OMG Ring of fire | Slight disappointment in Chong Co Belconnen


Have you ever eaten a really spicy meal? A meal or dish with way too many chilli peppers or Tabasco sauce? Growing up my family ate a lot of spicy foods and we all love chilli. My father grew chilli plants and preserved the chilli either as pickled chilli or in oil. I remember watching him eat them like snack food while watching television.

I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of times I’ve felt overwhelmed by the heat of chilli. Then you know what happens a day or so later after the chilli has been churned and the nutrients digested in our intestinal systems. It’s interesting that our tongues are such sensitive organs while most of the rest of the mucous membrane of the alimentary system lacks the pain receptors for chilli. That is, all except the sensitive mucous membrane of the anal verge. That interface between the gut and our integument, our skin. On passing out of us, I know you know that common refrain, “OMG A ring of fire”.

A BURNING RING OF FIRE ūüėú

On Friday night Bron and I went to a favourite place, viz., Chong Co in Belconnen. We’d eaten many times before and always enjoyed the experience. On Friday night we shared an entr√©e which had a fish cake, chicken satay, curry puff and spring roll. Bron asked for a duck salad and I asked for PLA CHOO CHEE,¬†viz., Pan fried barramundi topped with chilli, cooked in coconut milk, kaffir lime leaves and sweet basil leaves. We’ve both asked for these dishes before and enjoyed them. This time though we were both a little disappointed. Bron thought the duck lacked crispness and for me the chilli was way too much. I finished the dish but it was way too hot.

Next time I’ll be asking for something else.

Friday 2014-01-10 19.29.34 AEDT Mixed entrée of chicken satay, fish cake, curry puff and spring roll.

Friday 2014-01-10 19.29.34 AEDT Mixed entrée of chicken satay, fish cake, curry puff and spring roll.

Friday 2014-01-10 19.40.45 AEDT PLA CHOO CHEE Pan fried barramundi topped with chilli, cooked in coconut milk, kaffir lime leaves and sweet basil leaves

Friday 2014-01-10 19.40.45 AEDT PLA CHOO CHEE Pan fried barramundi topped with chilli, cooked in coconut milk, kaffir lime leaves and sweet basil leaves

Yes, my ring is now on fire.

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Seasalt Dining in Bruce


Last night we ventured out with friends to a newish restaurant in Canberra. Seasalt Dining in Bruce is in The Hub apartment complex in Bruce new The Canberra Stadium and the Australian Institute of Sport.

Last night the Brumbies were playing the Sharks at Canberra Stadium so we were a little nervous about parking. In the end it turned out well (the Brumbies were defeated too). They have dedicated parking and from the kitchen the chefs and wait staff can monitor the car park.

The service was really very good. The wait staff were cheerful and helpful. Nothing was too difficult for them and they enjoyed a little playful bantered when we “complained” our desserts weren’t big enough. The menu is pretty good and the place opens for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

I elected not to have an entr√©e while my dinner companions enjoyed Thai fish cakes and seared scallops. I waited instead for the seafood platter, which according to the menu looked like a collection of entr√©e dishes plus a piece of fish (salmon last night). That’s what it turned out to be. It was very nice, although, compared with our recent Maestral experience, this was not a seafood platter for two. I ate this easily by myself without any discomfort. The fish cakes were a little rubbery compared with the excellent fish cakes from Lemon Grass. That said, the seared scallops were divine.

The restaurant has a nice cake cabinet and I chose white chocolate cheese cake with cream and ice cream.

I would recommend Seasalt Dining in Bruce to anyone living in Canberra. It will soon have its own dedicated website and all going well my fat face will appear after a photograph was taken of me last night with my seafood platter ūüôā

I kept a parking spot for our friends.

Fish cakes

Seared scallops

Platter plate 1

Plate plate 2. Oysters natural and Kilpatrick.

It came with really nice potato chips (Fries for friends in the USA).

All together. I also got a plate of Thai fish cakes.

White chocolate cheesecake with ice cream and whipped cream.

Dinner at Lemon Grass Woden and Max Brenner Belconnen


After an afternoon of shopping at Costco and DFO we’d worked up a hunger for Thai food and chocolate.

I’ve been to the Lemon Grass restaurant in Woden a few times. The food has always been nice. Last night was no exception. The service though was a little quirky. At one stage we had food and no plates and at other times plates and no food. All the servers looked unhappy and it appeared they didn’t have designated tables to wait on.

For starters we had Taud Man Pla (Thai fish cakes) and Goong Taud (deep fried King prawns coated in almond flakes).These were tasty morsels and certainly made me hungrier for more food.

Taud Man Pla Spicy Thai fish cakes

Delicious

Goong Taud Deep fried king prawns covered with almond flakes

A little over cooked.

For a main course I had the beef Gang Panang (creamy red curry with crushed peanuts and kaffir leaves topped with crispy egg noodles). Along with the rice to soak up the amazing creamy curry juices, this was a light spicy and tasty meal.

Gang Panang Creamy red curry (chicken or beef) with crushed peanuts and kaffir leaves topped with crispy egg noodles.

I’ve never really appreciated Thai desserts, so instead we went for a drive north to Belconnen to Max Brenner to enjoy some chocolate, viz., in the form of chocolate fondue (Pure melted milk and dark chocolate served with strawberries, bananas, marshmallows and banana bread).

Chocolate fondue with melted dark and milk chocolate.

In the end there was melted chocolate left over. I didn’t want to waste it.

I think this is an acceptable way to finish the melted chocolate.

The Lemon Grass menu can be found at www.lemongrassthai.com.au/Images/LemonGrassMenuWeb01.pdf

The Max Brenner menu can be found at http://www.maxbrenner.com.au/menu/menu.pdf

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