Friday, October 1, 2010


Grilled some Leftover Kumara Chips for lunch
Om nom nom nom

Taro's Ramen Cafe (City)
Ground level, Boeing Building
363 Adelaide Street
Brisbane City

What is Bangalow Sweet Pork?
Many international students here have realised that pork in Australia is tougher and has a funny acquired smell. However, not Bangalow Sweet Pork which is more tender, juicy and flavorful, has an excess of 60% unsaturated fat and is faster to cook. Its some program that some farmers in Rolling Hills, Byron Ball where a different breed of pigs and feed is used. Only available from three butchery in Brisbane - The Meat Man (Lutwyche), Prime Specialty Meats (Fortitude Valley) and Village Meats (Rosalie)

Served by Taro himself, notice the facial hair
likened to Shigemi Kawahara (Ramen King)
Is it a Ramen Ten owner thing?

also the polite hand gestures and sincerity
Thats why its cool to be served by Japanese people!
(See its not all about the Japanese waitresses in Kimono hence we're always at Sono; Ok it kinda is. We're perverts, happy? Haha...)

Noodles: All our noodles are made fresh in-house with 100% unbleached Australian flour, egg, and lye water.
Charsiu: All our charsiu is made from Bangalow Sweetpork.
Nori (Japanese seaweed): Organic nori flown in from Miyagi Prefecture, Japan.
Nitamago (Egg): The egg is boiled to perfection and soaked in our secret soy based sauce.

Helped ourselves with the ice water in the wine chiller

Iced Coffee
$4.50 Regular
Iced coffee with ice cream and fresh whipped cream
The coffee is smooth, has a nice body and texture

Chicken Karaage

Tonkotsu Ramen
Super rich stock made from 100% Bangalow Sweetpork bone. Cooked for over 16 hours with passion and painstaking care. Topped with charsiu, nori, egg, shallots. Served with pickled ginger and Takana pickles.

Red Tonkotsu Ramen
Tonkotsu ramen with the added accent of a mild homemade chilli sauce.

"The egg and char siew are the only two things I like. Ramen taste like its packeted! However the Tori Kara-age is the best I've tasted in my life."

"Tori Kara-age is crispy, tender, yummy and not too oily!"

ELENA says

"Its the first time I'm eating Ramen; Soup should have more taste."

LIBBY says
"Noodles taste like Wanton Mee. Soup is just nice. I usually don't eat the yolk, but I finished the entire piece! Not spicy enough though."

"Hataka-style Ramen, taste pretty much like Ippudo's (一風堂). Soup is robust yet not pungent. Ingredients are fresh (including garnishes). Char Siew and Egg cooked perfectly, however could be more flavorful."

Kaedama 替え玉 
Extra servings of noodles

Food Quality: 9/10
Food Presentation: 9/10
Value for Money: 8/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 8/10
Return Factor: 10/10
Other Remarks: Produce your student card to get a 10% discount!

Visit their site at

Its Spring and many people will realise that there are a lot of insects flying around
Among the least favourites - cockroaches, houseflies and mosquitos
Trust me, more to come in the Summer
However we should not kill them! Why?

Religions says
Man are to be caretakers of God's creation in as much as they are able - it should not be destroyed without justifiable reasoning. Also, killing is VERY VERY bad karma.
Ecologists says
Our environment is very fragile and delicate, even lifting a leaf from the ground affects the ecosystem.
As much as they are pests, the moment of death creates a very strong negative energy that is invisible yet infectious. When you hear people say that they are unlucky, this energy/aura is what its all about. Some very established yogi may be able to see these energies in colours. Also, like in movies where Chinese astrologers say "你印堂发黑" now we see a better picture don't we?

How do I kill them quick and painless?
Use a huge glass jar (so they may not know they're captivated) with some cotton wool at the bottom soaked with ethyl acetate (CH3COOCH2CH3) or nail polish remover. Ethyl Acetate is commonly used in perfumes, flavorings, oil-based lacquers, pharmaceuticals. It knocks the insects out very very quickly, so its very humane; plus it keeps your insects soft so you can bring it home and mount on your bedroom wall.

Why shouldn't we use insect repellents?
Besides the fact that it harms children, domestic pets and the environment, European researchers also confirmed that it can cause pregnant women to give birth to babies with defects. Two in five hundred boys suffer wrongly positioned penis openings which requires corrective surgery.

Do not kill! Insects have parents too!
How would you feel if I sprayed your kids to death?

Little Lily Sushi Bar and Thai Restaurant (KG)
Shop 20/8 Carraway Street
Kelvin Grove

The train delivers sushi to customers

Green Tea
(free flow)

Libby recommends the Hokkien Chicken Noodles
The portion size is HUGE - recommended to share

Sweet Egg Omelette Sushi

Egg Salad Sushi

Inarizushi (稲荷寿司)
Do you know that this sushi is named after the Shinto God, Inari?

Avocado Maki

Deep-fried Prawn Sushi

Tuna Salad Sushi

Unagi (Eel) Sushi

Raw Salmon Sushi
(did not taste fresh)

Avocado Maki

Tori Kara-age
(Deep-fried Chicken Chunks)

Food Quality: 7.5/10
Food Presentation: 7/10
Value for Money: 7.5/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 8/10
Return Factor: 8/10
Other Remarks: Pretty decent tasting food, service was good and sincere.

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Libby and I were too lazy to cook/eat out
So we bought a Spring Chicken from Coles
Its around $8-$10

Check out the Chestnut Stuffings

Something I always look forward to
is the Wishbone (aka Merrythought)!
It is said that two people are to hold the two sides of the Wishbone (furcula bone)
and pull it apart; whoever gets the larger part will have a wish granted.
During thanksgiving, the successful wisher may give the bone/wish to
the person of his choice, hence its also called - Thanksgiving bone

Dessert was COCON Pudding
Its a Malaysian company incorporated in 1993
Comes in 6 cups of 80g Pudding with Nata De Coco
My favourite is the Honey Melon flavor!

Indubitably, Whitney Miller was crowned first
Masterchef US (as expected)

The Big Bang Theory S04E02
The Cruciferous Vegetable Amplification
Sheldon was SUPER DUPER funny!
Season 4 was absolutely delightful and worth the wait

Sometimes, I lag so bad
Everyone pulls the plug on me T_T

Here are some cool stuff from the Supermarket
LOL canned drinks
No Bad Stuff

Cape Grim (Antarctica)
"Even the ice you put in this water will pollute it"

As much as everyone knows that
these coin-operated fortune telling machines
only generate random tickets,
everyone likes to have a go with it!

Neatly-packed fruits and vegetables

Antique Cash Register

Rosti and Mini-toasts


Is everyone ready for school?


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