16th January 2021

Like most I'm better at saving recipes than actually using them, and so when I came across The Honey Thief's Lemon & Wattleseed recipe (after buying a cheesecake of course) we took a pictured and filed it away. Then recently we were sent an experience box by Foodie Trails featuring Australian Native ingredients and it was the perfect time to create these amazing cheesecake. A dense rice creamy NY style with nutty tastes compliments zesty lemon, topped with a praline that I could eat like popcorn!

This is the original recipe, found in Bulla's Spring/Summer 2017 recipe book. It's important to use Bulla sour cream as unlike other we looked at they didn't contain geletine to help it set. 

We made about 1/8th of the original which gave us 6 cupcakes + 1 20cm/8" inch high tart. In hindsight we should have done just all cupcakes.

Let us know if you make this at home, or have been to the bakery. 

Have you had wattleseed before and cooked/baked with it? 

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Mama Chef Thai Cuisine (Hamptons) @ Thursday, December 10, 2020

Charlie dined as a guest.
Tues 24th Nov 2020

About two miles (2.4km) from Hampton station on a strip is Mama Chef, a new authentic family restaurant, opening just a month ago. Mainly takeaway but there's a couple tables under exposed bulbs, which looks lovely in the evening, perfect for coffee/dessert while waiting for your order. 

Vegetarian Curry Puffs  - Combination of potatoes and vegetables wrapped with puff pastry

Thai Milk Tea - When it comes to drink I only order drinks that you can't get anywhere else, so always thai milk tea. This was very sweet, crazy coming from me! L says it's authentic being crazy sweet. 

Scallops on a fun 'basil tomato bocconcini' twist. 

Chicken Satay - Traditional Thai style chicken satay served with our homemade peanut sauce.

We started with light fun curry puffs, dipped in a sweet and tangy sauce. Fresh scallop stack, with an even spicier sauce! And crowd pleasing satay chicken skewers with a peanut sauce, a favourite of ours'.

Som Tum Pla (Barramundi Salad)
Grilled b served with a Thai papaya salad, Thai level hot, fodmap friendly. 

Green Curry - Traditional Thai green curry with coconut milk, herbs and vegetables.

Salmon Sashimi Papaya Salad

Ordering to share, the green curry salad had depth and was just right for Lina, while I found it spicy! Just a little but still, spicy ice is a real thing to me. The crispy fish was nice, fried contrasted with a refreshing salad. I had the same salad with salmon sashimi, alas the papaya salad too spicy for me.

Dessert can't be spicy though, always a better choice. My go to for thai is actually pad thai, but  we couldn't order that as one of my dinning companions tonight makes an excellent pad thai. 

Pandan cendol with jackfruit in coconut. 
So good, my favourite dish tonight (other than satay skewers).

House made coconut ice cream, so smooth using fresh coconut. L's fav.

A lovely family restaurant, perfect for takeaway, order dessert while you wait. Surprisingly vegan friendly. If you like things hot L advises to ask for 'thai hot".

P.S. Delivery via menulog is $2 with no min. 
Open Tues - Sun

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24th November 2020

Charlie & Co dined as guests. 

Said guest took some of the pictures too.

Finding dishes that can't be found anywhere else in Melbourne is one of our favourite things, and when it comes to sandwiches Dari is the king of ultimate multi stacked sandwiches, not just a snack but a meal! A man-which and challenge to finish.

Located at the laneway where brunch first started in Melbourne is Dari, a Korean street and fusion cafe with their humongous sandwiches.  

But first drinks!

Dal-go-na Coffee (left, bottled)
Insta famous Korean coffee with whipped coffee cream.
The most popular drink this year has to be the Dalgona Coffee, hailing from Korean it's all about the whipped coffee foam on top. Alas served bottled it does loose its magic but still tastes great, the perfect afternoon hit.

Pumpkin-Pie Latte (bottom right)
Real pumpkin with cream, gingerbread syrup.
It might be late November but I'm a pumpkin girl all year round, and wished the pumpkin latte was as popular as matcha. Creamy and smooth this is on the light x medium side rather than fully spiced. Perfect for your first pumpkin latte.

Sweet Soy Rice Cake Toast - Original Rice Cake Toast
The most traditional taste - we make our own injeolmi (Korean Sweet Soy Rice Cake) paste to bring out traditional Korean rice cake taste. Honey and condensed milk gives different kind of sweetness and toasted peanut gives perfect mount of nuttiness to rice cake.
>Injeolmi base + honey/condense milk + brown sugar toasted peanuts

Rice cake toast with Injulmi paste + honey and condensed milk + plenty of brown sugar toasted peanut.


Adi's pick, a toastie like no other. Injeolmi is something I've only had once before, it's a nutty bean powder that in this case went with the rice cake (see inside pic) chewy, glutenous like mochi but savory. Paired with crunchy toasted crushed peanuts and the adjustable sweetness of both condense milk & honey. *bring wet wipes*

Idol Sandwich
Mexican egg salad (cabbage, apple, red onion, ham, hard boiled egg, mex sauce), potato salad with strawberry jam in between 4 slices of bread.

The Idol Sandwich is why we're really here, wiki says an idol is a Korean singer (k-pop) either in a group like BTS or solo. It's a star and show stopper. When I first saw the picture I thought it was two sandwiches stacked, but no that's actually 1 sandwich, 4 slices stacked!
3 component:

  1. Salad - but unlike any we've had, the crisp apple slices were a great contrast, so much flavours and textures
  2. Potato salad, with two mustards had a real kick to them. I'd totally order this as a side salad
  3. Strawberry jam. There's just something about ham & jam. - If you can manage to grab a nibble of everything in your mouth at the same time that is.
This is a monster of a sandwich and must try! To me this is two meals, with small hands I could barely hold it.

Mama's Toast
Egg, ham, American cheese, cos lettuce, with Mama's special tartar sauce.

In contrast Mama's Toast looks much more manageable and something you could almost eat on the go (but can't Dari needs you to sit down to fully appreciate the beauty of this sandwich). How beautiful is that egg? Crazy thin and stacked with generous amounts of ham and salad with a creamy tangy sauce. 

Dari's is a must visit lunch spot, with sandwiches unlike any other place. Open for lunch except on Fridays. We can't wait to return for the idol again, equipped with lots of wet wipes.

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March 2020

First time visit to BonBon Bakery at the 24hr Kmart in Burwood, we're familiar with them as we like to stop by the Box Hill franchise whenever we pass by. Their swiss rolls are amazing. There was one in the city on Flinders long ago too.

Always take a picture before leaving the shop, cause I have dropped stuff before. :P

We were super busy last year so didn't have time till now (with all my events cancelled) to get a cake. Delighted to get this durian one, it's lighter in colour than in the catalog. So fluffy and light! Loving this sponge and the perfect layers of cream. It's like those typical Asian birthday cakes.

While I can smell the durian it's actually very light on the durian. There was more durian chunks, but being chunky it was all in one area... needs to be blended into the cream and spread evenly.

I'd prefer the fruit sponge from Bonbon. This is your starter durian cake. If you love durian I'd get a different cake. This with a coffee cream would be awesome too. Would definitely get another sponge cake based cake from Bonbon, but I found the durian too light as someone would loves it. For my durian cake needs we go to HS Cakes, he waits outside XD

Cost $40, sorry I don't recall what size it was. Service was friendly and required two days notice.

BonBons Bakery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Papparich @ The Glen @ Thursday, April 16, 2020

Tuesday 17th March

It's been 5 days since events were cancelled and soon after all the theatres, museums and libraries closed. But here it's Day 3 at PappaRich upstairs in the new outdoor dinning area at The Glen, after just opening three days ago. 

Papparich used to be on the main street, packed with tables very close just like at QV. But here it's large and airy, I love that the four groups and literally spread out across the restaurant and not in one section for easy service (it was the start of rona at the time). As it's new it's super clean! Modern and not QV hawker style crowded (from what we've seen on tv) at all.

Nasi Lemak with Curry Chicken
Infused steamed coconut rice served with curry chicken, fried anchovies 
& groundnut, hard boiled egg, cucumber slices and our spicy savoury sambal.

Celebrating 8yrs they're doing $8 offers daily and today it's nasi lemak, they out of coconut rice so we got chicken rice with the curry chicken. Tender chicken with lots of flavour, hold the chili, it was perfect. Definitely going to return for other offers.

When we got there at 6.30pm there were only four other tables though by 8pm it was a third full. I do feel like you have to know it's here to find it, as it's not really advertised much, sadly not a good time to have an opening party. .

A waitress took my order, as it was quiet, but they have ipads at each time, and a door bell and pad. The layout is completely different from the QV food court feel and Nunawading one, you could actually take a date here. 

Hainan Toast with Kaya Butter

Back on a Saturday night for the $8 offer of the day, kaya and butter toast dipped in soft boiled egg was a new experience. Counter guy says it's a personal experience where some like to add salt, pepper and soy sauce to the egg. Andy suggested dipping the toast in condense milk but then I think the flavours of the kaya would be lost as it's so sweet?

I really like the toast, though don't think I'm going to drink soft boiled egg again as much as I do love egg and soldiers (when le beau makes it). It was a weird combo...

9pm last orders on a Saturday night with staff to diner ratio was close to 1:1. 
Service was very friendly.

Update - The Glen location is closed till further notice, like all the other places in the new outdoor dinning area.

PappaRich Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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GW Eats // The Pancake Parlour @ Wednesday, April 15, 2020

March 2020

Glen Waverley Location

The place to go for pancakes that doesn't cost a $20 for a short stack. Should note that we never pay full price here and only a fool would do that. We always use docket offers (back of supermarket receipts) or offers on the app. When we buy short stacks (2 pancakes) it's always BOGOF $12 for them both. Sadly we have paid full price ($60 for 2) on a date but that was around a decade ago.

We frequent two locations these days, the one city one that's unfortunately in the night club/pub area on the weekend (don't use the bathroom there) and our local much more quiet, but still open late Glen Waverley location on the main street. 

Cheese and Potato Pancake $24*
...with a crust of golden melting cheese, topped with 
whipped butter and served with a side salad.

Lately there's been a $5 Friday offer, a choice from three savory offers. The cheese and potato pancake is my favourite, it's much bigger than you think. I know sometimes they do an entree and meal sized option, but this one is definitely meal sized, we could barely finish it. Rich and comforting contrasted with a fresh and crispy salad, the perfect meal. It's normally $24 which is pretty crazy, brunch price.

Shove Tuesday - Pancake Parlour were giving away single stacks, though is it called a stack if it's just one? The perfect serving size really.

Service is always friendly, and they're often open late for a post-movie snack.

The Pancake Parlour Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Richmond Eats @ Vinh Ky @ Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Weekend in March

Dinner at Vinh Ky, I suspect this place is fusion. He chose it without looking up reviews. A bit after 10pm on a Saturday night not much is open other than bars on Victoria St. I had the prawn spring rolls with vermicelli, it was good though this dish is standard so it's kinda the same everywhere. The Jackfruit smoothie was nice (got takeaway so no picture).

Service was good. Not too keen on returning as it was average, and there are better places on this strip, just not open later on a Fri/Saturday oddly.

Vinh Ky Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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