Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Dinner Upon Touch Down

Arriving in the late afternoon, we collected out rental car from the company Budget(thank God for GPS!) and headed straight to the Murray Lodge Hotel. The car collection process was prompt and smooth, and the drive to the hotel was just about 15 minutes.

"This is your captain speaking. The weather in Perth is cool with occasional showers and temperature ranges from 22 degrees Celsius in they day to 9 degrees Celsius at night."

Darkness here comes quickly and after exploring the streets of nearby Northbridge (aka Chinatown), we settled down for dinner in search of warmth and stomach fulfilment. Our very first meal in Perth wasn't fish & chips, bush tucker, kangaroo steak nor grilled barramundi....

It was Chinese! Lol. My family is after all Chinese and to fight off the coldness and hunger, there's nothing like hot steamed rice with a few freshly-prepared dishes. Comforting!

We were very hungry and cold so do bear with the inaccurate dish names, approximate price and whatnot. Hehe.

First to appear was Aussie Babi Pan Fried Pork (~AUS$20+). The pork was coated lightly with flour and deep-fried before being stir-fried with spring onions. Each bite was a little chewy and resilient- great for this flavourful pork! There was an alluring wok hei to this dish and just a bit of sauce to add more flavour.

The Broccoli with Egg White & Scallops (~AUS$30+) was also good. We stirred and mixed in the raw egg yolk, letting it coat the bits of scallops and broccoli. With the residual heat from the dish, this egg yolk coat made each morsel very smooth. The egg white and scallop mix tasted fresh and was lightly-seasoned, enabling the natural flavours to shine.

Moo-ving on to beef. Claypot Beef (~AUS$20) had super tender pieces of beef and tendon stewed in a thicken sauce spiced with cloves, cinnamon and star anise. I did myself a favour and scooped out more rice from the rice pot.

Then the wait staff came to check if we would like to order desserts. Being rather satisfied with dinner and since no particular dessert cried out to us, we decided to skip desserts. She smiled politely, went into the kitchen and returned with desserts!

Rather like Chinese restaurants in Hong Kong, apparently this one also offered complimentary fruit platter and sweet soup.

Fruit Platter

Sweet Soup- black glutinous rice with yam.

And feel free to BYO wines too. No corkage!

Throughout the 2-3hrs in this restaurant, I had observed couples, friends and family dining there. But only one ang moh! And he was dining with a group of Chinese. The food here certainly pleases the Chinese palate. No ching-chong rubbish please, thank you.

With happy bellies, we headed back to the hotel to rest for the night.

James St. Kitchen
Unit 7A
109 James Street
Northbridge, WA 6003
Tel: (08) 9227 1437
Opens: 11am to 11pm Daily
Chew On This:

Northbridge has this area with small, blue-lit chairs which look so cute! Plenty of Chinese, Koreans, Japanese, Singaporeans, Malaysians, Indonesians etc and also some Ang Mohs here.


Anonymous said...

i was at this place 3 months ago, not because i have to eat Chinese food, but due to my son is having diarrhoea. I got no choice but to buy porridge from them, cost me A$12 for a small serving of takeaway...

And the male staff is busy talking about soccer betting all the time, although the restaurant is pretty empty, only 2 tables.

The Hungry Cow said...

Anonymous: A$12 for a small serving of takeaway porridge??! Eeks.

I find eating out in Perth much more costly than in S'pore.

When I was there for dinner, the place was packed. 1 or 2 groups were even waiting for a table. Maybe cos it's Sat evening and families eat out?