Food

One Of The Simplest Foodie Pleasures In Life

…is bread and butter.

I have been indulging in carbs non-stop after giving birth because I am no longer on a strict low carb gestational diabetes diet!!!!

It HAS to be freshly baked bread and slightly salted butter.

I love Baker’s Delight white rolls which are slightly crusty, slightly chewy, slightly soft and very fresh.

I love Lurpak Slightly Salted Butter because that’s been my all-time fave butter since I was a little girl…but back then, it was the non-spreadable variety so I’d cut thick slabs of butter and have thick butter sandwiches haha.  I’m so glad Lurpak is now available in Australia because it makes me less homesick for British foods.

Now I just need Marks & Spencers food to be available in Australia…

Taste Testing Aldi Dark Chocolate Bars

Hi, I’m Ling, your dark chocolate taste tester for the day!

Yes, I know I am pregnant and shouldn’t consume so much caffeine…and yes, I know I have also got gestational diabetes, but…  YOLO!!!  It’s all about moderation!

Besides, dark chocolate has less sugar than the milk and white chocolate variety and it is packed full of antioxidants and positive health benefits blah, blah, blah… { I’m the ‘if it tastes good, I’m eating it’ type of gal }

aldi dark chocolate bars

In the name of blog research, I purchased 5 different types of dark chocolate bars from Aldi { from memory, they’re all under $3 #bargainbuys } and here are my findings…

Let’s start with the Moser Roth varieties…

I love how they come in 25g individually wrapped servings.  I sometimes put one in my handbag for a quick sugar fix and I have less of a tendency to overindulge because they are individually wrapped.

The Finest Dark Chocolate Sea Salt needs no introduction if you are a long time blog reader. I love it because the sweet-bitter-salty balance is perfect.  10/10

I find the Finest Dark 70% Cocoa great for baking in muffins and cookies.  On its own, it gets a bit mundane and I can’t manage a full 25g serving and only eat half – which is a good thing though, isn’t it?  8/10

aldi chocolate

The newest addition to the Moser Roth family is the Finest Dark Chocolate Ginger.  I love ginger especially with chicken rice, but sadly, I don’t like it in my chocolate.  The sweet crystallised ginger pieces didn’t tickle my fancy AT ALL.  These can all go in Mr LOL’s lunch boxes!!!  1/10

Another new Aldi dark chocolate addition is the Just Organic Dark Chocolate With Sea Salt.  Not only is it organic chocolate but it’s also Fairtrade.  It’s got 70% cocoa so it’s more bitter than the Moser Roth version and I felt that it could up the ante with the salt for a more savoury hit.  9/10

Last but not least, we have the Choceur Dark Hazelnut.  It doesn’t skimp on the hazelnuts at all.  Just think of the nutritional benefits of eating hazelnuts – high in calcium, magnesium and vitamins B and E!  Every bite is perfection and it’s so MORE-ISH.  This is currently my fave dark chocolate bar!!  10/10

chocolate loving toddler

Little B agrees!

Are you a fan of Aldi chocolate too?  What’s your fave?

Dainty Sichuan, Glen Waverley

Life is better now that we have made friends with people { 2 couples with a kid each } who love to eat spicy Asian food because I LOVE SPICY ASIAN FOOD but hardly ever get to eat it because my Malaysia-born husband cannot handle the heat { he actually transforms into a human version of an overactive sweat gland!!!  #notaprettysight }.

After a super damn tasty first visit { first for us, but not for them who are regular patrons } to Dainty Sichuan at Glen Waverley, we immediately made plans to return again the following weekend.  IT WAS THAT GOOD!

And this time, I brought my point and shoot camera because I realised my iPhone pics did not do the food justice, haha!

“What do you do with the photos, Ling?  Do you post them on Facebook?”
“Um…no.  I just like to look at them when I get hungry…”
“Oh I see…”

Yeah, our friendship hasn’t reached the point where I can tell them I have a blog!  In fact, I don’t like telling any of my real-life friends about my online life…  #iamsoweird

Anyway, let’s get onto the yummy food we ordered…

dainty sichuan hot blood curd combination

Hot Blood Curd Combination $32.80

Sounds highly unappetising but that’s poorly translated Chinglish for you.

This is a big bowl of chilli and Sichuan pepper oil packed with an assortment of foods like pigs’ blood, lotus root, beef stomach, fish balls, beancurd sheets, quail eggs, wood ear fungus, spam, beansprouts, bean thread noodles, etc.

It’s great if you don’t want to be stuck eating the same thing because it’s like a surprise lucky food dip which has soaked up fragrant spicy-numbing flavours.

Even though I don’t eat pigs’ blood, I enjoyed everything else.  A good 8 out of 10.

dainty sichuan corns in gold sand

Corns in Gold Sand $22.80

Deep fried sweetcorn kernels coated in salted egg yolk that pop beautifully in the mouth releasing the sweet juiciness of the corn which perfectly complements the saltiness and sandy texture of the egg yolk.

So so so more-ish!!!  Not spicy so the kids happily ate this.  Definitely 10 out of 10.

dainty sichuan chongqing chilli chicken

Chongqing Chilli Chicken $30.80

This is one of the top 10 popular dishes and I can see why.  It’s basically chopped up fried chicken wingette pieces nesting within a dish packed with dried red chillis and Sichuan peppercorns.

It’s crispy, it’s spicy, it’s numbing…but it’s also annoying because of the bone splinters though.  I’d give it 7.5 out of 10.

dainty sichuan fish flavour eggplant

Fish Flavour Eggplant $20.80

“This is the best eggplant I’ve ever eaten” – declared my husband.  I think he had a foodgasm!!!!

Deep fried but non-greasy, sticky and gooey lightly battered eggplant fingers coated in a spicy, sour, sweet, tangy sauce.  Obviously 10 out of 10.

dainty sichuan cumin lamb ribs

Cumin Lamb Ribs $28.80

What’s not to love about a big plate of meaty fried lamb ribs with tantalising spicy cumin flavours?

Loved the accompany sides of spicy pickles and crispy biscuit twirls too.  Another 10 out of 10.

dainty sichuan chicken with chilli powder

Chicken with Chilli Powder $20.80

This chicken dish was for the kidlets but I did steal a piece or two and I liked it.  The five spice and sesame-flavoured chicken itself was not spicy; not even with the chilli powder IMO.  7 out of 10.

dainty sichuan stirf ried baby cabbage

Stir-Fried Baby Cabbage with Pork $22.80

A lovely almost all-veggie dish.  The baby cabbage was sweet and had a nice wok hei stir fried flavour with a slight hint of spice.  The pork pieces I ate were nicely marinaded.  9 out of 10.

dainty sichuan fried rice

Stir-Fried Rice with Beef and Lettuce $18.80

Pretty tasty fried rice.  We ordered it mainly for the benefit of the kidlets as the adults had steamed rice and they seemed to enjoy it.  Even my fussy little eating toddler!  7.5 out of 10.

dainty sichuan pumpkin cakes

Dainty Pumpkin Cakes $14.80

They had a red bean filling but I didn’t get to taste these so I can’t comment.  Asked the husband what he thought but he just mumbled a few incoherent words and said he’d give them 6 out of 10.

WE ATE SO MUCH!  MY BELLY WAS SO FULL!!!

It worked out to be around $80 per family with drinks – soy milk and sour plum juice.  Pretty reasonably priced { but not when you’re about to start maternity leave for a year…EEKS! } and the service has been good on both occasions.

Fingers crossed that we can find time to squeeze in one more feast-tastic visit before I pop my sproglet.

Have you tried Sichuan food before?  Do you love the spicy numb tingly feeling like I do?

Dainty Sichuan
25 Railway Parade N
Glen Waverley
VIC 3150
(03) 9887 8686

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