I had been back from my holiday to Singapore/Malaysia for about 7 days and I started to miss Singapore. I was mainly missing the availability of fresh and delicious food around every corner. It was at that moment I decided that I needed some good hawker food in my life and I knew just the place to go and get it. Read more →
My first night in Singapore we decided to hit the ground running and head out at night for shopping and some delicious food. This was a Friday night and we jumped on the incredibly efficient MRT system and after about 10 minutes we were in the middle of bustling orchard rd. This was an assault on my senses, everywhere I looked there were either neon signs, people shopping or people eating. We were pretty hungry at this stage so we headed into one of the malls to grab something for dinner. One thing about Singapore is that they love to eat, so most of the places that we wanted to go there were considerable queues to get in. The queues at Shu teppan didn’t look too bad so we decided to give it a go. Read more →
I often find that food brings people together and this was no exception. Some of my very good friends T and R wanted to Meet A. Emails and messages were sent around and West End Deli was decided upon for dinner. Now West End Deli seems to be another restaurant that garners a lot of buzz in the media, it seems that every other day when i check my twitter and instagram accounts people are uploading yummy photos. This is where social media excels, it helps pique my interest in a particular restaurant. Read more →
On my holiday i had just spent the last few days in melaka and now I am in Johor Bahru. Johor Bahru is situated about a 45 minute drive from singapore and comparing it to melaka you can definitely get an idea that it’s close to singapore. You can tell from little things like the cars getting around with singapore number plates, durian sellers and signs in shops that entice singaporeans into their stores. One thing that i noticed was in johor bahru there were a lot of non-halal restaurants. It seems that the singaporean population must head to johor bahru to get their pork fix and it shows in the dining options available. Read more →
This was a meal that has been in the works for a little while. On twitter a few of us have been discussing where to go and your favourite spots. Hawker’s cuisine seemed to be a particularly popular choice, even for just one dish which we will get to later. I hadn’t been to hawker’s cuisine before, although i do love Malaysian hawker fare so i would be interested to see if this is another place to add to my shortlist. Read more →
For my birthday each year I get to choose any restaurant I like for us to go as a family to for dinner. I thought for a long time about different places and where I would like to go, I eventually decided on Five bar in Highgate. I wanted to go there right up until I saw the menu for kitsch bar, the menu sounded fantastic with its quirky twist on tapas food. Would this be a good choice? Read more →
This is it, this is my favourite Vietnamese restaurant in Perth. In the next few paragraphs I will go into specifics as to why it is my favourite, basically I just find the atmosphere electric and the food is delicious.
On a saturday morning I received a message out of the blue from one of my buddies paul. The message simply said “HVS today?” Now ‘HVS’ is actually our code for ‘hardcore Vietnamese soup’. My answer was a simple ‘hell yeah!’ and a few hours later we were talking about food on a destination to eat food (we probably have a problem with food but meh!). Read more →
After a very stressful day at work I couldn’t wait to get out of the office and go for a nice meal with my sister. This place is somewhere that she has been recommending that we go for a long time, she said that the vegetarian fried rice is the thing to get from the menu.
We started with a very refreshing drink at the queens over the road then wandered in to the restaurant. We were greeted by some of the friendliest staff that I have seen in a restaurant in a long while. They were really friendly and accommodating.
We chatted for a little bit and looked over the menu, the menu was full of yummy choices and from my experience of spending time with some Vietnamese families most of them were quite authentic. As I Simon would have chosen the slightly different options on the menu we decided that Sarah should choose and she chose well.
As we waited for our meals I paused to look around at the decor, it was decorated very brightly with a lot of fiber optic ornaments held up on the wall. Towards the end of our meal we noticed that the restaurant was a little bit crowded aswell as the chairs and tables are quite close together. While we were waiting for our meal we could see people browsing flowers at the florist next door. It was quite amusing seeing the different kinds of flowers people tend to choose.
There wasn’t too long a wait before the entrees arrived, I was actually in the gents when the entrees had arrived. Sarah was very accommodating of my food blogging and waited until I had returned to the table to I could snap some photos of the meal. This was a prawn paste wrapped in sugarcane. I have had this dish many times in Vietnam and it is always one of my favourites. Normally in Vietnam they grill the prawn paste over charcoal, however here it was simply deep-fried. While I thought that this was tasty I certainly did lack the smokyness that the charcoal imparts to the flavour.
All the service was quite quick. Our main courses didn’t come out long after the entrée and we started with the vegetarian fried rice. The rice was cooked perfectly and it had a couple of little interesting touches like the beans were sliced on the bias and there were little chunks of silken tofu mixed through the rice aswell. I wouldn’t go as far to say that its fantastic, however it was a very nice plate of fried rice.
We also ordered the pork belly and egg clay pot. When I saw this item on the menu I knew that this was a little sign that we were enjoying authentic Vietnamese food. This had chunks of pork belly that have been braised with eggs in a caramel and fish sauce. This was fantastic, slightly tart while being sweet.
The other dish that we ordered was the tamarind prawns. This is a dish that Sarah loved but I wasn’t such a huge fan of. The prawns were deep-fried then coated in a tamarind and honey sauce which I found overly sweet. My favourite part of the dish was biting on the little crunchy tails.
Sarah’s opinion of the restaurant was “That I much enjoyed it, I enjoyed the atmosphere and the food was delicious.”
I would go back to little Saigon. There are a few items on the menu that i would like to try, instead of getting the pork belly cooked in caramel sauce you can actually get the caramel sauce cooked with catfish. That sounds pretty good to me.
One thing that you might know from reading my blog is that I love Vietnamese food, I love the freshness and vibrancy of it all. So when one of my work mates invites me to dinner with her and her friends and the place in question is a Vietnamese restaurant, I jump at the chance! Read more →
Just a quick post for today, one of the advantages of living with my sister is that she is quite good at cooking. This is just an example of an average meal that we would have.
So the pork chops were cooked by sautéing some sliced pieces of onion in a little bit of oil. Meanwhile the pork chops were coated with salt, pepper and herbs. After the onions have browned the pork chops are placed in the pan and then they are roasted for about 40 minutes. The pan we use is from Scanpan and is incredibly durable and has lasted a lot of roasting sessions.
To serve with the pork chops we had some wilted spinach and a fantastic carrot puree. Sarah also made a gravy but I am not a huge fan of gravy on pork. I like to get the pure pork flavour so I had mine without any gravy!
Let me know what you think of this meal in the comments section.