5 Post/s by Tag: Chinese

Celebrating Marathon Day/Patriots’ Day

23 May 2011

In Boston, every year on the third Monday in April, Patriots’ Day and the Boston Marathon collide. Bostonians choose to spend this day in different ways. Some will pound the pavement in deep, focussed concentration with the hope of achieving ultimate glory. While others get insanely drunk and take to the streets in celebration.

With my sign and ready to cheer!

With my sign and ready to cheer!

My day was all about cheering on the marathon-running-marvel that is my friend Dom (the main reason for us taking this holiday to Boston), interspersed with a number of foodcentric moments.  (more…)

Hung Tao – Congee and Noodle Soup on Queensway

28 Feb 2011

UPDATED: 02/03/2011

Shui Gao and Char Siu Noodle Soup

Shui Gao and Char Siu Noodle Soup

While looking for a quick bite after my dentist appointment on Queensway I stumbled across Hung Tao. What caught my attention was the word “Congee” painted on their wall, instantly conjuring up images in my mind of hearty bowls of warm, comforting rice porridge. “Oooh… a nice, soothing meal for my poor teeth is what I need right now!” I thought to myself at the time and walked right in. (more…)

Chinese New Year Dinner at Gold Mine

4 Feb 2011

Happy Chinese New Year! It’s the year of the rabbit. Allow me to extend to you typical Chinese well wishes of health, happiness and wellbeing. May we all be showered with riches this year and become wealthy and properous. Hurrah!

Although I’m not a hardcore celebrant of this festival, I do like to acknowledge it on a annual basis (as I would any other other good festival) by stuffing my face! And so with this purpose in mind 19 friends descended on Gold Mine in Bayswater on Tuesday evening.

Gold Mine's famous Roast Duck

Gold Mine's famous Roast Duck

Gold Mine is known for it’s fantastic roast duck and is often pitched against neighbouring fellow Chinese restaurant Four Seasons who also have a strong reputation for their roast duck.

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Sights and Tastes of the North Island: Part 2

25 Jan 2011

Continuing on from my previous blog post I bring you more lovely scenery and food from my North Island road trip.

Day 3: Tauranga to Mahia

On our way to Gisborne we passed by the volcano known as White Island.  Despite being one of the world’s most accessible active volcanos, it wasn’t doing anything particularly exciting as we passed by.

Some flora and White Island in the background

Some flora and White Island in the background

Mata Feijoa Beer

Mata Feijoa Beer

Upon reaching Gisborne we opted for a Thai meal for dinner at Just Thai.

Here we discovered Mata Feijoa Beer.  Feijoa is a very popular fruit in New Zealand and you can find all manner of feijoa flavoured foodstuffs from feijoa vodka to feijoa chocolate.

The beer was light and refreshing with some very subtle hints of feijoa.

Moving onto the food… it was mostly good.  Simple and tasty.  A few misses but mostly hits.  We were happy and that’s the main thing.

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How to Make Zong/Zongzi

27 Dec 2010

One of my favourite childhood dishes made by my Por Por (Chinese for Maternal Grandmother) was zong; a Chinese glutinous rice dumpling with a filling wrapped inside bamboo leaves and steamed.  Also known as zongzi, these are traditionally eaten during the Dragon Boat Festival (around late May to mid June).

I’ve tried zong with a variety of fillings including chestnuts and pork, but the only filling that has ever really made an impression on me is chicken, melon and peanut.  I love unwrapping these little pyramid shaped parcels of sweet, salty, sticky gooeyness!  The combinations of flavours and textures just go together so well.

There are numerous variations on how to make zong; different regions of South East Asia have their own unique special fillings and methods of preparation.  We use the Northern method of folding zong and the chicken, melon and peanut filling is of Hokkien descent.  We aren’t of Hokkien descent ourselves… but we like their style!

A Bowl of Zong

A bowl of delicious Zong

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