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WE cafe

I know you probably think that I’m yelling, but that’s just the name of the cafe that I went to.
It is just outside of ther SAB building in the city.Hence this place is popular with the RMIT students from across the road.
The cafe is quite small and very homely. Because it is such as small place there is no bathroom. So I had to go across the road. The bathroom outside of wonderbao was locked. Inside SAB the bathroom was really hard to find. Everything is a maze in there. Of course there isn’t a lot of signage.

I had the the tofu bento which is the only vegetarian one for $8.50.  Drinks can be added for an extra $2. So I had a sweet iced green tea. It was served in a paper cup, why for eat in?
The bento was quite small. Looking around at the other tables it was fair to say that I expected a bigger meal.
Nevertheless the tofu was smooth and the spring rolls were good. Not too much Msg which I like. The rice is only so so but the veggies were fresh. If only they included more noms.
I might just be back to try out some of the other meals, maybe with Big Fil.

We Cafe on Urbanspoon


Chinatown market by Katherine

The Chinatown market is in Hefferman lane in the city and its held every third Friday from 4pm-10pm. This is one Asian Hawker style market which doesn’t occur often enough for all the Asians in Melbourne. Good thing that it was a sunny day today. Could enjoy being out in the sun
There was a few things on offer today… but there could have been more stuff such as Vietnamese food. I suppose given the space there really wasn’t much room for lots of stalls.
There were lots of people there today.
I got to try Popiah for the first time ($6.5- for two rolls), dumplings ($5 per plate) and winter melon tea. The dumplings were rather small and not very filling. There was 5 per small plate, hence $5 was a bit of a rip off. The vegetarian ones fell apart. The seafood one was just ok.

I really liked the Popiah. Popiah is a Malaysian spring roll, best enjoyed cold. You can choose vegetarian or meat and they come as mild or spicy. I chose the mild one because I wasn’t up for the spicy one. At $6.5 fwor two, I got myself a bargain as these were big, tasty and filling. Oh well at least I learnt what popiah is.
The winter melon tea was really sweet. In fact too sweet for my liking but oh well.
For a change there was also an ice cream truck. I didn’t have a chance to try the ice cream but I heard that it s really good.
Same as with the fish ball sticks, satay, noodles etc. I couldn’t stay long as I had a dinner meeting somewhere else in Melbourne. But whilst I was there I learned lots. The next time when I come we’ll have to try lots more stuff and stay for ages

Mamak night and the two sides to a story photo exhibition

Last night was Mamak night and it was held in the basement of 488 Swanston st (Arrow on Swanston). It is right next to the apartment block. I was a little confused when I first visited for the fortnightly meeting this month.

But the food there was good, except for the roti. The roti was a little too thick for my liking but I liked the rest of it.

I also had the cendol (One of Malaysia’s favourite drinks and it was for $2.50. That $2.50 goes to the Arrow neighbourhood to raise funds for a Thermomix).
The cendol is a cold and sweet drink best enjoyed during summer.

I loved the assam laksa.

Meld also gave away some prizes and free lollies to their followers.

I had fun at the photo booth and my photo is on their Facebook page.

Also there was an exhibition showing international student success in Melbourne.

Many thanks to Meld Magazine and the City of Melbourne for putting on such a good show.


Mekong is a Vietnamese place that specializes in Pho. They have been around for donkey’s years but last year there was a decline in customers.
I didn’t really want to go but my friends in the Japan club really wanted to go and I enjoyed their company.
One of my friends really liked them for their cheap pho.
The place looked a tad bit dirty from the outside. But when we got inside our tables were clean, but the toilet was not. The bathrooms was small in size.
Our table of four was really cramped and we were shoved in the corner. I can understand why though- it was busy at 6.30pm.

There was free tea which we as students enjoyed.
Food came out five minutes after we had ordered. This is not a good sign because it means that it was microwaved.
My friends liked their small ($8.9) and large ($9.9) phos. I got a chance to try out one of the beef sausages and god it was really spicy. The friend that got the small one complained that it was not spicy enough and he wanted the brown sauce. Btw: where’s the pickled onions that comes with this?
My other friend and I had the spring rolls with rice vermicelli ($9.5). I had the vegetarian version and my friend had the meat one. My friend didn’t really like it and I have to agree on this as my noodles was cold and slightly undercooked. I would have liked it better if it was slightly warm. The pho shops in Footscray and Richmond does a better version of this. But I loved the spring rolls and the vegetables as they were fresh.

Sorry Mekong I really did want to like you, but you made me feel dissappointed. I’d give you a meh. There is a slight chance that I might return only just to try out your pho.

Pho Bo Ga Mekong Vietnam on Urbanspoon

Gigi by Katherine

Gigi is a sushi bar located on Swanston st in the city. It is where all the cheap student eateries are and is opened from 10am-11pm at night.
It was here that I walked past from the supermarket and decided to check it out.
At 11am it was really quiet and the waiter was a little surly. Perhaps just woke up?
I had the bento $12.50. It was with chirashi sushi, ginger, a piece of tofu, spring rolls and miso soup.
Loved the fish and the egg in the sushi. But I think it had a bit too much warm rice in there which I hate. It didn’t have a lot of fish in there which I would have loved

I didn’t really like the piece of tofu which I think its Agedashi tofu. It was the worst piece that I have ever had. It was cold and awful.
The miso soup was nice though. I loved the tofuy bits.

The white coffee came really late after a few polite reminders. It came halfway through my meal

All in all I might only be back only just to try the actual sushi itself. It did not look too bad and I could see them freshly preparing it when I arrived at 11am. Next time I shouldn’t come so early either.

Gigi Sushi Bar on Urbanspoon

PInk Cafe by Katherine

All the meals there are under $10. Hence this is great for students.

They have many hot dogs, popcorns, waffles and drinks and no vegetarian food. Bah that’s ok as I do eat some form of meat.

Now I have not much knowledge about Hong Kong waffles because I never have been to Hong Kong before. But Sally would know about these

I wanted to try one today but they were out of stock. So I had today’s special for $3.90. The special was a American hot dog, done HK style.

The lady there was just ok.

But I saw the popcorn machine and went wow. It reminded me of the old school days.

The dog was a little undercooked and the bread was like the noraml tip top ones. But for that price you can’t complain. I loved the onions and cheese though. Pity I didn’t really like that much of the sausage itself.

But I will come back just to try their yummilicious looking popcorn and their waffles. Btw I don’t know when they are open. Good student meals to be had here. Just wished that they’d advertise their opening hours.

Pink Cafe on Urbanspoon

Mooncake recipe which you can make it yourself at home

(taken from– Accessed: 28/9/2012)Mooncakes are rich, heavy, and dense compared with most Western cakes and pastries. They are usually eaten in small wedges accompanied by Chinese tea. These small round cakes symbolize family unity and perfection. They are time consuming to make and nowadays can be bought from Asian pastry shops. Mai’s recipe uses mung beans but red bean paste or lotus seed paste can also be used. The moulds can be bought from Asian suppliers.


Mooncake moulds

Mung Bean Paste

200g mung beans (for 6 0r 7 cakes)
50g sugar
100ml vegetable oil
1 tbsp Glutenous rice flour
1 tbsp water

Sugar Syrup

1 k sugar
500g water

Wrapping Pastry

2 cups sugar syrup
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp essence of grapefruit flower
2 cups rice flour
2 dessertspoons vegetable oil


Mung Bean Paste
Soak beans in hot water for 3 hours, drain. Steam with a little water until soft then put through blender. Place the blended mung beans into a saucepan and over a low heat stir in the sugar. In a separate bowl add the vegetable oil to the glutenous rice flour and stir to a paste. Then stir into the mung bean mixture. Add water and keep stirring until the mixture thickens. Test with your fingers to check that when a little of the mixture is rubbed together it forms one mass.

If the mixture is crumbly, add water a little at a time until the dough is the right consistency to form a small ball. Let the mixture cool slightly then roll into 50g balls. These balls will form the filling of the mooncakes.

Sugar Syrup
To make the syrup, place both water and sugar in a saucepan and bring to the boil stirring all the time. Continue until all the sugar granules have dissolved and the mixture is syrupy.

Wrapping Pastry
Place 2 cups of syrup in a bowl. Add the lemon juice, grapefruit flower essence and vegetable oil. Sift in 2 cups of glutenous rice flour while stirring to a smooth paste. Let rest for 30 minutes.

Pour dough onto floured board and knead in more glutenous rice flour until it holds a shape when rolled into a log form. (Splash a little oil onto your hands so the dough doesn’t stick while kneading.)

Cut into 150g lumps, flatten into discs and wrap each disc around a mung bean paste ball. Coat with some extra rice flour.

Coat the inside of the mould with rice flour and place the ball into the mould. Press down firmly. Remove from mould and place on a plate ready to serve. Repeat the process until the mixture has been used. Leave the mooncakes to rest for up to an hour, before eating.
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