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Pu’er on Danks

Pu’er on Danks is an Asian fusion restaurant and tea house. The decor is quaint and oriental inspired with porcelain tables and wooden stools.  Service is impeccable; staff are happy to share their favorites and explain the variety of teas and menu items.

What comes to mind when someone says, ‘let’s grab Chinese for dinner’? Basic takeaway, fried food and some fried rice? No, not at Puer.

The menu is modern Asian fusion, which means the flavors connect to traditional Chinese cooking and incorporate modern influences i.e. street food!

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The tea steamed dumplings are scrumptious, the scallop dumplings are magnificent. The gyoza were perfectly cooked with a nice crunchy skin.

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It is a toss up between the street food and dessert for my favorite component of the meal. Hong Kong mini burgers comprised of a panko crusted piece of pork on a sweet golden bun. Wagu’s taco’s were totally amazing the wagu melted in my mouth and the taco bun was deliciously light and fluffy.

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The green beans with pork was divine and a huge portion.  Three cup drunken duck was so tender and the meat fell off the bone, the photo does not do the drunken duck justice.

All the meals were delicious and seasoned to perfection. I have to warn you SAVE ROOM FOR DESSERT.

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The desserts were divine. I loved the coconut sorbet and black sticky rice with the gorgeous coconut syrup to drizzle on top! The red bean donuts were light and fluffy and totally Moorish!

The teas are perfectly matched to your taste and desire. The tea light candle creates a great ambiance on your table and keeps the tea warm.

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Puer is a great local Chinese restaurant that I would go back to as the food was enjoyable. The street food was so easy to share. The food is unique and a touch more expensive than traditional Chinese.

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The full menu is available online

http://www.puer.com.au

Pu’er
20a Danks Street Waterloo
NSW Australia 2017
P: 02 8399 1331

Thank you Pu’er for inviting me to dine at your establishment as a guest, all opinions in this post are my own.

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Prato Cafe Diner – Abbotsford


Prato Café Diner

Prato

There is never a dull moment when dining at Prato. In the extra large café, the constant bustle of clients can be heard.  The wait staff are uber friendly and attentive that they even remember you name and order. The kitchen staff busy creating, baking and preserving.

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The décor is warm, cosy and has a gorgeous garden outlook from the back veranda; it can, however, get a little noisy when it is a full house.

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Most of Prato’s products are made in house, the bread, kefir, muesli, cakes and cookies just to name a few! Campos coffee is served and perfectly crafted each time.

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The food at Prato is superb! Every dish is impeccably seasoned and presented; the passion the kitchen team has for food is evident in each dish that is served. The banana bread is the cake of choice, made on sight and super delish!azimuth:0.000000||elevation:0.000000||horizon:0.000000

The breakfast/brunch menu has loads to choose from; the house made muesli or quinoa porridge are my favourites. The sautéed mushrooms on toast are amazing, as is the house smoked bacon and egg roll.Bacon and egg roll

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Try the available bruschetta’s; they make a robust meal packed with flavour combinations which include beetroot ‘n fetta and hommus ‘n roasted cauliflower.
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Sourdough is made on site, the pistachio and fruit loaf is perfect, bacon is house smoked, kefir is fermented on sight, the guys in the kitchen are passionate about creating good quality whole food.

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What is Prato missing? A big breakfast plate – the quintessential Sunday option. You can assemble your own by ordering the eggs and adding extra’s as you wish. Prato’s service can be a little sluggish, during busy periods.

I am a Prato breakfast/brunch fan; it is my go to place in the Inner West. Parking is ample and untimed.

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Salt n pepper Squid with homemade aioli

Salt ‘n pepper squid

This extraordinary seafood dish is a crowd favorite. It is easy to prepare, it cooks very quickly, you will need to have all of your equipment ready. Salt ‘n pepper squid is suitable for an entree or main it can even be served as a canape!

Most seafood outlets will sell the squid clean or clean it for you. Cleaning squid isn’t complex, it can get a little messy.

To get your squid to curl make sure you score the inside.

Pieces can be cut into the size of your choice, I usually aim to cut a squid in half and to get 5 pieces from each half (10 per squid) this is a substantial portion when served with salad/fries. If you are making a large quantity, line a tray with baking paper and pre heat the oven to 140C to keep squid warm, this is a handy trick if you are preparing the squid for a dinner party !

The homemade aioli is moorish and surprisingly simple, made with a hand held blender and a tall narrow jug in a couple of seconds !

Salt n pepper squid

Ingredients

4 squid tubes

½ cup flour

½ tsp chili

100grams mixed lettuce

1 lemon

1tsp salt

1tsp pepper

Aioli

1 egg yolk

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

2 garlic cloves, crushed

¼ lemon, juice only

1 pinch cayenne pepper

Serves 4

Method:

  1. Cut each squid hood in half lengthways. Using a sharp knife score inside in a criss-cross pattern. Cut each piece in half lengthways. Cut each strip crossways into 4 pieces. Pat dry with paper towel.
  2. Heat 1cm of vegetable oil in a wok or frypan over medium-high heat.
  3.  Combine flour, pepper, salt and chilli in a shallow dish. Lightly toss squid in flour mixture, shaking off excess. Cook, turning, for 2 minutes or until light golden.
  4. Serve with salad greens and lemon wedges.

Aioli:

  1. Crush the garlic extremely well, then add the egg yolk and salt. Whisk together until well combined.
  2. Add olive oil and garlic into a jug, pulse with a stick mixer until garlic is pureed. Add remaining ingredients, turn the stick mixer on whilst it is submerged and pull the stick mixer towards you slowly. The aoili is done !Salt n pepper squid

Vegetarian Sushi

Vegetarian Sushi

Vegetarian sushi is a great meal or snack for any age. Kids really enjoy eating sushi and making it. It can be made into little pieces that they can easily grab. Children love being engaged in the production of a meal. Sushi is a great recipe for children to help with as the degree of difficulty is easily differentiated, children can help chop or simply roll the sushi.

Best of all sushi is really versatile, everyone can pick ‘n mix the flavours that they want to enjoy in a sushi roll. You could easily add some omelette, grilled chicken or tuna. 

Ingredients:

215g (1 cup) koshihikari rice

375ml (1 1/2 cups) water

1 tablespoon seasoned rice vinegar

4 nori sheets

1/2 small ripe avocado, peeled, mashed

1/2 small Lebanese cucumber, cut into thin strips

1/2 small red capsicum, deseeded, cut into thin strips

1/2 carrot cut into thin strips

Soy sauce and wasabi, to serve

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Method

  1. Combine the rice and water in a large saucepan. Cover and bring to the boil over high heat. Reduce heat to very low and cook, covered, for 15 minutes or until all the water is absorbed. Set aside for 5 minutes to cool slightly. Place the rice in a large bowl. Use a wooden spoon or rice paddle to break up any lumps. Gradually add the vinegar and gently fold through the rice (the rice shouldn’t become too wet). Set aside, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes or until completely cool.
  2. Place a nori sheet, shiny-side down, on a clean work surface. Use wet hands to spread one-quarter of the rice mixture over half the nori sheet, leaving a 2cm-wide border along the edge closest to you. Spread one-quarter of the avocado across the centre of the rice. Arrange one-quarter of the capsicum and cucumber across the avocado and a piece of carrot. Roll up firmly to enclose filling. Brush edge of nori with warm water to seal. Repeat with remaining nori, rice, avocado, capsicum, cucumber and carrot. Set rolls aside, seam-side down, for 5 minutes to rest.

To serve: Cut each roll into 6 pieces. Serve with soy sauce.

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Mini chocolate bundt cakes with Nutella ganache

Mini chocolate bundt cakes with Nutella ganache

These little bundts are super adorable, rich, nutty and mega chocolaty! Baby bundts are only small so they cook super quickly, look super cute and the portion size is perfect for such a rich chocolate cake!
Nuttella ganache, explains itself really !!

 

200grams butter

200grams dark chocolate

½ cup brown sugar

½ cup white sugar

1tsp vanilla

3/4 C plain flour (sifted)

4Tb cocoa powder

4Tb white chocolate bits

Nutella Ganache

3/4C Nutella

1Cup cream

½ cup milk chocolate

chocolate bundt with nutella ganachePreheat combination steam oven to 180C quarter steam and heat. Spray 12 mini bundt tins with oil. If you do not have a combination steam oven bake at 180C fan forced.

  1. Place butter, sugar and chocolate into a small saucepan heat on low and allow to melt, stir, set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, mix eggs and vanilla, add melted butter mixture and stir to combine. Add flour and cocoa stir to combine.
  3. Fill bundt pans with the brownie mixture, leaving 1cm between the top of the pan. Sprinkle each bundt with a couple of white chocolate bits.
  4. Bake for 12-14minutes.
  5. Ganache: Place the cream into a small saucepan, heat on low until warm, remove from heat add Nutella and chocolate stir until dissolved. Set aside to cool. The ganache will go very hard as cooled you can always pipe when stiff or zap in the microwave to cool down.

To serve:

Invert baby bundts, allow to cool or serve warm dust with icing sugar fill with Nutella ganache!

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Shakshuka Baked eggs with tomato, parsley and feta

These Middle Eastern inspired baked eggs are super easy to make, loaded with flavour. The best part is they taste as good as they smell!
I have chosen to make these in a combination steam oven, which keeps my eggs nice and moist while cooking.
If you are cooking these in a conventional oven, cook at 180c with a lid on/covered in foil until eggs reach the desired consistency.
These recipe is super flexible, you can modify the recipe to meet your taste buds desires!
Middle eastern inspired baked eggs
INGREDIENTS
1 tablespoon butter
1 shallot
2 cans crushed tomato

Salt and pepper
8 eggs

2 sprigs parsley

100grams fetta cheese

¼ tsp sumac

To serve:

8 slices sourdough
1tsp nigella seeds

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1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley

½ lemon

40 grams butter

1tb olive oil
Serves: 4

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METHOD:
1.Preheat combination oven to, 180c quarter steam and heat.
2.Finely slice shallot and parsley, cut lemon into wedges and crumble fetta cheese.
3.Grease 4 250ml ramekins (the wider lower rimmed ramekins work fantastically with this dish) generously with butter.
4. In a small fry pan, add the shallot, garlic and 1tb oil add tomatoes, bring to a simmer on a medium heat, sprinkle with salt and pepper and sumac, divide evenly amongst the dishes.
5.Break 2 eggs into each dish, pin prick each yolk, top with crumbled fetta a sprinkle of parsley and a pinch of salt and pepper.
6.Place ramekins onto a tray and into combination oven for 11 minutes, egg whites should be cooked through, but depending on preference egg yolks can be served runny or hard. Remove from oven. Sprinkle with a pinch of nigella seeds.
7. Turn combination oven to fan bake 200 ºC, place bread onto tray and gently warm through, for approximately 2 minutes.

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TO SERVE

Serve with warm bread, a dollop of butter and lemon wedge

ALTERNATIVES

Baked eggs are delicious with a variety of flavours, try adding some chorizio or Spanish salami.

Tip: Eggs will not go rubbery in the steam oven.

Steamed Ginger Lemon Lime puddings

Steamed Ginger Lemon Lime puddings

Ingredients:Steamed ginger pudding

12 Tsp Ginger lemon lime marmalade

60 grams butter (softened)

1/2C white sugar

1/2C brown sugar

2 eggs

1 ½ SR flour

1 tsp vanilla bean paste

1 pinch dried ginger (powder)

Optional to serve, cream or ice cream

METHOD

  1. Pre heat combination steam oven to full steam.
  2. Cream butter and sugar for 2 minutes, add vanilla bean paste.
  3. Lightly whisk egg, add into mixture fold through flour and dried ginger.
  4. Spray a 12 hole silicone muffin tray place onto a biscuit tray. Place 1Tsp of the marmalade at the bottom of each muffin hole. Fold the remaining fruit into the cake mixture.
  5. Divide the mixture evenly into the 12 hole muffin pan.
  6. Place into oven, cook for 12 minutes.
  7. Invert a pudding onto each plate. Serve with cream or ice cream if desired.

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Spaghetti Boscaiola

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Ingredients

400g spaghetti

4 rashers bacon

400g  mushrooms (mixture of button and Swiss brown works best)

40g butter

2 cloves garlic

2 shallots

400ml thickened cream

1 sprig parsley

80g Parmesan to serve

Serves 4

Method:

  1. Bring a large pot of water to the boil with 1Tb salt added to water.
  2. Finely chop mushrooms, bacon, parsley and shallots. Crush garlic.
  3. Place butter into a non-stick fry pan over a medium heat and allow butter to melt.
  4. Add bacon, garlic and mushrooms and cook for 6 minutes.
  5. Cook pasta as per packet instructions.
  6. In the final 4 minutes of the pasta cooking, add cream to the mushroom mixture and allow to thicken on a low heat. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Finely chop parsley.
  8. Drain pasta add to cream sauce, toss through to ensure all pasta is evenly coated.
  9. Serve on individual plates with a sprinkle of parmesan and parsley

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Delicious blueberry tart

Blueberry hand pies   

Ingredients:

2 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen

1/2 cup white sugar

¾ cup of water

2 Tb cornflour

2 pieces thawed puff pastry, around 6 x 10 inches

2Tb milk

  1. Dissolve cornflour with 2Tb until it is a smooth paste. Combine the blueberries, water, sugar, cornflour mixture into a small sauce pan, on a medium heat bring to a gentle simmer, allow to simmer for 10 minutes.
  2. Remove from hotplate, place into a bowl and allow to cool.
  3. Heat combination steam oven to quarter steam and heat/25% steam 180c and line a tray with baking paper or grease 4 small (4cm) pie dishes.
  4. Cut the puff pastry into 8 even sized pieces, spoon blueberry mixture into the centre of the pastry leaving a 1cm border. Brush pastry with milk, bake for 15-20minutes until the pastry is golden brown.Individual hand pies - yum

OR

  1. Lightly grease pie dishes cut a round of pastry to fit the dish, lightly press down, cut strips of pastry to create the lattice pattern. Spoon mixture into 4 pie dishes, lay 2 piece of pastry across the pies horizontally. Vertically alternate up and over the horizontal pastry pieces to achieve the lattice pattern. Brush pastry with milk, bake for 18-23minutes until pastry is golden brown.
  2. Serve with cream or ice cream, dust with icing sugar if you dare!Individual mini blueberry pie served with freshly whipped cream Gorgeous blueberry pies