Chinese Roast Pork Belly ***

Happy Roast Pork Belly Day! Okay, so it’s actually Valentine’s Day, but c’moooooon. Roast Pork Belly Day is about as arbitrary, right? Besides, Valentine’s Day is completely wasted on me. I’m not into getting flowers (they die… and I can buy my own), or chocolates (I only really like plain dark chocolate… and I can buy [...]

Mr Huang Jin

Remember when Melbourne was xiao long bao mad a couple of years ago? That’s one food trend I’m happy to consume. And when Sarah posted about Mr Huang Jin’s XLBs recently, I was keen to check them out after an average XLB experience the previous week. Mr Huang Jin are located in the Rialto tower [...]

1 + 1 Dumpling Noodles

You wouldn’t expect lamb skewers to be the best thing on the menu at a restaurant named 1 + 1 Dumpling Noodles. But if you make it to this casual restaurant in Footscray and don’t eat at least two lamb skewers each, you’re missing out. 1 + 1 Dumpling Noodles has been around for quite [...]

Chinese Spicy and Barbie Kitchen

There’s an inner glutton in me. She is mostly tamed and kept deep down inside, but occasionally she rises to the surface. Normally she comes out in the presence of other gluttons ie Ms Kat. However, I discovered the other night that my glutton is only a glutton in training in comparison to Kat. Kat [...]

Shanghainese pearl balls

Hmmm this post has been sitting in my drafts for months. Remember when Celeste, Penny and I were doing Meal to Share? It seems to have fallen by the wayside – totally understandable because we’ve all had so much going on in our lives. But perhaps after things settle down next year we may resurrect [...]

Tao Tao House

Sometimes the best planned ideas go awry. I often talk about my insane love for egg tarts (I’ve even baked my own before!) and I had plans for an egg tart tasting. A group of egg tart lovers would buy an assortment of egg tarts, get together, and then we’d EAT THEM ALL. After some [...]

Oriental Teahouse: Dumpling masterclass

Disclosure: I attended the masterclass courtesy of Nuffnang & Oriental Teahouse. I recently attended a dumpling masterclass, hosted by David Zhou, at Oriental Teahouse. And guess what I learnt? That I’m a dumpling folding MASTER.

Dainty Sichuan

I love spicy food. And I like being prepared. So I prepared myself for Dainty Sichuan. I tied my hair up, wore short sleeves, and had extra packs of pocket tissues in my purse. Ready for some hot food, I met I-Hua, Allan, Celeste, Bryan, Injera, Anna and partners for a chilli date.

Cookbook Challenge: Fortnight 4, Love

Theme: Love 1st Recipe: Braised beef brisket with chilli and tamarind sauce Cookbook: Blue Ginger 2nd Recipe: Pecan Chai Pie on Cashew Crust Cookbook: Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen The theme for this week’s Cookbook Challenge is “love”. Love, love, love. I’m very fortunate in love – I’m married to my best friend and the love [...]

Mooncake making: Mid-Autumn Festival

On Sunday, I spent a fun couple of hours at

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