Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Chips on a Stick

Although I am not a big fan of having too much deep fried/ junk food, I still bought this accordion look like potato stick, Chips on a Stick. I found the stall during the yearly Willoughby Spring Festival in Chatswood. For $5 per stick you might think it is a bit of rip off considering 1 kg potato is around $5, hhmm not really, it does involved a lengthy process to sell a stick.

It started with a team starting to HAND peeled the potatoes which take up most of the times, put it into the skewers, run it in a machine that make the potatoes evenly sliced like accordion, stretch the potato to create the gap, deep fried & seasoned.

Chips on a Stick, piping hot & ready to be collected, I had cheese + chilli mix
Crispy ... Tasty ... and Oily of course
I don't think they are available in any other market which is a relief for my cholesterol level.

Available Flavours

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Chefs Gallery

A new restaurant just opened in town about 1.5 month ago, it is called Chefs Gallery.
Similar style to Din Tai Fung with a better final presentation. The restaurant is quite cozy, you can definitely pick this place if you are planning to have a comfortable chit chat dinner with friends. Attentive staff, modern decor and spacious tables.

The open kitchen displays army of chefs running the whole area. The kitchen is pretty big, at least about 15-20 chefs were in the kitchen doing different duties from noodle making, stir frying, steaming, dumplings making, chopping etc. It was a mad busy kitchen.

Pan fried pork & cabbage dumplings

Chinese roti with pork floss
Roti is better than Mamak, less greasy & fluffy
Home made egg tofu with preserved veggies topping

3 eggs fried rice (chicken egg, duck egg and century egg)
Hand made Spinach noodle with Prawn roe
Osmanthus jelly with goji berries
Very refreshing, if you love plum, your name is on it !!

Cute pumpkin shape dessert
Everything is edible ...

Lotus paste fillings

Some friends commented about the small portions and bland noodle/ dessert. I don't find it bland at all & their portions are reasonable. Their noodles are great quality & fresh plus they contain no yeast. Majority of their desserts are Asian style & it is light, just right for my liking.
Chefs Gallery is definitely on my weekend hang out list.

If you are planning to visit the restaurant during weekend, I would highly recommend to rock up before 6pm otherwise you will be Q-ing for a while. Happy trying.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


I baked some cupcakes for my little friend Cameron (3rd) birthday party. I stayed up till 1am in baking them. My first batch was a total failure, had to throw them to the bin. Luckily the 2nd batch turn out all right. I decorated them with mini Oreos, m&m, baby marshmallows, chocolates sprinkles, etc.

I am little lazy today...but I will post the recipe soon...

The Counter Custom Built Burgers

2012 - The Counter Custom Built Burgers is no longer operational ... sad..sad


I had no computer and internet for about 1.5 month as my vintage (aka old & dying) computer was problematic. I am glad that my geeky friend fixed it up, save me some $$$$. Time to update my eating adventures now....

Around my neighbourhood we have an American burger joint called The Counter where you can built your own burger & have sweet potato chips.

The only 'Counter' in Australia

Here's the Order form ... full of varieties, so hard to decide what I want in my burger
Well, I can always come back & try a different combo !

Yummy Sweet potato chips .... generous salt :o)
I had to shake off the excess salt

My Burger = Avocado + Boiled Egg + Beef + Cheese + Grilled Onions + BBQ Sauce

I got all my fave ingredients in the burger, the next question was how am I going to eat them ? Eating the burger was a bit of a work by itself due to the height, but I managed to get through the whole burger thanks to fork, knife and hands.
Our table was a big mess at the end. Practice makes perfect ... if I dine in another time I should be less messy.