Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Salamanca Market, Hobart - Tasmania

"A new adventure every Saturday".
Fresh produce at Salamanca Market.

It sure is.

Salamanca Market is something that absolutely cannot be missed in Hobart. It is a major attraction in Hobart city centre, and it almost feels that the city is centred on this weekly iconic market that is always crowded by locals and tourists alike.

Open at 0830 - 1500 every Saturday, Salamanca Market holds more than 300 stalls offering artisan products, unique buskers, handmade crafts, and delicious quick food. It is a perfect place to spen your Saturday morning browsing for Tasmania souvernirs while enjoying your cup of coffee or locally made ginger beer.

The market is situated in the middle of Salamanca Place, one of Hobart's historic sites with beautiful buildings, galleries, restaurants, and cafes.

The place is vigorous, full of photo op, especially with colourful flowers and fresh produce. Samplers from chocolate, cheese, wine, and gin stalls are abundant, and you will not leave hungry with stalls selling sausages, Asian street food, and empanadas around.

One-of-a-kind fashion items and accessories are also on display, as well as fancy decorations and kitchen equipments.

Everyone will find something that floats their boats here, and if I were you, I'd plan my Tasmania visit on the weekend just to come here (which exactly what I did).


Salamanca Market, Hobart.

Body cream galore.

Clayridge Honey stall.

Florist at the market.

Squid - the elastic man.

Handmade tea pot covers.

Fresh local produce.

Apple, berries, pear juice stall.

Jam donut and apple & strawberry juice (the juice was really refreshing and sweet with no added sugar).

Olde Spikey Bridge peanut butter.

Cupcake soaps.

Gillespie's ginger beer stall. Offering both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. Totally recommended. Their original ginger beer is very refreshing, sweet, with a little bit of spicy kick on the back of the throat.

Wooden bowties.

Sausages on the grill.

Apples, apples, and more apples. Bought by the kilo.

Golden delicious.

Hellfire spirit range.


Salamanca Place
Hobart, TAS 7001

Trading hours: every Saturday 08:30 - 15:00

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Friday, 20 October 2017

Night Noodle Markets 2017, Sydney

Gimme the baos!
O-Not-Giri from Gelato Messina

Yay for Good Food Month! Night Noodle Markets are back, still gimmicky, still super crowded, still expensive.

But still super fun.

18 nights, 40 stalls, and what seems to be thousands of people each day. A couple of colleagues came with me and we were so happy that we decided to come early (5p.m.) because although there were still queues, they were very manageable and there were also heaps of tables.

Nothing is better than food, food, and more food for four hungry nurses after a long shift.

We didn't try all of it, but we covered the ones we really wanted to try.

Let's Do Yum Cha Food Truck

Not my usual first choice but I'm glad we made a quick detour. The pork buns were fluffy and the filling was quite generous and delightfully tasty.

BBQ pork buns from Let's Do Yum Cha

Bite Chew Drink

It's the promise of spicy, cheesy pasta that lured me in. We tried level 2 Angry Pasta, which was not spicy enough. It was enough to tingle the tongue, with stretchy cheese and quite generous meat.

Angry Pasta from Bite Chew Drink

Cloud Thief (Bao Stop)

I could not skip this one, of course. We went ahead and ordered both trifectas: The New School Trifecta (oriental buttery mushroom, Singapore chilli soft shell crab, and BBQ plum beef spare ribs) and The Old School Trifecta (braised pork belly, peking duck, fried chicken).

My favourite was the crispy chilli soft shell crab with the rich sauce and the soft braised pork belly.

Old and New School Trifectas from Cloud Thief

Black Star Pastry ft. N2

The queue was not as long as Messina's, but their strawberry watermelon soft serve was clearly one of the most favourited items this year. It was refreshing, sweet, and such a nice thing to have after you burn your tongue from the spicy pasta or the smoking hot skewers from Hoy Pinoy.

The mango cake was adorable, but I kinda was expecting something with bigger flavours.

Strawberry watermelon soft serve from Black Star Pastry ft. N2 Gelato

The mango cake from Black Star Pastry

Hoy Pinoy

I've always been a massive fan of their inihaw na baboy (pork belly skewers with banana ketchup glaze), but the exciting bowl of cebu lechon rice almost blew my mind with the succulent suckling pig meat and the crunchy crackling, the tangy vinegar sauce and pickled shredded veggies. Too much rice, but it just meant that we get to eat it with the inihaw na manok (chicken skewers in traditional soy glaze).

Hoy Pinoy's suckling pigs

Inihaw na baboy and inihaw na manok

Cebu lechon rice


Honestly, it wasn't on my list because it looked too gimmicky. But the lines and excitement of the colleague made us do the detour. The bulgogi beef and philly cheesesteak cheese waffle was tasty to say the least, lots of meat inside with cheese and sauce. The waflle itself was cheesy and the crispy edges were addictive.

Bulgogi beed & philly cheesesteak puffle

Gelato Messina

Every year they have these eye-catching creations and every year I said I like the normal Messina scoop better but it never stops me from coming for more.

O-Not-Giri was honestly the best option, with thick white chocolate and rice cereal layer covering pistachio mousse and green tea gelato. I particularly like the white chocolate - pistachio combination.

I Think I'm Turning Sesame was admirable, with smooth black sesame gelato, miso crumb, coffee powder, condensed milk coffee jelly, banana miso bread, and cream. The miso part was almost drowned in the many other parts, but the slightly savoury sesame gelato was a winning element.

Kamikaze Katsu was unfortunately disappointing. Not only the thick slabs of bread and fried panko crumbs made it too heavy, the lime gelato and red velvet cake combination was slightly weird to us too.


I Think I'm Turning Sesame

Kamikaze Katsu

And here are some Pimms cups to wash it all down. Two days to go, guys! Leave the cash at home and come early to avoid disappointment.




Until 22 Oct 2017

Hyde Park, Sydney

Web: Night Noodle Markets

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Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Melbourne in Pictures, 2017

Cafes, croissant, hipsters.
Almond croissant from Lune Croissanterie.

I don't think I'll ever be sick of Melbourne. There's just so much fun. We were there for a wedding, but of course I had to tick off some of my to-go list.


White Mojo

One of the cafes in the busy Hardware St, neighbouring Hash Specialty Coffee and Hardware Societe. I totally dig the clean, chic interior, and the owner is really friendly and spent his time explaining his recommendations to patrons.

My Double Cheese Chilli Scrambled Egg is easily one of their most popular menus, with soft, runny scrambled egg with nice heat kick, tasty bacon and sweet end notes from the corn. The Big Breakfast is not as big as we expected but it is quite filling and the eggs are cooked perfectly.

Coffee from White Mojo.

Double Cheese Chilli Scrambled Egg (parmesan & cheddar, smoked belly bacon, chilli mayo, toasted sweet corn and ink brioche) - $21

Big Breakfast (smoked belly bacon, grilled chorizo, house made has brown, lemon & ricotta green pea mash, tomato kasoundi, roasted mushroom & tomato, chorizo crumb, eggs, bread) - $21.5


225 Hardware St, Melbourne
VIC 3000
(03) 9087 8119

White Mojo Speciality Coffee & Roaster Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Hash Specialty Coffee and Roasters

Of course I tried the hot chocolate; 85% Mork dark chocolate served with a pillow of fairy floss. It is the most intense, thick, delicious hot chocolate I've ever had. Not too sweet at all, in fact, it is slightly on the bitter side. A side of hot milk is what make the cup perfect for me.

The Baked Eggs are hearty and warming, although I prefer the more flavour-complex Pork Benedict with the runny eggs, pulled pork, and grana padano (parmesan).

Hot chocolate (85% Mork chocolate served with a cloud of fairy floss) - $7

Baked eggs (smoked jalapeno sugo, chorizo, pickled jalapeno, chevre, sourdough) - $20

Pork benedict (poached eggs, pulled pork, grana padano, chick pea fries, apple cider hollandaise, toasted sourdough) - $20.5


113 Hardware St, Melbourne
VIC 3000
(03) 8899 6680

Hash Specialty Coffee Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Lune Croissanterie

There was no line that day, which means we got to go straight into the warehouse, with half of it occupied by a big open kitchen. Watching the pastry chefs rolling and making the croissant is mesmerizing, but choosing which croissant to have is more distracting. I was torn between the special chocolate and orange, but settled on the classic almond croissant.

Best. Croissant. Ever. Hands down.

100% flaky.
100% delicious.
100% generous with sweet paste filling and crunchy almond flakes.

Almond croissant - $6.5

Dem layers tho.

Croissant making on display.


119 Rose St, Fitroy
VIC 2065
(03) 9419 2320

Lune Croissanterie Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Queen Victoria Market

The marvelous market is just something I can't miss everytime I visit Melbourne. The vibrant fruits and veggies, bustling souvernirs and crafts shops, and the friendly deli and bread sections win me over each time.

Breakfast was a simple egg and bacon roll, and we bought some salami, baguettes, cheese, dips and crackers for lunch in the Tulips Festival. It was such a great day.

Big breakfast & bacon and egg roll from the market.




Queen St, Melbourne, Victoria
(03) 9320 1878

Shortstop Coffee & Donuts

I know we have it in Sydney, but having an AirBnB too close to the place is such a motivation. The New Orleans Iced Coffee Crueler is perfectly light and almost melts in my mouth. The icing is tasty but not sickly sweet.

New Orleans Iced Coffee crueler.


12 Sutherland St, Melbourne
VIC 3000

Shortstop Coffee & Donuts Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Naked for Satan

Been on my list for years, and I finally get to say that I've been there. It is suck a quirky space for drinks, but I was there for the pinxtos. $1 each for lunch Wednesday - Friday, they are bite-sized bar snacks, spiked with toothpick and mostly involved a slice of bread. They also have hot pinxtos and dessert pinxtos (e.g. cannoli).

They are addictive and such a great value when it is only $1 a pop.

Naked for Satan, Fitzroy.

$1 pinxtos. So good, surprisingly filling.


285 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
VIC 3065
(03) 9416 2238

Naked For Satan Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Shunjiko Ramen

24-hr ramen joint? Hell yeah. When it's cold and drizzling and you just want a warm feed, Shunjiko is such a welcomed sight.

It is a very popular spot for ramen, with decorations reminding me of those small shops in Japan. The attention of details here is spot-on.

The tonkotsu soup base is slightly too light to my liking but still has a decent flavour depth. The noodles are firm and the grilled chashu slices are heavenly. My Karakuchi Ramen is spicy, making it more interesting than the classic Shunjiko Ramen.

Shunjiko, Melbourne CBD.

Shunjiko Ramen (their signature ramen with tonkotsu broth, grilled pork belly, spring onion, beansprouts, seasoned egg) - $12.8

Karakuchi ramen (same base, lot spicier) - $13.8


225 Russell St, Melbourne
VIC 3000
(03) 9654 0989

Shujinko Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Spicy Korea

We were rushing to get to the bus that will take us to the airport, and this little Korean place sounds promising. While the fried chicken aren't as great as Sparrows Mill, they are crispy enough with sticky, sweet sauce. The kimchi fried rice is so satisfying with runny sunny side egg and generous bites of pork.

Soy fried chicken, sweet chilli fried chicken, kimchi fried rice, beef udon from Spicy Korea.


1/601 Little Collins St, Melbourne
VIC 3000
(03) 9629 9797

Spicy Korea Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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