Smuggled Seeds, Leederville, Perth

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Smuggled Seeds uses Five Senses Coffee beans and their own blends. I’m not a coffee connoisseur (maybe someday), but I’ll try a cup of coffee and if my taste buds love it, then way to go!

Simon and I ordered a flat white each and it has since become one of our favourite coffees! We also had a chocolate banana cake which was yummy and moist.

Once we stepped foot into this little gem, we couldn’t help but feel welcome. The staff were very friendly and you can tell the barrister puts not only his skill, but also lots of care into the little cuppas’ he serves. He even bothered to say: ‘thank you and have a great day!’ as we left.

Lovely people, great prices and awesome coffee. We will be sure to head back to have some breakfast very soon!

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Sweet Lips, Leederville, Perth, Australia

My mum came over from Singapore and when she’s in town, its a food fest for Simon and I. The amount of food we ate during those two weeks was ludicrous.

Mum will never forget to make a trip down to her favourite Fish and Chip outlet in Perth.

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We always order the usual – 2 serves of fried whiting, 1 serve of squid tentacles, a snack sized grilled baby squid and a side of chips.

Mum was happy with her meal, but I did think that the food was a little oily and without the sweet chilli dip, it wouldn’t have tasted as good as it’s glory days.

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Noodle Forum, Perth, Australia

Simon and I LOVE egg noodles. Wanton noodles in particular. Every time our SIA flight stops in Singapore for a few hours, we make sure we head out to get our favourite wanton noodles from 6th Ave. You can imagine our delight when we heard about Noodle Forum – an eatery that makes hand made egg noodles. So here goes..

BBQ Pork Noodles $11.90

This was probably the best char siew I have had in Perth. It reminded me of my mum’s home made char siew. No colouring,  perfectly caramelized, soft to bite and so so tasty.

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Wanton Noodle, Dry.

The noodles? Amazing. They were cooked al dente, just the way I like them. The sauce was the closest thing I could find in Perth, to those back at home. The wantons were perfectly wrapped parcels of YUM, served in a free range chicken broth. It was filled with prawns, pork and salted fish if I’m not wrong. To top it off, they had green chilli!

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I was a little greedy, and had to try their mee pok. So I took some away and had them at home. I’d just say I would order it again and again if I could! Spot on. (and their take away packaging was the cutest. Great thinking!)

Simon and I are already planning our next meal there!

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We were in Singapore for a friend’s wedding in Dec last year and it so happened that our one year wedding anniversary was within the week we were there. So, we decided to give *Iggy’s a try given it’s rave reviews throughout the years. I do remember that the capellini was good, and the kaya dessert was an interesting take on the traditional coffee shop treat we get in Singapore. Verdict? 6/10 from what I remember!

*The World’s 50 best Restaurants, sponsored by St Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, No 65.

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Amuse Bouche

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Cappellini with Sakura Ebi, Konbu and Shellfish Oil- This was good.

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I remember saying this about my beef dish: ‘It’s not cutting through as easy as I had hoped’

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Raspberry- Chocolate Chantilly, Rose and Soy Gel

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Kaya and Teh Tarik- Brioche and Coconut Pandan – Can’t go wrong with kaya/custard!

Iggy’s, Hilton Hotel, Singapore

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Momofuku Noodle Bar, East Village, New York City

We were lucky we did not have to wait in line for long. It took us less than 5 minutes to be seated at the bar. Here goes..

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Pork and Shitake Buns, with Hoisin, Scallion and Cucumber. Soft slow cooked pork belly wrapped with a steamed bread bun cannot go very wrong! This was pretty good.

 

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Momofuku Ramen with Pork Belly, Pork Shoulder and Poached Egg. Mmm yeah this was average. Maybe I’m just biased towards Ippudo and there are many boutique Ramen shops in Singapore that would beat this hands down!

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Silks, Perth, Australia

I was craving for some Dim Sum and thought why not try the newly opened Fine Dining Cantonese Restaurant, Silks, at Crowne Perth.

We were given an amuse bouche each (tasting spoon) after we ordered our dishes. It was a nice surprise considering most (probably all) Dim Sum restaurants in Perth are on the casual side.

We ordered Panfried Wagyu Beef Bun $12, Steamed Pork and Prawn Beancurd Rolls $12, Pan Fried Goose Liver, Prawn and Scallop Dumplings $22 and Steamed Salted Egg Yolk Custard Buns $8, from the Dim Sum Menu. They were all presented beautifully and were yummy enough. But for the price paid, I would rather head to one of the many Dim Sum establishments in Northbridge. The Goose Liver Dumpling was definitely not worth the premium.

We also thought we’ll give the Silk Signature Fried Rice with Scallops, Prawns, Roast Duck and Vegetables in XO sauce, $38, a try. It was a little bland but the side of chilli on the table helped with that.  It was definitely an overpriced carbohydrate dish.

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The meal ended with a pair of complimentary candy and chocolate for us each, which was a nice touch.

Overall, it was a lovely lunch out with Simon and we would consider trying out other dishes sometime in the future.

P.S. The demolision of Burswood Dome has opened up many free parking spots and that made our trip to Crowne that much more pleasant!

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Modo Mio Italian Restaurant, Perth, Australia

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Garlic Bread, $10

We have been here a few times since it opened and they used to have amazing garlic bread. But this time it was only ordinary.

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Complimentary Bread

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Pizza Salsiccia, $26

My father-in-law ordered this and it was topped with Mozzarella, tomato, artichoke, mild Italian sausage, black olives, basil and oregano. I love thick and thin crusts, it just depends on my mood. I had a slice, and it wasn’t too bad at all! But for the price, Dominos hits the spot at under $13.

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Penne all’arrabbiata con salame Calabrese Anduja, $27

Translated to a penne pasta with spicy tomato sauce and fresh Anduja Calabrese sausage, this is a simple and tasty dish with a slight hit of chilli. Of all the times we have dined here, Simon has not ordered anything else. It’s clearly a favourite.

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Spaghetti alla chitarra Battuto di Pollo al Forno, Fegato Grasso e Mele Verdi al Timo, $34

All that fancy wording, translated to, Fresh made ‘chitarra spaghetti’ with roasted chicken, foie gras and green apple. It got me at foie gras- I LOVE (LOVELOVELOVE) goose liver.
When my order came, it didn’t look very appetizing- quite dull in fact. I had a taste, and yeah it was not bad, but for a dish that apparently earned the chef a place in the 2013 pasta championship, I thought it would be way better.

I do like Modo Mio, especially its creamed coloured interiors. Service has definitely improved from the last few times we visited and we’ll be back once in a while for the other dishes that I love, like the Eggplant Involtini and Mozzarella di bufala!

Modo Mio on Urbanspoon

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Sweet Fix, Perth, Australia

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Dao Fu Fa, Bucket for Two. AKA Dao Huay/Beancurd

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Mango Pudding

We visited Sweet Fix after a recommendation from a girlfriend of mine. With bold coloured furniture accompanied with music videos playing on the background.. It may seem a little tacky, but hey, I’ll go anywhere for good dessert.

Simon and I ordered a bucket of Dao Fu Fa and a mango pudding between us. Our friends ordered the same, and because our total bill was above $25, we got a free bowl of their Sago, Fruit and Coconut Milk dessert. It took quite a while for our orders to arrive. Reason being there were 6 of us and it was a ‘big’ order? I don’t know.

The mango pudding was average, the consistency was that of agar agar, hard and not pudding like. The freebie was pointless as it was just a tablespoon of sago with a couple of fruit balls floating in coconut cream.

On the other hand, the Dao Fu Fa was probably the best I have had in Perth. I have been craving it since my visit to Singapore in February and thanks to Jacq, I made my way to this unlikely joint for a fix.

I will give this place a second chance and try a few other desserts before discounting it. The Dao Fu Fa was well worth the first visit nonetheless.

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Shake Shack, JFK Airport, NYC

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We had an early flight out of NYC and were very happy to know of a newly opened Shake Shack at JFK Delta Terminal 4. We both had the sausage, egg and cheese breakfast burger and it sure put a smile on our faces that morning. As expected, their bread buns were soft, sausage patties were juicy and the cheese just oozed out of every bite we took.

Get some in your belly, and you’re good to fly!

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The Guildable Manor, London, UK

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Hot Spiced Lamb Baguettes, made with fresh mint, coriander, smoked paprika and cumin. Simon and I stumbled upon this gem while visiting Borough Markets in London. We bought 1 to start, and queued for another 2. Need I say more?

Their stall at Borough Markets must have been a temporary set up back then. If you would like to give them a try, they are located at: No. 3 Dragon Court, Bankside, London. SE1 9 AW.

You won’t regret it.

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