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August Dinner for Perthies!

Hi Guys!

By now you SHOULD have received an email from me to inform you of the upcoming gathering for the month.Β  If you haven’t, check your junk mail, it may have filtered through. For those who are completely and utterly absent-minded and disorganized, here are the details:

Date: Saturday 18th August
Time: 7pm (Don’t be late!!)
Place: Kome, a Japanese restaurant in Subiaco, check your email for the address.
RSVP: THIS FRIDAY 10th August I need to finalised the numbers and make the reservations.Β 

I’ll keep you updated should there be any change. πŸ™‚

Have a nice week!




Hi everyone!

This is just a note to let members know that the next Wandering Gourmet gathering will be held on the 18th August, which is a Saturday night. I am currently sorting out the details, so I will let you know closer to the date where it will be held and how much it will be. I guess it would also be handy to mention that it will be at a Japanese restaurant. If you have any input or connections πŸ˜‰ let me know.

Also for September’s gathering, I was thinking of either a picnic or BBQ for two reasons. The first being that September marks the arrival of Spring here in Oz, and it is also suppose to be a gathering where are are required to participate. So what better time to have an outdoors activity?! If you have any ideas as to where to have this picnic/bbq, group games we can play or how we should organise it, please email me what you have come up with.

I’ll be in touch!Β  πŸ˜€

Little Things Amuse Me. Look at the Panda!

We do not eat Pandas!!! This was just cute!

Opinions Needed!!!

Well after another weekend of sitting around trying to come up with something to do on a Saturday night that did NOT include alcohol of any form, I decided that it was time that we compile a list of places to go to for that late night cafe session. I want to know where is the best places to go for coffee/hot chocolate/ shake/ snacks on a Saturday night in Perth. Oriels in Subiaco use to top my list of a good late night coffee session as they were opened 24hrs, but that fat waiter/cashier was really rude and I, like the majority of Oriel patrons, disliked him and his “service”. Actually, Oriels had alot of flaws, but I think I put up with it a lot due to the fact that Subi has friendly drunks as opposed to Northbridge who has angry/crazy drunks, on a Saturday night.Since it has reopened, amid rumors and speculations about why the place closed down in the first place, I’ve only been once. It wasn’t the same as before though the layout is basically the same. The decor seems too new and sterile to me at the moment, but this may change when they have less time to clean up. Kekeke. Good to note, I didn’t see the angry, fat guy there, and the waitstafff were really friendly and had a great sense of humor. The prices for the place was a bit steep though. I’ve forgotten what it is called now, so I’ll change this later. I must say however I liked my mango milkshake. πŸ˜€ Unfortunately from what I hear, the new cafe closes at 2am.

Address- 483 Hay Street, Subiaco

Makan2– The other place I really like going to is Makan2 in Victoria Park. I like the atmosphere, you can go in and sit and talk for hours on end, and the staff will pretty much leave you to it. They also have wireless net connection, I forgotten how much they charge as I don’t use it, but the place is more a hangout to chat and catch up with old friends. On most night they also have the music channel playing on a big screen. They make a fantastic Teh Tarik (Pulled tea) and a generous serving of roti parata. For a mere $3 you get a big steaming mug of teh tarik, and also for $3 you can get a giant piece of plain roti parata with curry sauce for dipping. Again the place is usually full of students and families looking for a halal meal, so if you want somewhere to have quite personal chat, this is definitely NOT the place to go. The main flaws with this place is that even with all the space they have, the cafe fills up pretty quickly, and as a result they have taken to cramming the rooms with lot of tables and chairs. navigating around these tables is real hard, and if you have small children with you, I implore you to leave the prams in the car!!!! The other thing is that even though the staff are really friendly, the service is really slow. I can understand this though as on a Saturday night in a place this big I only saw four people waiting on the tables. I would highly suggest to the owners to put two extra people to lighten the load during the rush periods. I don’t know what time this place closes, but it says till late and I have only ever been there till 12.30 at night, so I’m not too sure what the closing time is.

Address: 357 Albany Hwy, Victoria Park

Moon Cafe– I also like, Moon Cafe in Northbridge. They make a pretty good late night food stop, and the music is different. Though the staff are very friendly, a few of them, I’m assuming they are backpackers, look like they could do with a feed and a shower. LOL. I don’t mean to be rude, but the guy who serve us one night looked like he hadn’t eaten in weeks. I felt like giving him my dinner! But they do make a damn fine cookies and cream cheesecake!!!

Address: Shop 2, 323 William Street, Northbridge

Other places I can think of but not in detail are:

Funtastico (Subiaco)– I know how certain people see this place, but you cannot deny that they make the yummiest sticky date pudding!!!!!! It was gooey and warm like a good pudding should, but the pudding itself wasn’t sickening rich like how a lot of place make it. I felt that the lady/manager(?) can be a bit stuck up sometimes though, the rest of the staff have always been really friendly.

Address: 12 Rokeby Road, Subiaco

44 King Street– If you cannot find this place you need help! πŸ˜€ I love this place for the tables and chairs they have! It so cool! The food and coffee being good is a bonus. Hehehe. The kitchen stays open until 12, but I’ve only ever stayed there till 11, we tend to head up to King Park for a late night stroll after this place. πŸ˜€

Address: 44 King Street, Perth

Gino’s (Fremantle)– Located along the Cappuccino strip in Freo, I like this place as once you have made your order they leave to to your own devices and they have a very relaxed and casual atmosphere, much like the rest of Freo. I feel however that whenever I go to order at the counter, the guy who takes my order has an opinion about what we get. I know we are sharing the food and we haven’t ordered much, but the servings are a bit too big for me to finish off on my own! Once we get over that initial discomfort the rest of the staff are great, smile a lot and very friendly. I know this place opens till pretty late, but I don’t hang out in Fremantle late at night, so I’m not too sure until when it remains open.

Cafe:1-5 South Terrace, Fremantle

Gino's at nightFast Eddy's West Perth44 King St- Love the table and chairs!

I suppose late night cafe haunts are not complete with out a mention of the Fast Eddy’s Cafes. I love the concept of a 24hour place, and I love the decor they have at all of their franchises. They have lots of good greasy food and drinks to satisfy your late night cravings, and on many occasions I have gotten phones calls from many a friend who has ever wanted to go for a late night meet up at the last minute. Yes I still go, even with knowledge of the stories I’ve heard. :p Its become quite the place for late night food.

Addresses- 454 Murray St Perth 6000; Carousel Shopping Centre Shop R103; Albany Hwy Cannington; Walter Road The Galleria Morley; 13 Essex St Fremantle

Of course here is always a McDonald’s I guess, and the 24hr Maccas in Melville does a roaring trade from midnight-2am with the hungry late night revelers who are heading home/out. πŸ˜€ Then there’s bubble T at Utopia on James St in Northbridge, but bubble T isn’t coffee or hot chocolate. 😦

So let me know where you go because I need to find somewhere new!

Re: The Cooking Challenge

As I have sometime at the moment, I thought I’d reminisce about Sunday night’s cooking challenge.

Lets start with the entrees.Β  There was the prawn cooked three ways and the bruchetta. I love the presentation of the prawns, I thought it was very creative and I especially love the one that was crumbed on mayo. That was really yummy, and I wouldn’t mind having another one. The prawn with the spring roll skin, I liked that, but I think the spring roll pastry could do with a little more frying as it wasn’t crispy enough, but I also understand that any longer, and they prawn would have been overcooked. The final prawn which was peppered and on a bed of snow pea sprouts, I really enjoyed the citrus dressing it was tossed through. The only flaw I could find in it was that my prawn was a little too cooked, but as everyone else really enjoyed theirs, I think it may have just been my one. 😦 Overall I really loved this!

The other team made bruchetta, I really loved this as the colours from the tomatoes, capsicum and the onion were gorgeous! However the bread was a little moist, and so taking into account the time it took for us to get round to eating it after taking the photos and discussing it. You guys are totally forgiven and I would have to say it was great!

Next was the mains. Although we did say to do one entree, and one main, one particular group made FIVE mains. LOL! I guess I should give them a special thanks. You guys really filled us up. LOL! the group with the prawn entrees continued their seafood theme with a pasta with calamaris. I must say I quite enjoyed it. The dish looked very simple yet it had alot of flavors to it. I should point out however, the pasta was a little overcooked. 😦 I suspect however that it may be due to the reheating. They served this with a nice salad which I must say had one of the yummiest dressings I’ve tasted in quite awhile! πŸ˜€ Please forward your salad dressing recipe to me!!! πŸ˜€

The bruchetta group made a whopping four kinds of pasta; one with pesto, one tomato based vegetarian, one with a cheese sauce and one which they called the “multicultural pasta” which from what I could gather, was a combination of vegetables in pasta. LOL. As I am a proud “pea-hater” I wasn’t too impressed that there were peas in the last pasta. πŸ˜› But I forgive you as you had not way of knowing that. πŸ˜‰Β  They also made a salt and pepper chicken which was presented to us covered with capsicum bits all over it. πŸ˜€ Very technical terminology I know. πŸ˜‰ Of the five dishes, I really liked the pesto and the cheese pastas. I love cheese, so no need to explain that one, the pesto I felt was really delicious and praise worthy. πŸ˜€ The salt and pepper chicken, although tasted good, I think it could have done to have sit in the fryer for a little bit longer to further cook the meat. Not that it was so undercooked we are gonna end up with food poisoning or anything like that, one that it would have tasted better with a longer cooking time.

So of the two teams who fared better? I’d have to say it was a draw. I’m sorry but it is. The food was all really good, and I throughly enjoyed everything. I think everyone should be congratulated as you all did a fantastic job. Those who couldn’t make it you guys really lost out!

Big Shout-Out!!

Hi all!

As you know we have now reached the middle of the year, so as businesses run around celebrating the end of financial year, it is also a time where there are seems to be so many birthdays. I know that there are a few members birthday on this weekend, so I shall take this moment to wish them a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! And to those who’s birthdays will be occurring over the following month, best wishes and good luck! More importantly, I would like to, on behalf of the whole club, wish our President, Angela a very Happy Birthday for today and I wish you many more to come!!!! πŸ™‚

The Dragon Boat Festival

On the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese lunar calendar, is the Chinese festival known as η«―εˆη―€ or Danwun Jie, β€œThe Dragon Boat Festival”. According to the legend, in 278 BC, a poet know as Qu Yuan, who was also a trusted adviser to the emperor. One of his enemies the ruler of the Qin state, paid the emperor’s favorite mistress and the emperor’s brother to spread rumors about Qu Yuan in order to get the emperor to loose his trust in his adviser. As a result, the emperor sent the poet into exile. During his time in exile, he received a reputation for his honesty, kindness and honor. Upon hearing that the capital was captured by the Qin, he fell into a depression and wrote his last poem before carrying a giant rock to weigh himself down, he walked into the Milua River, committing suicide.

Qu Yuan the Poet who's death started off the festival

When the villager heard about his suicide, they raced their boats to save him, banging drums and splashing the water to scare the fishes and evil spirits from killing Qu Yuan, and throwing in rice dumplings into the water so that they would not consume his body. However his body was never found. Another legend is that a few nights after this, he appeared to a friend in a dream telling him that he had been taken by a River dragon, and so that he would not be eaten by the dragon, they were to make the rice dumplings in a three cornered package and throw that into the water.Dragon Boat races Dragonboat racing in the US

That tradition is still carried on to today, when on the anniversary of his death, people gather to make the tri-cornered rice dumplings and to race dragon boats. This year the anniversary falls on the 19th of June. On Saturday, my family and I made these rice dumplings. There are a wide variety of rice dumplings depending on your family ethnicity. The northern Chinese make their dumplings in a longer shape, and fill it with sweet adzuki bean paste, the Southern Chinese make savory ones. Being of Southern Chinese decent and more specifically of Hokkien decent, we usually make the dark savory ones (It is dark because we use soy sauce instead of salt. We call it Bar Tzang, Zongzi ongzior Meat Dumplings as it usually contains meat, but I know of several Vegetarians who refer to it only as Tzang and rather than having meat, they fill it with mushrooms and black eyed peas only. Some also add the vegetarian ham, which I reckon tastes like spam. Hehehe. In our version we put in a chestnut, a piece of Chinese mushroom, and a piece of β€œ3 layer pork” which is just pork with the fat and skin layer still on it. The fat is needed, as the dumplings themselves can dry out, and the fat layers leak out the fat to moistion the whole package. The rice mixture is then wrapped in giant bamboo leaves, and let me tell you, there is a trick to it, and it usually takes a couple of goes before you can get it right. The package is then tied with a string and boiled until the rice is soft, sticky and fluffy.

Tzang ingredientsTzang ready to be boiledCookedInside a Tzang

As there is just way too many variations of making it, I won’t bother putting up the recipe for it, but if you are curious as to what it tastes like, the Asian grocers usually have a box of it for sale around this time every year. This is a one of those treats which although may not look so special, is considered a treat as it is usually only made and eaten on a particular day every year. I find it tastes quite like a a package of fried rice without the peas. πŸ™‚ So on this year if you should go see the Dragon boat races, enjoy a picnic on the foreshore eating some Zongzi and remembering the story of Qu Yuan.