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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Chrysanthemum Tea

Chrysanthemum Tea is a flower-based tisane made from chrysanthemum flowers of the species Chrysanthemum morifolium or Chrysanthemum indicum, which are most popular in East Asia.

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The Health & Beauty Benefits of Chrysanthemum Tea

  1. Chrysanthemum tea has Vitamin C in which helps ease heaviness in the head during cold and provide relief in sinusitis discomfort. This herbal tea also has antiviral properties and helps relieve congestion in the head which may be caused by viral infection. The heaviness in the head could also be caused due to bacterial pathogenic reaction. Chrysanthemum tea is anti spirochetal in nature thus it is really helpful in easing head congestion.
  2. Chrysanthemum tea is naturally caffeine free, hence, it is free from all the side effects of caffeine like anxiety, tension, irritation, nervousness and confusion.
  3. Chrysanthemum tea is a natural coolant and helps in lowering the temperature of the body when suffering from fever or even heat stroke. This herbal tea is also helpful in treating pimples and acne. It can also treat discomfort of high temperature such as headache, slight toothache and throbbing nerves in the gums.
  4. Chrysanthemum tea is good for the detoxification of the liver and for lowering cholesterol levels.
  5. This tea helps in the treatment of coronary artery disease, blocked arteries and even varicose veins.
  6. Chrysanthemum tea has stimulating property and helps in alerting the senses and rejuvenating the brain. It stimulates all your senses very quickly and also calms down the nerves.
  7. It helps in easing giddiness.
  8. Drinking Chrysanthemum tea helps in providing relief in sore throat, redness in the eyes, itchiness in the eyes, dryness in the eyes and dark sport in the eye area.
  9. It makes the lungs strong and helps in providing relief in respiratory problems such as shortness of breath.
  10. Chrysanthemum tea when taken with lunch or dinner especially with oily foods helps ease digestion.
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Preparation: Chrysanthemum tea is obtained from dried chrysanthemum flowers. You can easily make it by adding hot water in 3 grams of dried chrysanthemum flowers, let the mix steep for 5 minutes.

Information sources from Wikipedia & floraorganica.com.au

Friday, November 29, 2013

The Gaya Applecross

Like many other bloggers I was invited by Leo, the proud new Owner/Manager and Head Chef of the newly opened The Gaya in Applecross.

Having just came back from a few foodie tours in Singapore and Hong Kong, my expectation of food in general was quite high.

For the location of the restaurant and the style of food, I had expected the interior of The Gaya Restaurant to be more uplifting, rather than the casual atmosphere that I walked into.

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The Gaya interior

Having already loved Aisuru Sushi’s modern fusion combination of Japanese, I came to The Gaya with open arms, heart ...and an appetite ready to conquer anything coming my way (except for the food coma, which I expected to come later on though) Smiley

We started off with the complimentary rice cake, which I thought was amazing, smeared with the accompanied mayonnaise on the side!!! http://www.nini-foodielicious.com/

For Entree I chose to have the Fish Jijimi which tasted a bit chewy (as expected with the glutinous flour batter) but the fish itself was slightly flaky and fresh. As interesting as the taste and texture was, the Jijimi still lacked that ....oooomph! Perhaps it's those spicy elements I’ve come to expect from the traditional Korean dishes.

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Fish Jijimi (Fish, glutinous rice flour, egg) $12 GF
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MM chose the Salmon for his Entree and he commented on how well the seasonings came together in the salmon texture. The Salmon Gravlax was marinated in gin, salt, sugar, plum and dill and served with wakame and tobiko mayo Smiley
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Salmon (salmon, dill, caper, onion, tobiko) $14 GF
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For the Mains, I chose to have the Seafood Stew while MM chose to have the Tteokgalbi.
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I liked how my Seafood Stew came out with the Bonito Flakes flapping back and forth as if it's still alive!!! The Seafood Stew was nice and the soup broth was just right... though a bit more zing (chilli) to it would have been perfect!

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Mine - Seafood Stew (prawn, scallop, squid, fish, capsicum, zucchini, sticky rice) $28 GF

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Side dish for our Mains - pickle cabbages, oyster mushroom, shredded potatoes

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His - Tteokgalbi (beef spare rib, potato, rice cake, pine nut, egg, oyster mushroom) $30 GF
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At one stage MM mentioned that his beef tasted like pork, but overall the dish was great apart from the rice cakes which he was not too keen on.

By the time we'd finished our mains, we were slightly on par with being very very full... but we couldn't just leave without trying the famous Red Misu that the other bloggers had been raving about and so we ordered one to share.
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I am so glad we did! The Red Misu was just right with the level of sweetness and the red beans were definitely a pleasant surprise!

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I red beans sweet in general and to combine it in this modern twist of Tiramisu was just perfect... well almost, that is if they would care to doze it with a bit more of the coffee liqueur... actually lots more would be ideal!!!
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The Gaya is BYOB ($3 corkage) and I am glad we had brought this little gem, I bought back from Hong Kong with us, because it complimented all the dishes we had above so well!!!
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Summary: The Gaya was a great night out for MM and I and while dinner was complimentary (courtesy thanks to The Gaya, Leo and his wonderful team), all opinions expressed in this post are purely mine and mine alone.
  
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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Baby Bok Choy with Oyster Sauce

I don't know since when I got addicted to eating steamed vegetables with oyster sauce, perhaps thanks to all those times I frequented Dim Sum places for brunch with friends and family.
 
Often if I like a dish enough, I would search high and low for recipes to make them at home; as such Baby Bok Choy with Oyster Sauce is one of those dishes!

There are a few variations that I have tried and tested and  to be honest, I  them all.

Variation 1 is nice if you don't want it to be too saucy and of course for presentation, it looks better as well.

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Ingredients:
2 tbspns oyster sauce
3 tbspns chicken stock
2 tspns soy sauce
1 tspn sesame oil
4-5 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tspn corn flour (cornstarch), mixed with
1 tbsp (extra) chicken stock
1 bunch baby bok choy, bottoms trimmed, washed.
 
Method:
  1. Heat a small saucepan over high heat, add 1tbsp oil, fry the minced garlic until golden. Combine oyster sauce, stock, soy sauce, sesame oil and corn flour mixture.
  2. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring until sauce bubbles and thickens; remove from heat.
  3. Blanch bok choy in a saucepan of boiling water for about 1 minute; remove from pan with a slotted spoon and rinsed under cold running water. Drained.
  4. Pour oyster sauce over it and serve.
 
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For Variation 2, I added in ¼ cup of oyster sauce instead of 2 tbspns to make it more saucy - just the way I like it!
 

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The New Shima

Lured in by their sign of Cheap Eats under $10.00 for lunch, Miss Katie and I ventured into this hidden charm one lunch time, to discover that The New Shima not only a nice and welcoming place to eat, but the food were also great and value for money as well.

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Both Katie and I tried out this deal first -
while Katie has the Teriyaki Chicken set above with the drink;

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I chose to have the Teriyaki Fish set, also with a drink and it was delish!

We subsequently came back to The New Shima numerous times after ward and tried out the rest of their menu.

Below are a few of our favourites...

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Chicken Udon $7.50

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Japanese Curry $7.50

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Beef Bowl $7.50

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For taste, atmosphere and value for money, I'd choose The New Shima over Taka any day, though the choices are not as extensive as Taka, but the quality of the food and service are well worth it!

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Beluga

It's not every day that I get to go to Claremont Quarter. Firstly, I don't live in the area and secondly there isn't a need for me to do so, unless I was craving for a really good chocolate hit from Koko Black!

So when MM said he has some errands to do in Claremont Quarter, I decided to tag along and checking out the place while we were there.

We arrived at Claremont Quarter just after midday and once MM has finished with his errands, we decided to grab a bite to eat and what better than Beluga since I have read so many good reviews about it!

At 2pm the lunch rush was over and Beluga wasn't as busy as we thought which was good for us, because we didn't have to queue up for tables or having long waits etc.  

I have been craving for Chilli Mussels for quite sometimes now and upon seeing that Beluga has Chilli Mussels on their menu, I was instantly happy!!!

Beside the Chilli Mussels, MM and I also ordered 2 Chef's Specials dishes, these weren't on the menu, but since the waitress advertised it so well, MM decided to try them too.
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Pink Sea Salt & Pepper - table decor

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Toasted bread & Olive Oil dip

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Chef's Special: Arancini Balls (4), we ate 2 before I remembered to take photos!!!

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Chef's Special: Stuffed Squids - the squids were too tasty, we'd polished 'em off our plates in no time!

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Chilli Mussels - not as chilli as we'd thought but it was nice and satisfying nevertheless!

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and who could resisted some extra chippies??

Beluga is amongst some of the best eats places in Perth, with its tasty food, friendly and attentive staff (not too pushy) and super efficient service, what more could you ask for? We will return.


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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Takeshi Kaneshiro ♫

I know this has nothing to do with food, but I have been admiring Takeshi Kaneshiro for so long now, that I just have to have him on my blog  

Takeshi Kaneshiro* (Japanese and Chinese born October 11, 1973) is a Japanese actor and singer of mixed heritage - his father is Okinawan and his mother is Taiwanese. *Source: Wikipedia.com





Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Shanghai Tea Garden

I caught up for dinner with Karen and Michelle, whom I have met the ATFT's Photography Workshop back in July and this is the place that Karen has recommended to try as none of us have been here before.

I have seen Shanghai Tea Garden various times before (usually on my way to Lido or the Asian grocery stores nearby) but never had the chance to visit, until last Friday.

Shanghai Tea Garden has a really nice and traditional entrance look to its gate with red lantern hung at the top of the door frame, which I thought was very neat.

Shanghai Tea Garden isn't a very big place, and I was surprised to see that every single table they have  in there was 'reserved' - "This place must be good" I thought to myself.

As none of us have been there before and there were quite a few choices to pick, we decided to ask for recommendations from the waitstaff and below are the things that we have ordered.

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Xia Jiang Spicy Chicken and Handmade Noodles (medium size; serves 3) -  This dish was strangely tasty and oh so filling! The noodle tastes great and they were quite addictive too

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Xiao Long Bao [Shanghai Dumplings] tasted great, just as good as Dragon's too

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I couldn't have a meal without some vegetables, so we ordered a dish of Fried String Beans with Garlic to share ツ

Overall our meal came to about $57.00 - $19pp for dinner in Northbridge is a bargain any day! 


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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Good Fortune Roast Duck House

Good Fortune Roast Duck House has always been our favourites. MM and I often came here for our Roast Duck fix and we have been doing so, on and off for the last 10+ years. Some loyal customers we are indeed!!!

Roast Duck House, like many typical Hong Kong style hawker places, are considered to be an Asian equivalent to MacDonald's "fast food" for Westerner. It is simply a "no fuss" eating house. Don't expect 5 stars services here. Just go in, wait for a seat, order, eat and then go. Simple as that - so don't stress, otherwise it will ruin your day. 

Below are just a few of our usual favourite dishes at Good Fortune - we're creature of habits and tend to order the same dishes each time we'd come for our roast duck fix


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Good Fortune menu ツ

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Boneless Roast Duck ツ

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Salted Fish Fried Rice ツ

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Salt & Pepper Tofu ツ

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Sambal Kangkung (seasonal only) ツ


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