September 30, 2010

Nuffnang Blogger Meetup


I went to the Nuffnang food blogger's meetup on Saturday!! It was so exciting that I finally get to meet other food bloggers. Never have I had such a thoroughly enjoyable time listening to and taking in the atmosphere of food conversations all around me, punctuated by the sound of clinking cutlery and the roll of the lazy susan, the humid steam rising off steel trolleys permeating the air.

It was so interesting to see two full tables of people taking endless photos of the food as it arrived. I think the lazy susan went round a couple of times before the food was even touched. It was so cool!! Everyone had their turn to get their shot, and no one got impatient. I'm still bowled over by the understanding.

First came the dessert tray (remember, dessert spelled backwards is "stressed"), and we got some custard buns off it.


The custard was sweet, but not egg-y, and I really liked the crumbly topping that they put on the buns. It reminds me of this coffee bun that you can get in Singapore and Malaysia, that has a similar crumbly, buttery topping that absolutely melts in your mouth.

And speaking of melt in your mouth, the Cheong Fun is my must-order at any Yum Cha restaurant.


As loathe as I am to admit it, the glutton in me sometimes lies awake at night dreaming of those smooth, silky sheets of steamed rice noodles encasing plump sweet prawns, all basking in a pool of dark sweet-salty sauce. MUST. HAVE. MORE.

I didn't have the Char Siew Buns, but they looked so pretty with their sweet glaze that I had to snap a photo of them.


And then the steam baskets arrive.


I love LOVE chicken feet. (Ok, that sounded a bit odd, but in my defense, in Mandarin it's 凤爪, which means "Phoenix's claw".) The wrinkly skin slide off and taste of the rich, spiced broth that it's been cooked in. Heavenly.


What I truly love about a good Har Gow (prawn dumpling, if literally translated) is the skin. The translucent encasement lovingly clings for a brief moment as you bite into it, before tearing off into a succulent mouthful with a good amount of bite. The filling has to be good too, of course, but to me, the art is in the skin. It can't be mushy, but it can't be too resistant to a hungry mouth either.


The mango pancake was creamy, with a good amount of juicy mango. I'm sorry I can't say too much about them though, I haven't yet had a mango pancake that completely blows my mind.


Now the 豆花 (Douhua) is truly lovely. Warm silky layers of toufu drizzled with a ginger laced sugar syrup. It looks so deceptively simple too!

On a side note, I just realised that I was so pre-occupied in taking photos of the food that I completely forgot to take some photos of the people. -.-

In all it was a really nice time meeting people of like mind. It's lovely to see other foodies like Cate, Suze, Simon and many others!

Thanks to Nuffnang for organizing the meetup!!

We ate at:


The Regal Restaurant
Tel: 92618988
Levels 4 & 5,
683-689 George Street, Sydney

Marigold Citymark on Urbanspoon

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6 Comments:

At September 30, 2010 at 10:46 AM , Anonymous chocolatesuze said...

it was lovely to meet you too! i really want to eat an egg tart now. and mango pancakes. and maybe some mango pudding.

 
At September 30, 2010 at 11:10 AM , Blogger Tambourine said...

Those egg tarts were good. Mango puddings with evaporated milk, LOTS of evaporated milk!!

 
At September 30, 2010 at 2:42 PM , Anonymous coolaunt said...

Those char siew buns are tough to find in Singapore now. They were the ones I was really fond of when I was a kid. After all those delectable pics,now I just want dim sum real soon.

 
At September 30, 2010 at 5:53 PM , Blogger Ying said...

HEY! I think the custard buns are actually po-lo buns. You know the pineapple buns from HK? Did they have pineapple bits in them? Or I could also be way off tangent. Tee Hee!

How come no pai guat? I would have wanted to at least see a 'long' of it!

& man, the chicken feet looks really authentic no? Did it taste good?

& what happened to the siew mai?

See, now you went & made me hungry. I shall bring you to Chinatown for not-bad, affordable dimsum when you are back ok? (:

Fingers-crossed!!!

 
At October 1, 2010 at 4:13 AM , Blogger Tambourine said...

Coolaunt: come visit and we'll go yum cha together!!

Ying: yes they are po-lo buns, no pineapple though. There was pai-guat, but I was too mesmerizes by the cheong fun!! Haha. The siew Mai was ok. Nothing to shout about. YES we must go yum cha together. Why didn't you mention it before??? Lol

 
At October 1, 2010 at 8:28 PM , Anonymous Simon @ the heart of food said...

Was a pleasure to meet you on the day. Glad you enjoyed yourself.

Never knew that desserts backwards is stressed. Guess you learn something every day :)

 

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