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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Pepper Lunch!

When Pepper Lunch first opened in Singapore, i loved the whole idea of it. and since then, i’ve found my favourite and i’ve stuck to it. Beef Pepper Rice.

I’m not keen on the rest – although i do quite like the hamburger but i don’t like beansprouts.

So when i came to Sydney, i found a Pepper Lunch in the city – in a very convenient location.

I haven’t eaten it in a while, but a post by Weiliang in Facebook got me thinking about it again.

I’m not sure if the menu is the same as that in Singapore though.

But i ordered what i always would and over here, you can add an egg and cheese for $1.50 extra – it used to just be a $1 but they increased the price.

Yum yum yum. oh! and you can even upsize the rice for an extra $1.80 – i tried it once and boy it was a whole lot of food. haha. i would do it again if i were sharing it with hui.

and fish had their special – which is wagyu beef for $15.

Didn’t manage to get a good picture.. just loads of beansprouts. hehe

We also – rather, fish, likes their salad – which is quite cheap - $2 on some days. Today, fish decided to try the chicken salad. which i surprisingly good. The chicken was very tender and moist. I think we’ll definitely be ordering it with chicken again!

I like Pepper Lunch.

Homemade Curry Puffs coming up soon!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Eveleigh Farmers' Market

When my parents came, it was the first saturday of the month, so we could choose to go to the Eveleigh Markets at Redfern or the Pyrmont Growers’ Market. It had been raining every single day that week and so i decided to go to Eveleigh Market since it is sheltered.

We drove to Locomotive Street at the Australian Technology Park. and parked there. They offer a free shuttle bus service to the Market from there. and so we found the bus stop – not too difficult.

The bus came relatively quickly. That morning, there was only one other lady at the bus stop.

and we’ve reached.

We bought some stuffs – ate a light lunch there, drank hot chocolate.

These are some of the stuffs we bought:

Zucchini and Almond Flats – these taste really good and don’t really any sauce to go with them since they are flavourful enough.

These dips are incredible. I love love love them. Both have olives in them. The Kalamata olive dip is purplish in colour and has a good amount of chunks of roughly chopped olives in it. It also has a very strong flavour. The green olives with artichokes is much milder but very delicious as well. I first tried this at the stall and they are really generous with the sample portions. I fell in love and bought the green olives. then i went back and saw this purple thing on top of a piece of bread, tried it and loved it. My dad loved it too so i bought 2 tubs, one for me and one for him to bring back to Singapore.

These dips have cream cheese as a base, so they are tangy and savoury.

I can’t decide which one i like better. I like both. They go really great with bread or just plain biscuits. I could just keep eating these all day long.

They don’t have an ultra long shelf life though. I was there early June and i don’t remember which one had an expiry date of 22nd June and 5th July. So you have to consume it diligently.

They’re not too expensive – i think it was $3.50 per tub. I saw it at a grocer at Randwick for $4.20 a tub and their expiry dates were nearer.

We also bought chorizos and bacon which fish loves. I have blogged about their Chorizos before. One of the best.

and we bought Black Angus Sirloin Steak – still in the freezer – not quite sure what to do with them yet.

I quite like it here. there are loads of dogs – and surprisingly, i wasn’t afraid that day – i think i was too busy looking at the stalls.

Instead of driving, you could sit a train to Redfern and walk there – and the shuttle bus does go by there to pick passengers – i think that’s a great idea.

I’ll be going to another farmers’ market soon, but i think most likely it would be the one at EQ – the first one i’ve ever been to.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Grand Pacific Drive and Nan Tien Temple!

When my parents came a few weeks ago, they wanted to visit Nan Tien Temple which is at Wollongong. After some research, i found out that Sydney actually has a Grand Pacific Drive. It was increase our trip by 1/2hr – 45mins more to ard 2 hrs 30 mins, not including the stop over.

but i decided it was worth it since we don’t often get a chance, since a car is necessary.

After a long long drive and getting lost once or twice, passing the Royal Botanic Gardens. the road opened up and we found ourselves in a beautiful beautiful area.

and that’s my dad there. This place is called the Royal National Park – Coast Walk.

Tis when we discovered that there was a trekking route there as well. and off exploring we went.

and don’t ask me why. but we decided to go right. unclad bathing?

As we went in deeper.. the road got more and more treacherous. and my dad really wanted to keep going but we had to go to the temple and so we turned back.

and we finally reached the temple after getting lost again.

This would be the main temple.

and by then. we were obviously hungry. all vegetarian food here obviously.

Dried Wanton Mee. for mummy

and Laska for the 3 of us.


These curry puffs were delicious! and it has inspired me to make my own – skin and all – which i already have and will be posting soon. not vegetarian but you could definitely tweak it to.

That was that. our drive up to Nan Tien Temple with unexpected surprises along the way.

Beautiful scenery along the Grand Pacific Drive – loads more places to stop and take pictures but we didn’t have the time to.

Still, a wonderful trip. it also makes me so so glad we have a gps. i planned the going route using google maps but the gps guided us all the way home safely.

*Btw, i really like the outdoors pictures that i’ve taken and the Panasonic Lumix FZ35 is really good in capturing colours and the vibrancy of the sky. I merely tweaked the brightness and contrast.

Thursday, June 17, 2010


Westfield Eastgardens is quite close to our place. Still requires a bus trip though.

It is a shopping centre in a suburb but it is a very comprehensive Westfield.

It has K-mart, Target, Myers, David Jones, Big W etc etc .. all the major departmental stores…

The only thing is. they don’t have a Greater Union cinema – otherwise known as Event Cinemas now. and there are a number of punk teenagers hanging around constantly. They also don’t close late on any other days but Thursdays.

But. we do quite love eating there.

Salsas is a relatively new Mexican fast food restaurant. and we really really like their fries. It’s usually freshly fried and doused in a mixture of spices which makes it different from Maccas etc. and i must have it with their chilli and lime dip.

Eastgardens has one of the best fish and chips. It was even better than a restaurant at Darling Harbour @ $25 a plate. A standard fish and chips at Eastgardens is $8. The fish is always fresh tasting. however, recently, i think there was a change in management and the fish is now always precooked. and they don’t fry it again when you order. It’s not cold but it’s no longer crispy. I don’t like the fries here much, since i have salsas, so i get either potato scallops and crabstick (which are the 2 things next to the fish). This also makes the price cheaper since i only want 1 or 2 potato scallops – i think they’re 50cents each. and the fish on its own is $4 i think.

This is what Fish likes. a big pile of food. from the Japanese stall. and when they’re closing – they are really generous. Very delicious too. something about those noodles just makes me salivate. yummo.

Typing this post makes me want to go eat again soon soon.

See ya there?

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Fabrics – Studs, Clip-ons, Rings and Pendants

These are the fabrics that i have collected up till now. for shi min.

That’s about it.

Oh and this is a picture of me wearing a ring – which i’ve given to hui - with my blue nails!

Let me know if you have any questions!