Thursday, June 10, 2010

[Brisbane] Sunny Court Restaurant

This restaurant has a recent name change to Chongqing, for unknown reason as the chef and owner stay the same.

Sunny Court Sunnybank

Deep fried duck, Sunny Court
Crispy duck served with steamed buns

Duck was tasty and well marinated but a tad oily. Buns were soft and fluffy.

Stir fry eggplant, Sunny Court
Stir fry eggplant

Not like Dainty Sichuan *sobs*, tasty nonetheless.

Sweet & sour fish, Sunny Court
Sweet and sour fish

Very tasty with the sour from black chenkiang vinegar. Not your average chop suey shop sweet and sour.

Sour & spicy mung bean noodles
Sour and spicy mung bean noodles

A fiery concoction of mung bean strips swimming in a pool of chilli oil doused with spices and vinegar. This dish was lacking in flavour somewhere. The experience made bad with burnt spices/chilles so there was a hint of bitterness. Why not like Dainty Sichuan *cry*

I want Dainty Sichuan :-((now closed, previously in Melbourne Chinatown).


I had this recent comment on my post on Jocelyn's provisions from way back in 2008.

This is what the reader said:-

It is not $15 for a slice of cake it is for a whole barcake, which is actually closer to 9/10 inches. That being said, though when the post was written I would recommend buying from the shop. In the past two years the prices have gone up and the quality no longer exists ( even in the lamb pies) due to an owner change. Do not bother with this shop as the food is days old( though the staff are forced to tell you it is fresh) and the quality of even a fresh product is questionable, if you MUST purchase something from this shop, stick with sweets as you are less likely to spend the next day on the loo.

I agreed with what he/she said, I had visited twice again after that initial visit and was surprised to find the range of products (at least my repeated purchases) had all tasted differently (a lot worse to be honest) and haven't been back since. Last visit was August 2009. However, the barcake at my time of purchase was more like 5.5 in by 2 in (which in my opinion is just a slice of cake) as you can probably tell from the picture which only span the size of 3 melting moments and those baci cookies at the side were miniature petit fours like 2cm in diameter.

On subsequent visits, I noticed the barcakes and melting moments were made a little bigger but baci were no longer seen.

[HK Dec 2009] Finally, last day in HK eats!

We skipped the hotel's complimentary breakfast and opt for a dim sum feast in the Chinese restaurant downstairs.

Zi Xing Xuan@Holiday Inn Exp HK

Discounted dim sum@Holiday Inn Exp HK

Dim sum special@Holiday Inn Exp HK

Dim Sum2@Holiday Inn Exp HK

Dim Sum@Holiday Inn Exp HK
All this food for only HKD 12x!! Bargain.

After breakfast, it was time to check out. We hopped on a taxi originally intended to go to HK station but the driver said he would take us all the way to the airport for HKD200.

Mmm, it was cheaper than going on the express so we agreed. The fare turned out to be HKD26x. So I suppose, you can actually bargain with the taxi driver but proceed with caution, you might get screamed at, some Hongkongers are not the friendliest people on earth............

A friend caught a taxi frm HK island to Kowloon and the driver yelled at her to get off the car and stop wasting his time after she paid.........*speechless*.

At the airport, we were met with a flight delay until 8pm *die*. The airline compensated with a meal voucher each.

Chinese rest@HK airport
Lunch at Hang Hiong utilising the voucher (not a lot of f&b establishments accept the voucher *vomit blood*)

Baked pork chop rice@HK airport
Baked pork chop rice

Noodle soup@HK airport
Noodle soup

Xiao Long @HK Airport
Xiao long bao (forgetable, filling dry but tasted alright)

Dumplings@HK airport
Black sesame dumplings (below par, skin hard and thick with little filling)

We also bought some famous 'wife cakes', they were truly good. Sadly the same can't be said of their food.

After lunch, we hopped on a bus and went to the nearest outlet. Bleh, total waste of time.

Dinner was Cafe de Coral roast duck at the airport, which was, surprisingly good.