Glamorous Wok

I’ve been reading about this restaurant on this blog Hungry-Kittens and JayJayne.com last week. There are a number of good and bad reviews about Glamorous Wok, with over 50% of liking it on Urbanspoon. So, we decided we had to try it out ourselves to decide whether it is any good.

Squid two ways

One of my mates has just recently bought a boat and took me out to the bay for a bit of squid fishing. It must’ve been my bad day of something because I couldn’t manage to catch any while the others caught one after another. By the end of the afternoon, we had enough for everyone (even me) and went home.

I was feeling kind of tired after spending the day fishing but I didn’t want to waste the fresh squid. I had a quick look around the house and found some leftover rice which, being typically Asian, means fried rice.

So I decided to try and make something simple and tasty. Firstly, I made sashimi with one of the smaller squid. And with the larger ones, I made stuffed squid tubes.

After cleaning the squid, I chopped up the tentacles, lightly marinated it with rice wine, sugar and soy sauce and cooked it with the fried rice. Then I stuff the fried rice into the squid tubes, sealed them with bamboo skewers and grilled them on the BBQ.

I’ve never cooked squid like this before and came up with the idea on a whim but surprisingly, it turned out rather well. Probably because the squid was really fresh though – so much so that the sashimi tentacles I ate stuck to my tongue!

Japanese curry (chicken) with rice

This year, June has been recorded as the coldest winter month in Australian for last 10 years.  On these cold nights, Japanese curry is the quintessential choice for dinner at my place because it’s easy to make and can be ready in 20 minutes. Curry is one of most popular dishes in Japan (believe or not), it was the The British originally introduced curry to Japan in the early 1900s, when India was under the control of British government.  

Sugo Mi Bistro / Pizzeria

This rather small restaurant located in Bulimba has been regarded by many people as having the best pizza in Brisbane, and has won an award to back this up. I assumed this place would be very busy so when I rang up at 6pm on a Friday night to see if there were any free tables, I was pleasantly surprised to be told we did not need a booking, just go in whenever we want. So we did

Parking was a bit of an issue in the cramped suburban streets but we managed to find a park round the back. The restaurant was somewhat busy, but not completely full. It really was quite a small place though – most of the dining area was outside on the footpath. We were fine with that as there were plenty of heaters available

We decided to order a few dishes to share. To start things off, we ordered some bruschetta and for mains we got Osso Bucco, Marinara Linguine and of course, a pizza with Palermo topping.

Gourmetblog iPhone/iPad App

I always want to have an iphone app for my blog, however, I don’t know how to write it at all. Today, I found this app in Apple store – Bloapp It helps me to create my  own iphone app in less than 5 mins and the best thing is, it is absolutely free.

I downloaded Bloapp from apple store and registered my blog with them. I customised the look and feel of my app by uploading my own logo and background images. They also provide different font styles, sizes and colors of the blog posts. In this way, I can retain the same look and feel of my blog.

After I completed the customisation, the QR code was generated for Bloapp readers to bookmark my blog.

Here is the simple instruction how you can install Gourmetblog app in your iPhone/iPad: 

Install Bloapp from Apple store

Don’t forget. You can bookmark as many as your favourite blogs in Bloapp.

Enjoy the app!

Pepper

Marbled Butter Cake

 

“If you have a sweet tooth, you’ve to nourish it” – I totally agree with this statement from George Calombaris – Master Chef judge.

I have to say, if you do not grow up in a baking environment (like me for example) it is a challenge to try and satisfy my sweet tooth. To be honest, I have never baked a cake until 2 years ago. But thanks to Mr. Google and watching Master Chef, I think I have come a long way from baking with pre-mixed cake packets from the supermarket to baking with all original ingredients.

My favourite cake at the moment is the easy-to-make Marbled Butter Cake. I got this recipe from the Better Home and Gardens magazine, featuring the Better basics with ‘fast’ Ed. The magazine features 105 easy-to-make recipes for biscuits, cakes and slices.

The preparation for the cake will take approximately 15 minutes and a cooking time of 45 minutes. There are few simple tips I would share with you before getting started:

  1. The only difference between salted and unsalted butter is salt – which is only there to help preserve the butter. We prefer to use unsalted butter for cake recipes so we can control the amount salt in the cake.
  2. Use butter at room temperature that is easier to beat. If you forget to take it out of the fridge before hand, cut the butter into small cubes and let it rest at room temperature for 10-15 minutes.

Hosokawa Japanese Restaurant

When craving for good Japanese food in Brisbane with a reasonable price, Hosokawa Japanese Restaurant at Racecourse road is place you need to go.

It was a Saturday night and pouring with rain when we decided to go for a visit. We weren’t sure if we needed to have a booking at Hosokawa so we turned up confidently. However, we were nearly turned away as the restaurant was fully booked for the night. Lucky, I spotted a couple at the sushi bar that had just finished and about to walk to counter to pay for their bill. After waiting a few minutes, we were given the seats right in front of the Sushi bar and ready for our Japanese feast night.

Going through the menu, it prominently features Sushi, Sashimi and Nigiri – very traditional Japanese cuisines. We decided to go with a Sushi platter, Tempura Udon and Grilled eggplant.

Nikumaki Honpo?

 

A few weeks ago while driving home, I noticed there was an interesting little food store on the side of a new shopping centre. Today, I finally had a chance to visit this little store, called Nikumaki Honpo.

This place sells only one thing – Nikumaki, which is supposedly a new kind of Japanese food. I’ve never been to Japan so I can’t be certain how ‘new’ it is, but I have definitely not come across this at any Japanese restaurant before.

It’s basically an oven baked rice ball that’s been wrapped up in thin slices of marinated pork. It intrigues me as to how they managed to cook it in the oven and maintain the shape and not fall apart.

If you happen to be in the area, give this place a visit. I think it’s quite interesting but it’s not that filling to be a meal by itself.

Nikumaki Honpo on Urbanspoon

Nikumaki Honpo
Warrigal Square Shopping Centre
261 Warrigal Road, Eight Mile Plains
Brisbane, QLD 4113

Sweet and Sour Pork

On Master Chef last Monday night, it was a pressure test between the three girls – Rachel, Ellie and Chelsea.  Unlike previous pressure tests, no recipes or ingredients were provided to them. They had to rely on taste and smell to recreate the pressure dishes for the judges. The pressure dishes were two of the most common dishes in a Chinese restaurant – Sweet and Sour Pork and Fried Rice.

MasterChef Episode 20

Chat Thai

Chat Thai is a chic and modern Thai restaurant in Market Square Sunnybank. Having only opened up in the last couple of months, it has certainly become one of the hot spot for foodies.

Arriving on 7pm on a Friday night without a booking, we were very lucky to have a table available for us (after waiting 5 minutes). Chat Thai had an open kitchen with a grill set up right in front of restaurant so while we were waiting for our table, we could watch the chef cooking on the grill. Along with the fragrant smell of spices on the grill, we were more than ready to start ordering when we sat down. We could not resist to order the Grill Skewered Pork Stick and Thai Fish cake as our entres.

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