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Koi Dessert Bar, NSW


Koi's Dessert Bar is owned by ex-Masterchef contestant Reynold Poernomo which many may be familiar with the name and the famed television show. The place is hidden a little bit, away from the busy bustle of the Railway Square/George Street bustle of the city and a quiet walk along Kensington Street which is slowly becoming a good looking hotspot for food and drink - keep your eyes out for neighbours Spice Alley and Kensington Social whilst you stroll to Koi. 

Here's a short and sweet review of the first time we visited recently.

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Supercows Ice Cream, NSW

Lately I have been fascinated with the thai style ice cream roll. Have you ever seen the circulated social media videos where its from overseas and you get to watch people create unusual, amazing hawker treats that are hard to go by? I recall seeing a turkish guy pulling caramel expertly in one and also there was another of a guy injecting coloured gelatine into clear jelly to create a amazing floral 3-D effect. 

Then one day I watched the thai street vender create the cold stone thai ice cream in a media video. It was just a couple of minutes of a zoomed in shoot of a cold plate with liquid and sweet ingredients that was being quickly smooched altogether and frozen in the process to create a personalised iced cream mixture that was then 'rolled up' when it hardened and served in a cup. I tell you, I was so fascinated and went for DAYS thinking about it and trying to find out whether this trend has hit Sydney yet. 

Eventually in Thai Town along Pitt Street I did find one! How excited I was. It's just a small vendor that is outside the 3 Mama's Thai Restaurant on Pitt that serves street side the quick and novelty thai style cold stone ice cream rolls under the name of Supercows Ice Cream.

With cups at $7-8 you get to either choose to pick your own flavour and ingredient toppings or just simply make it easy and go for a pre-flavoured ice cream from their short menu of sweets. It had a few interesting flavours, including the Dragon which its main ingredient was the exotic dragon fruit.

We went for a big Volcano which was consisting of chocolate flavouring,  cream and milk, banana and milo with a dollop of cream on top to finish for that "Volcano" namesake.

The ingredients are arranged and sorted into a cup then transferred onto a cold, cold stone-plate. It's a rather flat and icy plate that is at a constant refrigeration and used with utensils that chop, smash and scrape the liquid mixture onto the plate thinly and wait for the seconds to past when the mix is hardened enough for the vendor to begin rolling it!

Then you are given these bunch of iced rolls in a big cup to go ahead of nibble on. I was excited again to try it out. It was nice at first, really icy cool and quite creamy. I was worried at first that maybe the consistency could have gotten too icy or watery but it seemed fine. The Volcano was quite a chocolatey-banana flavoured mix and went by very quickly with two spoons shared between me and Ms. Helpful.

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Trip: Tokyo [Part II] 2015

Part II

From the bustling Tokyo city and then to a smaller city town, we took the local subway route to one of the popular streets that have multiple small restaurants that offer monja on their menus.

"Monjayaki" or loosely termed as "Monja" is similar to Okonomiyaki where it is a Japanese savoury pancake with more of a dough-like consistency that all gets cooked in front of you on the hot plate.

We watch as the benito flakes do a little ditty dance whilst the ingredients cook over the plate. Eventually the pancake-like mixture thickens up and you grip the utensils given to give them abit of a stir up.

Back over in Shibuya-ward, we ventured down the street from our Godzilla hotel to find some sushi and sashimi. We walked into a sushi place that seemed decent. The fish was fresh, and the staff were friendly and spoke a little bit of broken English and it seemed like a mixture of Japanese and foreigners would pass-by into that shop. We ordered a tempura set and some sashimi to nibble on before we were going to the Japanese cat cafe Calico!

Being crazy cat fans and sorely missing our feline who sadly passed away a year ago, we were in need of some cuddles from Japanese cool cats. The cat cafe is hidden away on a fifth floor from a main street going through a building that has different businesses on each floor. The cat cafe staff advised us that some cats flagged with a red handkerchief couldn't be hand fed treats due to dietary requirements. But otherwise, we can pat and treat them to purchasable snacks whilst interacting with them.

Most of them are friendly and timid and whenever you kneel down to pay attention to them it is often greeted with a soft meow or purr. There was plenty of cats to mix with - fluffy tailed, short haired and fat and small!

There is also this lovely (and so very busy!) cross section thats famous in photographs of Shibuya which I've pictured. The cross walk can be overlooked from the many angles of shopping malls on each corner, specifically for us we made sure to go back and try the L'Occitane Cafe because when we walked by the first time, we thought it was unusual for a body/fragrance store to also run a food and beverage cafe.

They had a really light, cool menu for summer to match the humid weather at the time. For lunch, we had mock-tail mojitos and lemon iced tea with a set menu deal with salads and toasted breads. It was quite a nice cute lofty-beach themed place that overlooked the busy city area.

Taking the Shinkensen fast rail train to do a short break into Kyoto was an interesting trip. Firstly, our bad, we mistimed ourselves and had booked reserved seats only to miss out on our train. So, we hopped onto the next one but it was fully booked. We went up and down on that train to try and find a seat but ended up leaving our bags in a storage and sitting the hours on the carriage floors. My poor brother was so stressed by this! Because I was paranoid about our bags being kept away from where we stood. In the end, a very lovely train supervisor helped him maneuver the bags when we arrived in Kyoto.

Our hotel in Kyoto was a favourite because of its location and the facilities were stunning. Minimalistic in style, the trendy Sakura Terrace Gallery is a newly renovated hotel that had two wings of hotel rooms and an atrium lobby with complimentary refreshments stocked daily in the lobby and also what I really enjoyed, a snack bar and such an affordable dinner evening we had enjoyed.

The staff had great English language skills as well which was a plus. Most of the clientele seemed to look like westerners to begin with. The restaurant offers a "welcome drink" upon arrival and the dishes were so affordable when converted to Australian dollar and the qaulity of the food - sublime. The sashimi we had, the best sashimi flesh we have come across unlike even in Sydney!

The next day we travelled to Inari, Kyoto. This is famous for the Inari temple which we climbed. The weather was hot and humid but it didn't stop the Japanese from wearing their kimono and yukatas. Lots of ladies in their traditional wear and a umbrella to shade the sunlight. In summer, we had noticed, a lot of ladies wore it out during our nights travelling by train and I found it was because there were several summer festivals that they attend.

Wish we had had more time within Kyoto to have had traveled a little further in.

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