A cute little bakery near work. I’ve had a number of things here, some good, some bad. Their raspberry and which choc brownie was the best I’ve ever had, and their beef pie was terrible.
The below breakfast is recommended.
Pork floss in a dessert? Congee milk tea? Salt, milk and green tea in a sentence, let alone in one drink? Now don’t tell me it won’t be nice before you’ve tried it, because that was the mistake my cousin made.
I will risk melamine and industrial plasticiser poisoning drinking pearl milk tea once each time I return to China. When I searched up milk tea on a review website, this 阿姨奶茶专卖 (Aunty’s Milk Tea Specialists) came up on top. Their best seller is this tempting combination of two favourites: purple glutinous rice and red bean congee and milk tea – like a fusion of Chinese and Western breakfasts!
I feel so lucky to be able to try this drink because the only two shops are so far far from where I live. However I inadvertently stumbled upon it whilst wandering in a major shopping district. Low and behold whilst some shops had still not reconvened business following the CNY break, this almost hawker-like tiny shop front already boasted a massive queue.
With my fresh breakfast in one warmly toasting my hands, I excitedly took my first gulp. The reviews had been so promising, but all I could think of was it could be so much better with a spoonful of sugar. How ironic that as I was queuing I contemplated requesting half sugar? To be fair, many reviewers like the fact its not sweer, so I dont think there isn’t anything wrong with the drink itself, it’s all me and how I’ve deviated from the common accepted Chinese tastes and demonised by the X of sugar.
Sometimes I amaze (not in a good way) in the amount I eat. I even broke that old adage that the bridal party does not have time to eat. I had to get up at 5:30 for hair and make up, and I ate a lot that whole day for fear my next meal would be tenuous.
The reception was held at the Vibe Hotel at North Sydney (Curve Bar & Cafe I believe), the food was quite good.
I’m kind of racist when it comes to desserts. I love Asian desserts like red/mung bean soup, black rice congee, rice cake… but the same cannot be said for when Asians do Western desserts. Asians tend to have milder tastes for desserts so Western desserts made the Asian way tend to be immensely toned down. The _ example is that chocolate cake from 85*C – tasted like a brown chiffon cake without a note of chocolate.
Sure when I bake I always halve the sugar and use 75% of the fat; sure I find Western desserts done properly the Western way are usually over the top. But when I have Western desserts, I want the whole package complete with overdoses of sugar and fat and other flavours.
OK I know the above was
slightly self-contradictory, but it’s complicated and it’s honestly how I feel!
Hence why I would not have ventured into this cafe had it not been for the voucher in my Entertainment Book giving me a firm shove. Come on! Koreans making chocolate surely does not inspire a whole lot of confidence!
Cicco Chocolaterie @ Chatswood Chase
43 degrees today! Walking out was like walking into an oven at its best and felt like being burnt alive at its worst. Needless to say, any cooking is out of the question, thus outsourcing the task to those who are paid to suffer is justified.
Although I have only heard bad reviews of Ozeki, it was one of the few Entertainment Book vouchers we have left for Chatswood. To be honest, it was not as bad as they say, quite the contrary, they have some decent fairs with lots of variety. Pricing was another matter, but then isn’t that the case with all sushi trains?