Melbourne, the food capital of Australia, where multi-cultural cuisines reign supreme. You've arrived at a food blog where good food has no boundaries - be it restaurants, cafes, takeaway joints and any other eating places. Recipes to try out with successes and failures blogged to no shame. The focus is on authentic Asian (Singapore) food found right here in the heart of Melbourne. Just remember, the best dining experience could surprise your tastebuds when you least expect it. Get ready to be surprised on my food journey. Bon Appétit!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Mentaiko Pasta

So, much has been said about the Mentaiko Pasta and various interpretations of it. Get the cod roe, remove the membrane and scoop out the beady goodness from within and add it to pasta. Except, I could not find it in the Melbourne CBD Asian supermarket. I probably could at my Elsternwick Japanese supermarket or the one near the back of Prahran market, but I'm lazy so I took the easy way out and just bought the instant version. It says Spicy Cod Roe at the front of the packet. But of course as always, I have to add a little bit here and there. Now, there are 2 sachets of the spicy roe in each pack. S was very skeptical and kinda grossed out by trying anything roe-like but he absolutely LOVES this pasta now. The pic above is what I prepared for his lunch before we go to work in the morning. Just zap it in the microwave at work and voila.

Recipe:

1 sachet of Mentaiko
2 tbs garlic butter (minced garlic in butter)
1 dollop of thickened cream
120 gm pasta
Shredded seaweed

Cook pasta, drain it (do not add cold water) and toss everything. Simple!

Divine Dessert Sampler at Grand Hyatt Melbourne

Every little thing on the dessert sampler tray was absolutely beautiful (ahem, most-used word on Masterchef Australia). But corniness aside, I'll let the pics speak for themselves. I'm trying to keep the blog focused on the little known joints for authentic Asian food, but we do so enjoy the other cuisines probably 60% of the time. So from time to time, I'll share pics of my other food passions.

Service was appalling at the Grand Hyatt though and unfortunately, that did mar the experience a bit for the 5 of us.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Posting Pics of Nobu Post That Went MYSTERIOUSLY Missing...Hmm....

I'm going to keep this short and sweet. There was a long post about this with a mixed review from last year. I really do not know why it is actually missing, your guess is as good as mine...

So I'll just keep it simple with pics. Some short notes, love the patagonian toothfish, which is the black miso cod (I've got the recipe down pat), the tuna sashimi entree and the chocolate lava dessert. The rest are rather disappointing. On the whole within the same complex, Koko gets my Jap vote, especially their off-the-menu terriyaki fishhead in either King Fish or Toothfish.

Entree:

Absolutely fresh tuna tataki with a light citrus olive oil drizzle. There is no aftertaste of the sashimi, an indication of freshness, which is great and I really enjoy the tangy afterbite of the dressing. Pretty faultless here. I did not take pics of S's entree unfortunately.

Tuna Tataki with Tonsasu

Sorry, can't help it...SLURP!

Mains:

Scallops were tough and the sauce fell short and was kinda watery and rather bland. Although the asparagus were sweet and young, it was an ok dish, nothing much to rave home about quite honestly.

There is no doubt the Miso Black Cod was the dish of the day, and it really is no surprise hence we order it every time we go there. But is it really enough to carry the whole meal off? Having been to Nobu several times since they opened their doors, the excellent standard seems to have dropped progressively. Now we hardly even bother going there anymore.

The Sirloin Steak was shocking. The gravy was like dishwater thickened by corn starch. It was bland and lacking any flavour, simply brown goo. The steak was tough despite us requesting for medium-rare. Certainly a big disappointment. When they first opened, we had this dish and it was really faultless. Just a succulent well-cooked piece of beautiful steak and a delight to eat with or without rice. Now there is no way I'll risk ordering another serve of this ever.

Scallops with asparagus and mushrooms
Black Cod Miso
Beef Sirlion Steak

Dessert:


Both desserts were pretty faultless, so no complaints there...

Woo-Hoo! Taste of Melbourne this Saturday!

Can't wait! I'll be carrying an easy-to-carry sling bag that's for sure. Leave the Birkins at home in the crowd. Unfortunately we are going to have to queue to collect our pre-purchased tickets and then queue again to get in.