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
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.
- 1 avocado
- lemon juice
- 1 tbs whipped cream
- salt and pepper
- 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.
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.
- 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)
- Preheat oven to 200°C. Line baking paper on an oven tray, and dust 1tsp of corn flour.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Reduce oven to 100°C. Bake for 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours or until dry and crisp.
- 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…
- 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.
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 !!
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