Muzza’s Pies

Dear friends,

On a random autumn’s afternoon, I passed by a pie shop on Richardson Road. And there it was, Muzza’s Pie. From what I can tell, they’re freshly made and price-wise very reasonable. For $2.80 you can get a “home-made” mince pie, and for the steak pies, it’s around $3.40.

Steak and Cheese Pie.

Partly eaten pie.

I’ve always like fresh pies, especially steak and cheese. The meat in the pie is just what it is, meat! No creamy, goo-ey sauce like the commercial ones (Big Ben, Mrs Macs etc). There is still sauce but just the right amount.

A good recommendation for a good ol’ pie. 8/10 I’ll give this place.

Easyway

Now, now, now….

Easyway, what can I say, a fantastic place to get the traditional Asian drink – bubble milk tea. I don’t know what the history is and I only started drinking lots of it thanks to my girlfriend. There are so many places out there that sell these drinks. Some notable ones are Momo Tea in Mt Albert and Northcote, Hulu Cat Tea House on Anzac ave, Quickly in the Atrium food court etc. There’s too many and they all vary!

Anyway, bubble tea is just a milk tea (brewed or powder) with the option of having pearl (tapioca balls?), coffee jelly, green tea jelly, coconut jelly etc. Furthermore, the milk tea can be flavoured, for example taro, honey melon, mango etc, or just stick to original.

In comparison, of all the places, Easyway on Hobson Street (next to the Pizza Hut) is absolutely perfect. Let’s compare it to Momo Tea. It is one of the most popular places in Mt Albert, but the powdery thick milk is just not natural tasting and it’s fatty! Next is Hulu Cat Tea House, their milk tea is too creamy and feels like a meal. Quickly is too sweet (urgh!). Easyway on Hobson street just got it right, good tasting tea, not too powdery, pearls are perfect and for the zillion of times I’ve been there – they’ve never got it wrong. Only at times, they ran out of pearls. This means they’re good and they do it right – not for profit!

Original milk tea with pearl.

I suggest going over to the place one night when you’re bored and order an original pearl milk tea. It’s only $4.90. If you’re feeling generous, go for a large, it’s only $5.50. If you buy 8, you get one free. I give this place a 9/10. Perfect drink.

Hansan

Hansan in Newmarket is one of those places that is easily recognisable. It’s located across the fitness centre in Nuffield Street. I decided to go there because it’s one of those moment where I thought, “Oh I haven’t been there for quite a while.”

Hansan claims itself to be a Vietnamese restaurant, but recently it has a new competitor. In fact, it’s the losing side compared to Pho South Vietnam restaurant. And tonight at Hansan, it still cannot overcome Pho’s superiority. The dishes we had, chicken beef curry with rice noodle and vermicelli with pork. We had a starter/side, which is the chicken satay – 2 tiny pieces for $4.50. Quite pathetic I thought, and could get large chunkier satay chicken pieces about 10 mins walk in Newmarket plaza (the foodcourt).

Chicken satay.

Beef curry with rice noodle.

Barbecued pork skewer with vermicilli.

We also had another dish, the chicken curry with egg noodle. Overall, the price for the dishes are reasonable, around $8.50 and flavoursome. However, the curry beef was disappointing – almost no meat. The chicken curry wasn’t too bad.

I have to give this place a 6/10 for this occasion. I wasn’t happy with the portion/size of the side dish, and the curry beef had more fat and skin than meat. Hansan seriously need to work on giving quality not quantity. Not everyone eats everything from the animal. I have seen high ratings for this place, so I believe it depends on what dish you have.

Sri Puteri

To know where this place, think the Panmure library. This Malaysian restaurant is located near the junction of Queens and Pilkington Road. It’s a somewhat authentic Malaysian food with a focus on the Malay cuisine – the curries, rotis etc. I tried two of the common Malaysian dishes, roti canai and beef rendang. These are the safest choices for Malay food – well, for me anyway.

The environment is very “Malaysian” that is, it’s noisy, cramp and lively. They’ve even managed to exceed the capacity of the restaurant by putting some tables and chairs outside.

Roti Canai

Roti canai.

Beef rendang (with rice of course).

Sir Puteri is relatively cheap, and the variety of Malay food provide customers other options, other than the usual Malaysian i.e. laksa, chicken rice, mee goreng. I’ll give this place a 7/10 simply because their presentation is not that fantastic. Their price are at the usual, $10-ish mark. This place is a good recommendation for lunch – be prepared to bring your earplugs and love for multiculturalism. Sri Puteri has plenty of it.

Pho South Vietnam Restaurant

Oh my, oh my. This place is great. It’s one of my regular visits, simply because all their dishes are of high standard and it’s affordable. With the increase in food and fuel prices, you don’t even need to sell your kidneys to eat hereI I have tried a lot of dishes here, from the special fried rice (below), tomato rice, curry rice noodle etc. Additionally, it has won the best sandwich award from Metro last year.

Roast Pork Vietnamese Bun.

Deep fried chicken with special fried rice.

The sandwich is great. It’s really close to what I’ve tried in Footscray, (which is one of the Vietnamese suburbs in Melbourne) except over there, the food is much more authentic and it’s ridiculously cheap. For example, a Vietnamese bun, you’d expect to pay AUD3. In Pho, (the sandwich section is called Banh Mi Bale), it’s like NZD6. But hey, it’s the only place I know that sell these Vietnamese buns in Auckland.

The place should be notably mentioned for their rice noodle soup and fried rice. They are flavoursome and well-presented. I’m going to give this place a 9/10, and very close to authentic Vietnamese food. Also, the prices for their dishes are below $10. The rice noodle soups are great for winter, so I’d recommend going there for the next 3-4 months.

Oh, and I almost forgot, try the Vietnamese coffee. It’s heavenly.

Gibraltar Cafe Woodfire Pizza

Fantastico! That’s how I’ll describe this place. It’s near where I live – no, I’m not rich, I just happen to live with them! I decided to bring my girlfriend to this place to try some Italian food. It’s also because she sometimes goes to the church opposite it. Think the zebra crossing. Anyway, we got the following dishes below.

Chicken Cranberry Pizza with Brie

Chicken Pizza with Cranberry Sauce and Brie.

Chicken Salad with Orange

The salad – Chicken with Orange (I believe).

I can’t really give a solid “fair” rating because I haven’t tried everything. But just from the dishes that we got , I’ll give it an 8/10. The price is in the high range though, you’d expect to pay at least $20 per head just for a main. So it’s not really a cheap eat.

Welcome

Welcome to all my readers – if any. I have decided to start a blog about food in Auckland, New Zealand.

I believe Auckland is blessed with many different kinds of people, somewhat similar to Melbourne. There will be many to come as I have so many things to say (more like complain). There are some places that are just fantastic and great value for money. However, there are some that are just ridiculously overpriced, tasteless, and worst of all, with non-existent customer service.

So, to all you food outlets, restaurants, cafes etc, I’ll be out there to review you. At the moment, I have some criticisms and admirations in my sleeve. I’d like to keep the blog a bit colourful, so pictures will be a required addition (hopefully).

Welcome to a new beginning. Foodie doodie is here!