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09 August 2015 ~ 2 Comments

Dumplings Dumplings Dumplings… at Shanghai Flavour

Mr Bacon guestpost:

So a couple of years ago, I embarked on a journey to try all the different variations of Chinese food… in particular those from the “Northern” region of China, sometimes they were a hit and other times I found the food to be bland or not as tasty as what I am accustomed to.  If you’re not familiar with the regional differences of Chinese food, this PerthNow article sums it up pretty well.

Being of Chinese-Vietnamese background, I ate a lot of Chinese food growing up…. ranging from Dim Sum to Chinese Banquets, to the food my family cooked (Teo Chew cuisine)  and the Malaysian/Singaporean restaurants of Chinese origin that we frequented. Essentially, I was eating “Southern Chinese” food. Any Chinese food outside of these regions were completely unfamiliar to me.

During this journey, I stumbled upon Shanghai Flavours, an unsuspecting little restaurant in Northbridge  a couple of months ago and it was so delicious that we went back for dinner that same night!

Here’s our favourite dishes:

Sheng Jian Bao (Pan-fried Pork Mini Buns) – $7

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Shanghai Flavours is the only restaurant in Perth that makes this Shanghai favourite and boy is it good! If you haven’t tried this before, it kind of tastes like what a BBQ Pork Bun and a Shanghai soup dumpling (Xiao Long Bao) gave birth to… and then fried crispy on a pan. It was this dish that made me and LittleMissBacon fall in love with this place. Like the Xiao Long Bao, it is best eaten with Chinese vinegar, I like to also add with Chilli Oil.

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The dough is soft and fluffy and with every bite you get the juicy pork soup dumpling filling.

Xialong Bao (Shanghai Steamed Pork Mini Buns) – $7

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The skin not as silky as the pre-made ones available at dimsum places such as Dragon Palace, but the flavoursome soup is really what sets it apart.

Pan Fried Dumplings – $7

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These are probably my favourite pan fried dumplings in Perth… the skin is nice and crispy. I think the filling is also the same as the other two dumplings.

If you love your dumplings or looking for something to warm your belly up on a cold winter night… definitely give Shanghai Flavours a try.

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09 April 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Bangkok on William

Bangkok on William is a new Thai restaurant on the block which impresses me on two levels, one: they offer some unique Thai dishes that I haven’t seen elsewhere in Perth and two:  the taste takes me back to my foodie experiences while on holiday in Thailand.

I haven’t tried their dinner menu yet as my favourite dishes are served only at lunchtime. Mr Bacon has been at night and thinks it’s just as impressive.

Bangkok on William Menu

Bangkok on William Menu

Decor

Bangkok on William Decor

The decor is very nice and the air con is always blasting, very reminiscent of temperature in shopping centres in Bangkok.

Curry Puffs $8

Bangkok on William Curry Puffs

Deep fried golden parcels crispy on the outside, soft potato meat mixed filling on the inside.

Fish Cakes $10

Bangkok on William Fish Cakes

Deep fried and golden, served with a home made cucumber fish dipping sauce.

Stewed Pork Leg and Rice $12

Bangkok on William Pork Leg and Rice

I was addicted to this dish after trying it in Thailand where they have big pots of whole pork legs bubbling away till they  fall off the bone and soak up all the flavour of the master stock.

Served with picked vegetables, soft boiled egg and a Thai chilli dipping sauce, the meat was very tender and flavoursome. I could eat this dish everyday. It would be the Thai equivalent of the homely Vietnamese dish Thit Kho (Pork and Egg stew)

Chicken Pad Thai $14

Bangkok on William Pad Thai

Silky slurpy noodles with the perfect amount sweet, salty and tang.

Gravy Noodles $14

Bangkok on William Gravy Noodles

Flat rice noodles with a gravy meat sauce. The noodles are first flash fried so you get this charred flavour or what’s known as the “breath of the wok” or wok hei in Chinese.

Sprimp Paste Rice $14

Bangkok on William Sprimp Paste Rice

This will be an acquired taste for some, but it is a fried rice with shrimp paste so it has a distinct fish taste. It goes very nicely with the mixed omelette and fired pork belly bits. Mr Bacon started eating before I could take a pic of the nice presentation.

Kway Chap aka Roll Rice Noodles $12

Bangkok on William Kway Chap

This is the noodle equivalent to my favourite stewed leg and rice. Rolled noodles are like flat rice noodles only in a triangular shape which when heated rolls up.

The stock reminds my of Beef Pho noodle soup broth. The toppings include soft boiled egg, pork belly, pork skin and miscellaneous offals.

Condiments for Noodles

Bangkok on William Condiments

Fish sauce, sugar, chilli flakes and chilli sauce.

Drinks $4

Bangkok on William Drinks

Behind is Thai milk tea and at the front iced green tea.

Mango Sticky Rice $8

Bangkok on William Sticky Rice with Mango

Fragrant sticky rice topped with coconut milk, toasted sesame seeds and seasonal sweet mango. Bangkok on William makes the best Mango sticky rice in Perth in my opinion.

Peter’s Ice Cream Cake

Bangkok on William Ice Cream Cake

We had a very nostalgic finish to our meal by having good old Peter’s ice cream cake. What a great way to cool down in the 40 degree heat.

Bangkok on William Thai Restaurant on Urbanspoon

09 February 2015 ~ 4 Comments

Gusto Gelato Leederville

I’m in love… and when I fall in love with a place… I fall hard. I tried Gusto Gelato for the first time on January 24th and have returned twice a week since. All the gelato flavours are made in house and from natural ingredients depending on what’s in season.

Gusto Street View

Gusto Gelato Shop

Gusto Flavours

Gusto Gelato Flavours

Gusto Gelato Flavours

The Gusto $5 one scoop

Gusto Gelato

The Gusto flavour tastes like a snicker’s bar. The end.

Salted Caramel & Coconut Milk and Mango $8 two scoops

Gusto Gelato

The salted caramel is one of their most popular flavours and although salted caramel has been done to death, Gusto’s version tastes like real caramel and real sea salt.

One of my favourite and most refreshing flavours is the coconut milk and mango. It’s creamy and milky but not too rich.

Left Cookie Monster & Salted Caramel right Pineapple Lime & Pavlova two scoops

Gusto Gelato

Cookie Monster has a medley of cookies and cookie dough while the fruity flavours have real crushed fruit

Front Peach

Gusto Gelato

left Cookie Monster & Rocky Road right Cooconut Milk and Mango & Apple Pie

Gusto Gelato Apple Pie

So the reason I’ve got a love affair with Gusto at the moment can be explained in the picture above. I ordered a scoop of Apple Pie and when you look in the kitchen there’s two freshly baked apple pies in the background proving that they only use fresh ingredients. No artificial ingredients here.

3 Bears

Gusto Gelato 3 Bears

Honey gelato with tiny teddies in a cone.

Gusto Gelato Prices

Gusto Gelato Menu

Gusto Gelato menu

Gusto Gelato Menu

I’ve tried at least half of the flavours on offer and I can honestly say nothing has disappointed me.

The shop is hot from the fridges but it’s worth the heat and wait because their gelato stays surprisingly firm even with Perth’s scorching heat.

Gusto Gelato on Urbanspoon

21 January 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Mount Lawley Month: Salsas Taco Tuesday

When I think of tight-ass Tuesdays…some things that come to mind are cheap movie tickets, half price Gelares waffles and cheap steak nights…. but by far, my favourite is Taco Tuesdays at Salsas. Every Tuesday, Salsas offers $2 tacos.. yes that’s right, $2 tacos.

Taco Menu

Salsas Taco Menu

You can choose between soft or hard shell tacos. They also offer gluten free soft shells.

Salsas $2 Taco Tuesdays

In the back left to right: hard habanero steak, two soft fish tacos.
the front left to right: soft chicken, hard chicken, soft classic beef

Habanero Steak – comes with red cabbage, black beans and a very spicy habanero sauce.

Fish tacos – comes with a deep fried battered fish fillet, caramelised onions and a sweet pineapple and mango salsa.

Chicken chipotle – guacamole, salsa fresca and chipotle salsa.

Classic Taco – comes with their texas beef, cheese, lettuce, salsa fresca & ranch sauce.

$2 Tacos

Salsas $2 Taco Tuesdays

The flavours have changed over time, so I’m going to mention my favourite flavour which they have taken off the menu. Carnita was a slow cooked pork with pineapple and mango salsa which they have now replaced with the fish tacos.

Mexicrinkles $3.50 regular

Salsas Mexicrinkles

I crave Salsa’s one of a kind mexicrinkle chips all the time. The crinkle cut chips hold their secret spices which is a mild salty and slightly sweet blend.

Carritos Drinks $4

Salsas $2 Taco Tuesdays

Gauva and Mango Carritos. These sugary delights are made with cane sugar.

The lines get pretty long around dinner time so make sure you come a bit earlier if you want to secure a seat. I’ve been going heaps and the most I can eat in one sitting is four.

Salsa's Mexican Grill on Urbanspoon

13 January 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Mount Lawley Month: Paella Republica

The name pretty much says it all… Paella Republica specialises in paella. They also do amazing churros. This new kid on the block offers a casual and laidback atmosphere for a meal if you like either of the two.

Big Pans Ready

Paella Republica Big Pans

The big pans are hot and ready to go before you even enter, so there’s little waiting time.

Menu

Paella Republica Menu

There are four flavours to choose from depending on what day you go. Chicken and Chorizo, Meatballs, Vegan and Seafood.

Del Mar Seafood Paella $15.90 large only available

Paella Republica Seafood

As advertised, only made once a week with love. The Paella is filled with juicy squid, prawns, mussels and a fat piece of fish. The rice was a lightly spiced flavoured with sweet peas, green capsicum and tomatoes served in a cute mini paella pan.

Seville A Bit of Everything $10.90 for small

Paella Republica

Same rice base with chicken, chorizo and meatballs. I found this a bit dry compared to the seafood, maybe because that paella has more juices from the seafood? Regardless, the taste was good and a bargain at $10.90 for a Regular, the Large is $15.90.

Para Dos $14.90 choice of two chocolate dipping sauces

Paella Republica

The Churros for two consist of six crunchy churros lightly sugared with cinnamon sugar. Crunchy edges on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside. These churros are better than San Churros…. Don’t hate me.

For the choice of chocolate I chose milk and white belgian chocolate.

Paella Republica on Urbanspoon

12 January 2015 ~ 2 Comments

Mount Lawley Month: BB a Pop Up

It’s been a long time since my last post… since then, I’ve relocated to Mount Lawley! This month I’ll be dedicating all posts to my favourite Mount Lawley eats.

I’ve also started watching the cartoon series Bob’s Burgers and it makes me crave burgers all the time.

Decor

BB a Pop Up Decor

BB a Pop Up Decor

BB, with it’s mismatch retro decor provides a fun casual dining atmosphere. While you wait for your food, you can play foosball or the arcade machine for free.

Menu

BB a Pop Up Menu

BB The Boss Burger $15

BB a Pop Up

It starts with a brioche bun. A soft, sweet bun with a unique grill patch at the top. Then the juicy beef patty cooked medium is combined with cripsy bacon, american style melted cheese, sweet onion, tomato and lettuce with a tangy BBQ mayo sauce. The brioche bun is amazing.

The Boss Burger Innards

BB a Pop Up The Boss Burger

The Boss Burger with Chips $3.50

BB a Pop Up The Boss

Milkshakes $5.50 with Ice Cream and Malt $1 extra

BB a Pop Up Milkshakes

Be careful if you get their delicious thick milkshakes takeaway, you will finish it before you get home… guaranteed. Flavours include strawberry, caramel and chocolate.

Takeaway Milkshakes

BB a Pop Up Milkshakes

Free Sauces

BB a Pop Up Sauces

Now I’ve never been to America, but I imagine this will be the closest in Perth to an American burger with it’s brioche bread, american cheese, milkshakes and thin and crispy chips. BB won’t be sticking around for long as it’s a pop up, so please give it a try while you can!

http://www.bbapopup.com.au/

BB, a pop up on Urbanspoon

09 June 2013 ~ 2 Comments

Miss Kitty’s Saloon – Canadian Eh?

Every now and then I stumble across something which makes me want to wake up and blog…. Miss Kitty’s Saloon is one of them on this said day. If you’re looking for a place with great food and service…..  Miss Kitty’s Saloon will blow your mind.

Miss Kitty’s Saloon is a tapas style venue with a wood-fire oven inside. The decor is super cute with stumps for tables, hanging chairs and cowboy and cowgirl toilets.

Miss Kitty’s Saloon Menu

Miss Kitty's Saloon Menu

The waitress was quick and found us a table right away and food and drinks were served promptly. Being that it was my first time, the one thing which stood out for me was when asking for recommendations, all the waitresses had a clear understanding of each menu item and described it to us it in a way that made our mouths water.

Hot Wing Pancakes $4.00 each

Miss Kitty's Saloon Hot Wing Pancakes

Handmade mini pancakes with deboned hot  wings. This was nice and crispy, I would have preferred it minus the blue cheese. I’ve decided I do not like blue cheese.

Close-up: Hot Wing Pancakes

Miss Kitty's Saloon Hot Wing Pancakes

The chicken inside was juicy but I did find a tiny small bone.

Prawn Cocktail and Pig Head Nuggets $19.00

Miss Kitty's Saloon Prawn Cocktail and Pig Head Nuggets

The chilled prawns came with a nice cocktail sauce, but the highlight of this dish was the pig head nuggets. Crispy, tasty and moorish. I could eat a whole bowl of these. The inside had a soft crunchy pig texture which was amazing.

Pickled Peach Slaw $9

Miss Kitty's Saloon Pickled Peach Slaw

Fresh thinly sliced slaw with a tangy peach dressing. It went really nicely with our pig.

Roast Suckling Pig $36

Miss Kitty's Saloon Roast Suckling Pig

So so suckling…. this pork is amazing. The skin was so crispy and the meat was really soft. Served with a relish and two flat breads. It tasted like a corn bread variety.

Miss Kitty's Saloon Roast Suckling Pig

Underneath all this was a dark jus which soaked up the bread.

Poutine $12

Miss Kitty's Saloon Poutine Chips

Frites, gravy and curds. GENIUS! I’ve always wanted to try this Canadian classic and it did not disappoint. They make their curd on premise mmm the curds tasted light and fluffy.

The Bill

Miss Kitty's Saloon Bill

Miss Kitty’s Saloon sets you back about $50 including a drink but it’s definately worth the money.

Miss Kitty's Saloon on Urbanspoon

29 January 2013 ~ 3 Comments

LittleMissBaking

Sharing is caring… so you know when food blogs make you want to eat things off your screen? Now you can with mine!

I’ve started my small business in catering under “Little Miss Baking” and would love to extend my services to you for any occasions. Here are photos of my previous jobs, those of you who follow my blog would know I like to make everything with extra love. Please enjoy and email me should you have any other enquires and if you would be so kind to like my facebook page I will make sure the bacon fairy pays you a visit.

Crust Mount Lawley 1st Birthday

Crust 1st Birthday

To celebrate the thriving business of Crust Mount Lawley, I was asked to make their 1st birthday cupcakes.  The flavours chosen were vanilla bean and red velvet.

Crust 1st Birthday Cupcake Tower

For a personal touch to the cupcakes, I used red for the buttercream to match their logo. I also branded them with Crust 1st birthday cupcake toppers.

Crust 1st Birthday Order

The finished product.

Crust 1st Birthday Cupcakes with Toppers

Crust Super “Stars” Medals

Crust Stars

What a better way to congratulate someone than to give them something edible?  For the Crust Christmas Party, I made edible sugar cookie medal “Stars” which were handed out to standout Crust employees.

Tiffanys & Co Brithday Cupcakes

Tiffanys & Co Birthday Cupcake

Each cupcake is designed by yours truely.

Tiffanys & Co Birthday Cupcakes with Fondant

Fondant cupcakes. Handmade Tiffany’s bracelet with box, rings, charms, boxes and bows. The rings also include edible diamonds.

Tiffanys & Co Birthday Cupcakes Blue Top

Diamond topped glittered cupcake.

Tiffanys & Co Birthday Cupcakes Two Tone Blue Rose

Two toned teal buttercream rose.

Tiffanys & Co Birthday Cupcakes the making of

The planning.

Tiffanys  & Co Fondant Bows

Assembly of bows.

Sarah’s Hens High Tea

Sarah's Hens Raspberry Melting Moments

Melting moments. These were such a hit that she requested 240 more pieces for her wedding bon voyage!

Sarah's Hens High Tea

I had a partner in crime for this job, MzTiff. We also did picnic sandwiches, hedgehog slices, scones, palmiers, pink profiteroles, sausage rolls and cheese toast. It was a fantastic pink party.

Sarah's Hens High Tea Palmiers

Butter and cinnamon palmiers, pink profiteroles in the background.

Linda’s Birthday Macaron Tower

Linda's Birthday Macaron Tower

The macarons with letters on them are green tea flavour. The others are coconut and pandan flavour with a berry surprise.

Linda's Birthday Macarons

The assembly line of macarons.

Stacey’s Birthday Cookie Monster Cupcakes

Stacey's Cookie Monster Cupcakes

This goofy coconut cupcake is matched with coloured shredded coconut and buttercream stuffed with a chocolate chip cookie.

Stacey's Birthday Cookie Monster Cupcakes

Om nom nom

Linda’s  Birthday Croquembouche

Linda's Birthday Croquembouche

During my obsession with Masterchef period, I made a free standing croquembouche. Homemade profiteroles with vanilla bean custard and the  drizzling glue of fresh made toffee. People were actually requesting for doggie bags!

My next post will be about all my savoury adventures and also a few bacon creations.

05 July 2012 ~ 4 Comments

Sundays Everyday

Sundays Everyday is opened everyday except Sundays. Reknown for their deep fried monsterous pieces of karaage, this is the most generous and golden Japanese restaurant South of the river and it’s always packed.

Katsu Curry Chicken $8.90

Sundays Everyday Katsu Curry Chicken

The thing I love most about this place is their batter. They must double coat it or something because it’s always unbelievably crispy and crunchy. Their Katsu Chicken Curry consist of giant pieces of panko crumbed chicken and a pool of curry gravy. I had to literally dig to find my rice underneath. The few bites of pea and fukujinzuke, which is a red pickle relish, added some sweetness to the dish.

I actually could not manage to finish this whole dish and left two lonely pieces of katsu chicken.

Mixed Bento Terriyaki Chicken and Karaage Chicken $15.00

Sundays Everyday Mix Bento

For the mixed bento my bf got the Terriyaki Chicken and Karaage Chicken. The terriyaki sauce was thick, sweet and perfect with a few drops of lemon. The famous Karaage chicken was huge, well seasoned and bursting hot.

Again the the sizes are huge! Not only in portion but the pieces of chicken as well. Not as bite-size as I would have liked for easier eating but maybe good for growing boys. This place is always packed around lunch time so be prepared to have to scope out for a table.

Water, chilli sauce and chilli powder is free to help cut through the grease.

Sundays Everyday on Urbanspoon

05 July 2012 ~ 4 Comments

Deep Fried Cheese Night Episode

Girls Night! The only thing that could make girls night even better with my favourite girls is delicious, heart clogging comfort foods. Tonights theme is Deep Fried Cheese. We all chose our favourite cheeses and sauces and then came together with some wicked concoctions.

Our Table

Our Table

We had some crusty bread and hommus to cut through the grease.

Condiments

Glistening in the background are my Mozzarella Cheese and Bacon Spring Rolls and plain Mozzarella Spring Rolls. Lightly crumbed and seasoned sticks of mozzarella, rolled in spring roll pastry and then deep fried until golden.

The sauces we chose were ranch, dynamite, tomato salsa, mango chutney and blueberry jam.

Dynamite sauce is a mix of Sirachi chilli sauce and Kewpie Mayonaise.

Double Panko Crumbed Camembert Cheese

Deep Fried Camembert

Wedges of creamy camembert encrusted in crunchy panko crumbs.

Deep Fried Feta in Buttered Batter

Deep Fried Australia Feta

Cubes of australian feta deep fried in a batter similar to fish and chip batter, with a hint of butter.

Grilled Haloumi Cheese with Salad

Salad with Haloumi

Not everything was deep fried so don’t be alarmed! I whipped up a quick bruschetta style salad with dice tomato, cucumber, fresh paprika, red onions and garlic with a light salad dressing.

The grilled haloumi was on the darker side but still good.

Grilled Marinaded Chicken Wings

Chicken Wings

These wings were courtesy of MzTiff for a meat element to the night.

My Plate

My Plate

Yes, there was some leftover bacon strips so we grilled it up to nibble at like chips. Also on my plate were cheese and bacon spring roll, camembert, chicken wing, haloumi salad and bread.

Now for the money shots!

Deep Fried Camembert Cheese Innards

Deep Fried Camembert

Deep Fried Feta in Buttered Batter

Deep Fried Feta Innards

Mozzarella Cheese and Bacon Spring Rolls Innards

Cheese and Bacon Spring Rolls Innards

Deep Fried Mini Mars Bar, Toasted Marshmallows and Napoleon Ice Cream with Fresh Strawberry

Deep Fried Mars Bar, Toasted Marshmallow, Ice Cream and Fresh Strawberries

Need I say more? For those of you who have not had a deep fried Mars Bars before it is an explosion of chocolate and caramel in your mouth barely contained in a light batter.

Deep Fried Mini Mars Bar Innards

Deep Fried Mars Bar Innards

Toasted Marshmallow Innards

Toasted Marshmallow Innards

Stringy webs of sweet melted marshmallow.

By now you probably think this is an overkill of food and it looks sickening, however as we paced ourselves and only served small portions…. it was just the right amount of deep fried food with a little bit of wine

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