than 3/4 of this tart on his own!

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2 LOVE APPLES

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HERITAGE RASPBERRY AND PISTACHIO FRANGIPANE TART

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Lots of raspberries!

I have to say, after trying out the meals from dish’d, my perception towards frozen meals has changed. I’ve always thought that frozen meals are filled with preservatives, unhealthy and do not taste good. dish’d frozen meals have indeed set the bar high with good quality dishes created by reputable chefs from around the work. With ‘delicious food, ready when you are’ as their campaign message, I am now a happy mom who can devote most of her time to her baby without compromising her duties to provide delicious, healthy food to the family.

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Claypot Crab Noodles

I was going through the photos in my phone the other day and spotted this group of pictures that I took a while ago. Claypot crab noodles! How could I have forgotten about this? We had this once a couple of years back when we had just arrived in Sydney. Ever since then, we would sometimes reminisce about how delicious the crab noodles were and how nice it would be to have that again. With Little J in tow, it wasn’t that convenient to go Chinatown in the city often, but I found out that a suburb close by sells that as well! So for Saucer’s birthday, I decided to surprise him. :) I told him that we would be going for a delicious lunch that he would love, and he kept guessing and guessing but didn’t manage to get it correct. Since I was the one driving, he had no idea where we were heading to, until we reached King Fook Seafood Restaurant in Carlingford.

Claypot Crab Noodles

Claypot Crab Noodles

Even when we’re there, Saucer thought we were going to have dim sum since we went during lunch time. I told him that he was still wrong. Eventually, I had to let the cat out of the bag when the captain came to ask for our order and I asked him if they were serving the claypot crab noodles for lunch (of course I knew they were). About 20 minutes later, a huge claypot was placed on our table, turning heads from neighbouring tables. They must be wondering, how could 2 persons with 1 baby finish up that massive claypot of noodles? I must admit I was surprised with the portion too, but the aroma was just titillating! I was practically salivating when the captain was busy serving the noodles to us. I could tell that Saucer was pleased too from his beaming face. Mission accomplished. :)

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Waiting for noodles to be served

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Strands of awesome and delicious noodles

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After 2 servings each, still more to go!

Since they’re served on a claypot, the noodles were maintained warm throughout lunch, which kept us wanting for more. The noodles used were the glass vermicelli/cellophane noodles type, which appeared to be transparent – also known as toong fun or tang hoon. In my opinion, these glass noodles are the best for crab noodles, since they can absorb the delicious gravy and juices from the crab and are silky smooth, perfect for slurping them in. To be honest, I actually enjoyed the noodles a lot, perhaps a little more than the crabs themselves, simply because they were just bursting with flavour (especially the ones at the bottom of the claypot). All the gravy and fragrant juices were soaked, making them absolutely addictive. Also, slurping noodles didn’t require the effort of peeling crab shells, that could sway my preference a little bit. :)

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Awesome glass noodles

Since we didn’t know the size and portion of the claypot crab noodles when we ordered, we actually ordered an accompanying dish of Signature Home Made Tofu recommended by the captain. Obviously, when we saw the size of the claypot, we regretted ordering this because there was no way we would be able to finish everything on the table! On the bright side, the tofu/bean curd was delicious too. They were topped with spinach and deep fried before they were topped with scallops and mushrooms on top. What a nice combination.

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Signature Home Made Tofu

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Crab meat Glass noodles

At the end of the long lunch, we (surprisingly) managed to finish everything on the table and stuffed ourselves silly. Luckily, Little J gave us a hand with the tofu too! It was overall a satisfying and enjoyable meal, except for having to handle an active baby who kept trying to climb out of the high chair with crab-stained hands. Shell-less crab noodles next time, anyone?

King Fook Seafood Restaurant
Carlingford Court
801 Pennant Hills Rd ,
Carlingford
NSW 2118

Australia
Phone: (02) 9873 6113
Lunch: Mon – Fri (11:00am – 3:00pm)  Sat – Sun (10:00am – 3:00pm)
Dinner: Mon – Fri (5:30pm – 10:00pm) Sat – Sun (5:30pm – 10:30pm)

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Easy KL Hokkien Mee

For the longest time, I had been craving for the authentic KL version of hawker-style Fried Hokkien Mee – thick, dark, slippery, sticky noodles with lots of gooey, caramelized gravy and a breath of wok. If you recall, my previous encounter with Hokkien Mee was at Temasek restaurant, which did a terrible job at promoting our Malaysian food. I remember telling myself at that time that I would take it upon myself to cook this dish to my own liking, just so that I did not have to endure second class Malaysian food there again. So when I finally had the time to cook and experiment, I was quite amazed at how easy it was to cook this dish! Don’t get me wrong, of course there are many ways one can cook this dish or even make this dish even better, but if you are a full-time working mother like me, this would be a good recipe as it doesn’t involve much prep work and it really does taste good!

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KL Fried Hokkien Mee / Hokkien Char

I actually looked up quite a few recipes online and found that most of them require flounder powder and pork lard. I can’t find flounder/flatfish powder in groceries here, so my recipe had to make do without. As for pork lard, I know it’s an essential item for Hokkien char but it does take time and focus to slowly fry those fatty pork layers so my recipe doesn’t have that too. So, here goes my easy peasy Hokkien Mee recipe, perfect for busy working moms! :)

Ingredients:

  • 500g Hokkien noodles (I used the Hakka brand noodles)
  • 8-10 pcs of medium sized prawns
  • 1 pc of fish cake sliced thinly
  • Asian greens – choy sum or bok choy or even lettuce
  • 100g of pork or chicken sliced thinly
  • 2 tbs of cooking oil
  • 5-6 cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped finely
  • 3 tbs of cooking caramel (I used Cheong Chan – refer picture)
  • 1 tbs oyster sauce
  • 1 tbs soy sauce
  • 250ml of chicken stock
  • 1 tbs corn starch mixed with 2 tbs water
Cheong Chan Cooking caramel

Cheong Chan Cooking caramel

Hokkien Noodles

Hokkien Noodles

Steps:

1. Blanch the noodles by pouring hot water onto them and draining it away after one minute. This is so that the noodles would be loose and easy to handle when you cook them later.

2. Heat up wok/pan with oil at medium heat.

3. Add in garlic and fry for about 30 seconds until golden and fragrant.

4. Add in prawns, sliced meat, fish cake and fry for 2 minutes at high heat.

5. Add in vegetables and fry for another half minute.

6. Add in the noodles, then the cooking caramel, oyster sauce and soy sauce.

7. Add in chicken stock and mix well, then reduce heat.

8. Simmer for about 10 minutes until sauce slightly thickens. (You can add water here if you prefer more runny gravy)

9. Finally, add in corn starch + water mixture into the noodles and give it a good final stir. You should see the gravy thicken up and noodles start sticking together.

10. Serve while it’s hot!

Thick and caramelized sauce - slurp!

Thick and caramelized sauce – slurp!

All gone in a matter of minutes!

All gone in a matter of minutes!

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Fried Hokkien Mee / Hokkien Char
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Malaysian
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 500g Hokkien noodles (I used the Hakka brand noodles)
  • 8-10 pcs of medium sized prawns
  • 1 pc of fish cake sliced thinly
  • Asian greens - choy sum or bok choy or even lettuce
  • 100g of pork or chicken sliced thinly
  • 2 tbs of cooking oil
  • 5-6 cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped finely
  • 3 tbs of cooking caramel (I used Cheong Chan - refer picture)
  • 1 tbs oyster sauce
  • 1 tbs soy sauce
  • 250ml of chicken stock
  • 1 tbs corn starch mixed with 2 tbs water
Instructions
  1. Blanch the noodles by pouring hot water onto them and draining it away after one minute. This is so that the noodles would be loose and easy to handle when you cook them later.
  2. Heat up wok/pan with oil at medium heat.
  3. Add in garlic and fry for about 30 seconds until golden and fragrant.
  4. Add in prawns, sliced meat, fish cake and fry for 2 minutes at high heat.
  5. Add in vegetables and fry for another half minute.
  6. Add in the noodles, then the cooking caramel, oyster sauce and soy sauce.
  7. Add in chicken stock and mix well, then reduce heat.
  8. Simmer for about 10 minutes until sauce slightly thickens. (You can add water here if you prefer more runny gravy)
  9. Finally, add in corn starch + water mixture into the noodles and give it a good final stir. You should see the gravy thicken up and noodles start sticking together.
  10. Serve while it's hot!

How to Make The Perfect Cup of Coffee

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Few things are more comforting than sitting down with a flavourful and aromatic cup of coffee. If you fancy learning how to brew the perfect cuppa, there’s no need to train as a barista. We’ve written a handy guide to help you craft that perfect cup of coffee. Ready? Let’s get started.

Perfect cup of coffee

Coffee beans 101

Not all coffee beans are created equal. Rule number one is that the beans must be fresh, as coffee beans begin to oxidise two weeks after roasting. Fresh beans often look oily and have a powerful aroma. Pay attention to how they are stored and displayed too: beans can only be in open bags if they have been recently roasted (one to three days), otherwise, they must be in airtight containers to maintain their flavour and aroma.

Generally speaking, darker roasts will result in sharp, bitter, and/or acidic coffee. Light coloured beans yield more subtle flavours. Arabica beans are known for their balanced flavour and consistency, whereas Robusta beans tend to produce a higher amount of cream, being ideal for preparing espresso or macchiato coffees. Look for country-specific quality ratings too (AAA, Supremo, Extra Fancy, etc.).

If you enjoy the thick consistency of espresso coffee, you must buy espresso beans. These have been thoroughly roasted so that the inner oil comes up to the surface, giving your coffee that creamy and slightly bitter taste that is so characteristic of an espresso.

Specialty or flavoured beans are the perfect treat for coffee lovers. Almond, vanilla, walnut, chocolate, hazelnut, and Irish cream are the most popular.

Coffee beans

Brewing tips

Brewing is a bit of a science and as every coffee-maker is different, it can take a while to get the balance right. You need the correct water temperature (between 91°C and 96°C for optimal extraction), the right coffee-to-water ratio (7 grams/coffee per 125 ml/water), and the right “pulling” time if brewing espresso (between 20 and 30 seconds). Also, remember that coffee is 95 per cent water, so always use fresh, pure water when brewing. Avoid tap water unless filtered.

Flavour, anyone?

If you’re feeling adventurous, why not add a little flavour to your coffee? There are syrups, extracts, and spices that you can use to enhance your coffee drinking experience. Amaretto extract adds rich tones to a cup of coffee, whereas butterscotch will please those with a sweet tooth. For an exotic cup, try adding a pinch of ground clove, cinnamon, or cardamom to your coffee. Lastly, with Christmas just around the corner, adding an eggnog or gingerbread syrup is sure to get you into the festive mood!

There is an art to making the perfect cup of coffee, but once you’ve mastered it you can just sit back, relax and soak in the aromas of your cuppa.

Giant Pork Knuckle at Bavarian

I keep reminding myself, I have to post this up before October is over, because we had this meal part as part of the Oktoberfest! And boy, oh boy, it’s 31st of October now, I made it just in time. :) If you read my previous post, we had a German lunch a few weeks back during my birthday date with Saucer. That meal must have incited some strange cravings in him because a week after that, he wanted to have pork knuckle again! Lucky for us, Bavarian Bier Cafe was running an Oktoberfest promotion so that was where we headed to. There are several Bavarian Bier Cafe restaurants around Sydney, but we chose the one in Parramatta and we absolutely loved the ambience! It’s located within a fully restored historical church and it’s gorgeous.

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 What we came for

The high ceiling, the spacious dining area, the beautiful stained-glass windows, the hanging lights, the soft music in the background, they all just made the dining experience so much better. I just loved the extra room we had between tables, that pushing in a pram was a breeze. In fact, Little J fell asleep just before our lunch so having him sleep in the pram next to us during the whole time was just blissful. :)

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Restaurant within a church

For starters, we had one of their specialty, the Haus-Made Bavarian Pretzel with Butter. Now we have been used to the American version of Auntie Anne’s pretzels back in Malaysia, which are soft and fluffy with a multitude of toppings. However, the German version of pretzels is completely different in terms of texture. It has a hard exterior with a chewy inside, and is loaded with plenty of salt on the surface. It definitely took some getting used to, but I eventually got to liking it. Saucer, however, didn’t think the same, so I ended up eating half of his too! :)

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Haus-Made Bavarian Pretzel with Butter (AUD$4.50)

A visit to a German restaurant won’t be complete without a dose of the German beer, so that’s what we had. A pint of the famous Franziskaner German dark beer, which was really smooth and easy to drink. I am not a fan of beer but even I could not resist having a few good sips of it. It was just really refreshing and went really well with what we had that day.

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Franziskaner Draught beer (AUD$12)

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Bavarian Tasting Platter (AUD$30)

I had the Bavarian Tasting Platter on a separate visit with my colleagues before, but decided to put the picture here for completeness sake. As you can see, the platter had small portions of different items – pork belly, pork schnitzel and some sausages. While I loved having small portions of different things to sample, I found out that I preferred having one large portion of something I liked, better. That was why I didn’t order this again during my lunch with Saucer.

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Roasted Pork Knuckle (AUD$34/AUD$28 during Oktoberfest)

Not long after we were done with the pretzels, what greeted Saucer made his eyes shine. It was the enormous full-sized Roasted Pork Knuckle in all its crispy glory. I loved how the skin was evenly roasted with cracklings all over it, unlike the one we had at Lowenbrau, where some bits were under roasted and tough. Without even trying, I could tell that this was going to be awesome! Saucer attacked the pork knuckle straight away, and starting nodding his head in approval. It was like eating a giant piece of ‘siew yoke’!

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Amazing pork crackling

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Sinful bites of awesomeness, just like ‘siew yoke’

As for me, I thought, what is German cuisine famous for? Other than pork knuckle, there is of course the sausages! I ordered the Giant Bratwurst, which was an extra long sausage made purely of pork. It was perfectly char grilled, and served on a garlic roll with a side of chips. I always thought having just a sausage for a main meal would never be filling enough, but I was wrong. This was more than I could stomach, and we even had to pack some of them home. The bratwurst was thick, packed with flavour, moist and bouncy. The bread roll, though, was a tad too dry for me. But I did enjoy the thick fries on the side.

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Giant Bratwurst (AUD$22)

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Perfectly char grilled pork sausage

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Thick-cut fries with dips

Overall, we had a great lunch at the Bavarian Bier Cafe not just because of the food, but because of the amazing ambience. It was so pretty that every now and then, I looked up from my meal and just admired the surrounding environment. Of course, it did help that I didn’t have to tend to a baby who was napping away peacefully. :) With such a memorable dining experience, we would definitely be back whenever we craved for some pork crackling!

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Beautiful dining environment

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Bavarian Bier Cafe at Parramatta

Bavarian Bier Cafe
2-8 Phillip Street,
Parramatta,
NSW 2150 Australia.
Tel No: +612 8836 1400
Website: www.bavarianbiercafe.com
Business Hours: 11am to midnight daily

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