The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – G.K. Chesterton

Monday, 20 February 2017

Savoury soy milk

I first read about Taiwanese salty soy milk on eatingasia's blog. I used this blog to plan our eating itinerary when we visited Kaohsiung in 2013, and we loved all of Robyn's recommendations, but unfortunately we didn't have time to visit her recommended place for savoury soy milk. Four years later, the opportunity arose for me to travel to Taipei with a girlfriend (accompanied by my #3 and her baby), and I looked up Robyn's recommenedations for Taipei eats. That's how we landed at this particular soybean milk shop early on our first morning in Taipei. I was delighted to see that this place was so close to our airbnb accommodation, and even more delighted when my friend was equally as enthusiastic as me to try out savoury soy milk. We ran into a bit of a pickle trying to locate the shop based on Robyn's address, but my friend only had to ask the shop owner at the address listed on eatingasia for a doujiang place, and he pointed us across the road. My friend and I with our babies gleefully sat down to our second breakfast of doujiang and pastries.

Pots of soy milk, warmed and ready to serve:

Our eyes were bigger than our stomachs! My friend couldn't resist ordering plenty of youtiao and pastries to go with the sweet and salty soy milk we got:

The youtiao was unbelievably light and crispy. The sesame stick was lightly sweetened and incredibly moreish. The red bean paste bun was delicious:

Xian (savoury) doujiang with garnishes, and tian (sweet) doujiang which was only lightly sweetened and served familiarly plain:

I'm hooked on savoury soy milk! I definitely prefer it to the sweet one. Now I wonder where in Hong Kong I can get the stuff!

都來也豆漿店 (Soybean milk shop called "dou lai ye dou jiang dian")
No. 77, Neijiang St
Wanhua District
Taipei City
Taiwan 108

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Oh Taipei how I love thee

I was in Taipei last week with a girlfriend and her baby. It was my first time ever leaving any of my kids behind at home for any period of time, let alone two! I took along the baby on the trip, and it was our first girls' trip ever, for my friend and I! We had so much fun, particularly exploring the night markets! I'm really looking forward to blogging about Taipei, so stay posted for updates!

The LOVE sculpture in front of the iconic Taipei 101:

Friday, 3 February 2017

Delish Malaysian @ PappaRich [Chadstone Shopping Centre], Melbourne

Long-time readers will know that I'm a fan of the PappaRich brand. I love how it's bringing good Malaysian food to the rest of the world, and having had the PappaRich experience in three Aussie cities and one Malaysian oulet, I can vouch for the reliably consistent quality of the food across the different locations. When we were in Melbourne just before Christmas, we had dinner at PappaRich in Chadstone Shopping Centre with my younger sister and her family. As to be expected, the food was delicious and service was efficient. A wrong order was quickly corrected without any fuss from the staff. PappaRich has proven once again to be a reliable source of delicious Malaysian food at Chadstone.

Popular choice for dinner (mostly Asians, likely Malaysians):

The open kitchen, where you can watch the roti chef in action:

My sister's Iced Teh Tarik:

Hubby's Coconut Paradise:

My Hot Teh Tarik:

Roti Telur with Beef Rendang - the 10-month-old really liked the eggy roti, and the rendang was fantastic:

My sister's Ipoh Koay Teow Soup with Hainanese Chicken. It must be good since she often orders this:

My BIL's biryani with some curry and fried chicken (sorry, I don't know exactly what dish this is on the menu, but it's his regular order):

Mixed Satay (beef and chicken) - always a good one for sharing:

Hubby's Nasi Lemak with Fried Chicken was awesome:

PappaRich has made quite a name for itself globally. It has arrived in Hong Kong, and I can't wait to give it a try!

PappaRich [Chadstone Shopping Centre]
Shop F029
Chadstone Shopping Centre
1341 Dandenong Road
Malvern East VIC 3145
Tel. +61 3 9568 3323

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

Friday, 27 January 2017

It's a Farm Life (Mount Eccles, Victoria, Australia)

One of the highlights of our time in Melbourne last month was the weekend we spent at my younger sister's mother-in-law's farm. The kids had so much fun with the two sheepdogs! My boy was known as the 'dog whisperer' as he bonded with them and learnt quickly how to handle them. My girl loved picking berries off the bush to pop them straight into her mouth. My baby loved playing with her cousin who is only 5 months her senior. I loved the wide open space and the crisp fresh air that we cannot get in Hong Kong. The farm life is a charmed life!

Tranquility (click image for larger photo):

Picking berries:


Energetic sheep dogs:

Me and bub:

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