Thursday, December 31, 2015

Goodbye 2015

My heart kind of broke when I didn't receive 2 days of double pay, which is about a quarter of a new laptop. Once they miss the pay, feels like impossible to get paid...

chocolate stash from my colleagues. 

i started to gift out stuff, and got chocolate in return. did i mention i hate getting chocolate? never finish it on time, and it expires. probs gift them to relatives...but i guess it's the thought that counts. new year goal is to actually lose weight. eating so much and getting so fat D= working 6 days a week doesn't help in losing weight unfortunately.

Also decided to get the free 3 month trial for apple music. don't really get how to use it, but i did manage to watch Taylor Swift's 1989 concert video. Look how cool the Sydney stadium was!

I feel like each year has gone by faster. Still remember my last holidays just a year ago....See you in 2016!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

One Tea Lounge and Grill

Have been wanting to try out this place for well a long time now, and finally tried the new menu for freeee, thanks to YO Xmas party (and sponsored by CooperVision). How ironic, haven't had time to attend external event except for the last one of the year...Many photos to come, didn't bring my dslr, so lighting from phone not as great...

Matcha Fries with Sambal Miso Sauce

Nice way to start the night with some shareable snacks. You can see the matcha, but couldn't really taste it. The not spicy sambal style sauce really gave the fries flavour, even dipped my fork in it to have more of the sauce.

open-ish kitchen

I love when chefs open up their kitchen, shows their confidence in their cooking, with nothing to hide, and free entertainment. Although you can't see it whilst sitting, it's still interesting to see when you're standing/walking around


The food was to be shared in pairs, but our table had 3 people, since I think there was an odd number of people who attended. For most meals, we had 2 sets to share between us.

seafood ceviche and octopus salad

love this liquid nitrogen for theatre

The octopus in the scallop shell (which made it confusing since the scallop was the middle one) was definitely the favourite.  The tropical fruit and yuzu dressing complemented the scallop and John Dory nicely, without being too overpowering. Love fresh (slightly raw) seafood.

Matcha Scampi Tiger Prawn Martini

Interesting little diy, and letting us play with our food. The seafood is so fresh, with juicy prawns. The soy sauce didn't look like it had wasabi since it was so clear, and you could only taste the wasabi when you dipped a spoon into it. Apart from that, it was a perfect balance of soy sauce and wasabi for a sushi roll. Couldn't really taste the matcha (although it was visible) on the scampi, but it was so juicy and fresh I don't think it mattered if it did have the matcha or not.

action shot

Miso Pipi Udon Pot

Whole table agreed this was probably the best seafood soup base ever-scampi flavoured so prominent, right balance of the sweetness and seasoning using fresh ingredients. You could taste the effort and love put into it. Not oily either, so we ended up drinking the rest of the soup. It was amazing. There was also over 8 pipis in each pot cooked perfectly. Udon was a bit tricky to get out of the pot without splashing it a bit...We were super satisfied with this (especially waiting over an hour from the previous course)

Ramen Beef Slider

The infamous ramen burger which I tried at the 2013 Night Noodle Markets. The wagyu beef was so juicy, and cooked perfectly as it was still slightly pink in ht emiddle. The ramen itself is a bit burnt, but you expect it to be since it's been fried in heaps of oil. It is super oily, almost impossible to cut in half (as we had an extra one to share between 3 people), and not #cleaneating. Fingers are covered in oil, but it's worth it for the crunchy ramen 'bread'. Wish there were more veggies to balance out all that oil

The chef: David Yip ft 'Flaming Christmas Tree' Demo


This involved stacking a few glasses and wine bottle on top of two cocktails: sour apple flavoured and strawberry. One day I'll come back for cocktails and drinks. Really wanted to get a drink, but I knew I would be get super full from the food. David pours alcohol with lights up once the fire contacts it, and the drink at the bottom gets some of the alcohol as well.

Flaming Wagyu Volcano

Fire lit by the chef (:

Love flaming fire on food! The onion in the middle gives height to the flame, where the poured some sauce on it then lit it with a lighter. Loved the sauce teriyaki sauce with a hint of wasabi. Wagyu beef so soft, and definitely top notch stuff. 

Lava Stone Grill 9+ Wagyu Beef 120gm

This one was more diy, and it's quite hard to tell which pieces are rare/medium, some smaller pieces were properly well done or even over cooked, as it was a small grill and hard to fit everything on/control the cooking. It was still fun though, and it came with three dipping sauces. We all liked the yakiniku (grilled meat) sauce the best, super flavoursome without actually being salty/artificially seasoned. The matcha salt only had a hint of match, and the hollandaise also had a hint of green tea, so would have liked more tea flavour in it, but was still delicious with the good quality meat.

leaning tower of glasses

People from the public also came in for cocktail drinks, with this special demo costing around $60ish (I think). The stack above ended up falling, breaking at least 3 glasses. Expensive cocktails, but it comes with a show and broken glass. One day when I have the money/time, I'll come back for drinks, hopefully. So interesting mixing tea, alcohol, and liquid nitrogen together...

Yuzu Duck with Matcha Peach

Duckkk, one of ym favourite proteins. So delicious with a unique pairing of yuzu flavour and still pink in the middle. Again, would have preferred more matcha on the peach. We only got one dish to share between 3 people, would have liked another one since it's duck.

Infamous Ice Cream Baoger

Finally tried one of these! The normal flavours of green tea, black sesame, and lychee(?), but the new ones on the menu are Ferrero Rocher which chocolate ice cream and miso caramel. Personally I would prefer green tea since I'm not a big chocolate fan, but this was so damn good. White chocolate no too sweet, topped with a smasher chocolate, and drizzled with the miso caramel. The sauce is similar to salted caramel, but the saltiness isn't that noticeable unless you just taste it by itself (or maybe my slider just didn't have enough sauce). The deep fried baos was just deep fried oily goodness. Messy but fun to eat. 

We left early before the last dish (not on the menu)-Watermelon Christmas Tree. We saw David carefully walk to another table open to public, with carefully stacked watermelons forming a xmas tree, which was slightly slanted, but I'm sure it made it to the table fine. Overall, definitely top quality food and service. Changed the plates and cutlery almost after every dish. Was so full after that night. Hope to be back to try more things on the menu and definitely the drinks (:

One Tea Lounge and Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Haven-Xmas Menu

Really wanted to try the gnocchi we missed out on last time, so made sure to wake up early in time for it (or before they sold out), and to try out the new xmas themed items on the menu.

Marilyn Watermelon Iced Tea Mocktail-$6

Look at that colour-on point. There were watermelon bits in there which wasn't properly blended in which made it really hard to suck through with a short straw, so ended up using a spoon, but the tea is refreshing and not artificially sweet at all.


love coffee art, delicious as always

we got this special, not bad for $25

Baked duck breast burger-$14.50

Loving that presentation, especially the 'wow' factor when it came onto the table.

different angle


So I wanted to try the soba which is carbonara based soba noodles, but that didn't have duck, so of course I chose the duck option. There were about 3 pieces of duck decently sized, and it was super juicy and moist! Loved the fresh mulberries, along with cranberry sauce and some splashes of vinegar (I think) for acidity. Plenty of greens to balance all those carbs. The cheesiness on the bun also tied the dish nicely, giving it a some creaminess.

Housemade gnocchi and mushroom: poached egg, parmesan cheese, soy seared mushrooms, tomato kasundi-$14.50

Whe I read the description, I thought it was definitely value for money since it was relatively cheap with quite a few different ingredients, and gnocchi isn't easy to make. I guess in order to do that, the portion size needed to be smaller. There wasn't a lot of gnocchi, and was a bit towards the burnt side. It's more doughy and not enough potato or that kind of chewyish/bouncy yet soft texture. There was quite a bit of oil at the bottom of the dish, but the flavour of it was really nice. Loved the cheese crisps to dip into the tomato or egg yolk. It got slightly spicy in the end for me, but luckily I had my iced tea.


Tea infused panna cotta-$10.50

Again, love the colour of this! Such a vibrant pink/red, with a burst of fresh minute garnish, and edible rose petals. I think MasterChef would have said it was a 'cheats' panna cotta since it's not flipped onto a plate to see if it 'wobbles' properly, but this is a cafe and not a fine dining restaurant. It was served in a glass with a jelly like topping with a hint of tea. This panna cotta is a tad but runnier and not as creamy as others, but the flavours were still so delicious, and didn't taste sugary. Could stare at this all day, haha.

Haven now shouts your meal every hour until Christmas, and also a chance to win free coffee for the year on the public holidays, too bad I'll be working and can't try my luck to get freebies.

Haven Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Christmas 2015

Merry Christmas everyone! (A day late...) Jesus is the reason for the season (:

A few snaps of my feasts the past 2 days.

xmas ham, salmon, 3 salads, prawns

turkey (no stuffing because healthier)



Family friend got this at wholesale price, around $80/kg, and just the tail, which is the lightest part of the whole shell, don't have to waste money paying for the other parts of the lobster/shell. This tail was so big and juicy, love the sweetness of the lobster flavour. The 3rd one I had with garlic butter, which is so fattening but delicious.

expensive red wines

Second from the left is $170, and yes, you can taste the difference compared to the $60 ish one. No cheap wines here. Lovely spending time with family friends, and their friends eating and drinking (:

Round 2 at home:

Roast lamb (cousin got from work)

large oysters-steamed

Also had chicken wings from yday, duck, squid, jellyfish, lamb rack, beef, mushrooms, and other veggies

And I haven't included the photos of all the chocolates, biscuits, and hampers. Definitely at the age where I don't care if people gift me stuff or not, but it's always nice when people show that they care.

In other news, we got a NutriBullet today, yay for a blender which can actually blend frozen bananas without scrapping the sides/getting stuck. Jave yet to try it...but hopefully will have time.

Boxing day sales was so cray, could see it working inside the store. The store I worked at today=no lunch breaks. So, so busy with just 3 staff, and non stop work until we closed the doors, and made people leave.