Saturday, January 20, 2018

Jang Ta Bal and Square Cafe

I'm actually not a huge fan of kbbq since you're essentially eating a lot of fat, and bbqs in general aren't healthy or good for the skin. They are good to for catchups though since you can slowly cook and talk. Love going to Korean restaurants for the sides. My chilli tolerance has increased ever so slightly since I can handle kim chi spiciness. 

food spread


This place gives a different sort of vibe when you step in, as the actual seating is at the back, sort of like an open garage and half outdoors, with stools only and large communal tables. Doesn’t feel like you’re actually in Sydney. Ordered quite a bit from different sets/platters, to individual meat dishes. Food arrives pretty quickly, and service was ok. They were willing to change the mesh if you asked, but really meshy/wire ones have the meat stuck to it really easily. All up we paid around $30pp. 

Bing soo is always a good idea after KBBQ. This medium size was ~$32 each. They have the nicer milky ice here rather than the hard flavourless ice. The fruit was nicer than than mochi/almond one . It is overpriced ice, but it’s sometimes fun to eat stuff out of a massive jug with friends. Can’t really make this stuff at home unless you have an ice machine.

Jang Ta Bal Korean Charcoal BBQ Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
Square Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Thursday, January 18, 2018


Almost finished with 2nd week and already it's deciding between:

Should I give up study time for exercise time, give up exercise time and waste money, or give up bus study time for sleep, or give up sleep for study? In between this loop is figuring out when to go out.

There's nothing pressing that needs studying, but I know I have to refresh all my knowledge. Doesn't help how I've never had a hard px in 4th yr, and even after my 6th px so far, they have all been easy. Even my supervisor says my px were easy. Hard px are good since you learn more. Even writing my log book I really learn minimal amount of things. Too bad you can't choose your px....Just my luck I get all the hard px in 2nd rotation and then get lots of unsats and fails and not meet quotas...which means another year in uni...

It sounds like I complain about uni a lot but still grateful to be able to see px. I feel Happy Apple's pain/injustice with the whole uni decision...

Pink is back in at the Aus Open. I'm pretty sure Fed wore pink shoes back in 2013 when I went down there. There's a couple of people with the same shade of pink accents in their clothing/shoes. Too bad can't follow the tennis this year, or the winter Olympics, MKR and minimal MasterChef.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The Q on Harris

Making the most of non 9am uni starts by exploring new places for breakfast. The menu is quite limited here, but it’s a quiet cafe just away from the city with a nice courtyard and natural lighting, perfect for a place to chat. I’m quite behind on places to eat since uni has started, so didn’t even realise they stopped selling their matcha cheesecake last year. 

food spread

Capp: $3.50
Batch brew Solok Radjo: rum raisin and tropical fruit punch with full bodied velvety dark cocoa finish-$3.50

The coffee was average. I thought the filtered coffee came cold, but I guess there’s a lot of variations for filtered coffee. This one was quite bitter and on the first sip reminded me of Chinese herbal tea. I never put sugar in coffee because I think that just ruins the taste of the actual coffee flavour (except for iced coffee, then again I hardly have those drinks). Slowly we sipped our way through this huge mug. Tried to appreciate the different flavour notes in the coffee, but I’m no coffee connoisseur. 

Buta Katsu Sandwich: House made thick-cut ham cats, tomato chutney and mustard mayo, with a side of potato korokke-$18

It didn’t say how many grams it was, but I’m assuming 150-200g, like other thick cut pork cats sandwiches I’ve had. The skin could have been more light and crispy/golden since it was a little bit on the oily side. The potato side was a fun addition to have on the dish. It was a surpassingly filling dish. 

Q Bowl: house smoked caramelised bacon, tempura shiitake mushrooms, glazed dutch carrot, pickled raddish, black rice-$16

I think this is more on the pricey end for a bowl of rice. You could choose between house smoked bacon, pastrami or salmon. Couldn’t really taste the smokiness in the bacon, but I liked how it wasn’t over caramelised. The tempura could also be lighter for the mushrooms. The pickled raddish helped give some acidity from the heaviness from the bacon. 

The Q on Harris Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Monday, January 15, 2018

Baking 2017

Better late than never, most of the stuff I baked last year. I was hoping to bake at least twice the amount of this since I supposedly had more free time, but that time disappeared pretty quickly.

Spinach and ricotta quiche

I understand why people 'blind bake,' so the pastry doesn't split and fill with with air whilst it's baking. It ended up being a bit soggy since there was a tear in the base whilst I was pouring the filling, so had to place a baking tray under the tin, then use extra pastry to 'glue' the tin to the tray so the filling won't spill all over the tray....It tasted quite nice, but the pastry wasn't light enough and tasted on the buttery side. There is probably a way to get the same amount of butter but then get a diff texture, but I just don't know how to do that, or even make a sort of flaky pastry without so much butter...

   Zumbo Baking-Raspberry and white choc muffins

Jap matcha chiffon cake

I don't have an angel pan since I only make this stuff literally once a year, but I still managed to get some height in a normal pan. Quite like the lightness in this cake.

Zumbo brownies

So rich and sweet, really need a cup of tea with this. Overbaked it so it didn't have the 'gooey' texture, but you can also have cake textured brownies anyway.

Those Zumbo stuff were from the freebies I got from being one of the first to line up on Zumbaron Day to buy a packet of Zumbarons (macarons).

Coconut flour, almond flour, flour, mixed berries, banana, cinnamon, whatever else I have in my pantry

Texture was more dense and bready. Why did I even buy a packet of coconut flour? It's so hard to use. Need like half a dozen of eggs which I didn't want to use to make a coconut flour cake, so went with this random thing instead. 

 Vanilla soufflĂ©

Accidentally turned the heat too high and cooked the flour a bit too much so the consistency was a bit gluey when I poured it into the ramekins...It did rise though, so at least this time I didn't over beat my egg whites, and it didn't have an eggy flavour like my last attempt since I actually put sugar in it this time.

I have a feeling my packets of almond flour has expired after a year. Goodbye $5ish...I thought a year expiry date would help force me to make macarons from scratch (this has been on my 'to do' list end of 2012 and just keeps on being there...).

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Only 5 more weeks left of this rotation, and all I can think about is that will I be able to improve in time? Sometimes I get lost on where I should start revising.  

I must admit, branded shoes are noticeably comfier, I guess that's why it comes with a bigger price tag, but the quality is better. 

Sneak peak of the main hall for Kids Fun Days

I don't think any church people read this, so it's not like I'm spoiling anything. Sort of sad I started uni early so can't help out with the kids program they run at church every year during the school holidays. I think I started helping out in the first year back in 2011...? Helped out every year since, even went I went on holidays the KFD would be like the week after I got back. I guess uni takes priority these days....This year's theme seems pretty cool since it's a more 'innovative' theme. 

My phone and laptop has been constantly telling me to update for the past few weeks, but I haven't had time to sort through things and update stuff...

Tennis is starting, and there is a possibility of Federer making it to the end! So many big/older players have injuries and can't play. Apart from Fed taking an extended time off, his injuries are less compared to others. I feel like this year will be the start where we see more teens/early 20s names coming up, as the well know top players who have dominated over the past 10 years are defs getting older and suffering more injuries. Too bad I have uni so can't really watch the tennis...

Friday, January 12, 2018

Rotation 1, Week 1

The first week has felt quite long for some reason. On Wednesday it already felt like a Friday, but I guess it feels long since I feel like I haven't done much or learnt as much as I wanted to this week. How to improve on doing everything within the time limit? That will forever remain the question. So much stuff to continue revising.

I am going to miss the smooth-ish traffic once more people start going back to work, then school kids, then uni kids. Catching the 7:20 bus can get me to uni at 8:45, normally it would be 9:30. If I wanted to get to uni before 9, then normal days I must catch the bus before 7am. The bus just after 7am gets me to uni just before 9 which is cutting it close. Apart from waiting for buses between city and uni, the m2 between home and city didn't have traffic during peak hour. First time catching a bus in Friday arvo with no traffic, normally it builds from 3pm and lasts until 6pm. 

I can't believe I survived a week of summer wearing long pants without dying from heat. Luckily it did cool down a tiny bit this week and spending your day in air con does help. Pants and fully enclosed shoes are just so much easier to run for the bus...Maybe I should just learn to miss the bus more so then I don't have to make a mad dash...Even though I run, it's still normal for me to see the bus drive off...

No one at work went to our regions Xmas party, but they allowed our store to have some 'credit' and use it for a belated Xmas dinner, and we also had some leftover money from a voucher we won over a year ago. Long gone are free work dinner tbh. With so many CEO changes, and so many pay cuts and different way everything is run, free food is pretty much not on the agenda. Went to a place opposite my church which we used to go often as kids before the afternoon service ever existed. Haven't been here for so long though.


chinese stuff: chicken, fish, pork, tofu

This isn't a proper food review so I'll keep it brief. It's actually not that cheap for around $50pp, like if I get some discount for 'modern Australian' food, I'll prefer spending $50 on that rather than this. Dishes are quite small, and lobster didn't have that sweet/fresh lobster taste, rather the lobster here just tasted like the sauce. It had ok chunks of meat, but so ceebs opening the claws (because normally dad does that for me and he's not supposed to eat that). Had some prawn crackers tonight though, it's been so long since I last had them. I'm not a big fan of eating Chinese stuff outside of home, unless it's fancy/modern Chinese style stuff.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Finally got a patient today, but when you haven't seen one in over a year, and the supervisor expects you to be super competent because you're in 5th yr, in my head, I'm just like 'ahhh, but my skills are probably the same as beginning of 4th yr because they didn't give us any time to practice with real px last yr when they decided to cut down the cohort end of 2016.' Then you also have to keep your composure in front of the patient and pretend know what you're doing whilst being professional. Doesn't help when the supervisor tells you a different method to what you're taught/other supervisors since it does through things off. Also missed opportunities to do other things and worrying about quotas in comparison to everyone else in the group...falling behind already in the first week...

Saw the most ridiculous thing today. An 8 seater car with a person literally sitting in the boot. I don't mean to be racist, but Asians tsk tsk...shoving as many people into the car as possible. They probs had a 10th person under someone's legs that I didn't see from the bus. 

3 scoops: Yuzu Crazy, Caramel Tiramisu, Coconut and lychee-$8.80

Mini detour to try the yuzu and matcha flavour. Green tea was more subtle, yuzu could have been stronger, and mandarin cake in it could be more citrusy. The tiramisu in the other special wasn't too strong either. Can't go wrong with coconut and lychee.

My photos on my laptop are all in a mess, and haven't had time to sort them out properly. Really want to write up more food posts, but maybe on the weekend after I finish other notes...My laptop has also been bugging me to update my OS, but also haven't had time to back up everything and update. Again, maybe on the weekend.