May 2020

Copycat Aristocrats Honey Fried Chicken 1

Copycat Aristocrats Honey Fried Chicken

This is my attempt on copying Aristocrats Honey Fried Chicken. I haven’t had this for a long time and hopefully what is in my memory can recreate this wonderful dish. If I can remember this Honey Fried Chicken is Aristocrats answer to Max’s Fried Chicken so I guess it will...

Dr Rudis (Auckland CBD, New Zealand) 1

Dr Rudis (Auckland CBD, New Zealand)

It was a long time for me to try this place out because I had several attempts going in here but most of them were cancelled due to another appointment and the last time before this post, we did not get admitted by the bouncers because were wearing shorts, but...

Kilawing Labanos at Baboy 2

Kilawing Labanos at Baboy

Kilawin is usually synonymous to raw fish but for this dish, instead of fish, pork and daikon radish is its main ingredient but don’t worry both of it are fully cooked. I think the only thing retained in the original kilawin meaning is the use of vinegar, but does that...

Lily’s Garden Restaurant (Albany, North Shore City, New Zealand)

Chinese cuisine is quite diverse but what we are exposed to are the main stream ones like Cantonese, Huaiyang and Shanghainese cuisine, there are much more variety than that like the Anhui, Fujian, Hunan, Jiangsu, Shandong, Zhejiang and Sichuan to name some but of all these cuisine types Sichuan for...

Hinalang 1

Hinalang

Hinalang, just the name alone sounds hot and spicy because it is. “Halang” in Visayan means Hot or Spicy and this is what this dish is all about, a close relative to the Nilagang Baka but this is its spicy counterpart, with ginger and chillies, this soup dish will make...

Gricia 2

Gricia

We all grew up with a pasta dish that is either red or white sauce based, unless you are Italian where they consider it like Asians prepare with rice, where pasta can be served with anything. While these two sauces, tomato and cream was quite popular and the mainstream sauces,...

Market Central Taupo - A Visual Essay

Market Central Taupo – A Visual Essay

Before COVID-19 started we had one last chance to have a quick getaway with the family and we did it in Taupo, just a little five-hour drive from Auckland. We stayed for a short three days and two nights in the nice resort of Wairakei Resort Taupo and just played...

Vanilla Braised Beef Cheeks 2

Vanilla Braised Beef Cheeks

Vanilla in a savoury dish, that for me at least was unheard of, my reaction when I saw this once on a TV show I was, arhmmmmm. I was sceptical as I never had tried it and that combination does not seem to be logical to me, but after I...

Daldang (Auckland CBD, New Zealand)

Do you know what Factcaron is? I guess we have the same answer until my daughter introduced me to it several months ago. While it may look French these sweet delights are a South Korean creation, it was the Koreans answer to the world-renowned dessert brands like Laduree, Pierre Herme...

Low-Carb Chocolate Hazelnut Bars 1

Low-Carb Chocolate Hazelnut Bars

Here’s a protein rich and Nutella-flavored bar that you can enjoy for those midday munchies or after a workout. The combination of chocolate and hazelnuts makes these bars addictively tasty, while the texture is somewhere between a fudge and a brownie. The added collagen protein makes these all the more...