i am susan thye. aka chocolatesuze. sydney, australia. gemini. married to noods. this is a food and lifestyle blog. i like cheeseburgers, cake and fried chicken.
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3 August 2014, 17:21
They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away…
And because I value my health the only thing to do is choose my flavour of medicine!
You might recognise these caramel apples from a stall manned by the super friendly Joe at Glebe or Bondi markets but now you can get your fix any day from Love Dem Apples (454 Cleveland St, Surry Hills), on the corner of Crown St opposite the Surry Hills Shopping Village.
Every day they make up a batch of caramel and it smelled fricken incredible in the store as the butter and sugar slowly caramelised and joined together in sweet matrimony.
Once the caramel has melted and is at the right temperature, the Granny Smith apples are swirled in the caramel and then rolled in toppings.
If I wasn’t so scared of burning myself on molten caramel I’d totally want to work here. Except I’d probably eat all my earnings. It’s bad enough that they’re only a 15min walk from work!
On my first visit with Helen we stood transfixed at the display for a good 10mins debating on which flavour to try. We were offered samples which was nice but ultimately made our decision harder because we wanted to eat each and every flavour haha in the end we went for the Strawberry Pop ($10) and the Tropic and Thunder ($10).
There’s a couple of stools in the store so we chose to eat there and they offered to slice our apples which was a good idea so we could share them easily and also I know that if I had attempted to eat the apple just by biting into it then I would totally have dropped it because I am all kinds of clumsy.
So were they tasty? Hells yeah they were! Yes they were sweet but not as tooth-achingly sweet as toffee apples and the tartness of the apple itself meant I could keep on eating without feeling I was about to go into a sugar coma. I loved the Strawberry Pop which reminded me of strawberries and cream lollies and there was pop rocks and I HEART pop rocks! You all know my issues with desiccated coconut so I was happy with the fresh coconut flakes on the The Tropic and Thunder.
Then there was the Oreo ($10) which was encrusted with cookie bits.
And the Pretzel ($10) which was my fave because of the magic that is the sweet and salty combo.
They also sell chocolate covered bananas for $6.
Some with cookie dough, some with marshmallow and some with 100’s & 1000s.
Oh and chocolate covered popcorn!
And Nanaimo ($2each), a Canadian bar with a wafer/crumb layer, vanilla icing and covered in chocolate.
Yeah baby how do you like dem apples!
The Classic Apples start at $8, Royals at $10 and Limited Editions at $13. The apples are a tad on the exxy side but I think it’s worth it to treat yoself every now and then :P Love Dem Apples is open 7 days a week from noon to late.
27 July 2014, 01:49
You know what makes me happy? DEEP FRIED CHICKEN SKIN!!! So Parramatta finally got a lil bit more tastier with the opening of PappaRich (Shop 2185A – Zone G, Westfield Parramatta, 159-175 Church Street, Parramatta) and the first thing I ordered was the Pappa Deep Fried Chicken Skin ($6.90) and it was GLORIOUS! Each piece was deep fried to a golden crisp, setting my heart (and cholesterol) aflutter. You know you want it. Dooooo it.
Oops hold up, I was a little too excited about the chicken skin but I gotta tell you how much I really like places with a button ordering system haha so check out the menu, write the menu item code onto the order form and push the button for a super friendly waiter to pop by.
I had to get my beloved Milo Dinosaur ($4.90), which had a ridiculous amount of milo packed in while Noods opted for the Teh Tarik + Jelly ($4.90), a frothy pulled tea drink with cubes of grass jelly.
The Hainan Toasted Bread with Butter and Kaya ($4.50) is a DIY affair but I’m too used to kaya toast being pre spread back in Malaysia. It’s still tasty though and the bread is super fluffy with a pretty generous amount of kaya (a spread made with coconut milk, eggs and pandan leaves).
Noods satisfied his cravings and ordered the Pappa Assam Laksa ($13.50) which was sour, tangy and given two thumbs up. I would’ve loved more fish but that’s cos I love me my omega 3’s.
The Pappa Fried Mee Goreng ($13.50) was pretty bang on with heaps of prawns, tomatoes, potato and bits of fluffy egg. It was bordering on the oh-halp-it’s-spicy side but I pushed on through the pain.
On our second visit I opted for the Roti with Curry Chicken ($12.90) and yes I do prefer Mamak’s roti but PappaRich’s is still mighty fine, flaky and perfect for tearing and wrapping around the tender chicken pieces or dipping into the accompanying sambal and vegetarian dahl.
The Curry Laksa is spicy so it’s perfect for winter, the soup is a tad on the thick side but it’s fragrant and chock a block with chicken pieces, tofu, and erm eggplant. Don’t think I’ve ever had eggplant in laksa before hmm.
If you’re planning on trying the Roti Bom be sure to order it early as it does take some time to make. The roti is compressed into a disc with the condensed milk and sugar served separately in their own little compartments. It’s no roti tissue but makes for a very satisfying sweet ending to dinner.
Super glad for this new addition to the hood and I forsee multiple plates of fried chicken skin in my future :P
20 July 2014, 01:25
Aaaand a short flight from Thailand and we’ve landed in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, aka the land of gloriously pungent durian! We satiated our love for the king of fruit by stopping at a roadside stall called Durian SS2 as the usual durian stall down the street run by Donald had shut down. It was the tail end of the season for durian but you wouldn’t know it by the amount of people crammed in the area, digging into durians of all shapes, sizes and varieties. Street stalls are the best, sure they may feel a little ghetto at first but the food is super cheap and amazing and I have yet to get sick in Malaysia (knock on wood). You can choose the all you can eat durian option but only for certain types of durian but we stuck with the point and choose method because hey, moderation! Love that once you’re done eating you just chuck the shells into the nearest bin and amble away haha no fuss!
Breakfast with the rellies can be a crazy affair, HI UNCLE KEN AND MOON YEE! Village Park (5 Jalan SS 21/37, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya) is famous for its queues for their incredible Nasi Lemak (RM9/$3)- fragrant coconut rice, sambal, peanuts, dry anchovies, egg, cucumber and a choice of ridiculously crispy fried chicken, curry chicken, sambal udang (prawn) or sambal sotong (squid). We also ordered a rainbow of drinks- syrup limau ice (RM2.70$0.90), barley ice (RM2.70/$0.90) and syrup bandang (RM3/$1). Oh and Village Park’s Coffee Set (RM7/$2.30) which came with Roti Bakar loaded with kaya and slabs of butter, 2 half boiled eggs and coffee.
The whole family unit drove from KL to Taiping for my bros formal wedding dinner and with 3.5 hours in captivity I made sure I stocked up on snacks like these ridiculously fat chicken curry puffs (RM2.70/$0.90 each) from Homi in Mid Valley Megamall which has the flakiest of all the pastries in the land.
We ended up stopping in Ipoh for lunch at Restoran Onn Kee (51, Jalan Yau Tet Shin, 30000 Ipoh) and because it was next door to a confectionary store that makes sour plum candy. Ipoh is famous for fat bean sprouts. My favourite… But luckily there was also char siu with gloriously fatty charred edges, the famous kuey teow with chicken balls and a plate of silky poached chicken.
The banquet dinner with all the rellies was held in Hu Jing Ge Chinese Restaurant (1st floor Flemington Hotel, No. 1, Jalan Samanea Saman, 34000 Taiping) starring Mr Suckling Piggy! Super crisp skin + tender pork innards = YARMMM! There’s was heaps of other food but my camera died so you’ll have to take my word that everything was tasty.
Back to KL and Restoran Ahwa (66, Jalan 14/48, Petaling Jaya) is always high on my must-eat list, this kopitiam has some of my fave dishes in KL and I always chortle when playing the game of let’s see if they understand me when I order while sounding completely ‘strayan. There was a round of chicken and beef satay with addictive peanut sauce, pohpiah (fresh spring roll chock a block with shredded vegetables) and Sarsi (sarsparilla) is always my drink of choice in Malaysia (and yes I know I can buy them here but it’s super exxy).
But oh the dish Restoran Ahwa is most famous for: Hokkien Mee! And with bonus plate of deep fried pork fat :P My cholesterol is fine I promise.
There was multiple visits to Restoran Robson Heights Fresh Seafood (10B, Jalan Permai, 50460 Kuala Lumpur) that has got you covered for all your crustacean needs. Special mentions to the Claypot Crab with Rice, Salted Egg Yolk Crab and Fried Eggplant with Meat Floss.
For dessert we’re at Kayu Nasi Kandar (No. 64, Jalan SS2/10, 47300, Petaling Jaya) for mega roti tissue for supper! That baby was a meter long and all for the low low price of (RM10/$3.30)! Buttery, flakey and with a sprinkle of sugar, this has got to be the best dessert ever!
Of course not forgetting my kaya overload there was kaya happiness from Oldtown White Coffee, Papa Rich and Annie1 and also bonus serve of glutinous rice with mega dollop of kaya mmm <3 Aaaand that’s all folks! We return you to normal broadcasting shortly :D