FOOD, Food reviews, Uncategorized MALAYSIA-FEST, SPANISH FESTIVAL, ICHI-BAN BOSHI 3 September 2006

Headed off to the annual Malaysia Fest bright and early today. It was lovely weather, but threatened to rain for a bit.. before clearing up and giving us bright blue skies. The MC on stage was looking for “5 volunteers to come up and answer some questions, to win $10 food vouchers for the stalls”, upon which I eagerly thrust my hand in the air and went “Oooh!! Ooh!!!!” Chris, Mr Non-Attention-Seeker, tried to hush me and put down my hand. Just as well he succeeded, as the questions they asked were so hard! Well, just to me. It was questions like “What’s the population of Malaysia?” and “What’s the name of the national anthem?” etc.. none of which I could answer 😉

I even met Su-Yin of The Journal of a Girl who Loves To Cook, who was at the Ipoh White Coffee stall. Since I started becoming a coffee addict (bad, bad) a few months ago, I was eager to try it out. It was YUM :)~ Hard to describe.. but a bit different to the normal Starbucks type coffee. I originally got us a Regular flavoured one… which Chris drank!!! Not to be deterred, I went back to the stall and got a Hazelnut one, and we ended up with one each. Mmmm…

Anyways, pottered around the stalls and got our Malaysian food fix. We arrived before 12pm, but the queues had already started – very annoying! Fortunately, we weren’t any later.. as after us, the queues grew and grew. Anyway, it was nice sitting on the grass and listening to the entertainment on stage, and eating our yummy food. I’ll be back next year!


Stalls

Entertainment on stage

Us, soaking in the much-needed sunshine

Making Popiah

Chicken satay, so fat and juicy!

Murtabak (prata with lamb, onion and egg inside)

Assorted curries and such

Roti Jala (savoury pancakes with chicken curry)

Lotsa kuehs

Chendol… mmmm..

Cutie-pie cupcakes

Asian pancakes with redbean fillings
(thought this was Japanese and not Malaysian?)

Profiteroles (not Malaysian at all!)

Mua Chee (sticky glutinous flour covered with ground peanuts & sugar)

Me with our Ipoh White Coffees

A street performer along Darling Harbour – he was hilarious!


After that, it was on to the Spanish Quarter Festival! A real cultural change 😛 We soaked up the dancing and events on.. it was tons of fun. So many people speaking Spanish fluently; I hadn’t realised there was such a large Spanish population in Sydney.

Spanish dancing

More dancing

It was packed with people!

Really cute colourful dolls

Chris bought me this Mexican(?) pouch, it fits my digicam PERFECTLY 😀



Ichi-ban Boshi
Level 2, The Galeries Victoria
500 George Street
Sydney, NSW 2000
$$—

After a walk around the city and popping into Kinokuniya book store, we headed upstairs to Ichi-ban Boshi for an early dinner. Apparently they hand-make their own noodles, and their ramen is always top notch. Settled on the Miso Ramen with pork slices, bamboo shoots and extra sweet corn. Boy, for $1 extra, they really loaded on the sweet corn! It was terrific and went really well with the ramen :)~ The ramen was soft but still springly, done perfectly. Chris thought the soup was a little salty but I didn’t think it was salty at all? And the pork slices…. they just fell apart once you put them in your mouth – totally divine.

I was disappointed that when they served the ramen (which we waited about 20 mins for!), they seemed to have forgotten that we’d also ordered some Gyoza. Or rather, I think they accidently gave our gyoza to the table next to us, as they’d only just ordered! So we had to wait another 5 mins for the gyozo to show up. That said, the saving grace was that they were yum – all slippery and hot. They were pan-fried to perfection and the sauce they came swimming in wasn’t too salty. Delicious, satisfying and (fairly) healthy. Check out their photo menu and drool!


Ichi-ban Boshi

Gyoza

Miso Ramen with pork slices, bamboo shoots and extra sweet corn


3 different cultures and cuisines in 1 day. AWESOME.

66 Comments

  • protozone posted on September 3, 2006 at 10:29 am

    I even met Su-Yin of The Journal of a Girl who Loves To Cook, who was at the Ipoh White Coffee stall.

    Awww what! I went to both coffee stalls but didn’t know she was one of the people there!

    Anyway, yeah, the stall with the pancake things was Japanese. Me and Lindee had the combination takoyaki as well as some beef tongue. Then we went back to the Spanish festival and had one of those rolls with chorizo. Very yummy.

    On my way home I stopped at Coles to grab some ice cream and syrup because I felt like a chocolate milkshake. Anyway, guess what I saw in the ice cream section… Cookie ice creams! They’re made by Peters, and while they’re not called the Maxibon cookies, they look almost exactly the same and come in packs of four or five! Hooray! 🙂

    Reply
    • beverly posted on September 3, 2006 at 12:01 pm

      Did ya try the Ipoh coffee? Yummers 🙂

      What’s in the cookie ice cream?? Are they vanilla with choc cookies or something? I gotta check it out 😀

      Reply
      • protozone posted on September 3, 2006 at 12:04 pm

        I did, and it was very nice! I was pretty tempted to get a cupcake, too, but forgot to.

        I think the cookie ice cream was two chocolate cookies with vanilla on the inside, yeah. I should’ve got them. 😛

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        • beverly posted on September 3, 2006 at 12:42 pm

          I liked how the cupcakes were bite-sized.. anything itty-bitty is always good with me 😛

          I’ve GOT to try and find that ice cream! The coles near me won’t have it, it’s an Express one 🙁

          Reply
  • angelnotes posted on September 3, 2006 at 10:45 am

    Everything looks so interesting! I love eating at “Ichiban Boshi” – it’s really, really good! :P~

    Reply
    • beverly posted on September 3, 2006 at 12:02 pm

      Ooo it’s in SG too? I like their ramen, and the MEGA bowls they come in 😉

      Reply
      • angelnotes posted on September 3, 2006 at 2:36 pm

        Yup, it is! It’s also one of my fav. places to eat at. 😛

        Reply
  • islegrl posted on September 3, 2006 at 11:40 am

    Yummy looking ramen! And no bean sprouts! Hehe… *^^*

    Reply
    • beverly posted on September 3, 2006 at 12:03 pm

      I said “NO BEANSPROUTS PLEASE” really loudly and clearly, heh! still though, there were around 10 in there… which I snarkily picked out and gave to chris 😛

      Reply
  • distractedfish posted on September 3, 2006 at 12:14 pm

    The food looks so good.. *drool*

    Reply
    • beverly posted on September 3, 2006 at 12:44 pm

      It was a great foodie day :)~ Am stuffed now though!

      Reply
  • blairwitch posted on September 3, 2006 at 1:36 pm

    Looks like you had heaps of fun! What a nice sunday 🙂 And that tshirt you have on is so so cute!! 🙂

    Reply
    • beverly posted on September 3, 2006 at 9:29 pm

      I got that tee from Sass & Bide! It retails like $80 or something but I got it for half price. it’s REALLY REALLY soft so I love it 😀

      Reply
  • starbucksweetie posted on September 3, 2006 at 1:57 pm

    What a fun weekend! In Edmonton, we have a Taste of Edmonton, where a select group of Edmonton restaurants have different appetizers so that you can sample them. I don’t think there’s enough Malaysian restaurants in Edmotnon to put on a similar event. Anyhow, you and Chris look cute.

    Reply
    • beverly posted on September 3, 2006 at 9:29 pm

      That sounds fun too, I love food festivals

      Reply
  • jesuisariel posted on September 3, 2006 at 2:29 pm

    I love Ipoh White Coffee too but I can only drink the hazelnut variety as the regular one seems to be too strong for me. I get heart palpitations and trembling hands if I drink that.

    Reply
    • beverly posted on September 3, 2006 at 9:31 pm

      The hazelnut was nice! i got the regular one so hopefully I’ll like it too

      Reply
  • jacarandas posted on September 3, 2006 at 3:08 pm

    OMG. I was there too! I was checking out the harbour and all with a friend and the msian fest just happened to be around there. I didn’t get to look around the stores though.

    The weather is indeed beautiful! I’m loving the weather a whole lot. It’s back to work mode tomorrow. And, I’m feeling really bad tapping on someone’s wireless internet now I believe.

    Reply
    • beverly posted on September 3, 2006 at 9:33 pm

      Heh it’s a small world!
      And yeah, I’m so happy Spring’s here.. it beats dreary ‘ol winter :T

      Reply
    • protozone posted on September 3, 2006 at 11:48 pm

      I’m feeling really bad tapping on someone’s wireless internet now I believe.

      I wouldn’t feel too bad about that if I were you, as long as you’re not doing anything that will get them into trouble. I’d be happy for people to use my wireless connection as long as they behave well.

      Reply
  • protozone posted on September 3, 2006 at 10:29 am

    I even met Su-Yin of The Journal of a Girl who Loves To Cook, who was at the Ipoh White Coffee stall.

    Awww what! I went to both coffee stalls but didn’t know she was one of the people there!

    Anyway, yeah, the stall with the pancake things was Japanese. Me and Lindee had the combination takoyaki as well as some beef tongue. Then we went back to the Spanish festival and had one of those rolls with chorizo. Very yummy.

    On my way home I stopped at Coles to grab some ice cream and syrup because I felt like a chocolate milkshake. Anyway, guess what I saw in the ice cream section… Cookie ice creams! They’re made by Peters, and while they’re not called the Maxibon cookies, they look almost exactly the same and come in packs of four or five! Hooray! 🙂

    Reply
    • beverly posted on September 3, 2006 at 12:01 pm

      Did ya try the Ipoh coffee? Yummers 🙂

      What’s in the cookie ice cream?? Are they vanilla with choc cookies or something? I gotta check it out 😀

      Reply
      • protozone posted on September 3, 2006 at 12:04 pm

        I did, and it was very nice! I was pretty tempted to get a cupcake, too, but forgot to.

        I think the cookie ice cream was two chocolate cookies with vanilla on the inside, yeah. I should’ve got them. 😛

        Reply
        • beverly posted on September 3, 2006 at 12:42 pm

          I liked how the cupcakes were bite-sized.. anything itty-bitty is always good with me 😛

          I’ve GOT to try and find that ice cream! The coles near me won’t have it, it’s an Express one 🙁

          Reply
  • angelnotes posted on September 3, 2006 at 10:45 am

    Everything looks so interesting! I love eating at “Ichiban Boshi” – it’s really, really good! :P~

    Reply
    • beverly posted on September 3, 2006 at 12:02 pm

      Ooo it’s in SG too? I like their ramen, and the MEGA bowls they come in 😉

      Reply
      • angelnotes posted on September 3, 2006 at 2:36 pm

        Yup, it is! It’s also one of my fav. places to eat at. 😛

        Reply
  • islegrl posted on September 3, 2006 at 11:40 am

    Yummy looking ramen! And no bean sprouts! Hehe… *^^*

    Reply
    • beverly posted on September 3, 2006 at 12:03 pm

      I said “NO BEANSPROUTS PLEASE” really loudly and clearly, heh! still though, there were around 10 in there… which I snarkily picked out and gave to chris 😛

      Reply
  • distractedfish posted on September 3, 2006 at 12:14 pm

    The food looks so good.. *drool*

    Reply
    • beverly posted on September 3, 2006 at 12:44 pm

      It was a great foodie day :)~ Am stuffed now though!

      Reply
  • thefragrantelf posted on September 3, 2006 at 9:26 pm

    What a fab day. I love Ichi-ban Boshi. Last time I was there I had the Ramen with pork slices too! The man had the cheese curry. YUM!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on September 3, 2006 at 9:34 pm

      Oooo was that cheese curry good? that was my other option 😛

      Reply
      • thefragrantelf posted on September 4, 2006 at 10:53 am

        Yup, it was mighty tasty! I thought the cheese was an odd addition but it wasn’t too cheesey, just nice ‘n’ creamy and went well with the schnitzel-style, I think it was, chicken. *drools*

        Reply
  • blairwitch posted on September 3, 2006 at 1:36 pm

    Looks like you had heaps of fun! What a nice sunday 🙂 And that tshirt you have on is so so cute!! 🙂

    Reply
    • beverly posted on September 3, 2006 at 9:29 pm

      I got that tee from Sass & Bide! It retails like $80 or something but I got it for half price. it’s REALLY REALLY soft so I love it 😀

      Reply
  • starbucksweetie posted on September 3, 2006 at 1:57 pm

    What a fun weekend! In Edmonton, we have a Taste of Edmonton, where a select group of Edmonton restaurants have different appetizers so that you can sample them. I don’t think there’s enough Malaysian restaurants in Edmotnon to put on a similar event. Anyhow, you and Chris look cute.

    Reply
    • beverly posted on September 3, 2006 at 9:29 pm

      That sounds fun too, I love food festivals

      Reply
  • jesuisariel posted on September 3, 2006 at 2:29 pm

    I love Ipoh White Coffee too but I can only drink the hazelnut variety as the regular one seems to be too strong for me. I get heart palpitations and trembling hands if I drink that.

    Reply
    • beverly posted on September 3, 2006 at 9:31 pm

      The hazelnut was nice! i got the regular one so hopefully I’ll like it too

      Reply
  • princesszhing posted on September 3, 2006 at 10:58 pm

    im so jealous they celebrate asian culture so vibrantly down under! check out the selection of food!!!

    there isn’t even one single southeast asian restaurant here! and the chinese take-out serve really different food!! wondering if its cos of high population of SEAsians there!.. *boohoo*

    Reply
    • beverly posted on September 4, 2006 at 9:04 am

      I like how sydney’s really multicultural, ’tis fun trying out various food from different cultures 🙂

      I know what you mean about Chinese takeout.. even here, many serve this bizzare food that you’d never find in Asian countries!

      Reply
  • jacarandas posted on September 3, 2006 at 3:08 pm

    OMG. I was there too! I was checking out the harbour and all with a friend and the msian fest just happened to be around there. I didn’t get to look around the stores though.

    The weather is indeed beautiful! I’m loving the weather a whole lot. It’s back to work mode tomorrow. And, I’m feeling really bad tapping on someone’s wireless internet now I believe.

    Reply
    • beverly posted on September 3, 2006 at 9:33 pm

      Heh it’s a small world!
      And yeah, I’m so happy Spring’s here.. it beats dreary ‘ol winter :T

      Reply
    • protozone posted on September 3, 2006 at 11:48 pm

      I’m feeling really bad tapping on someone’s wireless internet now I believe.

      I wouldn’t feel too bad about that if I were you, as long as you’re not doing anything that will get them into trouble. I’d be happy for people to use my wireless connection as long as they behave well.

      Reply
  • thefragrantelf posted on September 3, 2006 at 9:26 pm

    What a fab day. I love Ichi-ban Boshi. Last time I was there I had the Ramen with pork slices too! The man had the cheese curry. YUM!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on September 3, 2006 at 9:34 pm

      Oooo was that cheese curry good? that was my other option 😛

      Reply
      • thefragrantelf posted on September 4, 2006 at 10:53 am

        Yup, it was mighty tasty! I thought the cheese was an odd addition but it wasn’t too cheesey, just nice ‘n’ creamy and went well with the schnitzel-style, I think it was, chicken. *drools*

        Reply
  • Anonymous posted on September 4, 2006 at 6:19 am

    aw i love mua chee and anything with peanuts! next time you go to ichiban try the tonkatsu ramen! artery clogging but soooo tasty -chocolatesuze

    Reply
    • beverly posted on September 4, 2006 at 9:05 am

      It was Chris’ first time trying muachee and he loved it – I was surprised, didn’t think he’d like the squishiness factor, haha!

      Was really gagging for the Tonkatsu @ ichiban, but they’d sold out! 🙁

      Reply
  • beverlyh posted on September 4, 2006 at 6:46 am

    OMG i must be a bad malaysian, i didnt even know there was a festival on! is it an annual thing, and where was it held?

    the varieties of food look soooo good!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on September 4, 2006 at 9:06 am

      Ya it’s annual! Check out the link above and it’s got all the info. i’m so there next year 🙂

      Reply
  • princesszhing posted on September 3, 2006 at 10:58 pm

    im so jealous they celebrate asian culture so vibrantly down under! check out the selection of food!!!

    there isn’t even one single southeast asian restaurant here! and the chinese take-out serve really different food!! wondering if its cos of high population of SEAsians there!.. *boohoo*

    Reply
    • beverly posted on September 4, 2006 at 9:04 am

      I like how sydney’s really multicultural, ’tis fun trying out various food from different cultures 🙂

      I know what you mean about Chinese takeout.. even here, many serve this bizzare food that you’d never find in Asian countries!

      Reply
  • medlabtech posted on September 4, 2006 at 8:10 am

    3 different cultures and cuisines in 1 day.

    That’s what I’d call a great day!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on September 4, 2006 at 9:06 am

      Yes, it was very productive.. haha!

      Reply
  • bisoumoi posted on September 4, 2006 at 12:11 pm

    Damn, it’s so much better than the Chilli Crab Festival I went to here in London. And you have Ichi-Ban Boshi in Sydney!!!!! ARGH!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on September 4, 2006 at 12:54 pm

      Ooo the Chilli Crab one sounds fun though! We don’t get much of that here in Sydney.. I miss it :T

      Reply
  • Anonymous posted on September 4, 2006 at 6:19 am

    aw i love mua chee and anything with peanuts! next time you go to ichiban try the tonkatsu ramen! artery clogging but soooo tasty -chocolatesuze

    Reply
    • beverly posted on September 4, 2006 at 9:05 am

      It was Chris’ first time trying muachee and he loved it – I was surprised, didn’t think he’d like the squishiness factor, haha!

      Was really gagging for the Tonkatsu @ ichiban, but they’d sold out! 🙁

      Reply
  • beverlyh posted on September 4, 2006 at 6:46 am

    OMG i must be a bad malaysian, i didnt even know there was a festival on! is it an annual thing, and where was it held?

    the varieties of food look soooo good!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on September 4, 2006 at 9:06 am

      Ya it’s annual! Check out the link above and it’s got all the info. i’m so there next year 🙂

      Reply
  • medlabtech posted on September 4, 2006 at 8:10 am

    3 different cultures and cuisines in 1 day.

    That’s what I’d call a great day!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on September 4, 2006 at 9:06 am

      Yes, it was very productive.. haha!

      Reply
  • bisoumoi posted on September 4, 2006 at 12:11 pm

    Damn, it’s so much better than the Chilli Crab Festival I went to here in London. And you have Ichi-Ban Boshi in Sydney!!!!! ARGH!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on September 4, 2006 at 12:54 pm

      Ooo the Chilli Crab one sounds fun though! We don’t get much of that here in Sydney.. I miss it :T

      Reply

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