Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum-Review

Yokohama is a good place for a day trip if you’re visiting Tokyo. We had activated our JR Pass so it was only about a 30 minute ride on the bullet train or less. We didn’t have a lot planned for our day in Yokohama besides visiting Yokohama Chinatown, Osanbashi Pier, Cosmo World and the Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum. The ramen museum is just a short 10 minute walk from Shin-Yokohama station. We were surprised that admission was only 310 yen which is about $3.50 CAD. I noticed they even offer an annual pass for people who want to visit often! The Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum was opened in 1994 and is the world’s first food-themed museum.

Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum

The ramen museum features specialty ramen from 9 different regions in Japan. Once you buy your ticket and go in, you will be in a lobby area with a small gift shop and slot car racing for kids. This is also where you can learn about the origins of ramen through some large poster panels on the wall. At first I wasn’t very impressed because there wasn’t much on this floor but the ramen eating area is actually located downstairs. You can get a glimpse of the waiting times for the various ramen restaurants from a TV screen in the lobby.  Continue reading →

A Happy Pancake-Japanese Souffle Pancakes

This past year I’ve seen a few trending videos of Japanese souffle pancakes so I put that one my bucket list for my Japan trip. After doing some research, the place I found was called A Happy Pancake. This pancake specialty restaurant originated from Osaka but they now have a few locations in Tokyo as well. The one I went to was in Ginza, not too far from Ginza station. It was slightly tricky to find as the entrance to the building is in an alley way but they have a small sign located outside. On another note, I also noticed that elevators in Japan seem to be smaller.
A Happy Pancake

My friend and I came around 4pm and there was only one group waiting ahead of us. I was quite ecstatic as I hate lining up! It was actually a spontaneous visit so we got lucky with the timing. The cafe looks really new and you can watch them make the pancakes while you wait. A Happy Pancake offers a few sweet pancake options as well as some savoury ones as well. There is a disclaimer on the menu stating that the pancakes are different from normal pancakes and will take about 20 minutes to make. The menu is also available in English.
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Gindaco-Takoyaki Chain in Japan

I recently went to Japan for the first time! I swear every week someone I follow on Instagram goes to Japan so finally it was my turn. I started my trip in Tokyo and I didn’t actually plan a lot of places to eat but everything we had was delicious! I did watch a ton of Youtube videos on Japan though and learned a few things. For example, did you know it is rude to walk and eat at the same time? They prefer you stand to the side and eat outside or eat at a designated seating area. Also, there are very few garbage cans around! I’m assuming because people aren’t walking around and eating there is less trash created or they just take it home and throw it out later. Gindaco Japan

One place I did hear about was Gindaco which is a chain restaurant specializing in takoyaki, grilled balls filled with octopus. I spotted a Gindaco when I was in the Roppongi area and decided to try it. They offer a few variations of takoyaki with different fillings or toppings but we just went with the classic one which was also the cheapest option at 580 yen.   Continue reading →

Kürtosh

Kurtosh is a bakery that specializes in chimney cakes with various locations in Sydney. My boyfriend was recommended this bakery by his friend so he stopped by to pick up some treats for me at their Crows Nest location. Yay! As you can tell from the photo below, he didn’t get a chimney cake so maybe I can try that another time.

Kurtosh

I like the minimalistic box which is just the right size for the 2 slices of cake we had. At Kurtosh, the cake slabs are sold by weight.  Continue reading →

Wok N BBQ

My friend recommended we try Wok N BBQ in Burwood for Chinese BBQ. They’re located just up the block from Burwood station. I think Burwood is one of my favourite suburbs here now because they have so much Chinese food and it’s closer than going to Central for me. The restaurant was clean and tidy and we were able to get a table fairly quickly. In addition to Chinese BBQ, they also serve traditional Cantonese/HK style cafe food.
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Gami Chicken and Beer

Gami Chicken and Beer has recently opened up at Central Park mall. The restaurant had a refreshing blue themed shipping container inspired interior. It’s located on the lower level of the mall where Doughnut Time used to be and it’s quite spacious in there. I love Korean fried chicken or any fried chicken in general! Gami Chicken and Beer

We started off by ordering the Seafood Pancake. I’ve definitely had better. This one just didn’t seem like it had many ingredients and lacked the crispiness I was looking for.  Continue reading →

SaltVine-Dimmi Restaurant Month

Every year Dimmi has a special restaurant promotion in July where certain restaurants are 30-50% off! I had to take advantage of this and decided to try SaltVine for my birthday. I don’t usually eat a lot of Lebanese food so I was excited to try something different. SaltVine is located in Surry Hills and they serve tapas style dishes. Sorry some of the photos are a bit out of focus.

SaltVine

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Sun Ming-Good Cantonese BBQ

I’ve been seriously craving some Cantonese BBQ and it’s much more expensive here than in Vancouver. I used to eat roast pork at least once or twice a month! Lucky me… but it’s a different story now. I was really glad I discovered Sun Ming and it’s located right by Westfield mall in Parramatta and near the train station. It looks like your typical HK style cafe with BBQ meat that you can order at the front of the shop. No frills here.

Sun Ming Parramatta

Here we have the BBQ Pork and Roast Pork with rice ($14.80). This is probably the fastest thing you can order as the rice is already cooked and all they have to do is chop up the meat! There are also a few greens on the side to make it slightly more balance but we’re here for the meat! The BBQ pork was slightly sweet and well marbled and the roast pork was also equally well marbled and delicious. The crackling skin could’ve been a bit more crispy but it was still good considering it was the end of the day. Each piece was juicy and satisfied my BBQ cravings! Sun Ming Parramatta

Since we both wanted meat, we also had a plate of just Roast Pork with rice which costs $1 less than the combination above.

I would come back to Sun Ming again for their BBQ. I’ve been here once before actually and had some of their regular dishes like baked pork chop on rice which were pretty good as well.

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Milky Lane-Parramatta

Milky Lane is a super funky burger shop and they have a new location in Parramatta now. I was never a huge burger person because I just feel they’re very messy to eat but I’ve noticed there are a lot of great looking burger places in Sydney so I wanted to try more burgers lately. The location is spacious and they have a few arcade machines on the side too. I went after watching Ocean’s 8 and they even had a live DJ that night!

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Aussie Dumpling King

We were looking for a place to eat after checking out Vivid Sydney at Darling Harbour so as we were wandering around Chinatown and we passed by Aussie Dumpling King. It’s located on the strip of restaurants on Dixon street and there are just so many options there. They weren’t very busy but the menu seemed pretty cheap so we decided to give it a try. It’s hard to go wrong with dumplings right?

Aussie Dumpling King

For our appetizer, we had the Spicy Beef Tripe. This was served cold and they used a bit of the chillies that give you that slightly numb feeling but it wasn’t too spicy for us. The beef tripe was marinated well and had great flavour. Aussie Dumpling King

We also ordered the Xiao Long Bao but what we received was not what we expected. Instead of the traditional dumpling with a thin dough, we had something that was more like a pan fried pork bun with a soft bun instead of a thin dumpling wrap which we found strange and misleading. It still tasted good but it wasn’t what we expected. Also I don’t think they made a mistake as they have another item on the menu which is the pan fried pork bun and these also weren’t fried on the bottom. Aussie Dumpling King

The Combination Meat Sauce Noodles were better than I expected as they used home made noodles which were very chewy and I loved the texture. It’s a very basic noodle dish but the noodles were the star of the show.
Aussie Dumpling King

Lastly we had the Hot and Sour Soup with Dumplings. I’ve never seen this before but we like hot and sour soup. The hot and sour soup wasn’t the Cantonese style we were used to though (although we didn’t expect it). Firstly, it wasn’t a thick soup and it was more sour than hot. In addition to dumplings, it also had some meat bits and veggies mixed into the soup so it was actually quite a filling meal. You can’t tell from this photo, but this was an enormous bowl of soup. They were very generous with the amount of soup. Maybe they wanted to make the portion look bigger? The dumplings themselves were good but we weren’t big fans of the soup.

I think if you decide to visit Aussie Dumpling King, you should probably stick with steamed or fried dumplings and noodles.

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