Perth Kimchi

Posted December 29th, 2009 in Perth WA | 5 Comments »

This kimchi shop opened its door just one month ago in Myaree.  Although the shop is new, customers keep coming back to buy the fresh delicious home-made kimchi.

Kimchi is traditional Korean pickled dishes made of vegetables with varied seasonings.  The most common kimchi is the spicy Chinese cabbage variety.  Cucumber and daikon radish are also popular kinds.  Kimchi is eaten as it is as a side dish to steamed rice, but is also used as an ingredient to make some of the delicious Korean dishes, such as kimchi friend rice, kimchi jigae (kimchi soup/ steam board), topping on bibinba or Korean cold noodle.  

I love kimchi, it’s a great accompaniment to a beer 🙂  

She gave me a free sample, and I really loved her kimchi!  Very fresh, unlike those packaged kimchi you see in grocery shops.  There are some unique kimuchi such as squid kimuchi as well.  (see my dinner photo)  She, the owner, is from Busan, South Korea, and she makes her kimchi everyday at the shop.  No wonder the kimchi is so fresh.

Plus, Korean BBQ dish, Bulgogi (beef and pork) is also available there.  You may need to go there in the morning as this item is very popular 🙂

This shop opens 6days a week, from Monday to Saturday, 9:00 to 18:00.  If you like this spicy Korean pickles why not try some?

37 Hulme Court, Myaree WA 6154 /  (08) 9317 8688


Post Christmas Shopping

Posted December 28th, 2009 in Perth WA | No Comments »

Almost everyone who stayed in Perth this Christmas must have went post-Christmas shopping!  Many shops are doing huge sale…  I bought a suitcase, cordless phone, some stationery stuff and toys.  After shopping my husband and I phoned up his aunty/uncle to say “Merry Christmas”, then they asked us to come over to their house.

They welcomed us with coffees and some sweets.  They had Christmas party the other night and there’re many left over food at their house : fruit mince pies, chocolate, fruits…    They kept saying “do you want another drink?” “I have watermelon in the fridge” “why don’t you take home this blueberries”.   In the end they gave us so many things!  Chocolates, tomatoes, cactus, aloe, seedlings, turkish bread and steak… 

That night I cooked the steak, and I made avocado dip for Turkish bread.

<Avocado Dip>

  • 1 avocado
  • lemon juice
  • 1 tbs whipped cream
  • salt and pepper 
    
  1. Cut avocado half and scoop out the fresh into a bowl.  Squeeze lemon juice onto avocado, and mash up until smooth.  Add cream, and season well.
  
The steak was delicious!  Aunty said they always get this marinated steak from a butcher.  I should have asked which butcher they get this steak meat from.  The meat is tender and I think it goes with steamed rice too.


Three Color Pavlova

Posted December 27th, 2009 in Food | 2 Comments »

When I was told that I was in charge of dessert for the Christmas dinner, I asked sister what I should be making.  If it was in Japan, I would be making simple strawberry cake with vanilla sponge and fresh cream, but I didn’t know if Australian (in-laws) would like it.  Sister said that Australian traditional Christmas dessert is either pavlova, or trifle.  As sister finished her sentence with “trifle may be bit heavy”, I decided to make pavlova.

It was actually my first time to make pavlova.  Umm, actually I may have made it before at TAFE, but I think it would have been a small, individual size.  

I made family size pavlova with three colors: white, pink and chocolate.  Looked like Napoleon ice cream :p  I decorated with whipped cream, some fresh fruits and roasted nuts.  It was pretty good. 

<Pavlova>

 

  • 6 egg white
  • 1+1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tbs corn flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • tiny drop of red coloring
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • 200ml whipping cream
  • 1 tbs condensed milk
  • cherry, kiwi, peach
  • roasted nuts ( I used Almond praline)
    
  1. Preheat oven to 200°C.  Line baking paper on an oven tray, and dust 1tsp of corn flour.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat egg whites in a large bowl until soft peaks form. Add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating constantly until thick and glossy. Add remaining 3 teaspoons cornflour with the last tablespoon of sugar. Fold through vanilla and vinegar.
  3. Take 2~3 tbs of meringue into another bowl. Shift in cocoa powder and mix through.  Take another 2~3 tbs meringue into another bowl and add tiny drop of red coloring, mix through.
  4. Spoon half of white meringue onto baking paper, shaping into about 24cm (diameter) circle.  Pour pink and brown meringue into the white meringue bowl.  Do not mix.
  5. Spoon the three colors meringue on top of white meringue on oven tray.  Gently spread into circle shape, with a slightly higher edge and a low centre. Make three colors marbled.
  6. Reduce oven to 100°C.   Bake for 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours or until dry and crisp. 
  7. Turn off oven and open oven door. Cool completely in oven (pavlova may sink during cooling).
    
Please be careful when you are moving the pavlova into a serving plate.  Gently slide the pavlova onto a plate, or it will be like this … (T_T)  ↓↓↓
We still enjoyed this pavlova, even though it was cracked…
<Topping>
  • Crush Almond, and roast in a pan (without oil).  Be careful not to burn.
  • Place whipping cream and condensed milk in a bowl and whip until soft peak.  
  • Spread cream on top of pavlova, and arrange cut fruits and sprinkle roasted nuts.
    
  
  

Christmas 2009

Posted December 25th, 2009 in Perth WA | No Comments »

This is my 6th time to spend Christmas in Perth.  Last year I was in Jakarta and then flew to Japan to spend Christmas and New Year’s Day.  Still, I prefer Christmas in winter…  (do I say this every year?)  My family says it’s really cold now, about 8℃ max, and they got heavy snow last week.  My house was surrounded by white world… My brother says it was terrible, couldn’t see his car, covered with snow, and had to dig it out in cold morning.. but I miss these things.

Today every shop closes, even some petrol stations and McDonalds, so yesterday was the last shopping day before Christmas for everyone.  Even a small shopping mall near my house was full of people, and couldn’t find a parking spot.  I had to circle around few times.  I just wanted to deposit one cheque at the bank :p

This morning I went to a church for Christmas mass.  The road was quiet.  When I came home, sister_in_law had prepared breakfast for us!  I said to everyone “Merry Christmas” 🙂

Everyone kept saying “stop taking photos, it just a breakfast and nothing special! Just eat! “, but I couldn’t help 😛  

 

After having breakfast, I prepared for tonight dinner: whipping cream and cutting some fruits for pavlova.  AAAA I forgot to buy strawberries (T_T)  Now it’s too late, all the shops are closed. …. Well, the pavlova is kind of broken anyway, it’s for family dinner, we can still eat it :p

Merry Christmas to everyone from Ume !!


Christmas Eve!

Posted December 24th, 2009 in Perth WA | No Comments »

Today is the last day of work before Christmas!  According to the radio, it’s gonna be a fine and hot weekend.  Very classic 🙂

As I’m in charge of dessert for family Christmas dinner, I prepared pavlova last night …  Pavlova with 3 colors – white, pink and brown.  Look like Napoleon :p  But!!  Sadly I accidentally broke it when I was lifting ! (T0T)  … I hope it should be ok!
  
What is your plan for Christmas day??  Are you away from your home, or spending a relaxing time with your family?  
  
Tonight, Christmas Eve is considered as an very important day for couples in Japan –  everywhere you look, you will see couples who are joined at the hip!  There must be so many people everywhere, and the Christmas mood is at climax.
  
I have to go now!  I’m having dinner with my hubby tonight 🙂  
  

Fukada Kyoko

Posted December 22nd, 2009 in Ume's Interests | 4 Comments »

If you have watched any Japanese films or drama, you may have seen this actress Kyoko Fukada.  She is about the same age as me (or older) and I’ve seen many of her dramas/films while in Japan.  Although some says bad things about her, I kind of like her.  She is cute, and I like her hair style and make-up 🙂

It was really a coincidence, but I was at Yuko‘s place to get hair cut today, and I saw a photo of Kyoko on the cover page of a Japanese fashion magazine.   Now she has short hair!

 

 

According to the magazine, this is the shortest hair that Kyoko has been with.  My image for her always had been “long hair” “brown, light color” “cute”, but now she looks like a lady.  I really love her current new looks. 🙂   Unfortunately I have no guts to cut my hair this short, but my hair is now short too.  It’s not because I saw her hair style on the magazine, I had been thinking to cut my hair to medium bob since few weeks ago.  

I love my hair style now, it’s nice and short, and easy to shampoo 🙂  I colored hair brown with few low-lights.  It’s summer!   

By the way Kyoko’s skin is so beautiful…  what does she use??


Quick Risotto

Posted December 21st, 2009 in Food | No Comments »

Risotto was a dish that my host family made for me on the first night I came to Perth.  It was a tomato risotto, and she cooked it in the oven.  I was amazed to find how easy it is to make risotto, just place risotto rice and chicken stock in an oven dish with other ingredients and bake in the oven.  It turned out delicious.  

The other day I felt like risotto, so I made chicken, mushroom and spinach risotto –  a very typical flavor.  

Personally I prefer not to use too much cream, (even though it tastes nice, I worry about its high calories) so I add cheese right after cooking and mix it through.  It gives richer flavor.

<Chicken, Mushroom and Spinach Risotto> for two

  •  1/2 Chicken breast
  • 4~5 mushroom
  • 1/2 cup risotto rice (arborio or carnaroli)
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • spinach leaves
  • 1 garlic, chopped
  • 1/8 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tbs white wine
  • 1 tbs grated Parmesan cheese 
  • 50 ml cream (optional)
  • olive oil
  
  1. Slice chicken breast and mushroom.
  2. Heat olive oil in a pan, and saute onion and garlic.  Add chicken, and cook briefly both sides.  Add mushroom.  Stir in white wine.
  3. Add risotto rice and stir.  Pour 1/2 of chicken stock, and simmer over low heat, stir constantly.  Add the rest of chicken stock once all the liquid evaporates.  Stir in spinach leaves.  Simmer until rice is just cooked (al dente).  Season.  Add more water if needed.
  4. Turn off the heat and stir in grated cheese.  If you are adding cream, pour over cream and simmer, then turn off the heat.
  5. Serve with additional Parmesan and cracked black pepper.

Quick tips:  You can pre-cook risotto rice!  Cook rice with chicken stock first.  Saute onion, garlic, chicken and mushroom and stir in white wine.  Add cooked rice and pour chicken stock (water).  Simmer, then season.  Stir in cheese and cream.


Chat and Eat and Watch

Posted December 20th, 2009 in Perth WA | No Comments »

On Saturday my friends came over to my house for a small gathering. (bounen-kai ?)  We brought up some foods and drinks to share.  I knew we weren’t gonna eat much, we’d rather talk what we are up to, so I just made a platter of sandwiches and baked tomato pasta.

Friends brought some drinks, cajun crusted prawn salad, and salmon carpaccio.  The dressing for the salmon carpaccio was Japanese style.  Here is the recipe 🙂

  • Slice white onion very thin, and place in a bowl of cold water.  Drain.
  • On a serving plate, arrange thin slices of salmon on a bed of onion.  Drizzle virgin olive oil and fresh lemon juice.  Drop capers, and season with salt and black pepper.
  • For a dressing (dipping sauce), mix 2 tbs of mayonnaise, 1/4 tsp wasabi paste and few drops of soy sauce.

You can adjust the amount of wasabi and soy sauce for your taste!

I prepared some desserts as well because I knew girls need something sweet after a meal. 🙂

As I thought, we were so busy talking… We talked about jobs, boyfriends, traveling, etc…   It’s so nice to have this type of gathering to catch up with friends.

After awhile we started to watch a film, “The Mist” by Stephen King.  I don’t know why, but every time we have a gathering at my house we watch some movies.  Last time we watched “Blindness“, and the time before we watched “When A Stranger Calls“.

Oh yes, on the same day my new fridge came to the house!  I really needed a fridge for myself…  I have lots of stuff for Bagelier.

I’m buying some household stuff little by little so that I don’t need to spend a lot at once when I move into a new house in the future.  I hope it’s gonna happen soon 🙂


Roxby Thai Cafe Restaurant

Posted December 19th, 2009 in Eat out in Perth | No Comments »

On Friday night my family and I went to Roxby Thai Cafe Restaurant in O’connor for sister-in-law’s birthday dinner 🙂

I knew this place since it opened its door just one or two years ago, but I’d never actually been there…  The atmosphere of the restaurant seemed to be something that I wouldn’t like: drinking and noisy place.  But, when I went to this restaurant I realized that it was all wrong –  the place wasn’t bad at all.

We started with Green Papaya Salad (one of my favorite food) and Stuffed Chicken Wings.  The salad was nice and spicy 🙂

We shared main meals: Hot Seafood Plate, Thai Style Fish, Grilled Tangy Prawn, Green Curry and Pad Thai Noodle.  Eating noodle in their birthday is Indonesian thing?  Chinese thing?  This family always eat noodle on someone’s birthday.   Anyway, out of those 5 dishes my favorite was Thai style fish.  Sweet and sour, plus spicy. 🙂

The food was great, seafood was nicely cooked and seasoned.  The service was friendly as well.  Plus, the place wasn’t noisy at all.  There’s a bar where you can relax and hung out after having dinner.  They also serve steaks and ribs.  I will definitely come back here sometimes.

<O’connor>

398 South St, O’connor  (08) 9314 2444

<Willetton>

1 Yampi Way, Willetton  (08) 9457 0072


Seoul Mart Korean Grocery Shop

Posted December 18th, 2009 in Perth WA | 2 Comments »

The second largest Korean grocery shop, after Hi Mart, in Perth is Seoul Mart, I think.  Seoul Mart started its original shop in Perth few years ago, and now there is one in Myaree, and one in Southlands shopping centre.

I’ve been to all of them, but I didn’t like the Perth shop.  When I went there the staffs were very rude!  On the other hand, Myaree and Southlands shop staffs are very polite and friendly.  I’m not sure if those 3 shops are owned by a same owner, or different, but I really don’t feel like going back to the Perth shop.  (but Perth shop does monthly special sale and things are cheap!)

The owner (I think) at Myaree shop is a very very nice guy.  He serves customer with smile and try to answer any questions customer may have- most of the items are written in Korean, so non-Korean customers need some assistance !  At Myaree shop, they do vcd/dvd rental service of Korean drama / film as well.

Out of those three, I think Southland Seoul Mart is the biggest one.  They sell not only food but also some household stuff such as rice cooker, grilling plate (for Korean BBQ) and stationery.  The staff at Southland are friendly too.  The shop is next to Reject Shop in Southland Shopping Centre.

Seoul Mart City (open 7 days)

Shop 4-5, 544 Hay St (on Pier St) (08) 9221 0322

Seoul Mart Myaree

Shop7, North Lake shopping Centre, 67 North Lake Road Myaree WA

Seoul Mart Southlands

Shop76, Southlands Shopping Centre Willetton WA