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    Taka Japanese Cuisine, Perth

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[Perth] Hawker’s Cuisine

My first visit to Hawker’s Cuisine was a mere three years ago, but oh, have the times changed.

Hawker's Cuisine

For one, the new digs are extremely spacious. No more large 10-seater round dining tables cramped between the two pokey levels of dining – the new Hawker’s Cuisine location is one expansive floor of dining with lots of space between to navigate a pram. No wonder it was still popular with extensive Asian family gatherings.

But here’s my confession: I really wanted to come back to Hawker’s Cuisine to share their Marmite pork ribs with the SO. They were THAT good.

And I’m glad to report they were still on the menu, and as good as I remember. These salty umami crunchy pieces of pork are super moreish and definitely worth coming back for. Don’t worry – the Marmite flavour is quite subtle.

We also had the homestyle tofu claypot with generous thick slices of pork belly, served piping hot on top of a burner at the table – a great tummy warmer.

And of course a simple fried rice to carry everything else through.

Hawker's Cuisine - Marmite pork ribs. AUD$14

Marmite pork ribs. AUD$14

Hawker's Cuisine - Homestyle tofu claypot. AUD$15.80

Homestyle tofu claypot. AUD$15.80

Hawker's Cuisine - Hawker's Fried Rice. AUD$10.90

Hawker’s Fried Rice. AUD$10.90

Hawker's Cuisine Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Taka Japanese Cuisine, Perth

Perth has changed a bit since our last visit. There is now a Melbourne-sique vibe to the laneway action this west coast city has developed, adding to the excitement of urban exploration for us visitors. Taka Japanese Cuisine was one of these fortunate wrong-turn discoveries and we were not disappointed to have our Monday dinner there.

Taka Japanese Cuisine - interior

Don’t get me wrong – there is absolutely NOTHING fancy about Taka Japanese Cuisine. The orange plastic chairs were generic. The square faux birchwood tables were generic. The lighting was unflattering. The walls painted a pea green. The menu photos reminded me of the 80s.

Taka Japanese Cuisine - menu board

BUT they had a giant menu board at chest height (ie. no neck strains studying menu boards in the heavens) with simple descriptions and photos for those who have been living under a rock the last 50 years and are unfamiliar with Japanese cuisine.

The prices were also ridiculously reasonable. Most meals were under AUD$10, making it a perfect spot when it’s the end of the month and you can’t afford to splash out too much. The chicken katsu don and the ramen we had were AUD$8 and $9 respectively, and tasted fine. Sure, there could have been more egg over the chicken katsu or a runnier yolk with the ramen, but hey! It was cheap eats.

Taka Japanese Cuisine - Chicken katsu don. AUD$6 (S), AUD$8 (L)

Chicken katsu don. AUD$6 (S), AUD$8 (L)

Taka Japanese Cuisine - Ramen. AUD$9

Ramen. AUD$9

Taka Japanese Cuisine Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Delisse: Sydney CDB Cafe

My parents were flabbergasted at the long queues snaking out of cafes every morning in Sydney. “What are they selling?!”, my mum exclaimed.

“Coffee.”, I replied, waving at scores of people in corporate wear impatiently fidgeting till their caffine hit. “People here need coffee in the morning.”.

My caffine-free mother shook her head in disbelief. She has never found pleasure in caressing a hot cup of aromatic coffee before facing a new challenging day. Sydney seemed full of hole-in-the-wall coffee joints for those on the run, but we had trouble finding a breakfast place that coaxed you to linger. Delisse on Clarance Street was the first we encountered and I fell in love with their pastry display. I couldn’t walk away without ordering a beautifully flakey almond croissant and coffee – doing it the Parisian way.

Prices were very reasonable and the service felt very welcoming. The staff were accommodating to our family of four and little bub, carefully bringing out our orders to the little table when they were ready.

Delisse: Sydney CDB Cafe frontage

Delisse: Sydney CDB Cafe pastry display

Delisse: Sydney CDB Cafe pastry display

Delisse: Sydney CDB Cafe - almond croissant

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

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In the country

With my conference work done for the time being, we are taking a couple days to visit the SO’s grandfather (Bubby’s GREAT grandfather) on his property south of Perth.

It is gorgeous country out here and I fall in love with it every time we come here. The apple trees are laden with ripe fruit and the chorus of birdsong greets us at every turn. 

Bubby seems to love it too and was happily trekking with us through the grass and trees. 

Perhaps he’ll be an explorer. 

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Slurping away at Handmade Noodle & Dumpling Kitchen in Bondi

When you think of Bondi Beach, the picture in your mind’s eye might be of the white sand, crashing surf, suntanned bodies, buff lifesavers and fish and chips. In fact, chowing down on piping hot chips and crispy fish fillets goes hand in hand with sand between your toes down here. Yet we found ourselves slurping away at Handmade Noodle & Dumpling Kitchen in Bondi.

Handmade Noodle & Dumpling Kitchen is a tiny outfit on Campbell Parade, overlooking the ocean and Bondi Beach. You won’t get a great view of the beach, but there was a chill in the wind and we were not complaining about being cosy. Finding available seats might be tricky, but it would seem most punters leave quickly upon finishing their meals. Your patience could be rewarded.

The noodles really are handmade – we watched the dough pulled into thick strands more akin to udon than the thin slippery noodles more popularly associated with ‘handmade noodles’. Handling them was a little trickier, but they were al dente and satisfying in broth.

Handmade Noodle & Dumpling Kitchen: Noodles in special braised beef soup. AUD$12.80

Noodles in special braised beef soup. AUD$12.80

Handmade Noodle & Dumpling Kitchen: Dumpling (6) noodle soup. AUD$11.90

Dumpling (6) noodle soup. AUD$11.90

If you are looking for a tummy warmer, both the noodles in special braised beef soup and the dumpling noodle soup would hit the spot. I prefered the noodles in special braised beef soup for flavour, but the dumpling noodle soup was more satisfying. I did add a fair bit of chilli oil to the dumpling noodle soup for a bigger flavour hit.

Handmade Noodle & Dumpling Kitchen: Traditional Northern Style Stirfried Noodles with seafood. AUD$12.80

Traditional Northern Style Stirfried Noodles with seafood. AUD$12.80

You have the option of having chicken, lamb, beef, pork or vegetables with Traditional Northern Style Stirfried Noodles at AUD$12.80, or ‘upsizing’ to seafood or roast duck for AUD$15.80.

Would I go back to Handmade Noodle & Dumpling Kitchen again? Maybe. The food was satisfying and different from the fare normally available at Bondi, but not particularly special. I guess if you’re sick of fish and chips, there’s always Handmade Noodle & Dumpling Kitchen.

 

Handmade Noodle And Dumpling Kitchen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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