Japanese x Italian = Yum!

Posted December 4th, 2016 in Eat out in Perth | No Comments »

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Whisk Creamery opened its second shop in Northbridge, and it has been a most-talked-about place by Japanese foodies here in Perth.  It’s not just because this Italian-owned gelato & sweet shop serves freshly made yummy gelato, but also this Northbridge store has unique menu that catches Japanese people’s eyes.

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TAIYAKI soft serve corn….!!!

Who can resist this?  I chose matcha green tea (comes with cooked red beans inside) + fruits/marshmallow topping, but you can customize the flavour of gelato and topping.

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The good size Taiyaki dessert amazed me – the Taiyaki pancake is cooked in store (they may cook the taiyaki in batches in the morning), and it was soft and tasty, especially around the tail part.  I loved the taste of gelato – good strong Matcha flavour & taste!

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The inside of the shop is not huge, but it has friendly atmosphere.  They, of course, do takeout too, and other sweet & drink menu is amazing…  On my second visit I tried Gelato Fritto (A deep fried banana gelato ball, with crunchy batter and hot caramel fudge syringe.).  NICE. (though it was smaller than I was imagining)

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I haven’t tried but I must try Black Sesame (kuro-goma) gelato which is only available at Northbridge store.  They have a trendy sense in creating menu!

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Whisk Creamery Northbridge
246 William Street
website
PH: 08 9227 7041
EMAIL: GELATO@WHISKCREAMERY:COM:AU

OPEN
Sun – Thu: 11AM – 10:30PM
Fri – Sat: 11AM – 11PM

An Dango

Posted November 13th, 2016 in Food | No Comments »

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Here in Perth it’s Spring and the weather has been strange – hot day, then rainy day, then cloudy day then again hot day! Hmmm I know Summer is just around the corner but I am not really looking forward to these scorching hot days..

Today was a hot day, and usually I would take my kids to the park in the early morning or to the swimming pool but we had someone come over to fix the garden today so we stayed home. Staying home with 2 kids means lots of food preparation. To combine the “cooking” and “playing”, I involved them in cooking and this is one of the things we made together – dango.

I love dango – I love the chewy texture! In Japan we normally use “shiratama-ko”  or “joshin-ko ” to made dango, but I do not have neither at home. Instead, I stock up this rice flour from Coles.

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Erawan Glutinous Rice Flour. It has to be this green package! It’s just over $2 a packet and so easy to make sticky dango snack.

The recipe is roughly measured, so please adjust the amount of water. And, I mixed tofu to the mixture this time, but you don’t need tofu if you don’t have. Just water and this flour is fine.

<recipe> makes around 20

• Erawan Glutinous Rice Flour … 1 cup

• Tofu (silken or momen) … 50g

• Water … around 1-2 tablespoon

Anko (or some alternative shown below)

 

  1. Drain the tofu from water, then wrap with kitchen paper. Microwave for 30 seconds ~ 1 minutes. This drains more water from tofu.
  2. Place flour into a bowl. Add cooled tofu, then smash the tofu and mix well.  Add water bit by bit to adjust the consistency of the mixture. It should be as firm as your earlobes.
  3. Boil water in a deep pan. Shape the mixture into small balls (1.5cm) then press lightly in the centre to flatten a bit. Drop the balls into boiling water.  Once the balls start to float, count 10 seconds then take them out of the water, and then drop them into a bowl of cold water.
  4. Drain the dango. Skewer them onto toothpicks, then place anko on top.
  5. Enjoy ♬

 

I made koshi-an (strained smooth Anko) but you can just buy a can of Anko from Asian grocery store, or you can eat dango with kinako (sweet soybean flour) or sweet soy sauce (Japanese soy sauce + sugar).   It’s all up to you!

 


Miyu Life Store in Carousel Shopping Centre

Posted October 2nd, 2016 in Japanese Stores in Perth | No Comments »

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As I was taking my kids to the free indoor play area in Carousel shopping centre the other day, I noticed this shop Miyu opened right next to the playground.   This is another shop that sells 100yen goods from Japan (exclude cosmetic products), like Fuji Mart and NEUGO.

Miyu’s first store is located on Newcastle street in Northbridge, so I guess this is their second shop in Perth.  I’ve never been to the Northbridge store, and for me with two children it’s much easier to go to this one inside a shopping centre.

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The size of the store is about the same as NEUGO.  I found some goods from Seria and Can-Do (both are popular 100 yen shops in Japan) there.  I thought they have quite good range of products and it was easy to spot items as they display products tidily and according to the category.

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They also sell cosmetics and Japanese-brand nappies.  Cosmetic products are not from Japan though, there’re Chinese written on the packaging.

I just did some online shopping from Japan few weeks ago, and I already own some of the items sold at the store (yes, I always go to 100 yen shops in Japan to buy things for the house), so I didn’t really buy things – except this binoculars.  I’m not sure if $2.80 is cheap for binoculars, but my boys always fight over one pair of binoculars at home and I really needed to get one more.  Plus, I thought I can trust the quality of product sold in Japan.  This binoculars are Can-Do brand (100 yen shop in Japan).

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Looks alright, for being a 100yen item. So now my boys have one each. 🙂

MIYU Life Store in Carousel shopping Centre, Cannington WA.
(in front of indoor play area, near JB Hi Fi and Pumpkin Patch)

MIYU Life Store in Northbridge WA.
47/188 Newcastle street, Perth
(08) 9228 1905


Yoshiko – Japanese Hair Stylist in Northbridge

Posted August 9th, 2016 in Perth WA | No Comments »

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It’d been a while since my last visit to a hair salon – my hair needed a rescue!

I brought lots of hair-colouring boxes from Japan to dye my hair by myself, but after few boxes I realised I really needed to have my hair colour fixed by a professional.  Sadly I started to have few white hair (by having two boys at home..) and I found it’s difficult to dye these white hair!  And the colour of my hair was really light brown and I knew they’re all damaged.

I was going to go to HairPlus in West Perth, but then I heard about this Japanese hair stylist Yoshiko from my friend so I made a booking for haircut & colouring with her.

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She used to cut people’s hair at home, but now you can see her in Northbridge.  She rents a chair at Eternity Hair Design hair salon on William street just for her customer.  The place is conveniently located in heart of Northbridge.

I think it’s a good idea to rent a chair – she doesn’t work at this hair salon but she just uses a corner of this shop.  Customers need to make bookings in order to meet her as she doesn’t stay at the shop when there’s no booking customer.

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Some Japanese magazines to read + nice tea.

She’d been a hair stylist in Japan for 9 years, and has been in Perth for 7 years now.  All the products she uses at the salon are from Japan.

Hair Cut for Men $25 (inc shampoo)
Hair Cut for Women $25 (shampoo +$10) (for people who has super long hair +$5)

Colour $60~$75

Hair Bonding Perm $150~ $170 (cut +$20)

Treatment $20

Booking essential to 0423288620 (Yoshiko)
Mon ~ Sat 9:30 ~ 18:00

 

I coloured my hair darker, and trimmed the length….

I really love itttttttt!  My hair was really damaged but now it’s much easier to style.  Thanks Yoshiko san, I will definitely be back!


Sparrow Indonesian Restaurant

Posted July 2nd, 2016 in Eat out in Japan | No Comments »

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Another Indonesian restaurant in Perth after a post about Manise Cafe.  Sparrow Indonesian Restaurant has also been in Perth WA for a long time. After moving from Northbridge many years ago, now with a new owner the restaurant is located on Lord street in Highgate.

Although the restaurant is pretty small inside, I like going to this restaurant because the food is nice, the price is pretty reasonable and also there’re ample parking spots on the side streets.

As soon as you go inside the restaurant the friendly staff would greet you and take you to the seats.  The owner is not Indonesian but he is very nice and during my visit there’re lots of laughs and smiles from customers.  🙂

At Sparrow, I ordered Laksa Ayam (yes, it’s not really an Indonesian food but I couldn’t resist it) and my partner ordered Nasi Kuning.  We also ordered Tahu Tek to share.

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Nasi Kuning – combination yellow rice with friend chicken, egg, and chilli pickles.

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Tahu Tek – fried bean-curd omelet with peanut sauce.

The omelet was nice but the peanut sauce was bit too rich for me.  My partner (Indonesian) really enjoyed it though.

While I was there, the owner was talking to all the customers that 10% discount would apply to new customers.  I hadn’t been there since the owner had changed but my husband had gone there couple of times with his friend so he told the owner it’s not his first time, but we received 10% discount anyway.

Great service, great food, and great price.

Try to avoid a peak lunch hour or book a table beforehand as the seats are limited.

Sparrow Indonesian Restaurant
301 Lord Street, Highgate, Perth,WA
(08) 9228 2238

Mon
11:30 AM to 2 PM, 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Tue
11:30 AM to 2 PM, 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Wed
11:30 AM to 2 PM, 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Thu
11:30 AM to 2 PM, 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Fri
11:30 AM to 2 PM, 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Sat
Closed
Sun
Closed

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We recently went there for lunch again and here are some more photos:

Ayam Bakar (grilled chicken in tasty soy sauce)

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Mie Goreng with vegetables.  Kids shared this dish.

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And, as usual we ordered Tahu Tek.  On my last visit I didn’t really like it much, but for some reasons I started to crave for it few days later.  Now it’s one of my favourite dish!

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Manise Indonesian Restaurant

Posted June 30th, 2016 in Eat out in Perth | No Comments »

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If you keep walking William street in Northbridge towards Hyde Park, you will find this small Indonesian restaurant on your left side.  This restaurant has been here since I came to Perth (2003) and has been one of Indonesian people’s favourite eating place in Perth.

They renovated the interior couple of months ago, and now it looks more tidy and clean compared to what I remember.

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We ordered Tahu goreng kecap (deep-fried tofu with special sweet soy sauce) to share for entree 😉

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Crispy!

 

I’d been longing for their chicken dish called “ayam goreng rica”.  It’s basically a fried-chicken dish with spicy tomato sauce. Chicken is crispy and the spicy tomato sauce (homemade, of course) really goes with steamed rice!!

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My partner was thinking between his usual dish or Chef’s Special dishes which had many choices such as deep-fried beef ribs, tempeh goring & mie bakso.  He went with the usual – Kondro Bakar (grilled beef ribs topped with homemade peanut sauce).

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Food is so nice here.  I’m drooling again as I write…  Their hearty food is perfect in this season (or in hot summer too with spicy kick!)  I’m planning to go back there again soon. 🙂

Manise Cafe Indonesian
Shop 2, 449 William Street,Northbridge, Perth, WA
(08) 9228 2432

Mon
11:30 AM to 9 PM
Tue
Closed
Wed
11:30 AM to 9 PM
Thu
11:30 AM to 9 PM
Fri
11:30 AM to 9:30 PM
Sat
11 AM to 9:30 PM
Sun
12 Noon to 9:30 PM

Japan MUST BUY 04 – MUJI Aroma Diffuser

Posted June 12th, 2016 in Japan Must Buy | No Comments »

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I’ve shopped around for a diffuser for my house online and at local shops here in Perth butI couldn’t find “the one” until I met this diffuser in Japan.

Mujirushi brand is quite popular around the world for its’ quality and simple-yet-modern-looking products.  I’ve loved this brand since they opened in Japan when I was in high school. 😀  Whether it’s a pen, notebook, photo album or chocolate ring snack, all of my friend had at least one of Mujirushi items at school.

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I love this Muji aroma diffuser because it looks simple and go with any interior.  I love this because it inputs 100~240V which means I can use this in both Japan & Australia.  I love this because this diffuser works great!!!

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They have two sizes, and I got a smaller one at home.  By using ultrasonic waves to create a mist, this diffuser effectively spreads scent throughout your home and you can use the integral LED as a Light source, as well.

Pure essential oil is recommended for this diffuser.  I bought a set box of a diffuser and 2 bottles of pure essential oil – orange & lavender.  I LOVE THIS!

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Oh, and MUJI’s beanbag is so popular!!! If you go to Muji shop please try it – I understand why it’s one of the best beanbag in the world!  (too expensive for my budget at the moment ! 🙁 )


Japan MUST BUY 03 – Mascara

Posted June 10th, 2016 in Japan Must Buy | No Comments »

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Although Japanese cosmetics are popular and well-known around the world, you may not put a mascara on your shopping list when visiting Japan.  But did you know that common & popular mascara in Japan these days are “Oyu-Off” – you can easily remove the mascara with warm/hot water and don’t need any make-up removal liquid?

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With heat technology, mascara on your eyelashes gets removed with warm/hot water in the shower, and it won’t damage the eyelashes like make-up removal liquid does.  And, it won’t come off with cold water or sweat, so no need to worry about racoon eyes!

My favourite mascara is this ↓ Yokubari Mascara.

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It’s, off course, “Oyu-Off” (off with hot water), and it also contains lash-boosting serum!  While wearing mascara, you are also caring your eyelashes.  It’s a bonus!!

 


Japan MUST BUY 02 – Mushuda

Posted May 25th, 2016 in Japan Must Buy | No Comments »

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Mushuda – this is basically like mothball.  Hanging or placing this inside your closet or clothes drawers will protect your clothes from insects.  I must buy this every time I go back to Japan, because I can’t find any mothball here in Perth that doesn’t stink!!!  Typical mothballs are stinky and leave your clothes that smell..

In Japan, you can find non-scent or scented mothballs that tell you when they expire.

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Mushuda, Misesuroido, and Tansu-ni-Gon are well-known brands.

I normally chose non-scent, but this time I bought floral aroma for my drawers.  Size of each depends on whether it’s for a walk-in closet, a small closet, or for drawers.  And, when it expires (usually after 12 months), letters shows up saying “please change”.

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By having them inside the closet, I can be sure that my clothes are safe from insects 🙂


Japan MUST BUY 01 – Gekiochi Kun

Posted May 23rd, 2016 in Japan Must Buy | No Comments »

Ok, so from today, I will write about things that I recommend you to buy from Japan.  Some items may be also available in other countries. 🙂
These are the things I thought are useful and I just want to share with you!

Here is the first item I recommend you to buy when you go to Japan:

Gekiochi Kun

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Gekiochi Kun – melamine form sponge that removes stains with water and no detergent required.

There are many sizes and shapes available, but the standard one looks like this.

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White square sponges.  This REALLY removes stain.  REALLY.

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If you’ve never used this before, try this.  With just water, it removes stain very easily.  It’s like using an eraser!

There are other “non-Gekiochi Kun” melamine form sponges sold in Japan, and they also works good to me.  You can even find at 100 yen shops.

This was one of my “Must Buy List” from Japan this year.