Oriental TeaHouse – Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough

San Choi Bao

When I think Tea House, I think tea pots and tea bags so every time I passed Oriental TeaHouse I didn’t stop to think they ever served food which they absolutely do. I would call their food selections as yum-cha style servings and dumplings are their specialty. But to showcase their food selections Oriental Tea House in Melbourne Central is currently running a special called “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough”.

Which means exactly what it says but with a few rules. You get a set menu (see below) depending on the week. From writing this post they’re in their third week and lets hope they continue on with this because I quite liked the idea for this restaurant.

The offer is only available on Sunday, Monday & Tuesday nights after 5pm which isn’t too bad as they close at around 9:30pm. You also need to go through the whole set menu before re-ordering any of the other dishes but from my experience, you’ll be lucky to even go through the menu twice. But there’s always something that you wouldn’t mind trying again, and again and again. Those chocolate dumplings are the BOMB!


The menu lists down all the dishes to choose from but they either come together with other dishes or are presented separately. The first on our menu was the Chicken San Choi Bao & Peking Duck. Peking Duck is one of my favourite foods and if it was just me and my mates we would keep re-ordering peking duck. The San Choi Bao was packed with chicken so this one can get messy.

The dumplings – You get six dumplings served in a bamboo steamer which two have different different fillings depending on the week and then a mystery dumpling. I love their dumplings, the skin is perfectly wrapped and is not to thin or thick that it’ll break when you pick them up. Then the rest is up to your preferred dumpling filling. We were served the Roast Duck Dumpling, the Chive Dumpling and the “mystery” dumpling was a Prawn and Pork Dumpling.

At this point the others were struggling to keep up but I couldn’t let food go to waste. We had the Szechuan Pepper Chicken and Roast Pork served with steamed rice. The szechuan chicken was slightly spicy but if you wanted more spice then you could always ask for chilli sauce and fresh chilli’s. My favourite was the roast pork which I reckon would of ordered along with the peking duck again. I found it a little weird served in the foil box but that didn’t stop me from eating my way through them. They were so soft and juicy!

And finally dessert. If you haven’t figured it out yet. I’m a sweet tooth but have recently tamed my cravings so it’s always good to treat yourself from time to time. All I have to say is Chocolate Dumplings. They have these on their normal menu where you get three of them served with ice-cream. Can’t go wrong.

Be quick to tryout this offer as it’s already into its third week and I’m hoping they continue this for longer because I want to take my friends. Personally, I don’t think anyone could go through the set menu twice but it is worth going back for certain seconds. Make sure you don’t eat lunch and if anyone can claim they went through the menu twice, let me know so I can bow down to your great appetite. Btw, it’s Monday today but it’s a public holiday and I don’t think it’s available on public holidays 🙁 but don’t worry, they’re still open.

Location: GD 068/69 Melbourne Central Shopping Centre (Elizabeth st entrance for the Melbourne Central train station) Melbourne Central, VIC 3000
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Phone: +613 9066 0207
Opening Hours: Sun – Wed: 10.00am – 9.30pm, Thursday: 10.00am – 10.30pm, Fri – Sat: 10.00am – 11.00pm

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
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– 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.

Good Times At Queen Vic Night Market

 


Have you been to the Suzuki Night Market yet? Well next week (March 2nd 2011) is the last one until Nov later this year.

Do you go for the food? maybe for the entertainment? the great bargains? or maybe because of the awesome buzz you get being at the Suzuki Night Market! Whatever it is, it’s worth a visit, entry is FREE, plenty of parking at a low flat rate and it’s great to catch up with mates.

I love going for the food and for the people.

Gozleme is soo good and it’s perfect to share.

My new friend from Foooooodpamperingyourself recommended the crocodile burger so I gave it go. Seeing it get cooked on the BBQ made my mouth water and I had to try one. A little chewy, didn’t taste like chicken so it was satisfying to my tummy.
Another favourite are the Churros but then again, churros are easily available at your nearest San Churro’s cafe.

On a warm night, everywhere you look, you’ll see someone holding a Sangria. I found it a bit strong but, what the hell everyone has one, why not just hold onto it and look cool like everyone else.

I don’t know why, but another thing you see a number of people holding and eating are these potato twists! So I had to try one. Very simple concept, the flavours are simple, I think it’s because it looks different.


Another popular item is the dutch pancakes! I have to say, the cream, butter, chocolate and sugar they put on these things make it a deadly sugar overdose dessert!!!

There’s plenty more food available and great entertainment on both ends of the market. Arrive early to avoid the lines and goodluck finding a table after 7pm. If you haven’t been yet. Next week is the last one for a while. But then again, there’s always next time. Enjoy the rest of the food pics.

Actually I forgot to show you my friend’s creativity or immaturity. It’s all good, my friend’s and I think he’s alright.

Location:155 Victoria Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
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Lemon Mustard Chicken Salad Recipe – Easy, Fresh and Delicious

Keeping it fresh for the sunny days we have been (momentarily) blessed with in Melbourne, I was inspired by a new recipe I learnt while researching at an Electrolux oven demonstration at Harvey Norman in Sunshine.

This dish was a perfect fit for what I wanted. Here’s the recipe:

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Lemon Mustard Chicken Salad

Ingredients:

– 3 Chicken breast fillets skinless (I used chicken thighs with the skin on because I like the juicy taste of it but if you have a well circulating oven you can achieve moist breast fillets)
– 3 kipfler potatoes (thinly sliced, about 1/2cm thick)
– 1 avocado
– 3 roma tomatoes
– 200g baby lettuce leaves
– 50g spinach leaves (optional)
– cracked pepper

Marinade and Dressing
– 4 tsp Dijon mustard (you can use more)
– 4 tbsp lemon juice (i used cumquat because we have a fruitful cumquat tree)
– 8 tbsp olive oil (you can use more)
– 2 cloves garlic (crushed)

Method:
– Combine all the ingredients for the marinade in a bowl and whisk together. Reserve half the marinade to use for the dressing.

– Trim the chicken. Wash the potatoes and thinly slice (about 1/2cm thick). Marinade the chicken and potatoes for at least 30 mins.

– Preheat oven on fan grill function (if you have that option) at 200°C

– Cook the chicken and potatoes for around 15-20 minutes (depending on your oven cooking time may vary)

– Wash, dry and arrange baby lettuce and spinach (spinach optional) on a serving platter. Cut tomatoes into quarters and slice avocado and arrange on top of lettuce.

– Place potatoes on top of the salad and slice chicken and arrange on top of potatoes. Drizzle dressing over salad and season with freshly ground cracked pepper.

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Here’s a few tips:

Scoop out your avocado and keep it intact so you can slice it up and not have it all mushy…

Plate up some baby lettuce leaves on the bottom of the plate (this looks really good on a long rectangle plate but I just used 2 square plates). I kept the baby lettuce leaves the way they were for the bottom then cut up smaller pieces of baby lettuce and spinach, then dressed it up with the lemon mustard dressing…

Place the tomatoes, avocado and potatoes on top of the baby lettuce (I forgot to place the potatoes underneath the chicken but it was too late so I placed them on top)…

Slice up your chicken, as mentioned in the recipe I used chicken leg with the skin on but if you have a good oven it’s probably better to use skinless chicken breast but that’s up to you…make sure to drizzle more of the dressing on top of the chicken and potatoes…

There you have it, it’s not that difficult to pull off an easy summer dish for the family….and in my case a Christmas Summer Dinner!