Basil Pesto Dip

Amee on Instagram requested a recipe for my Basil Pesto Dip pictured above, so this post is just for you 🙂

This is how I make pesto, it’s so easy to remember that you can whip it up in 5 minutes for a quick healthy snack with crackers or add it to some pasta.


– 1 bunch of Basil leaves
– 2 cloves of garlic
– 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil (up to you on how much you want)
– Pine nuts (or cashews)
– 1 tbls Parmesan Cheese
– 1 tsp Salt

– Clean the basil leaves and place into a StickMaster/MixMaster or do it old school and use a mortar and pestle to break down the leaves into small pieces.
– Now the rest is easy, throw the garlic cloves, nuts, parmesan and salt into the StickMaster, pour in the Olive Oil and then mix away. Up to you on how fine you want to blend it down to, but I like to blend it until the basil leaves have fully been chopped into tiny pieces, especially when i use it for dips.

This is the same method I use when making pesto for pasta, all you do is mix is together with your cooked pasta and you have a quick easy healthy dish. I like to also add a few pieces of chicken, sun dried tomatoes and feta cheese to make it a little more exciting.

You can use different leave/greens to make pesto but I’ve only tried this method with spinach and basil, so let me know what else you’ve used to make pesto.

Joomak – Hidden Korea Melbourne



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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