Chin’s Noodle House and their Famous Peking Duck

My sister, who is living in London, was recently back in Perth for a short visit.

Whenever she is in town, she likes to schedule in a very efficient eating tour of all her (our) favourite childhood eats.

And I am always VERY happy to throw my clean-eating, gluten-free, carb-free, pseudo-paleo eating regime out the window and tag along – haha!

This particular day, we had an extended family dinner at Chin’s Noodle House in Leeming.

There were 22 of us all together and we ordered tonnes of our favourite Chinese dishes, including one of our favourites: Chin’s Famous Peking Duck.

Chin's Famous Peking Duck, Leeming

YUM!! It’s been YEARS since I’ve eaten Peking Duck!

I remember eating it in various Chinese restaurants throughout my childhood. We were always celebrating someone’s birthday, or someone being in town, with a 10 course Chinese banquet dinner.

I never liked the chili crabs, or the garlic prawns very much – Peking Duck was always my favourite.

This dish comes as a 3 Course Meal ($63).

Chin's Famous Peking Duck, Leeming

1st course consisted of sliced, crispy duck meat served on crepes with spring onions, cucumbers and a special duck sauce.

The duck skin was soooo crispy, with a little bit of tasty fat clinging to the underside of the skin. The duck meat was succulent, tender, and so yummy.

I was in absolute heaven!

Thankfully I was sitting next to my 6 year old son, who merely raised his eye brows at the thought of eating duck skin, so I snatched it up quickly and said something like:

“Aww you don’t like it? Okay Mummy will eat it for you…”

(There was none of that carry-on “Now you know the rules. Just take one bite and see if you like it. It’s really yummy! Come on, just try it. It’s like a mini kebab. This is crispy skin! You like chicken skin, this is kind of the same…”)

Chin's Famous Peking Duck, Leeming

2nd course was a clear duck soup, with preserved salted vegetables, sliced tomatoes and soft tofu.

So the duck pancakes were good, but this clear soup was even better. I sipped it slowly and ceremoniously, to prolong the flavour in my mouth. It was salty and sour, with hearty undertones from the duck and spices. It was utterly delicious. https://ladyx.ch

My kids loved it too. My 6 year old had 2 bowls of it and demanded more. Too bad buddy.

Chin's Famous Peking Duck, Leeming

And lastly for the 3rd course, diners get to choose how the shredded duck meat was to be served. You can have the duck stir fried with bean sprouts and ginger, or with dry chilli sauce, or with rice/egg noodles.

We chose Sang Chow Bow, which was the stir fried duck served with lettuce leaves.

Again it was tasty and simply delicious!

We ordered plenty of other food, including roast crispy chicken and plum sauce, sizzling Japanese bean curd with diced chicken, salt & pepper squid, lamb, vegetables and bean curd in claypot, kai lan with garlic sauce and I think I might have missed one or two.

Chin's Famous Peking Duck, Leeming

And lastly, we ordered one of our childhood favourites: Fried Ice Cream!

It’s a ball of ice cream that has been dipped in breadcrumbs and quickly deep fried.

Actually… I have never liked Fried Ice Cream, nor has any of my siblings! It’s just one of those things that my parents, Aunties and Uncles ordered for us, because THEY liked it as kids, so we were made to eat it.

So to continue the tradition, I  ordered it for my kids and suggested very strongly that they should eat it too!

Chin’s Noodle House
51 Farrington Rd, Leeming, WA

Pinching Myself

Pink Sunset

It may be the middle of winter here in Perth, Western Australia… but the evening skies are simply magical!

I’m falling in love with the river all over again. And these last few weeks I’ve been making sure I fit in some running and cycling by the water!

Hope you all have a wonderful week ahead!

Bamboo Body Knit Collection

I absolutely love bamboo fabric!

I adore the luxurious, soft, silky feel of it; and the lovely drape and weight of it oozes quality and comfort. I also like the fact that it is a natural fabric and an eco-friendly and sustainable resource.

The team at Bamboo Body sent over some amazing knits, which I’m so excited to share with you!

I also have a special discount code at the end of this post to share – yay!

BambooBody Knit Collection AW15

First up, this is this Bamboo Cashmere Scoop Knit.

It is made from 95% bamboo, 3% cashmere and 2% wool. I’m wearing the knit in Oatmeal XS, but it also comes in Black and Cacao (dark brown).

Oh my, it is sooooo lovely!

It is so luxurious, soft, comfortable, breathable and lightweight… yet it’s still slightly thick enough to be warming, without being too heavy or chunky.

 

BambooBody Knit Collection AW15

I found that this jumper was easy to dress up to create a modern and stylish outfit.

Plus it was easy to layer under my coats, because it wasn’t bulky.

I’m so in love with this particular scoop neck style and the oatmeal colour. It’s so elegant, chic and it falls very nicely. I just want to wear it everyday!

I’m also wearing a top like this Essential Scoop Tee underneath the jumper.

BambooBody Knit Collection AW15

This is the Bamboo Cashmere V Neck in black, and this time I went one size up to a Size S, because I wanted to wear it in a more slouchy, relaxed style.

Again the knit is made from 95% bamboo, 3% cashmere and 2% wool. And again the style did not disappoint!

I love the comfortable, smooth, soft texture of the knit and I just adore the way it falls on my body.

I have been wearing this jumper with skinny jeans, faux leather pants and pencil skirts. Love it!

I’m also wearing an Above Elbow Scoop Top underneath.

BambooBody Knit Collection AW15

Knits are tricky garments to buy, because quality usually goes hand in hand with price.

Until now I have struggled to find a high-quality luxurious knit that didn’t cost me $200+.

These bamboo cashmere jumpers tick ALL my boxes: high-quality look and feel, quality fabric, high in comfort, classic minimal style, zero itch factor and great price.

BambooBody Knit Collection AW15

Lastly I also tried on the Bamboo Duster Jacket which is like a long cardigan. Again I’m wearing the Oatmeal colour in Size XS.

It’s a lovely, flattering and lightweight jacket; it also has a slight taper in the waist to make it look more fitted and slimming.

Do excuse my awkward smile, I was trying to test how the fabric would feel next to my skin (without my top!) and now it looks like casual loungewear that you wear at home.

But of course, it easily layers over a camisole, t-shirt, blouse, shirt or dress, as it has an extremely versatile style.

I feel that it is polished enough to throw over your shoulders at an evening event, and it is perfectly suited to be part of an office wardrobe.

Bamboo Body Knitwear

You know, I’ve never actually heard of bamboo knitwear before. I’ve only ever been familiar with the soft bamboo / jersey type fabric that is often made into basic tees, tanks and yoga pants.

I’m so pleased to have reviewed this range, as I’m utterly hooked on these knits!

Check out the whole Bamboo Body Knitwear range here.

** Special Discount Code **

Bamboo Body are offering all my readers 15% off your whole order (including sale items).

Just enter the code “karencheng” at the checkout to get your discount.

The promotion will run for 2 weeks.

This is such great value!

Do check out these bamboo garments that I recommend:

Essential Bamboo Scoop Tee, in black, white, grey, taupe and lichen (khaki).

Bamboo Cami, in black, white, grey marle, navy & white stripes

Bamboo Tops, in all colours.

(If you’re interested, I actually reviewed some of these bamboo tops in this post and this post a few years ago!)

Happy shopping and I hope you find something you like!!

xxx

Trilogy Gentle Facial Exfoliant

Trilogy Scrub

I’ve been a big fan of Trilogy products for years, and I particularly love their range of rosehip oil products.

So when this new Gentle Facial Exfoliant landed in my mailbox, I almost fell over myself to get to a wash basin to try it out.

For the last few months, I’ve been using exfoliating products that are more like chemical peels.

Combined that with long, cold winter days, and the fact that I’ve been sitting in my office with a heater on all day… my skin has been feeling really BLAH.

I needed to switch up my skin care routine… and I was in desperate need of a good scrub!

The Trilogy Gentle Facial Exfoliant doesn’t use plastic microbeads, it features natural, biodegradeable and non-abrasive jojoba wax microspheres, which are good for your skin and good for the earth.

It has a nutrient base of sweet almond, evening primrose, rosehip oil, active honey enzymes and camellia oil.

I have used it for a few days now and I really like it as a gentle daily scrub.

It polishes and cleanses very well. It is non-foaming and non-drying. My skin feels so lovely, clean and plump after using it.

But most of all, I love the smell… so much so that I look forward to washing my face in the evenings :)

You can buy Trilogy Products online here

Hope you like it too!

xx

My Favourite Dukkah Recipe

Dukkah

I love eating dukkah! I sprinkle it on everything.

Dukkah comes from Egypt and it’s a dry seasoning blend made from roasted nuts, seeds and spices. Traditionally Egyptians use fresh bread to dip into olive oil and then into the dukkah mixture.

For me, I use it on my lamb, chicken, salmon, warm salads, eggs and on my avocado on toast in the mornings. I’m totally addicted to it.

I prefer a hazelnut base, but you can make it with pine nuts, pistachios, almonds, cashews, pine nuts or macadamia nuts.

My Favourite Dukkah Recipe
(Adapted from this recipe)

2/3 cup hazelnuts
1/2 cup sesame seeds
2 tablespoons coriander seeds
2 tablespoons cumin seeds
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Preheat oven to 180°C. Bake hazelnuts in a tray for 3 minutes until toasted. Then rub the hazelnuts between a tea towel to remove the skins. Coarsely whiz the hazelnuts in a food processor and then transfer to a bowl.

Place the sesame seeds in a frying pan, heat up over a medium heat and stir for 2 minutes or until golden brown. Toss them into the bowl with the hazelnuts.

Then place coriander seeds and cumin seeds in the frying pan and stir for 2 minutes. Transfer to a mortar and pestle, pound until finely crushed. Add to mixture in the bowl. Add the pepper and salt, mix well.

Store in an air tight container.

Enjoy!