Our second stop today was the nearby Hyde & Co for lunch.
This was a small but popular cafe, and was almost full house at 1pm!
- The Bomb ($13.90 for half portion): We liked that there was half portions (4 pieces) available. The prawns were fresh, and the chye poh (pickled radish) omelette as pizza topping was definitely something interesting, but the samba chinchalok spread was too spicy for us, and the pizza base was too hard. Also, our pizza was kinda burnt.
- Hyde’s Chilli Crab Pasta ($22.90): There was a generous amount of Blue Swimmer crab meat, and the spicy Arrabiata sauce had sufficient kick without being overly spicy. It complemented the linguine well, and we enjoyed the pasta very much.
- My Fair Lady ($6.50): We requested for the iced tea to be without sugar. The iced Earl Grey Tea with milk was light with a hint of rose. Quite lovely.
Note: Wi-Fi and water (including hot water!) is available for free.
We were still feeling full from our super late and filling lunch, but we wanted to have a little supper before returning to the hotel.
We checked out the eateries near the hotel, and 沙县小吃 Shaxian Delicacies looked rather popular despite being almost 10pm (沙县 Shaxian is a province in 福建 Fujian, though we were not sure if everything served here was of 福建 Fujian origin).
We shared the following:
- 猪肚汤馄饨 Wonton Soup with Pig’s Stomach (¥16): This was actually a rather yummy herbal soup! The wonton skin was very thin, and the fillings quite flavorful. The pig’s stomach was very tender and clean, without any odour. If you do not like pig’s stomach, there are a variety of other soups available, but we suspect the base is the same herbal soup.
- 飘香拌面 Piaoxiang Ban Mian (¥7): Initially hubby ordered 葱油拌面, which is dry noodles tossed with a fragrant oil mixture. The friendly shop owner asked if hubby wanted sesame sauce because that is known as 飘香 (loosely translated to fragrance). I think somehow the owner knew hubby very well, haha. We immediately changed our order and we had a very happy hubby. The sesame sauce was indeed very fragrant, and the noodle was of the right firmness.
What a surprise find! Tummies happy and warmed, we made our way back to the hotel.
- Location: 228 Dongsi North Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing, China, 100007 北京市东城区东四北大街 228号 (Google Map)
- Directions: Take Subway Line 5 to 张自忠路 Zhangzizhong Road Station (Exit C).
王府井 Wangfujing is a popular shopping area in Beijing with big shopping malls gathered along the main walking street.
It is also famous for 王府井小吃街 Wangfujing Food Alley, where visitors can show off their bravery by eating all kinds of insect snacks.
There are of course traditional Beijing street foods like 烧烤羊肉串 BBQ lamb sticks, 卤煮 stewed intestines, 冰糖葫芦 sugared candies etc. and souvenirs and toys for kids too. The atmosphere is lively and buzzing with people walking around with food in their hands and looking at toys and souvenirs and just shouting at each other.
We finally visited Beijing!
Wanting to have a taste of old Beijing, our lodging for the first 2 nights in Beijing was very near 护国寺小吃街 Huguosi Street, aka Huguosi Hutong Snack Street.
This street was first formed in the Yuan Dynasty and was named after the former 护国寺 Huguosi Temple. It was reopened on 26 October 2011, after undergoing 2 years of renovations. It starts from 新街口南大街 Xinjiekou Nandajie in the west and ends at 德胜门内大街 Deshengmennei Dajie in the east, and forms an intersection in the middle with 棉花胡同 Mianhua Hutong towards the north, and 护仓胡同 Hucang Hutong towards the south. It is a popular street known for its wide variety of snacks.
Though the hotel staff recommended that we should take a proper meal before trying out the snacks (as she was not sure if we would like the flavours) we opted to just snack our night away. Do note that most of the restaurants are not authentic local Beijing food, as we were told that most of them were opened by non-Beijing Chinese.
We finally made it to Australia!
This was our mostly unplanned itinerary for our recent trip to Melbourne and Sydney, as our main aim was to visit our friends in the 2 cities.
Each day, we would google for what looked interesting. Some days, a spur-of-the-moment thought or a sudden craving might make us decide to walk 30 minutes to go in search of it.
The weather in Sydney was way better than in Melbourne where daily temperatures could go up to 22 degrees. We didn’t have to wear our thick jackets at all in Sydney.
Our serviced apartment at Meriton Serviced Apartment Campbell was also way better than the Airbnb in Melbourne but of course, it cost a lot more too. 🙂 We do highly recommend it if your budget allows. 🙂
We caught the musical Next to Normal this afternoon and totally enjoyed it! So much so that we decided to blog about it 🙂
Our friend jio-ed us to watch the production, and we just went along without really checking out what the show was about (as usual) 😛 But wow! The band was great, sound system in good order, the set was thoughtful, the songs were very good! The storyline was intense; it was heart-warming, funny, and yet heart-breaking at times… it was really quite a roller-coaster as described on the Pangdemonium website! What really impressed us were the singing of the actors and actresses, especially that of Sally Ann Triplett, who plays the role of Diana, the mother battling bipolar disorder. Her beautiful singing, and her very expressive actions really wow-ed us!
The storyline tugged our hearts, and also gave us a glimpse of the difficulties a family could face when dealing with a family member with the illness. Adrian Pang gave a lovely speech after the show ended, and we really think it is worth your time and money to go support this musical!
To find out more about the show, click on the banner or go to the event page at Facebook!
Categories: Intro, Musical
Our friends are pretty amazed at the amount of food we eat as a couple… It’s not really that amazing if you noticed our very much expanded waistline… ok, mine more expanded than his =x His photos make people hungry! And we are beginning to forget some of the places we have visited, and the foods that we have tried… So finally, after 4.5 years of procrastination, we have finally set up a blog! Our blog on our little explorations… What we eat wherever we walk… Hope to capture our thoughts and memories for the many years ahead =)