Quick Eats - Peko Peko Taiwanese @ Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Thursday June 1st
A last hour dinner saw us visit Peko Peko, an old favourite that we stopped going to because they stopped doing bentos (I love my bentos!). On a Thursday Night it was packed (these pictures were taken on closing) as popular as ever.
Do make a booking! The deco hasn't changed much over the years, I think it has been almost 4yrs since we were here! Back in 2013-ish. We had a few group dinners here as I recall too.
This week's specials!
Pop Chicken $15
Taiwanese crispy chicken cubes with salt & pepper seasoning
Sesame Broccoli Salad $3.50
We ordered a kewpie mayo broccoli salad to go with the chicken as just a solid plate of protein is a bit overwhelming as a main. *not a real salad* The chicken was really good, though should be an entree to share between 3+ rather than a main.
Crispy Seafood Wonton + Noodle Soup $15
Egg floss, spicy seafood jam, vermicelli
One crispy seafood wonton, deep fried, calamari, covered in chili jam.
Brilliantly textural, a firm flesh beneath crispy shell.
Bio guy had a noodle dish, noodles were a bit dry, in a peppery broth.
The vibes are just as vibrant as I recall and till just as fun! Will we be back? Perhaps.
Small Bites - Pidapipo Gelateria on Chapel St @ Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Tuesday 30th May
Pidapipo has been on our radar for a while, as a potential substitute (though can one really substitute their one true love?) on Lygon St, and so we were delighted to stumble upon another branch on Chapel St after a disappointing dinner! It's quite close to Windsor Station too.
It was a winter's evening, we had tickets to Churchill the movie, but realized neither of us were actually interested so we took a leisurely dinner instead of the usual 12 minute rush. Pidapipo on a winter's night wasn't inviting as Messina on the same street, cold lighting not warm and inviting, oh well, we were after dessert.
At $4.50 a scoop, though we always get 2 for $6.50, standard prices. There were milk based ice creams, sorbets (dairy free), specials and other cold treats on the menu. Apple Crumble looks good, but so do all the gelatos. :P
There were no lines so we got to sample a few flavours before choosing.
I'll picked the pistachio and strawberry rose, why I keep going for things that taste like hand cream but less creamy I have no idea. But I did love the pistachio! There was a cinnamon and fig that would have paired nicely, but alas it was a sorbet. Fior de latte aka vanilla-ish was my third choice.
Service was friendly and they take card.
Just another ice cream parlour. Scroll & Messina are still my favourites.
Tuesday Dinners at KuKu Mama @ Monday, June 26, 2017
Tuesday 30th May
Mac and Cheese Bites $7
Over the year we've dined at Kuku Mama a few times, mainly on Cheap Tuesdays before a movie at The Astor. Most of the time it's pretty good though our last visit wasn't... it might be a once off but we won't be back for quite some time.
Peking Duck Bao w Pickled Cucumber, Hoisin $7
The highlight of our night was the duck bao! Served very warm it was awesome! It was much better than the first time we had it, as by then it was cold.
Crispy five-spice chicken, chilli caramel (Half) $15
This appears to be half a pigeon. The chicken was a wing and drumstick instead of breast and thigh... same price though. What's with that? The chicken not dry, but drier and marinade not as strong - compared to last time.
Slow cooked beef skirt, mustard seed chili rub, chimmichurri 100g $11
The beef skirt was dry. If it was slow cooked, how does than happen unless there isn't enough marinade?
Fries, Aioli $5
Sweet potato & kale salad, jalapeno, black bean, pickled onion, coriander $8
Everything else was good, though not as good as two visits ago.
Also there is no dessert menu.
Tuesday night is local nights, though through dimmi you could get the same 50% off offer.
We paid $30 for two people for all the above.
This was our first visit, here is our other visits before this post, our final.
Moving in Between Events @ Sunday, June 25, 2017
Tuesday 30th May
Tuesday Dinners at KuKu Mama. The chicken was a wing and drumstick instead of breast and thigh... same price though. What's with that? The beef skirt was dry. Everything else was good, though not as good as two visits ago. The chicken not dry, but drier and marinade not as strong.
The highlight was the duck bao! Served very warm it was awesome!
Over to Pidapipo for ice cream, two scoops for $7... I'll like the pistachio and strawberry rose, why I keep going for things that taste like hand cream but less creamy idk. But I did love the pistachio! There was a cinnamon and fig that would have paired nicely, but alas it was a sorbet. Fior de latte aka vanilla-ish was my third choice.
Wednesday 31st May
Where did the year go?!
With Junes comes all the sales! There's two good sales each year, this one's for summer clothing. Best time to stock up. This year I'm stocking up on stockings, though on the wishlist is a kitchenaid ($700+) and some stuff for baking.
Cadbury chocolate melts smells so good! Compared to Coles brand. Tonight we're making that three ingredient cheesecake. This is a picture from last time.
Update - It never happened. Why? That little bitch, one of my neighbours stole my egg, as she knew she'd get away with it. She's untouchable and the rules of life and society don't apply to her, under the protection of "daddy". Why bio guy likes/d her I have no idea, all the adults are on her side. She seems to have put a spell on them all, as someone immune to bs I am not under that spell.
It's time to move again! It has been 6 months since the last move, but it's time to start the next chapter. Sudden isn't it? But I realize it's the right move. I can stay and be small and petty or I can move on (literally).
What happened? That little bitch the damsel pretty much admitted she stole my egg to my friend, who told me. How dare she. Anyone who know me personally knows that to steal from me is to steal from the devil. There will be a wrath, and the fury and fire of hell.
If it were le beau he mightn't have told me, but bio guy did and it was the right move. It made me realize I needed to get out of there. Because nothing was ever going to change if I didn't get out. It was time.
In this boarding house that I'm at some people are more favoured than others, I'm convinced that they are against me for being 'normal' in that I am a girl. The others are freaks, the favoured ones. The house mother is a freak herself (sorta, as in she's not actually a freak, but she's in the same group. like if they were ways of transportation and the freaks were bikes, the house mother would be... a scooter?). I actually did like her up to a certain point, she's pretty cool, but there was a one liner, one thing she said that deeply disturbed me.
So say I love confetti canons and think (actually I know) they're awesome! What I'm saying is I love confetti canons and it's awesome TO ME. Me specially, it's MY thing. You don't have to agree with me, I do not expect it and won't be offended - unless maybe if I invented it. It's cool if you agree and if not that's ok too. I would never insist in saying CONFETTI CANONS ARE AWESOME! YOU MUST LOVE THEM AS MUCH AS I!
Seriously wtf? It's fine if you love them, but I do not have to agree or even like them. I am me, you are you, we are not the same person.
The house mother insisted that confetti canons (replace with what the actual issue is/was) are awesome and that it was generous of her to share this with me. Yeah no, but she insists. I'm sorry but would it be generous if I told you what I honestly think? There's a special place in hell for you and your kind. Not where I work, but a different section. Did you think it was oh so generous for me to share that? Thought not.
Some things are best kept to yourself. I wished you made this error back in school where you would have been corrected on the spot by the teachers. As unfortunately our job is not to just educate, it's also to make sure you're a relatively decent person (though sometimes just not selling drugs is fine too).
Hence the night was spent in a 'pack and run' style rather than going to the theatre. We also epically failed to pack any food and things we needed for work.
We were too late for the show but not for dinner! Down at Peko Peko, an old favourite that we stopped going to because they stopped doing bentos.
He had a noodle dish, noodles were a bit dry, in a peppery brooth. It came with one crispy seafood wonton, deep fried, calamari, covered in chili jam. Brilliantly textural, a firm flesh beneath crispy shell.
While I had the pop chicken. It wasn't like anything I've had before!
Pop Chicken $15
Crispy with lots of spices, like nothing I've ever had! Served with kewpie mayo, and teriyaki sauce. I didn't use the sauce as it was very well seasoned. This plate is an entree but the size of a main. I'd expected at a small side salad. But no.
We ordered a kewpie mayo broccoli salad to go with it. *not a real salad*
The annual good food and wine show. This year like the past couple there's no free workshops that don't involve alcohol. As someone who doesn't drink (major risk of alcoholism) that kinda sucks...
Summary - It gets smaller every year. Unless you have a day with nothing better to do, and have free tickets I might go, but an outing to your favourite lunch spot or tour or a museum is worth more, of your time.
A Dinner Stop at Purple Peanuts.
Opening Night with James Morrison & Patti Austen at the Jazz Festival!
For the first time in 6yrs I missed work... because it was too cold to get out of bed. I can handle outdoor cold cause I was ready for it, but out of the bed cold? Nope.
Cupcake Decorating Workshop @ Cupcake Central @ Friday, June 23, 2017
Sunday 28th May
We don't normally venture into the city on the weekends, but this one was an exception. Lured by cupcakes! We were delighted to have won tickets for a cupcake decorating workshop, that we also pre-ordered the second cookbook (despite not having an oven at home :P).
Fondant - We learnt how to use fondant (kneading, shaping), using cutters, pizza wheel-like tools (also used in clay) and how to make a bow and rose. I loved learning how to make the rose! My pillowy texture was a bit on the rough side as the cupcake wasn't the perfect shape.
A rose, by any other name would taste just as sweet! Actually I didn't eat the rose part, as it's purely decorating and when I studied cookery my area of specialization was 'Cake Deco' which involved a lot of fondant. So to me fondant is just a sugary dough, not food unless you're desperate for sugar.
On the buttercream side, we were given the secret recipe, though playing with fondant and writing down a recipe proved too much for me. I would have preferred just to be given the recipe rather than write it down. But of course you'd learn better when you're involved at a higher level.
Strawberry Icing! A beautiful and simple rose.
How much chocolate is too much chocolate? :P
The answer would be when there's more frosting than cupcake. Please refer to that time I decided to make a Christmas tree. It was awesome, but overwhelming.
Vincent was a very good instructor though at times it was hard to hear him over the mixer. We went through the process step by step, with plenty of times where we got up close to mixture, also learnt troubleshoot.
Can't wait to make it on my own, though I haven't made cupcakes in years! Pipping was awesome and lots of fun. I'm quite pleased with my work, though think my rose could be tighter...
My strawberry shake tasted like banana which was strange... I forgot to ask if it was real strawberry (it wasn't). Salted Caramel is always a safe bet, but they didn't have it. Mother had vanilla which she didn't let me take a sip of *germs*.
It was a great way to spend 2.5hrs on a Sunday afternoon, though you'll be on your feet the whole time. It was a small class of 6, and so you won't get lost.
The workshop met our expectation exactly. Tickets are $80. You'd just half a dozen cupcakes you decorated, a drink and the recipe for the buttercream frosting.
We love Cupcake Central, it's our go to cupcake place. Though for events we use local bakers who do great deals when you're after cupcakes in the hundreds. Personally when I'm after a great cupcake I go to Cupcake Central. My favourite? The Red Velvet though I love the seasonal menus too, the filled cupcakes are my favourites though I not really a fan of chocolate based cupcakes.
Do you have a favourite cupcake?
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