Thursday, October 30, 2008


Hello Friends,

It's been a hard week, full of distractions which has meant my blog has suffered as a consequence, so sorry for that, I'll make up for it. There's been lots of Dive Planet meetings, lots of recipe testing and restaurant reviewing.

Many of you will be familiar with the "yum char" concept of dining, but for those of you who aren't it is a Chinese style of food and presentation which involves the wait staff coming around with trays of food, usually in small round baskets, constantly, which you either accept or decline. It's loud, intrusive and stimulating. I don't have a favourite yum char restaurant as it is fairly generic in food and service, the latter being usually poor, especially if you are looking for extras like drinks and condiments.

The reason I am bringing this up is I do enjoy going, it is a lunchtime concept, and I went yesterday. I wouldn't recommend going to discuss business as you are constantly interrupted. Having said all this I really do enjoy the variety and selection and you do get the best if you are in a group of three or more people, in fact the more the better, in that situation I get to sample my favourite chicken feet dish, prawn and coriander dumplings, rice flour roll with dried shrimp, spring onions and topped with soy and peanut sauce to mention just a few.

There are many yum char restaurants in Auckland and I have been to 8 of them, if any of you have a favourite one in Auckland or indeed anywhere in the world I would be pleased to hear about your experience.

Next blog I will discuss one of my favourite recipes, so ciao for now.

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