Applying for Polish citizenship!

——-29/07/2011——-

I went to the White Eagle Club based on a recommendation from a friend after telling them about my love for dumplings! If you are going to come here you have try two things!

1). Honey vodka that clears your nose and throat even when you don’t think it needs to be cleared (and that’s just with only 4 drops in my mouth) which is then followed by a lovely after taste of leather wood honey

2). Their hash browns! They are sort of oily but it is so delicious with a dollop of sour cream. MMMMMMMMMM

Obviously the #1 thing I was there for was the dumplings! I didn’t know what else to order but when I peered over to the other table, a guy had just polished off the pork knuckle with no problems, so that was on my ‘to eat list’. I was trying to decide between pork schnitzel or roast pork (I’m guess the Polish like their pork), can’t go wrong with a roast pork I thought. My friend was going to order a side of chips but I quickly changed that to hash browns because you could get chips anywhere and I’m so glad that I did!

First the dumplings came out, as if they were delicious enough but they added some diced bacon on top! MMMM dumplings just got a whole lot better ! We ordered ‘combination dumplings’, I wasn’t the biggest fan of the cabbage and meat ones but definitely enjoyed the potato and cheese as well as the pork dumplings.

As I said before, if you going to come here, you need to try the hash browns! I don’t know what they put in them but they sure are tasty. I was pretty much full between the hash browns and dumplings but then our mains arrived…

When the pork knuckle came out, I felt like royalty! A beautiful silver platter was placed before me with a very big pork knuckle in the middle. Surrounding the very succulent tender meat was an assortment of sauces- mustard, something with horseradish (very strong!) and some beetroot-like thing, sliced cucumber and tomato. The grated carrots which seems like something so simple was divine as they had cooked it with cinnamon. Of course there was also mash potato and sauerkraut on the platter.

The roast pork was ok, nothing too special, next time I wouldn’t mind trying the pork snitzel. We got more carrots though! YUM!

You can’t doubt their authenticity when you can clearly see the older Polish couple cooking the food. I’d come back just for a hash brown and dumpling hit but I’d also love to explore more of the menu and maybe even squeeze in a dessert next time (waaaaaaaaaay too full this time!). The Polish club also hosts a mini market every second Saturday which I’ve been meaning to go to.

Venue: Kopernik traditional Polish restaurant @ the White Eagle Club

Address: 38 David Street, Turner, ACT 2612

Phone: (02) 6248 8563

Website: www.whiteeagleclub.com.au/


Markets:
Continental Food Saleevery second Saturday, 12:00 am – 3:00 pm (payday week)
“Try our wide range of hams, Polish-style smoked sausages flavoured with spices, veal frankfurters,liverwurst, brawn, black pudding, pate, smoked pork, ham deluxe and much more.
Chocolates, sweets, cakes, instant packet borscht soup and rye bread are also booming sellers.”


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Jolly holiday

——-13/08/2011——-

Despite a shaky start in Sydney, I still thoroughly enjoyed Mary Poppins the musical which is now showing at the Capitol theatre. My lovely friends had bought me a ticket for my birthday and because this production is finishing up in Dec, I wanted to go sooner rather than later. So if you want to catch this magical show with very clever designed sets and a talented cast singing catchy songs and doing unbelievable dancing numbers, I believe you should get straight to it! Spit spot!

So we come out of the theatre around 11pm after getting our parking validated and ‘chat thai‘ (a restaurant that I’ve wanted to go to for a long time but never had the patience to stand in a line) still  had a line out the front!

Into the Capitol square food area we went, where business was still roaring with trade that you wouldn’t think it was in the middle of the night. @Bangkok looked promising- busy, smelled amazing and who doesn’t love Thai food?

We were tired and hungry and even though we were getting seated around 11:15pm we still got told that we only had 40 minutes to eat and go as they had bookings after us! I’ll let this one slide I thought, it’s noisy, dark and we only had 40 minutes to eat and go! But after eating such delicious food, I’m now suffering from blogger’s remorse that we didn’t take any photos (besides the roti).

Roti with egg and onion

What we actually ate:

Appetisers:

Poh Pea Toddeep fried spring roll (vermicelli and vegetable)

Wok dishes:

Kha Naa Moo GrobStir fried crispy pork belly with chinese broccoli (they have pictures on their website). OMG! So delicious and crispy!

Phad Phed Ped Yod Ma ProwBBQ duck and heart of coconut stir-fried in aromatic curry paste with Thai egg plant, hot basil and banana chilli. If you like your chilli this one is for you! Would have enjoyed it more if I wasn’t getting rushed out and had time to have it with rice. The duck was delicious though.

Rice and Noodle:

Khao Pad Pufried rice with crab meat, shallot and onion. Seemed simple, lots of flavour and finished every grain of rice.

Roti– so many savoury and sweet options with roti drizzled with condensed milk. (they have pictures on their website). We chose the egg and onion which was nice but I would have loved to have tried the one stuffed with beef mince and herbs.

What I wish I could have tried: Well there are lots of things! But I’ll narrow it down to 3 dishes.

1). The table next to us had ordered ‘Khao Ob Sab Pa Rodfried rice cooked with curry powder, carrot, onion and cashew nut served in a whole pineapple shell (they have pictures on their website)’. It looked amazing!

2). More noodles- everyone uses Pad Thai as a measuring stick for how good the Thai food is right?

3). Som Tum Moo Grob- Papaya salad served with crispy pork belly. Makes me hungry just typing it!

Venue: @Bangkok

Address: G 11 Atrium Street Level, Capitol Square, 730-742 George St, Sydney

Phone: (02) 9211 5232

Website: www.atbangkok.com.au