Food

Street Eats!

Korean Fish cakes. They’re really good! It’s like fish-flavoured fu chuk with a bit of a springy texture served in hot soup!

Food!

Chicken skewers with chili sauce. Not very good though.

Beef Bourguignon.

Lemon and sugar crepe.

He poured out two buckets of chorizos. That’s a lottttt of chorizos.

Judge Bao (Bao Qing Tian, to be precise.)
Clever.

The Sloppy Po with bean curd and shiitake mushrooms in mapo sauce. Well… It’s mapo taufu sandwiched between mantao.

Cassava Chips

North Park, Wynyard Quarter

Beer-battered Catfish Tacos ($14)
Soft shell corn tortillas with beer-battered catfish, guacamole, black beans, fennel and citrus slaw
I must say, it’s a huge mess to eat. Not the best taco I’ve had, but it’s alright. I’d describe it as fish and chips in a taco… without the chips.

Grilled Beef Burger with fries $19
Su Yin and Lance said the burger was nice, apart from having troubles eating it with all the dripping sauce and overload of ingredients in a burger.

Beer-battered Fish and Chips $24
I can’t remember what the fish of the day was, but it was super fresh and sweet. I don’t like having it in small pieces though, too much batter. The salad greens were yummy.

North Park

37-49 Jellicoe Street, Wynyard Quarter, Auckland CBD, Auckland
09 300 3222

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Mini Mid-August Photo Dump

 

Prawns and scallops accompanied by freeze dried mandarin oranges on cauliflower puree.
Kirsty Gardy first taught them some really useful tips on food styling. I’ve learnt a lot from her.

Vanilla Panna cotta with some biscuit crumbles, chocolate, strawberries and sweet balsamic vinegar

I conducted two sessions with Zomato early this month as part of Restaurant Month, teaching a couple of people some tips and tricks on food photography. It was interesting to teach two different bunch of people who are bloggers, Instagrammers, enthusiasts, and restaurant owners. Some asked a lot of questions which made the class a whole lot more fun.

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It’s going to be another hectic week ahead, I’ll end this short post with a sunset pic and a self portrait.

 

Popin’ Cookin’ Candy Sushi Making!

 

My sister and I stumbled across this when we were out shopping and I couldn’t resist. I always wanted to try them out. Japanese are so creative with stuff like these.

Isn’t it neat? All you need is a small bowl of water. No fuss at all!

The powder for the rice has a super duper strong bubblegum smell.

 

While rolling them and molding them into small rectangular shapes, they were  a bit powdery and had crystals all over (Sugar, perhaps?) Well, it does look like sushi rice. Just extremely overcooked and wet-looking sushi rice.

Making the seaweed was pretty easy. It’s like playing with Play-Doh!

 Yellow: Egg, Red: Tuna
Citrusy and grape-y smells.

It’s not easy to flatten them to an even layer. For a perfectionist at least.
Frustration level: 7/10

Making the ebiko was the most fun part. It’s like watching science unfold, making you wonder, HOW DOES THE BALLS NOT STICK TO EACH OTHER?

 

There was such a diabetic smell in the house…

 

Well, they look  pretty realistic. The colour of the tamago sushi was a bit off but overall, I think they look pretty awesome. $7.49 NZD worth of fun right there. 😀

Winter Break

Jon came over to visit for two weeks. We had so much fun, sometimes we forgot about taking photographs. You’d start to notice that the photos started off looking all nice and pretty (cause it’s photographed with my DSLR) and then we got lazy and just stuck to Jon’s Samsung S5. A few exceptions to the last few photos, I just can’t leave my camera behind for a sunset shot, come on!

WARNING: LOTS OF COUPLE PHOTOS AHEAD.

We did a 5 day road trip down to Wellington, stopping for a night at Rotorua and another night at Hastings. With our rented Toyota Camry from Hertz, we had so much fun, even while driving. Jon was in charge of music obviously, and we were jamming to Alabama Shakes, Radiohead, The Black Keys, Bonobo and Nightmares on Wax. Now, we can’t wait to do a longer road trip in South Island. Potentially two weeks? That would be even more awesome.

Lunch at Fat Dog Cafe, Rotorua

Outside Rotorua Museum.

I promised to make full use of the selfie stick. It’s super useful when there’s only the two of us.

We had dinner at Ten Twenty Four at Hastings. When we arrived (without reservation, how clever!), we circled the building, wondering if it was closed for a private function. Thankfully, the waiter came out to the side door and we were able to ask if it was open. Although they only accept reservations, we were lucky that it wasn’t a busy night and the chef would be delighted to have us.

We were quite early, so we had the whole restaurant to ourselves. It’s almost as if Jon reserved the whole restaurant for me. Hah, jokes.

Double cheese burger at Five Boroughs, Wellington
That gherkin..

DUCK FAT ROASTED POTATOES AND GARLIC.

This scaredy cat doesn’t dare to walk through the upper dam without me. 😛

At Island Bay Marine Education Centre-Bait House Aquarium, Wellington
That’s a mouthful.

The one minute sunset passed so fast.

In this trip, we have covered a lot of ‘first times’. Unintentional relationship goals achieved. Hah!

  • Road Trip ✓
  • Slept at 9pm together like old folks (It’s for the sake of waking up early to drive, people) ✓
  • Took a tacky kissy photo (with one leg up!) in front of a point of interest at Rotorua Museum. ✓
  • Nature walk (At Zealandia, Wellington) ✓
  • Beach walk ✓
  • Candle lighted romantic dinner for two at Two Twenty Four (Plus points: Whole restaurant to ourselves) ✓
  • Made home made burgers from scratch ✓
  • Discovered new places in the North Island of New Zealand✓
  • Freezed on top on a mountain, Mount Victoria, Wellington(Well, a hill, really) ✓
  • Watched a 1 minute sunset together (Oh, so romantic) ✓
  • Bought non-stick pans together (WHAT?!?) ✓
  • Jon supported me at one of my photography workshops ✓

I can’t wait for him to be back again soon. Meanwhile, I’ll deal with the winter winds first.

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