Sunday, August 23, 2009

[Brisbane] Hello! Kyochon

Shp3/ 581 Beenleigh Rd
Sunnybank Hills
QLD 4109

Utterly disappointed with my lunch at Ryutaro, I drove over to Beenleigh Road to change my food luck.

KyoChon@Sunnybank Hills
KyoChon is a fried chicken chain shop from Korea.

I was so excited when I saw the teeny tiny ad in local free Chinese newspaper. Must try! Fried chicken from Korea? Hmmm, I wonder how they compare to my favourite karaage and spicy KFC fried chicken (KFC in Oz sucks).

KyoChon menu menu

Soy marinated chicken@KyoChon
Soy marinated chicken

Spicy marinated chicken@KyoChon
Spicy marinated chicken

I always get half soy marinated and half spicy ($28, happy hour 12-16.30 $20). These Korean fried chicken were indeed very good. No wonder they had a even bigger market share in Korea than KFC. These are really finger licking good.

My favourite has got to be the soy marinated. Don't be fooled by the normal looking fried chicken exterior. The meat were well marinated and reeked of garlic (I love!) with a spicy crunchy coating! Wow, the flavour packed a punch.

Your order will come with a free pickled daikon (radish). I noticed a rice cooker by the side of the fridge. I suppose they serve cooked rice for free too as there is no rice on the menu.

Ahhhhh, I heart fried chicken.

[Brisbane] Ryutaro Japanese Food

Sunnybank Plaza Foodcourt


Spicy ramen@Ryutaro
Spicy ramen with chicken teriyaki AUD7.50

An impulse order when I had no idea what to eat.

I wished I hadn't even considered it.

I waited for an eternity (40 minutes) for a bowl of mushy noodles (I wonder if I look like I needed denture?), bland soup with chilli flakes. I don't even want to start on the chicken ............

Determined to change my food luck, I then drove over to Sunnybank Hills to get my favourite fried chicken.

Friday, August 14, 2009

[Brisbane] Landmark Restaurant, Sunnybank

Sunnybank Plaza
Shop 101
Mains Rd
Sunnybank 4109 QLD

Dinner with Big King's colleagues at Landmark Chinese Restaurant at Sunnybank Plaza Shopping Centre.

Do not be put off by Chinese joint located in a suburb's shopping centre. This place is very popular with the locals with queues forming even on a weekday.

This place serves yum cha and lunch and dinner. Though I must say it's not my favourite place for yum cha even with the novelty of trolley carts.

Lobster banquet@Landmark
We had the mudcrab/lobster set menu for six persons. Lobster was chosen for ease of consumption.

Lobster in spring onion sauce

Fried chicken with crispy garlic@Landmark
Fried chicken with crispy garlic

Vege with 3 eggs@Landmark
Greens with century egg, salted egg and the usual egg

Steamed fish with pickled oline leaves@Landmark
Steamed fish topped with pickled olive leaves

I have never had pickled olive leaves before but they tasted nice with the fish.

Fish maw dish@Landmark
Fish maw with assorted vegetables

The above were default dishes for the set menu for 4 persons. For 6 persons, you get to choose two more dishes from a choice of eight (bottom menu pic). If you can't read Chinese but want to order from the menu, do ask the wait staff to explain.

We chose to have clams and pork.

Steamed clams@Landmark
Steamed clams with mung bean vermicelli and garlic

I like this dish the best, the clams were sweet and plump and the vermicelli was very tasty as they had soaked up the sweet juices of the clam.

Pork ribs in OK sauce@Landmark
Pork in OK sauce

Now I haven't a clue what this OK sauce is, it tasted sweet and savoury. Scattered round the plate was some canned fruits. Weird.

The meal ended with a fruit plate (watermelon soaked in syrup) and a sweet soup (sweet barley soup with eggs). I find the idea of eggs in sweet soup off-putting.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

[Gold Coast] Absynthe Bakery

Absynthe Bakery
Circle On Cavill
Shop 16, 3184 Surfers Paradise Boulevarde
Surfers Paradise, 4217

Absynthe@Cavil Circle GC

Strawberry&mascarpone tart@Absynthe

After lunch at Kimchee House, we crossed the road to Circle on Cavill.

We aim to have coffee and cake at Absynthe Bakery.

Heard so much good things about this French bakey on Gold Coast.

Ordered 'today's special':-cup of coffee and strawberry mascarpone tart/vanilla cake for AUD7.95 plus a mini croissant.

Mmmm *cough* *clear throat*, those bread and hot pies looks OK, I suppose I might give them a try if I pass by next time XD.

Boarding a boat during winter on a full tummy is a BAD idea.

Sea was rough and when we go out into the sea, we were against the waves.

Oh my gosh, I got very sea-sick and everything I had since morning all went into a sick bag >_<.

The passengers on the boat were a sight, there were people who were even sicker than me and did no less than 5!!! sick bags, some even rolled around on the floor and others lie flat everywhere.

But it was a fruitful day, the very friendly whales swam all around us and did their jumping shows.

The crews were very friendly and helpful handing out sea-sick tablets and sick bags, pat people's back, threw away their sick bags.

Despite being sea-sick, it was still a worthwhile thing to do. It's once in a lifetime thing, only because I wouldn't do it next time XD.