Food World Gourmet 


On the next day we had dinner in one of busiest Chinese restaurant in town. Lucky us we dont need to wait in long list cause we came almost 9pm as this resto closed on 9.30. So we just had less than 1 hour to order and finish it. Food World Gourmet is situated on Wollongong CBD, on 148 Keira street to be exact, accross my favorite Asian groceries. If you come from Fairy Meadow it’s before the mall. 


They have lots (i mean it “lots”) of varieties of meals, it’s about 78 menus to be exact. Mostly are Chinese (of course). It would make you confuse to pick one moreover if you come here with empty stomach like me lol 


So for appetizer we picked Food World Gourmet Springrolls ($8.50) to share. Just like any other fried springrolls, it’s very savory. But still cant beat my fav Kinn Thai’s springrolls lol 


For mains, i had Wonton & BBQ Pork Noodles ($11.50) it came in large portion, i mean it. If yourself dont have big appetite like mine or you’re on diet this menu can be shared for two. By the way before i came here, i got some reviews that they have best wonton soup in town thats why I ordered one. So it was a wonton soup with selected noodles of yours (egg noodles or rice noodles, mine was egg noodles) and several bbq pork (char siu) slices. So it’s true, their wontons are best! It filled with shrimps,pork and hioko mushrooms. With tasty and savory clear broth. 


Hubby had Sweet & Sour Pork Rice ($11) i took one piece to taste, and it was good. It’s not soggy at all and i like the sauce because taste so balance between the sweet and the sour. 

All cost we paid including one coke and one mineral water were $40. Very affordable, no wonder their place never empty. To save the budget they serve a free teapot hot chinese tea. Will be back again for sure! 

RE-VISIT

So today 18/12/2016 we back again to this resto for lunch. We want something cheap but tasty to eat. 


I was ordered Wonton Noodles Soup ($11), it was the same soup like my first visit but without the bbq pork and i requested no veggies. I like veggies but some restos here not cook the veggies properly, so it sometimes still raw. I hate it 😔 As usual, wonton soup was really really good. Maybe i could eat everyday if possible 😏


And hubby had Combination Rice ($12), i thought combination rice is kinda like nasi rames (or economic rice) but here is different. It’s more like nasi capcay in Indonesia. Rice topped with capcay (assorted veggies, seafood,beef,chicken cooked in oyster sauce). 

All cost including one coke is about $25. Ciao! 

RE-VISIT

Yesterday was our 4th visit to this place, apparently this place been one of our favorite resto to eat. Unlike other Chinese restaurant which has blah taste, this one has better taste. 


So this time we ordered Fried Rice ($8,5-small size), Chicken Omelet ($11) and Soy Chicken & BBQ Pork ($13). Fried rice was really really good! I mean it. The rice not soggy, it has a bit hard texture or we called it in Indonesia as nasi pera, this kind of rice is really good for fried rice. And it seasoning well with salty savoury, just like Hongkong style fried rice which i like the most, and they also give generous prawns, ham, pork chasiu and lapcheong in one plate. Superb! Maybe next time i’m gonna order this dish only for myself. Fyi, this my hubby’s order and turn into mine later on 😝


My order was Soy Chicken & BBQ Pork which not really went well. Cause i thought it gonna be like soy chicken with dark brown skin and a bit sweet salty, but in fact it’s not well marinated and tasteless. Pork also not my piece of cake. And side dish was only boiled veggies without seasoning. 


Chicken omelet was okay, actually it was an omelet with shredded chicken, onion and baby corn. 

Beside those menu on the other day we ever had Spicy Mun Tofu Rice (taste okay), Singapore Noodles (really good with hint of curry) and Black Bean Beef (taste good). We’re gonna back for more on years ahead 😁

Super Chef BBQ

I dont know why find good chinese resto in Wollongong is like to find a needle on haystacks. But it’s different when you were in Chinatown in Sydney. There lots of Chinese joints which offer good taste. One of them is this vendor on Market City foodcourt. How to find Market City is it’s just next to the famous Paddy’s Market. You could walk from Central Station not really far maybe it only takes 15mins. 


I chose this vendor cause their line, if you confused to choose food vendors pick the one which has long queu, means whether they have good food, cheap food or combination of two. 


My hubby ordered combination fried rice ($11), it came in big portion with generous lapcheong (chinese sausage) and prawns, taste good. It’s like Hongkong fried rice with no kecap manis. 


He also ordered Spring Rolls ($6) which consist of four small spring rolls 😂 In Indonesia we called small spring rolls as sumpia, and we eat it as snack and not side dish or even appetizer. 


And my order was BBQ Pork & Wonton with Dry Noodles ($12). It came with generous portion of noodles, bbq pork slices and five wontons. The pork was good, very tender and juicy. Wonton also good it filled with prawns and pork. All good. The only thing minus is they just provide chop big chilli and chilli oil instead hot chilli sambal like the one we have in Indonesia when we eat mie ayam. 

Ciao! 

Indo Rasa

Another Indonesian joint in Kingsford that i’ve been tried, located in 309 Anzac Parade, Kingsford, Sydney this place just accross Shalom Indonesian Restaurant. I was curious about this place cause i look on Zomato their price is really cheap (for myself compare with others). 


Kindly note this resto only open at lunch or dinner time. You can take a look on Zomato for the time. I suggested to come early, like when i was there around 5pm (they open 5.30pm on dinner), because this place easily packed of people, or more better come over on lunch time only since based on my experience their food already sold out on dinner time 😅


We ordered some dishes. Mine was Soto Betawi ($9.5) and rice ($2,5). My soto came on rich soup, thick coconut milk, generous meat and complete with emping (crackers). The soup has sweet hints more like soto medan rather than soto betawi (IMO). This dish was okay for me. 


For appetizer i ordered Pempek Lenjer ($6) which for me it’s not good, i dont like its texture and the cuko was too sweet for me. I still prefer Pempek Clovelly. 


My hubby ordered Gado-Gado ($9) as appetizer, gado-gado is Indonesian salad assorted veggies and poured with peanut sauce, use to serve with crackers. Gado-gado was okay, not really special for my tastebud. 


And Ayam Kalasan ($6.5) with rice ($2,5) for main dish, it came with lalapan (assorted raw veggies) and sambal terasi (balachan chilli paste). Ayam kalasan is deep fried marinated chicken in Javanese style. Oh fyi Indonesia has lots of varieties fried chicken to offer. I reckon they marinated the chooks overnight cause its meat so tender and taste very good. I could say this the best dish we order that night! 

They served self-service free flow hot tea if you dont want to order drinks. Ciao! 

Gelato Messina


Actually i was curious with Anita Gelato which located around UTS Sydney (but didnt have idea the exact place), but since i never had a time to visit. So i went for Messina which has several branches all over Sydney. What i was visited on Westfield Miranda, Ground Floor. Easier way to reach this place is from Kingsway street cause they not placed inside the mall, but outside the mall, or just find Din Tai Fung and it’s on the right side. 


The place itself is very small and dont have dine in area, but they have small outdoor area with some chairs (without table) to enjoy gelato. Price quite affordable start from $4,8 for single scoop. 


I bought single scoop gelato with ginger bread flavor. It tastes like real ginger bread. I like it. But the minus from this gelato is they easily melted, i dont have idea if it’s common or not.


My hubby bought single scoop of Hazelnut gelato, which i like it too. It has strong hazelnut flavor. If you looking for some gelato, maybe Messina could be the good choice since you can find it everywhere. So far their branches are in Circular Quay, Pyrmont, Darlinghurst, Surry Hills, Glebe, Newton, Rosebery, Bondi and Miranda (all in New South Wales, Australia). Ciao! 

Manpuku Ramen 


Finally during my 6 months stay in Australia i found ramen house! It’s hard to find one in Wollongong, since it’s only suburb area, unlike in Sydney where people from multicultural gather as one. I knewthis place when we passed it through back from Shalom. Then i browsed on Zomato about this place. 


Manpuku located on 482 Anzac Parade, Kingsford. Same location with Shalom. Its place not really big, and not so Japanese, but it’s quite neat with open kitchen. 


Since i’ve been craving for ramen so i ordered Long Name Ramen ($14.50) with extra spicy bomb ($1). It has literally long name, if you wanna know just check zomato and look menu no.7 😂 We could choose its broth whether with chook based or tonkotsu (pork) based. I chose tonkotsu which i didnt dissapoint with that, cause the broth is very rich and thick like the one i ever had in Kyoto. But a bit dissapointed with my extra spicy bomb which a dollop of chilli paste which for my taste it’s not spicy at all 😔


As my hubby didnt familiar with Japanese ramen, so he let me to choose for him. I ordered him a Karaage Curry ($14.90). We could requested mild if dont like spicy food. It came in big portion and the curry quite good. 

All include one coke and one green tea can is $36. They only serve hot ocha and it’s not free like in Indonesia or Japan, they charge $2.50 (refillable). If you want save budget they provide self-service free refill water. Ciao! 

Shalom Indonesian Restaurant 

Hi happy new year everyone! Been long time not updating my blog, so sorry cause i have many things to do here before back to my homecountry this month. 


So it started when i was craved for Indonesian cuisine, yeah apparently quote “eat like a local” doesnt fit in me. Cause wherever whenever i always craving Indonesian food (except when I was in Japan 😝). And i asked hubby if he want to drive me to Indonesian restaurant on Kingsford. He said yes. Yeay! If you are newbie in Sydney or just traveling for long time and craving for Indonesian food i suggest you to go to Kingsford and Kensington area, it’s all about Indonesian and Asian thingy. No wonder cause this area close to Indonesian Consulate General (KJRI) in Maroubra and close to UNSW (University of New South Wales) which there lots of Asian students! So i chose Shalom Indonesian Restaurant since i heard they have the most spiciest chili sambal! 


So its place exactly located in 2/458 Anzac Parade, Kingsford. Better you take route from Central rather than from Randwick so you dont need to turn around. Cause it’s on the left side. The place not really big and always packed not only in lunch/dinner time. Like other restaurants in this area, we should pay our orders first than they would sent them to your table later. 


First was my order for entree, batagor ($5). I was dissapointed cause all i know batagor originally means bakso tahu goreng (fried tofu filled with minced meat or sometimes fried dumpling filled with minced fish) with peanut sauce. But in here, what i got was only fried diced-cut tofu with peanut sauce 😔 


Second was Bakso Kuah ($6) as hubby’s entree. It’s definitely nothing special as i could make them in the house. 


Third was Sate Ayam ($12), there 5 sticks per portion including selected rice or rice cake (lontong). Hubby said it’s good. As he’s big fan of sate ayam. 


And last but not least my order which made my day, Empal Penyet ala Shalom ($10). Empal is Indonesian steak, fried beef marinated with sort of Indonesian spices and they pour hottes chilli sauce ever! I mean it! I’m the biggest fan of chillies. If you loved spicy food just go for it. The empal also very good, it’s very tender and juicy, with savory sweet hints. 


I also bought their Martabak (Indonesian pancake) for $8 for snack. It was good even i had put them on fridge overnight. All include coke and teh botol was $48.93. They also served free water. Would be back again to Shalom. Ciao! 

Humber Bar


I was curious about this place since their official instagram account always liked my page, so i was managed to search on Zomato about this place. Seems like this resto is brand new one since i havent heard before even it take place just few steps next Wollongong Central. 


This 3 floors restaurant is situated on 226 Crowns Street, Wollongong. You can reach by bus or train followed by bus to go to this place. Just find out “H” signage like i attached above, then you’re on the right place. Since it’s newly open this place always packed but dont worry you can choose your table on 1st floor or 3rd floor (rooftop). If you wanna have table on rooftop i consider to come on evening to night since they dont have roof on the top so it might be so hot on the afternoon. So how about 2nd floor? Well, it’s a bar actually. When we were there last week at noon they not open the bar, it might be only open evening or even only on weekend. 


So what we order? Since they not offer wide varities of food (menu attached) and we’re in the mood for burger so we just order burgers. 


I had Fried Chicken Burger ($19) include their homemade fries. Chicken burger was good, i liked the crispiness yet juiciness of the chooks. And it’s big size anyway. You must try their homemade fries which called hero fries, it was really really good. They (maybe) added chicken powder, chilli powder and curry powder on it. I think i would go back again for their fries lol 


Hubby had cheeseburger($16.5) he said so-so, it’s more like Maccas burger lol. And he couldnt eat the fries tho cause it contains salt he must avoid. But that means i could eat his fries 😁


We spent almost $50 include 1 coke, 1 cappucino and 1 iced coffee. But it’s worth anyway. The place is good but some waiters a bit unfriendly. Ciao!