Mr Chu Brings Southeast Asia to South Australia

Mr Chu Brings Southeast Asia to South Australia

Discovering a Southeast Asian food haven in the posh and urban district of Norwood is almost like finding a golden pot at the end of a rainbow. Mr Chu is that eureka moment: yes, I’m having Southeast Asia in South Australia!

Having lived in Singapore for over a decade before migrating to Adelaide, I have had an amazing foodie experience of gaining easy access to an array of quality yet affordable Asian food. With neighbouring countries such as Malaysia, you get to taste the same dish in a different country, but cooked with a slightly different twist. Same-same but different.

Those days in Singapore, you just have to step out of your home, and within a hundred steps or less, an entire new world awaits you: a Disneyland-esque, culinary melting pot called hawker centres. Mind you, this is your gateway to laksas, mie gorengs, xiaolongbaos, briyanis, and every other good Asian food you can probably think of at less than 10 bucks per order.

Back here in Adelaide, I have always been hungry for Southeast Asia (deliberately using the word “Southeast Asia” as I miss the whole concept of being in and experiencing that region in general). That particular week, when I got invited by Mercy Me Marketing to attend Mr Chu’s launch of their winter menu, was no exception. It was a perfect timing to relinquish my nostalgia — and apparently, the best way to solve my personal issues: feed me, baby!

Owned and managed by Malaysian-born Chef Daniel Chu and business partners, Mr Chu serves a range of Southeast Asian fusion dishes primarily catered to the South Australian audience. Their menu boasts something for everyone: a breakfast menu with quintessential Aussie favourites such as the Bacon Benedict, a vegan offering such as the Chef’s Vegan Laksa, and a range of drinks perfect for any Asian food pairing.

With a big focus on Chef Daniel’s Malaysian heritage in the dishes, one may argue: are they serving something authentic? The answer is probably no, which I’m assuming they will confirm too. Mr Chu delivers more on the sweet side and a fun Aussie take on generally savoury Asian dishes.

But in this day and age, what is authentic heritage food anyway? Isn’t food supposed to evolve according to the wants and needs of the audience? I’m with Mr Chu and their fusion food. It’s hip, modern, and comforting.

My personal favourites were the stir fried chicken, seared scallops, and salmon sashimi. Majority in our table loved Mr Chu’s version of the rendang. Although it was indeed good, I’m personally much more critical with my rendangs as they’re my ultimate favourite. I judge the rendang based on the colour, curry & coconut aroma, and the tenderness of the meat. Just a big fan of rendangs, I get too critical at times — I suppose the same way Italians treat their pastas?

While in the middle of the table service, I whispered and shyly asked one of Mr Chu’s service team: “by any chance, do you have any teh (pulled tea)? ” When he said he’s happy to serve a few cups on the table, I squealed with delight. I haven’t had one for ages! Drinking traditional coffee and tea in Singapore/Malaysia after main meals is something quite typical. It was almost like our hobby.

Special thanks to Mr Chu and Mercy Me Marketing for the invitation. Will I come back? YES. Will I recommend Mr Chu to my friends? YAAAS!

Mr Chu Contemporary Eatery, 220 The Parade, Norwood SA 5067.

New Restaurant in Adelaide: The Pangaea Kitchen

New Restaurant in Adelaide: The Pangaea Kitchen

Earlier this month, The Pangaea Kitchen opened its doors at 73 Muller Road, Hampstead Gardens to offer various well-known international dishes and comfort food from around the world to the discerning food enthusiasts here in Adelaide.

There’s something warm and cosy about The Pangaea. I’m guessing the wooden walls and earth tones in the interiors play a part, but I’m also placing my bigger bet on the very hospitable service and kitchen team. Unlike other restaurants I’ve been to, here, I easily felt at home. The restaurant was spacious and breezy, which is an ideal set-up for those catching up and hanging out with family and friends.

Their menu is extensive, you’ll never run out of choices: from healthy Greek salads to chicken tikka pizzas, nasi goreng with chicken satay, lamb shank kleftiko, to applewood smoked bbq glazed pork ribs, and many more. And as for their battle cry: they have everything for everyone!

Among the dishes I’ve tasted so far, my personal favourite is the mizo glazed smoked tofu with soba noodles. With its coconut broth, I found this dish extra refreshing.

Here’s a photo gallery of some of their dishes:

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Join Carla Ejarque’s Wine & Ceramics Workshop On 04 June

Join Carla Ejarque’s Wine & Ceramics Workshop On 04 June

Have you ever fancied doing a ceramic making workshop in Adelaide? Learn the art of pottery from architect and ceramist Carla Ejarque in her upcoming “Wine and Ceramics Workshopon 04 June 2021 at the Summertown Studio.

Hey Paolo: How did you learn your skill in pottery? 

I discovered pottery during my Erasmus student exchange programme in Budapest. I started in a very little studio and I fell in love with every aspect of it. After finishing my Erasmus, I decided I wanted to learn more about the art of pottery and so I started a bachelor’s degree in artistic ceramics in Barcelona while I was also finishing my last year in architecture. Since then, I’ve attended more workshops in different studios and with different teachers. After which, I just spent many hours on the wheel on my own while researching for special glazes which I can use such as the lava glaze.

Hey Paolo: What inspired you to start this hobby? 

After spending so many hours in front of a computer in the past, I thought I needed to use my hands more. After a few months of pottery, I realised that I didn’t want it to be just a hobby, but also as a job. I really enjoyed studying architecture but I was missing the creativity that I didn’t get during my first fews jobs. I really wanted to make something with my hands. The more I learn about pottery, the more I wanted to dedicate my full self to it. Over the years, I have combined pottery with teaching. Since I moved to Australia, this has already become my full-time job: teaching regular classes, workshops, participating in markets, and designing bespoke tableware for restaurants.

Hey Paolo: What can people learn if they attend your workshop? 

In my handbuilding workshops, I teach three different handmade techniques: pinching, slab building, and coiling. Using one of these techniques or a combination of them, participants will be able to make any design or shape they want. At the same time, they will enjoy creating something from scratch with their own hands and they will be able to connect with the material. 

To attend Carla’s upcoming workshop, book through her website: https://en.carlaejarque.com/copia-de-sculpting-class.

Who can come? Anybody! Anyone that is interested in learning the basic hand building techniques and who is up to have fun. 

Price: AU$95 dollars

​• Where? Summertown Studio, 13 Paringa Ave, Somerton Park SA 5044, Adelaide

May is Australian Cocktail Month

May is Australian Cocktail Month

Celebrate with us and enjoy a curated collection of cocktails this whole month of May with Australian Cocktail Month.

During this time of pandemic, the organisers behind the Australian Cocktail Month movement built an enticing campaign to help support local bars and business owners by encouraging everyone to cocktail hop.

By purchasing tickets at AU$20 plus GST per person in their website, you will be entitled to discounted cocktails at 72 bars across the whole of Australia (18 of which are located in Adelaide). When you rock up at any of the participating bars, you’ll get to enjoy these special cocktail menu at AU$14 each or AU$10 each for non-alcoholic options.

We ran an overnight Instagram competition to give away tickets to the Australian Cocktail Month and the winner is… Tallulah Seidel. Congratulations!

$38 Eat-All-You-Can Japanese Food At Nijumaru (Glenelg)

$38 Eat-All-You-Can Japanese Food At Nijumaru (Glenelg)

We have all been there: the constant stacking, the incessant counting, and the insurmountable tracking of the blue coloured sushi plates we’ve consumed in the last couple of hours versus the green, yellow, and orange ones. We all wish we can eat so much more, and yet we avoid the most premium ones in order to get the bang for the buck. But what if we tell you, you can dive straight into Jap oishi heaven with all-you-can-eat sashimis, salmon sushis, takoyakis, tempura prawns, karaage, and so much more for only AU$38, won’t you exclaim a big fat AAMEEENN?

This afternoon, we visited Nijumaru Japanese Restaurant at 20 Jetty Rd, Glenelg, and we probably found our new sushi go-to.

If you’re looking for value for money with good quality Japanese food, you should head down to Nijumaru Japanese Restaurant. Practical, excellent service, and value for money. What else are you looking for? Arigato me later.

Despite the potential risks involved in opening a new business during a pandemic, this new Japanese restaurant braved all odds and found a unique proposition to offer to conservative Adelaide: eat all you can sushi Japanese food for 90 minutes. It’s a concept that’s no longer novel, but is still trendy. And we’re loving it!

From their menu, I have several personal picks: Nasu Den Gaku (deep fried eggplant with sweet miso), the plate of Takoyaki, and for dessert, the Black Sesame Panna Cotta.

The owner, Sen, mentioned to us that the word “Nijumaru” in Japanese essentially means “excellent work.” After dining, I gave them my nijumaru too. I don’t think I’ll mind to pay that price again and again.

Event: How Pinoys Can Start A Business In The Midst Of A Pandemic

Event: How Pinoys Can Start A Business In The Midst Of A Pandemic

My friends and I recently started a nonprofit organisation, Spark Community, that aims to empower and inspire future entrepreneurs here in South Australia through forums, workshops, and events.

REGISTER NOW: CLICK HERE

ABOUT THIS EVENT:

May business idea ka ba pero kailangan mo ng gabay? Wala ka pang pondo pero gusto mong mag-baka sakali at sumubok? Paano ba magsimula ng negosyo sa South Australia?

We would like to invite you to attend our FREE EVENT that aims to empower young and aspiring Filipino entrepreneurs in Adelaide, South Australia. Whether your capital is big or small, we are here to help you with business fundamentals and for you to gain practical knowledge and skills on how to start your own business.

Learn from other Filipino entrepreneurs and industry experts as they share their business success stories:

This event is supported by:

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Where to Stay at McLaren Vale: McLaren Vale Studio Apartments

Where to Stay at McLaren Vale: McLaren Vale Studio Apartments

My personal experience staying for two nights at the McLaren Vale Studio Apartments was a great introduction to the unique and exceptional offerings of the McLaren Vale wine and dine region. Truth be told, it felt like I was holidaying somewhere far that I almost forgot that I was staycationing just 30 minutes away from my own house.

With the pandemic forcing and encouraging us to somehow stay within our own localities, I almost lost the drive and inspiration to travel elsewhere. Although I still enter a state of wanderlust from time to time, exploring my own backyard and doing domestic travel will do for now. After all, you will never run out of good holiday options here in South Australia.

Last summer, I was invited by the very gracious hosts, Carmel and Paul, to stay in one of their villas, the Wirra Wirra, at the McLaren Vale Studio Apartments. With six beautiful themed villas located within their property, the Studio Apartments offers a combination of not just accommodations, but a complete McLaren Vale experience altogether.

Carmel and Paul, owners of the Wirra Wirra Villa, McLaren Vale Studio Apartments

With two bedrooms, a lounge area, a kitchen, a dining, and a deck, the Wirra Wirra Villa I stayed at was both comfortable and spacious. As an ode to one of the most exceptional wineries in McLaren, our villa was named after one of the oldest and most premium wine maker in South Australia, Wirra Wirra. And as a welcome gift, the Studio Apartments also provided us a bottle of the Wirra Wirra Church Block, a bold fusion of Cabarnet, Sauvignon, Shiraz, and Merlot wine.

As part of the Studio Apartments experience, they also helped arrange an exclusive premium wine tour and personal luxury chauffeur services with the affable Greg of Wine Diva Tours. Aboard his Mercedes van, Greg spent the whole day narrating and presenting to us a brief history of the McLaren Vale region.

Greg of Wine Diva Tours

First Stop: Maxwell Wines

Second Stop: Coriole

Third Stop: Wirra Wirra

Fourth Stop: Darenberg

Fifth Stop: Hugh Hamilton Wines

Sixth Stop: Hardys Wines

By the end of the tour, I was happy-drunk. Migrating and living in South Australia widened my knowledge about the art of drinking high quality wines. I never knew there were so many more variations and fusions you can do with each grape type. Never knew too that the type of soil will affect the quality of the fermented grapes as much as the area’s climate. Living so close to the wine regions is indeed a blessing.

P.S. More videos about this trip will be uploaded soon!

If you are looking for a perfect escape while in the McLaren Vale region, check out the McLaren Vale Studio Apartments.

Website: https://www.mvsa.com.au/. Address: 222 Main Road, McLaren Vale 5171

Hey Paolo Meets: Alpha Men’s Jock Hardy and Taylor Mac

Hey Paolo Meets: Alpha Men’s Jock Hardy and Taylor Mac

They’re hot. They’re sexy. And they’re smart. These gorgeous and talented men surely know how to excite and titillate the South Australian crowd.

Hey Paolo: What is Alpha Men?

A diverse group of male performers with the best of the best men in South Australia.

Hey Paolo: What are your future plans for Alpha Men?

To create a group of professionals in the male entertainment industry. They also aim to make a positive change in the community by raising money & awareness to causes such as men’s mental health (Beyond Blue). The boys also have plans of touring around Australia and other countries in the near future. They also wish to solidify their goals of building a multi-faceted group of male entertainers (from modeling, acting, emceeing, etc).

Hey Paolo: How did COVID-19 affect your industry?

The group adapted to the situation and the needs of the market. In more ways than one, it has been a blessing for them too with back-to-back sold-out shows. Also during this period, they found new innovative ways to entertain and engage with their followers through the use of social media.

Hey Paolo: What are the common stereotypes for people who work in your industry?

Being called prawns. People think they have low IQs and that they don’t have day jobs.

Hey Paolo: What are the most memorable performances you’ve had so far?

Watch the video to find out.

Hey Paolo: How do you define “sexy”?

Someone who is passionate and driven.

Hey Paolo: How would you explain Alpha Men to a conservative-traditionalist person?

Alpha Men is a multi-faceted entertainment organisation that can provide many services such as male models, actors, etc. They’re not just strippers.

Follow them on: www.alphamenaustralia.com.au, via Instagram @alphamenaustralia, or via Facebook @alphamenaustralia.

Wowed By Gelista: South Australia’s Premium Gelati

Wowed By Gelista: South Australia’s Premium Gelati

It was one sunny Summer afternoon when the Gelista team came knocking on my front door carrying a box of ice creams which they happily handed out for me to try.

The timing was perfect as I was craving for something sweet and cold that day. They say it’s always best not to expect so we don’t get disappointed, and so I had little expectations about the ice creams I’m receiving from them.

Although I must also admit, I’ve always glanced at Gelista whenever I pass by the ice cream section of any grocery stores. They look really gorgeous, and I always have eyes on anything premium-looking *wink, wink*. Never had the chance to buy one though, so this was a fulfillment of my dreams.

I opened the box they’ve passed to me with gusto and discovered 17 unique gelati flavours inside:

Ricotta, Fig & Honey, Strawberries & Cream, Mint & Dark Chocolate, Lemon Myrtle & Macadamia with Toasted Coconut, Lightly Salted Caramel Macadamia, Salted Caramel with Crunchy Toffee Pieces, Apple & Guava with Salted White Chocolate, Dairy Free Vanilla Bean, Peanut Butter with Chocolate & Caramel Swirl, Blood Orange & Dark Chocolate, Vanilla Bean, Coffee & Cardamom with Mocha Swirl, Coconut with Raspberry Swirl, Peppermint Double Choc, Classic Chocolate, Chocolate Almond Fudge, and their newest flavour… Durian.

I was beyond delighted as their ice creams look so interesting to taste.

I immediately opened the Durian flavour (aside from the fact that I also miss eating the actual fruit back in Asia) and was pleasantly surprised that it was really smooth and easy to eat. For those who haven’t tried any form of durians yet and are automatically turned off by its potent smell, I’m betting my life that this will be manageable to try. I actually loved it.

As I’m also trying to watch my weight these days, I quickly scanned their product bar code for my macro tracking. It was only 25g of carb, 2g of fat, and 1g of protein per serving. Not bad! Also, I enjoyed the fact that it wasn’t too heavy, not too creamy, and not overly sweet. Just about right.

As I had tons of Gelista ice creams to try, I invited my friends to come over the following weekend to share the fun.

My personal favourite by a mile is the Salted Caramel with Crunchy Toffee Pieces, but hey, they do have tons of flavours to choose from. Whether you want something fruity or chocolatey, you’ll definitely find something that’ll suit your taste buds.

WHERE TO BUY: click here

Alpha Men’s Jock Hardy and Taylor Mac Play “Would You Rather”

Alpha Men’s Jock Hardy and Taylor Mac Play “Would You Rather”

Sunset or Sunrise? Top or Bottom? Smart or Sexy? Make out with your ex or make out with your mortal enemy?

Hey Paolo asks the cheekiest “Would You Rather” questions to these two hot lads of Adelaide’s Alpha Men: Jock Hardy and Taylor Mac.

Learn more about these boys and the industry of male entertainment – soon on HeyPaolo.com.

Follow them on: www.alphamenaustralia.com.au, via Instagram @alphamenaustralia, or via Facebook @alphamenaustralia.