*phew*....I've been recently wishing to trade my painful work load for some free cooking/alone time in the recent weeks. My darling blog isn't exactly stagnant yet...but blogging daily just isn't something I could possibly handle right now. Things have been hectic, lecturers have been unkind and parents have been in the country. After a dry "cake-orderless" spell for almost 2 months; I've received 4 this week...and had to unfortunately reject 2. :( *sigh*...it's just been too much for me.
Anyhoo...back on track with the topic of my parents, they've been in Melbourne for a business trip and have requested that I fly over to spend at least a day with them. Well...it was worth the $200 return air ticket and the precious hours wasted skipping classes on Thursday *giggle*! Mommy brought tons of goodies from Malaysia for me and we went on a big eating/shopping spree around the beautiful city of Melbourne. I'm down in Melbourne pretty often...I guess it's a place I feel comfortable in, where I know the streets, the eats, the perks, the shopping ;) and where I can catch up with my best buddy; Yan (XOXO)
I've taken some photos...I know this wont exactly fit the theme in my 'cooking-blog' but i promise a beautiful cake and a recipe for it next. Don't worry...it wont take me another week before I post again *cheeky grin*
Flower Drum (World renown for its superb Chinese cuisine and excellent service)
According to many, the place is almost impossible to visit without a booking 3-4 months ahead, but my very talented mom and dad worked their charm at the restaurant reception desk the day before and they managed to squeeze a table for us early in the afternoon on Friday. We've heard gossip that it could possibly be one of the best Chinese restaurants in the world~ I was very excited
The little alley leading towards the restaurant looked a little dodgy, but as we stepped in; I was convinced the place was furnished fit for the rich and famous.We had an excellent dumpling dish made with full scallops(wrapped in yellow) and king crab meat(the white dumpling served with pink ginger threads)Lightly pan fried deep sea tooth fish. This fish was absolutely mind blowing. My favourite fish is the cod; and this little slice tasted almost similar but so much more luxurious.Drunken squall....stewed in cooking wine.
I requested for a simple fried rice *blush*. The waiter look at me as though no other guest eating at Flower Drum has ever asked for a fried rice. *laughs* I'm a simple person hehe... They did a great job with the rice. Was excellent... absolutely~ delicious...two thumbs up!
Straight after our very pricey lunch; my parents and I popped by the famous Melbourne Koko black on Collins st for for some sinful indulgent desserts! We were delighted with the presentation of creatively done chocolatey delights; but ..flavour and variety wise; Max Brenners still remains our champion chocolate restaurant~
For dinner we had lobster at Chinatown's Shark Fin House. After our lunch experience at Flower Drum down the street in the afternoon, we were extremely disappointed at the level of service, food quality and overall dining experience. It was good lobster at least; ...overpriced...but a big-fat-juicy-lobster nonetheless...*laughs* I'm glad Dad recovered the dinner money at the roulette table later that night with our visit to the Crown Casino. I'm not much of a gambler myself, i get too nervous when I start loosing money! Haha.
My parents have certainly perfected the skill of enjoying life's luxuries, fine cuisine and the art of spoiling their kids *grin* hee...lucky me!