Today is 初一 (First day of the Lunar month), and our parents wanted to have vegetarian food and visit a temple in the morning.
The famous 龍山寺 Longshan Temple is one of largest and oldest temples in Taiwan, and quite near our hotel, so this was our top choice. Also, there were other places of interests in this Mengjia (Monga) 艋舺 area, so we figured that we would spend the morning here.
We reached 龍山寺 Longshan Temple around 8.30am, and it was already pretty crowded, with prayers on-going, and the whole temple engulfing in incense smell and chantings of prayers.
Once our parents were done, we went to the 祥光健康美食 Xiang Guang Health Delicious Food across the street, which was highly recommended by the hotel staff when we researched for vegetarian food.
We woke up bright and early and took a morning stroll to bills (because so many people kept recommending it)!
This location at Darlinghurst was where it all began in 1993 when Bill Granger, at the age of 24 dropped out of art school and opened his first restaurant. It quickly became famous for the best scrambled eggs and ricotta hotcakes in town, served at the now much-copied communal table where locals and visitors, families and celebrities sit down to eat together and thrive on the buzzing atmosphere. (from bill’s website)
We reached here before 9am on this lovely Saturday, and it was not very crowded yet. Actually, my cousin had recommended scrambled eggs here, but we totally forgot about it and went on to have our priciest breakfast of the trip.
Pancakes on the Rocks is a must-visit for tourists, and I had a taste of it many years ago during my work trip, and figured that I had to bring hubby here!
This was actually pre-lunch, for we were still trying to arrange to meet Ms I elsewhere, when we found that this place was practically empty!
What a stark contrast, as compared to the previous evening that we walked by and the queue was oh-so-long. Without much hesitation, we walked in 😛
We shared an Aussie Sunrise (A$15.95), which consisted of two buttermilk pancakes with whipped butter, bacon, an egg, grilled banana, and pineapples.
Erm, hubby thought that this place felt very American, and the pancake was just normal. Oh well, we will just check this off our list as a been-there-done-that 🙂
- Location: 4 Hickson Rd, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia (Google Map)
- Website: www.pancakesontherocks.com.au
- Directions: Take the train to Circular Quay Station and walk to The Rocks
- Hrs: Open 24 hours
- Reservation: (02) 9247 6371
Another recommendation by Ms I, Madang is a popular Korean BBQ restaurant near our apartment. We reached the restaurant just past 7.30pm, and there was a small crowd waiting outside. Luckily, there were more tables for smaller groups, and we only waited 15 minutes for our table.
We were seated near the entrance, and it was kind of nice for we had the heater right next to our table, with a lovely breeze coming in front the entrance. Hubby said it reminded him of the street food eats feeling.
After a long day trip of feeding pelicans and watching penguins come home at Phillip Island, we were hunting for a late dinner on our way back to Melbourne CBD, and XY brought us to his favourite Korean restaurant, which he said was cheap and good!
This is a simple restaurant in the neighbourhood of Carnegie 16km south-east of Melbourne CBD, with simple decor but serves up authentic delicious Korean dishes with warm hospitality.
As in the case of traditional Korean restaurants, the appetizers came in generous portions and were yummy too, and refillable! It was also fortunate that we came as a group of 5, for the portions of the main dishes were huge!
We were looking for a place to warm ourselves up after a free tram ride back to the CBD area from watching the fireworks display at Docklands Waterfront. We stumbled across this cozy place which was still opened while looking for a cafe, and the French crepes called out to us!
This quaint little cafe is located in a small alley at the end of Port Phillip Arcade and has 3, 4 small tables inside with another couple outside. Google describes it as a Busy, cosy French creperie with a warm vibe, offering sweet and savoury options, cider and wine. And Google is right! The service is warm and people are friendly!
We finally embarked on our relaxing Aussie trip for 2016!
After a red-eye flight, we made our way to our Airbnb apartment, dropped our bags, and went to meet our friends to have our first meal in Melbourne. And it was pancakes!!!
Barramundi with Salad
Cheese and Potato Pancake
Our brunch part 2, we had chanced upon this cafe, and food models of pancakes were calling out to us!
A few touches on the iPad, and we got ourselves a Caesar Bacon Pancake set, with a pot of Sangria Tea (set cost $16.80++, with additional $1++ for premium tea selection).
The Sangria tea was a fruity blend and really whet our appetites! It was also fun to play with the Gravitea pot, as the tea would flow out after we align the tea pot on top of the cup. Though the tea was non-refillable, the pot was sufficient for more than 2 cups of tea.
Made with eggs, flour, sugar and milk on hot cast iron pans straight from the oven, the Dutch Baby pancakes actually originated from Germany. The sweet pancakes and salty bacon balanced each other out, and the texture of the pancake reminded us of egg omelette with crispy edges. It was quite delicious! The generous amount of vegetables was quite refreshing.
Note that Fruit Paradise is the sister brand, so you can also order their fruit tarts here 🙂
New kid on the block near the area and we were quite lucky to get seats immediately on a Friday night!
Then we realised that it was already last order 5 minutes after we were seated, haha! Without hesitation, we ordered:
Ms K had a craving for non-BBQ Korean cuisine, and Your Woul seemed to have pretty good reviews. Judging from the fact that it has been operating for quite a while at this location, we decided to give it a try!
The restaurant was opened by a Korean family and has a typical Korean local atmosphere surrounding it, with Korean aunties shouting in Korean and patrons chatting loudly with occasional drinking glass knocking. What we like most about Korean restaurants is definitely the small plates of appetizers that are served before and during the meal. Some restaurants offer free-flow of appetizers but in Your Woul, it’s just two rounds of 6 different titbits.