Sunday, October 30, 2005

Late night snack, Greek-stylee

After a night out at Amber Lounge's Greek night, where else could we go but Stalactites!! Stalactites is ace, it's a Melbourne institution (and I do not bandy about that term lightly). It's been open since before my parents moved to Australia back in the 1970s, it's open 24-7, and it's always packed, especially late on Saturday nights with partygoers craving a fab souvlaki. I love it!

We had souvlakis (chicken for me, mixed for Steph and fillet for Sandy), chips and saganaki. God, I love saganaki - it's fried cheese. I think that a Willy Wonka Caramel Whipple Bar (pulled from the depths of Sandy's handbag) was involved as well.

Saganaki baby

Stalactites... yeah baby yeah!

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  • Thursday, October 20, 2005

    Pig's Trotter in a Can

    Yes, you did read that title correctly.

    Today we had a lunch of leftovers, and to bolster said leftovers, my dad pulled out perhaps the randomest thing I've ever seen in my life - pig's trotter from a can. He tells me that he used to eat it all the time as a child. It's bits of pig's trotter and mushrooms in one of those thickly clear sauces that you get at Chinese restaurants.

    He just heated it up in a saucepan, and then it was ready to eat. I didn't try any - whilst technically I am back to eating pig, this just didn't look appealing at all. But the folks seemed to love it. I assume you can buy it at Asian groceries.

    Saturday, October 15, 2005


    One Friday morning, we impulsively decided to go to Radii, a two-hatted restaurant in the Park Hyatt, in the city, for an impromptu, yet special lunch. They have a lunch special – two courses and a glass of wine for… er… like $30. And if you want three courses it’s $42, I think. (Now I don’t remember the prices exactly, but it’s a good deal!)

    Bread & Oil

    Chicken Liver Parfait with XO jelly and toasted raisin brioche

    Seafood Broth

    Tagliatelle with goat's cheese, olives, rocket, tomatoes

    Veal medallions with gnocchi and mustard mascarpone

    Panna cotta with tuille and Persian fairy floss

    Mum's dessert 2

    My dessert - licorice semifreddo with raspberry marshmallow ice-cream and pears

    Dan's dessert - warm gingerbread with spice ice-cream and cherry compote


    Sunday, October 02, 2005

    Late night snack, Malaysian Stylee

    Chilli Padi in Melbourne Central is now open 10:00pm – 5:00am for Malam Supper. It’s fab Malaysian hawker food, and it’s cheap. It’s always full of Malaysian/Singaporean students, sometimes after a big night out. They give you a printed out menu, you tick off what you want and they go and make it for you.

    My brother and I went there last night after Nat’s birthday for a much needed Malaysian food fix. There are times when you're drunk and a souvalaki just won't do.

    Roti Canai

    Dan and roti

    Laksa and Teh Tarik

    Glutinous Rice Dumpling

    Random: They have a $20 “abnormal cleaning charge”. “Please request a plastic bag to avoid cleaning charge”. Apparently they introduced that after the first week of opening. Hehe.

    Because I work in the same building, I walk past Chilli Padi every night after work, and the smell is so fantastic – just like being back home. The smell is great, but eating there is even better.

    Saya suka Chilli Padi!