Travel to Perth: 6D5N in Summary with video!

Hello!! Here’s me again with another travel summary! Wow I feel like I haven’t blog for a very long time… I have been pretty busy this 2 months. Not complaining at all. I am super super grateful for all the opportunities. 🙂

So before everything else, here’s the travel video for you!

This is my first family trip and it was so fun even though we lived like pigs everyday! It is the first time Simon brought his parents overseas and I can see that they were very happy. I would be too, if I have a kid next time and he does the same thing for me.

I met his relatives before, a few years ago when the cousins were still so young and small. Now they are all grown ups and looking so matured. Janelle is a makeup artist at MAC and she is so good at her job. They have really strong Aussie accent and I think if we stayed there longer we would too.

As it was a trip with the parents, we thought it will just be a follow our parents around kind of trip so we didn’t research anything at all. We ended up doing our research the first day in Perth because his uncle thought that it’s better for us adults to explore Perth on our own. LOL! Damn GG.

We didn’t go to Margaret River. I know I know, everyone say it is a must go. Next time we will go!

We scoot to Perth and the total fare was about $1700. Actually the fare can be lower, I couldn’t wait anymore so I just asked Simon to book immediately. 😡

Our flight was at 12pm + and we landed at about 6pm. There is no time difference between Singapore and Perth.

Uncle James picked us up at the airport and we went straight to his place. We are really blessed. San Yi prepared breakfast and dinner for us everyday. We wake up to smoothies and coffee waiting for us and always have wine and tea to go along with our dinner.

The next day, Uncle James drove us to Bassendean station and we took the train to Fremantle. This is a summary post so I only post some of the photos I have, remember to return to see the other photos. ^^

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Our first stop was to Fremantle Prison. The price was on the higher side but I thought it would be fun to visit. But the tour was about 1hr plus and we still have to wait for the next round so we decided to skip this and went to the market straight. 5

Here at Fremantle Market! This is definitely the must visit if you are in Perth! 11

The fruits and vegetables there are so green and fresh! 7

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Simon and I was like should we try Japanese food in Perth. We tried ramen in Melbourne and it was not a good experience hence we assumed that this won’t be good too. But my lecturer told me that the jap food was surprisingly not bad. If any of you are going Perth soon, go try this and let me know?

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Perth is a really chill place. We don’t need to rush and we just take our own sweet time everyday. We decided to roam around and happen to spot this field with my favourite trees. We continue walking and then decided to take the ferris wheel. More on that next time but it was fun although short! 18

Fish and chips are so popular in Perth. We went to 2 different outlets because we want to compare. One at Cicerello Perth and the next one at Kailis Fish and chips! 19

This is from Cicerello. We actually prefer the fish at Kaili’s. 

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Sorry no pic. Next time! 23

Then we walked to Megabes Products to find tshirts for Sebas and Ivy. I remembered Ivy told me she love tshirts with country names printed on them.

Day 3!

We went Kings Park with our parents and Uncle James.

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View from Kings Park! So pretty! 26

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After the walk, we went to Annalakshmi Restaurant at Barracks Square for indian food. It is buffet style but all vegetarian food. The concept is you eat what you want and pay what you feel. It’s a non profit institution basically. Even though the food choices are limited, it tasted pretty good. And anything for a good cause is worth visiting. 28

After that is our couple time again where we went to Crawley boatshed to take photos with the popular boatshed! 31

I love seeing those black swans! 34

then we end our day with a carrot cake at Dome Cafe before going back Sanyi’s house for dinner!

Day 4 – hunting for good wine! 36

First stop was to Sandalford wines! They have really good wines! A pity we cannot bring them back to Singapore. 38

Then to Providore, the chocolate sauce and condiments were so good. 40

We also visited the Margaret River Chocolate Company where we tried so many chocolates until I got ulcers. Chilli chocolate tastes really funny.

It was already raining but we decided to go Caversham wildlife park. Honestly we already don’t know what to do. LOL.

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We spent the rest of our afternoons there checking out animals. 43

I also recommend you to try the Connoisseur ice cream if you haven’t before. I think it’s better than Magnum! 44

There’s a meet the animals session where you get to hug the Wombat ( i think? ). If you are wondering if I did take a photo with him, no I didn’t. 45

We uber/grab to Yahava Koffeeworks next! 46

had coffee and bagel here and decided that the coffee from Yahava in Singapore is better. 47

But the scenery outside is so beautiful so it’s not a wasted trip afterall. 

Day 5 –

We went to Watertown Brand Outlet Centre then The Tuck Shop Cafe followed by Sayers Sister. Our plan was to follow our parents for the remaining days but we ended up wandering off again. 49

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If you google cafes in Perth, The Tuck Shop is always being recommended! And I got to agree the food is really good here! 53

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I never tried the other items on the menu but I highly recommend the lamb pie and fries with gravy! SO GOOD I tell you. I think I can eat 3 myself.

We went to Sayers Sisters next for coffee and cake. 56

I wanted to try the coffee only but Simon ordered the cake too. If I’m not wrong, it’s flourless chocolate cake. 

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Feeling like a stuffed toy now, we went to Hyde Park. It’s just a really huge park with basically nothing and only trees. But it was so relaxing and beautiful. 59

Since we have no where else to go, we decided to take a train to Cottlesloe to visit the Cottlesloe beach. 60

It’s amazing. 

Day 6. 

We went to Janelle’s workplace to find her and San Yi bought me lip pencil and lipstick! So nice of her! 61

then to Hillary Boat Harbour, and bought the super delicious honey cake.

http://www.thehoneycake.com.au/visit-our-shop/ if you go perth you must buy. It’s so good believe me!

Our late lunch was at D’Big mama at Coventry Village.

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Uncle James recommended us this place and we really like the food. 64

I honestly eat alot during this trip. Simon gained like 3-5kgs?

On our last day! We have some time to spare before our flight so we went to Swan Canning Riverpark and then University of Western Australia UWA. 65

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The university is so beautiful. How I wish I was studying there.

For lunch we went back to D’big mama again to try the new bamboo noodles. 68

Read the review here!

And we went back to San Yi house to eat duck meat and nachos before packing up and to the airport.

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71Thank you San Yi and San Yi Zhang for hosting and taking care of us! It was such a wonderful week! We will visit you soon. 😀

And that’s all for today. Anyway people I have decided to cut down on my travels to 2-3 times a year. I have been spending my extras on my travels and I realized the amount of money I could save if I could just practice a little bit of self control. What would I do if I don’t have the extras anymore right? I can travel anytime I want after I retire. So now my priority now is to save and retire early.

And in the meantime look forward to my Japan trip in November!! yay!!!

Till the next time people! 😀
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[S-series] Perth Foodie Find – D’ Big Mama, Freshly made Delicious Bamboo Kneaded Noodles!

Watch our travel video here!

And read the summary post over at —-> http://blog.myfatpocket.com/claireaudreylim/2017/09/26/travel-perth-6d5n-in-summary-with-video/

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We live in an era where the machines aid us in everything we do. We have simple machines like a bottle opener all the way to precision robotics that made sophisticated parts where human hands used to be. Now even noodles were made using machines and food loses its ‘human touch’, except for when the chef opens the pack and touch it with his hands before cooking us our favourite noodle dish.

Once upon a time, there were noodle masters who knead the noodle dough themselves before cooking it, this is as fresh as it gets. From China we have ‘la mian’ or hand pulled noodles (which are rather common actually..), there were also the bamboo kneaded noodle dough. Today I’m fortunate enough to taste the latter.

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We were visiting our relatives in Perth and my Uncle brought my parents, Claire and myself to a Malaysian Restaurant in Coventry Village at Morley, Perth. The place is like a small neighbourhood mall for a small town in Perth, much like what we have in Singapore. The restaurant offers a large array of Malaysian food we all loved so much. In my opinion, Malaysian food and Singaporean food are like siblings. We have our own differences, but in the end we are born into the same family.

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We tried Bak Kut Teh served with rice and youtiao, Hei Mee (Prawn Noodle Soup), Hor Fun, Curry Laksa and a secret dish! Why secret dish? Well because its not on the menu, that’s why.

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The bak kut teh tastes nothing like the chain stores sprouting all around Singapore like mushrooms after the rain. Its soup is dark and you see goji berries floating all around with slices of TCM herbs in them. Herbal Pork bone broth that is. I love it, it tasted just like how my mom would cook her bak kut tehs, unlike the white broths that’s getting really common in Singapore.

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Next is the Hei Mee, partly because its set in front of me that’s why I keep eating from it. But I the soup tasted of fresh seafood, the prawns used were large and juicy, cooked just right. No fishy aftertaste, I imagined they must’ve dump a really large quantity of prawn heads to make it taste so good. I couldn’t stop eating it, but I of course left some soup for the others and Claire. Claire loves soups.

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The hor fun was the only lackluster dish comparing to the rest of the dishes. Its still good, I’ll still give it 3/5, I disliked the gooey gravy but this is just my personal preference. Can’t expect the chef to suit everybody’s taste buds right?

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Then the Curry Laksa. Like its name, it tasted more like curry than laksa, so don’t make unreasonable comments like it tasted like curry! I actually liked it too, all things with curry tasted awesome. Its gravy is slightly thicker than a regular laksa you can find in Singapore, and its nothing like the Assam Laksa I love so much from Melaka. There’s also something about noodles that’s cooked al dente that make all the noodle dishes here so good.

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The Secret Dish. Is called Rochor Mee. Its basically the fried Hokkien Prawn Mee with more gravy and served with sambal chilli. But doesn’t that sound like Hokkien mee? Yeah it does. A quick search online told me that Hokkien mee as we know it today in Singapore was sort of a combination with Rochor Mee, because we Singaporeans like our sambal chilli. Hokkien Mee in the past was fried till almost dried and served with sliced chilli only. Nevertheless, the rochor mee here was made by order and it takes some time to cook, just like in Singapore you see the hawkers at the hokkien mee stalls usually take about 15mins to fry a batch of noodles before they serve it to you with prawns, sliced pork and fish cakes etc, the Rochor Mee here takes a while to cook too. And like all good things, the noodles were well worth the extra waiting time, they were cooked just right, the consistency of the gravy was excellent, not too watery and not too viscous. The noodles were slightly charred and that’s how a good Hokkien/Rochor Mee should be like! I Loved it!

The chef/owner came out to talk to my uncle and he told us he wanted to try making his own noodles using the bamboo kneading method, just like how he does for years before. I can see that in his physique, he look like he’s into his late 50s but the muscles on his arms are still very well defined like someone who frequents the gym. I have heard of the bamboo method and I’m pretty sure its very physically demanding to be making noodles fresh like that. The owner was operating from another location previously where he made fresh noodles all day for the customers then. He has since moved to this cozy place and was dying to ply his forte again, but due to various reason he was not able to do that full time.

We commented that the food was very good and the chef offered to cook us bamboo kneaded noodles for us tomorrow. Because he also wanna give it a try, making fresh noodles like that at this restaurant. Wow that’s a chance not to be missed right!

And so, the next day we came back again to try his handmade noodle dishes.

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He showed us how its like kneading the dough using that thick bamboo. But we came a little late so he already done all the kneading, here’s he just being a good sport and showing us how he does the kneading.

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He made Bak Chor Mee and Wanton Soup Mee. We were all eager to try it and we were pleasantly surprised by the springiness of the noodle! Its texture is soft yet never losing the springiness or Q-ness of the noodles. It look a little dull in colour compared to factory made egg noodles because the factory made egg noodles adds colourings to make it look so nice. And unlike the factory made ones, which usually stinks of ammonia if you never rinse them many times before serving, the handmade noodles at D’big Mama tastes like something you can pluck out of a tree, if only noodles grow on trees. It can’t get any fresher than this.

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I gobbled all the noodles down greedily once everyone had their fill. I especially love the Bak Chor Mee even though it doesn’t have the many ingredients you can find locally, its just Bak Chor (minced pork), some vege and sauce on the handmade noodles.

If I live in Perth, I’ll definitely visit this joint everyday and try everything on the menu. If I go back to visit my aunt again, I’ll make sure I at least visit once.

D’ Big Mama

Coventry Village, 243-253 Walter Road Morley, Western Australia, Morley, Perth, WA
Sun – Wed: 10 AM to 5 PM
Thurs – Sat: 10 AM to 8 PM
Simon
P.S. not sure why the ratings online weren’t too good, I actually honestly sincerely love the food here..