Super Easy Polvoron Recipe – Filipino Dessert

Ingredients:

* 2 cups plain flour
* 1 cup sugar
* 1 cup powdered milk
* 125g butter
* 1 large tbs peanut butter (add more if desired)

Method:

1. Sift the flour and place into a large pot on medium heat (no oil or butter required) and stir constantly for 10-15 minutes or until the flour starts to turn light brown.
2. Transfer flour into a large bowl and add the milk powder and sugar and combine together
3. Melt the butter and mix with peanut butter
4. Add butter mixture into to the flour mixture and combine until it forms a light damp sand texture
5. Using a polvoron molder tool (ask your filipino friends mum where to get one) scoop the mixture and then rub against the side of the bowl until nice and firm.
6. Pop the polvoron out from the molder tool onto some square pieces of tissue paper (Japanese paper) and wrap it like a candy or pop it straight into your mouth (you don’t have to wrap it up but it’s always a treat to open it up like a candy)

Here’s a few pictures that follow the method above.

Step1.

Flour In Pot

Step2.

Add milk powder and sugar
Step3.

melted butter & peanut butter
Step4.

Polvoron Mixture

Step5.

Polvoron Mold Tool

Step6.

Popping out Polvoron from polvoron mold tool

Things I learnt:

* If the mixture falls apart easily in the molded form or when wrapping, add more butter until it becomes more firm
* If the flour isn’t turning light brown, be patient, you’ll get there.
* Although it’s a very easy dessert/treat to make, it’s a tedious task of molding the polvoron and wrapping it up
* I love polvoron, so I doubled the ingredients and made plenty to share!

 

Joomak – Hidden Korea Melbourne

 

Door

When I say hidden, I really mean hidden. There’s no sign outside on the street, well none that I could see, so if you happen to stumble across this place by just walking through a door down Swanston St having a look what’s downstairs then you’ve done very well. How did I find out about this place? Unfortunately I didn’t stumble upon this place but it was pointed out by a friend who begged me to not put this on my blog because it’s such a hidden treasure. Oh well, sharing is caring.

The entrance is a bit shabby and their sign which from memory last time I went past wasn’t there so I guess it’s a little easier to find now.

Joomak Letters

But once you walk in, you feel like you’re in Korea. Well that’s what my partner said because she recently came back from there. As you walk in there’s cute little seating compartments, a bar and some casual seating area in front of the bar. My partner and I got to sit in this cute little booth for two. Sort of reminded me of the cupboard space underneath a staircase (I wasn’t paying much attention but it probably was the area underneath a staircase, lol) Joomak Interior

Table for two

seating areaHad some beef bulgogi which was my favourite and was very full of flavour and I loved the straw mushrooms on top.

Beef Bulgogi

Pork belly went super well with its accompanied sides but obviously very plain on its own. I think you’re supposed to wrap it in the cabbage and then add the sweet pickled radish or something that came with it. Should of asked, got excited because the menu said pork belly.Pork Belly

We also grabbed some beef soup which went well with what we got and hit the spot on a cold long winter night.Beef Soup

Then of course a whole bunch of sides which is why I love Korean food and restaurants. The side dish that I found weird because I hadn’t seen it served or tried it like that before was the ‘raw garlic’. Have you ever eaten garlic like that? Was weird but I quite liked it and helped with some of the spicy items.Raw Garlic

I’m pretty sure its cash only, so make sure you bring some mulla and they probably don’t do bookings either. They’re open from 5pm every day and close til late.Joomak Trading Hours

I like Joomak’s interior and the food was okay but the prices were a bit steep for the amount you get. I would of liked to have tried some of their soju wine’s, cocktails and drinks but it wasn’t that type of night. The seating booths are cute but if you’ve got a big group, prepare to squish together.

I didn’t know but the corner of Swanston St and A’beckett St in Melbourne hosts some funky looking Korean and Japanese restaurants. Might have to do a series on that area. But I do see myself going back to Joomak for some wine, cocktails and light nibblies.

Joomak Dishes

Location:Basement 407-409 Swanston St Melbourne, 3000
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Spanish Doughnuts – All Churro-ed Out

Chocolate Covered Churros
OMG, chocolate covered churros!!! That’s right with the help of Ashley from Food Pampering Yourself and Spanish Doughnuts I got to taste them all, well most of them! That’s why I’m all churro-ed out! So many different chocolate coverings and stuffing to make anyone go into a Churro Food Coma.

Here’s what I tried and a few more! They have milk chocolate churro, dark chocolate, white chocolate, tripple chocolate, caramel stuffed churro, custard stuffed churro, peanut butter stuffed churro, jam stuffed churros, plain churros and much more!
Display of Churros But my favourite type of churro is the plain type. I like em soft, crunchy, sprinkled with icing sugar and served with a side of milk, dark or white chocolate.Plain ChurroI went to the store on Elizabeth St close to Flinders St, don’t expect a massive store where you can chomp away on churros because it’s a small express Churro outlet with a few tables outside but I guess it’s more for on the go cravings! If you love churro’s I dare you to try them all!
Spanish Doughnuts - Store Front

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Spanish Doughnuts CHURRO EATING COMPETITION!

OKAY! If you’re a churro junkie and you think you can eat all the churro’s above and more then Spanish Doughnuts are holding their very first CHURRO EATING COMPETITION!!! Where you can win $1000 for eating the most churros in 2 minutes. That’s right, one thousand dollars! From me posting this you don’t have much time to register because registration closes just before 11am on the 13th of August 2011 where they’ll be randomly selecting 10 lucky contestants to partake in the Churro Eating Competition! They’ll announce this at their Westfield Doncaster store. Don’t worry you don’t have to be there, they’ll notify you by email. The actual competition will be held on Saturday the 20th of August, noon at Federation Square, Melbourne. So you better Register Now!

Churros

Don’t worry if you don’t make the cut, they’ll be giving out a whole lot of free Churros on the day and you’ll get to see 10 very eager churro eaters chomping on a whole lot of churro.

To sum up it up…

Registration: Closes at around 10:30am Saturday 13th August 2011. Click here to register!

Churro Eating Competition:
@ Federation Square
Saturday 20th August 2011
12pm (noon)

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Anyways, got a churro craving or want a churro with a twist? Try out Spanish Doughnuts. They have a stall down at Flinders St Station as well so when you get off the train or while waiting for your train, maybe try each flavour and share it here.
Spanish Doughnuts - Sign

If you haven’t had enough churro from this post, check out these posts from a few other bloggers:

Location: 9 Elizabeth St, Melbourne, 3000
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Phone: (03) 9654 5577

Quang Vinh – St Albans – Westsideeee

Welcome to the Westside! Quang Vinh sits on the most popular street in St Albans, ‘Alfrieda St’! In my opinion Quang Vinh is probably the best Vietnamese restaurant on the street. You can’t miss it with its big orange neon sign.Quang Vinh Store Front

I’m a big fan of trying new places and trying different and beautiful food but everyone needs a safety net when you just want a good feed without the big effort to book, travel and experiment with your taste buds. I have a regular set of dishes I order when I come here, so I guess I’m recommending the following dishes:

Chicken Spare RIbsChicken Spare Ribs: These are so crispy and so tasty that I could eat a bucket full of them.

Mongolian Sizzling BeefMongolian Sizzling Beef: Stand back when this arrives because it really does sizzle! The beef is nice and juicy and is perfect with any type of rice (fried, plain & tomato) This is a perfect dish to share.

Diced Beef With Tomato Rice

Diced Beef with Tomato Rice: I label this as the white man’s dish of choice. Every non-asian loves diced beef and to get someone who’s new to Vietnamese food or eating at a Vietnamese restaurant, start them on this dish. I’ve had a good share of diced beef and this places high on my list.

Flounder with Tamarind sauce

Flounder with Tamarind sauce: Flash fried flounder is awesome! Sometimes the tamarind sauce can be overwhelming but then you just scrape the excess off. Durrr! This is another great dish for sharing.

Seafood Hotpot

Seafood Hotpot: I’m a big fan of seafood but not so much with vegetables…typical male! So its a dish I don’t usually order but when someone else does, I tend to steal all the seafood pieces before they all disappear. It’s a good dish but not of my forte.

Quang Vinh has so many items on their menu and I probably won’t try all of them but I do like my favourites. I suggest not to order take-away as it tastes much better fresh. Went to eat there on a Wednesday night and the place was full and had to share a large table with another group of people.

When it comes to Vietnamese restaurants, service is quite poor and this place is no exception. Sometimes I feel that asian restaurants or waiters give me the impression that I should be privileged to eat at their restaurant but being engaged to one, I guess I’m used to it (jokes if you’re reading this). As I said Quang Vinh is one of my safety nets and always find myself eating there and generally the food is good.Menu

Location: Alfrieda St, St Albans, 3021
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Phone: (03) 9366 4147