Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls – Prawn & Pork

Rice paper rolls for dinner. It’s always best to make your own rice paper roll rather than pre-making rice paper rolls.

It gives the family or company time to bond and of course you can make your roll as big or small as you want.

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Now how easy is it to prepare and put together? This easy!

So, what are the main ingredients and I’ve added a few tips to putting it together.

I’m going to list this in the order I put my rice paper roll together.

Rice Paper Rolls – best to get them from an Asian grocer rather than your local supermarket like Coles or Woolworths. Have a bowl of hot water to put the rice paper roll in to soften it up ready for rolling.

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Lettuce – usually it’s prepared in big pieces but you can also chop em up into smaller pieces.

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Mint Leaves & Greens – I like it with mint leaves but there’s other types of leaves you can use to mix it up.

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Rice Virmicelli – thin rice noodles you can get from any supermarket or Asian grocer. I don’t like to put alot but some people like to pile this onto their roll.

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Cucumber – not necessary but gives the crunch in the roll

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Prawns – just boil and peel them. If you’re using larger prawns I like to cut them in half

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Pork – boil some pork belly and then cut them into slices

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Hoisin Sauce – get this from your local Asian grocer. Start with a bit of oil in a pot on medium heat, add some chopped up garlic, then add the hoisin sauce mixture, add a pinch of salt, a spoonful of peanut butter (yup peanut butter) and then add some boiling water. Make sure to stir constantly.

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That’s it. Not hard at all and the best thing about it is that it’s quite healthy minus the sauce.

Wayside Inn – Did you say Steak?

I love steak and who doesn’t, well… I guess vegetarians don’t. Anyways, I’m always looking for a good place to have some steak but not just any steak, some good steak!

Jenny’s work mates sent myself and Jenny to Wayside Inn for Jenny’s birthday treat. So sweet of them!!! Thank you so much guys!! We loved it and the food was great.

I was so excited to use my new Canon 7D to take photos and I pull out the camera to take a picture of the front before it got dark and I thought to myself it’s a bit lighter than usual. Silly me I forgot to put the battery in. Doh! But didn’t panic because the trusty iPhone4 is always near. And you guessed it, these photos are from the iPhone4 and some of them have been filtered through Instagram (if you guys are an iPhone owner and haven’t joined instagram yet, jump on board coz its awesome! well i think so. While you’re at it checkout my instagram posts)

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We thought the water jugs were great. They came in blue and green and made a gurgling sound when completing the pour. Made me laugh each time.

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For entree we had the Plateau De La Mer which had scallops, oysters, mussels, bugs, clams, prawns, smoked salmon, crab and calamari. Alot ey? Most of the seafood came in threes so it was more of a sharing plate for 3 but that meant more for me and Jen. The oysters were a bit small. The sauces complimented the seafood well, overall it was good but probably not needed as I struggled to finish my steak.

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I love it when restaurants serve bread but the bread needs to be fresh and soft but with a crunchy/soft crust and have good butter to work with it. I found the bread a bit hard and could of done with some time in the oven before they serve it. Sorry that’s how I like my bread.

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Now for the steaks! I got greedy and picked the 500g Rib Eye. All the BBQ steaks are served with a garnish of salad and beranaise sauce. I got mine done medium rare but it came out more medium but I still like it that way. I found the bearnaise sauce too much but then its up to you how much you want with each bite. The steak was cooked well and I enjoyed it but 500g was a bit much after the seafood sharing plate and we also got a side of crispy twice cooked chips. There was quite a bit of fat in the rib-eye so if you don’t like fat, probably stay away from that.

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Jenny ordered the 300g Scotch Fillet which was probably a more sensible size to get with all the extra food we ordered. Because it’s served the same for all the steaks, it’s all up to your preference on cuts. The steaks are good but I found Station Hotel steak in Footscray a little better.

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It’s not cheap to eat at Wayside Inn but the food is not too bad. I can compare this place to Station Hotel in Footscray as the setup, food offerings and setup is quite similar. Being the new kid on the block, they’ve done quite well to establish themselves. The service is great as our waitress knew the menu quite well and they filled our water when running low.

Jenny and I enjoyed ourselves, service was great and the steaks were good so I’m giving Wayside Inn a thumbs up for steak lovers plus its new so it’s good to change the scene.

Location: 446 City Road, South Melbourne VIC 3205
(03) 9682 9119
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Opening Hours:
7 Days a week, 11am til late.

2012 World Churro Eating Competition – St Kilda Festival

Last year in 2011 the guys at Spanish Doughnuts held the World’s first churro eating competition at Federation Square and even got covered by the 7PM project.

This year they’re going to gather the crowds at St Kilda Festival 2012 on Sunday 12th of Feb at the Melbourne Salsa Stage, Latin Quarter. I’m pretty sure all you need to do is rock up before 3pm and be 1 of 8 lucky contestants picked out from the crowd and if you can eat your way through the most churros in 2 minutes then you score a whopping $1000, just for eating a bunch of churros. I might even give it a go and hope I get chosen!

Now this makes me want some churros!!!

 

Here’s some details on the event but if you want to know more make sure you visit the Spanish Doughtnuts website!

Place: St Kilda Festival, Melbourne Salsa Stage, Latin Quarter
Date: February 12, 2012
Time: Starts 3pm (need to arrive before 2:30PM)
Prize Money: $1000

Photos have been supplied by the event organisers & Spanish Doughnuts

NAPBAS 2011 – Malaysia – Day2 – Golf, Blog Awards & Beautiful People

One month has passed and I’ve only managed to get Day2 of the NAPBAS Malaysia trip out. Oh well, I like to take my time. hehehe.Day2

Friday was the Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards so that meant free time until the evening. So we decided to have a hit on the golf course after breakfast which should of given us enough time to head back to our hotel room to get ready.

The sunnies out, golf gear on, the cool kids are ready for some golf.

Tim starts us off with a smashing hit…or was it?

Tim & Kruppy played as one team who were proabably 2 or 3 holes in front of us so we decided to skip a few holes and steal their buggy. Here’s a pic of Dave stealing their buggy, it’s pretty tiny but it’s proof that he stole it. LOL

When 2 buggy’s became 3.

The Awards

After golf it was straight to the hotel room to get ready for the Blog Awards!

This is where the beautiful people part comes up. Everyone looked stunning and sh-mick for the Blog Awards. To start off we have the Nuffnang Australia Crew

Followed by a whole bunch of pictures with a bunch of beautiful people.

From left to right we have, Alicia –Sea Of Ghosts, Janice – Chaigyaru, Jenny & V.

Here’s most of the beautiful Nuffnang Australia Bloggers just before the Awards started. Yup women rule the Australian blogging scene.

The doors finally opened for to start of the Blog Awards. The place was decked out, lots of lights, massive stage, and a voice-over repeating some house rules. To match the grand hotel the awards were held in they had a grand awards opening performance of cabaret dancers and lights flashing everywhere.



The Food

For Entree they served:
– Mediterranean Seafood Terrine with Wasabi Tobiko Dressing on Crispy Lettuce (I liked the tobiko dressing)
– Puree of Split Pea Soup with Herb Twist (The soup was delish)
– Grape Sorbet with Fresh Mint (A bit sweet for me)

For Mains they served:

– Pan-fried Dory Fillet with Spicy Peach Sauce
OR
– Pistachio Crumbed Baked Chicken Supreme with Thyme Gravy

For Dessert they served:
– Tiramisu in a Chocolate Cup with Strawberry & Vanilla Sauce

It was a bit hard to take photos of the food with the dim lighting but managed to squeeze out some photos.

There were a few other performances and acts for entertainment between award presentations and next thing you know the awards was over. It probably would of gone quicker as they were serving Tiger beer during the awards but they came around too slow 🙁

More happy snaps after the awards dinner and presentations. I know more pics of Jenny…hahahaha…she loves the limelight.

Jenny & Tim

Jenny & Pinky from Nuffnang Malaysia

The 2 BFFs Jenny & Janice

And this is probably the only picture I got to take of me during the whole night 🙁 and I thought I looked pretty snazzy in my suit. At least I look happy.

Now the awards were over, then came the after party to the best Night Club in Malaysia ‘ZOUK‘. I didn’t bother taking my DSLR to the after party but I think Jenny took her point and shoot and took some funny snaps. Hopefully I can grab some and post it up.

Zouk rocked but the only thing I can remember was heading home around 3 or 4am and Kruppy & Tim got hungry (OK, I did too) so we told the taxi driver to take us to KFC!!! hahaha. Was a crazy night and this was only Day 2 of 5.

OK Day3 next post will be the tour around Malaysia followed by more partying and some late night street food burgers.