Saturday, February 14, 2015

CAFE DE O'LE, LABRADOR

CAFE DE O'LE SHOP FRONT © BUSOG! SARAP! 2015

Thanks to Kuya Jack’s Facebook food pics from this Cafe, I have pestered Mr. H enough for us to go to Labrador for a visit last Sunday.  It was an undecided trip….we didn’t expect anything from our visit as it was Sunday and Kuya Jack told me that you need to ring up first to see what’s available for that day.  Arriving near closing time, I’ve already worked up Plan B…if there’s nothing left we will eat at Nonna’s in Harbour Town Shopping Centre as it was close by.

Cafe de O’le  mainly serve Cafe food with good coffee and because of the pressure from Filipinos, the owner decided to include some Filipino Food around the middle of last year.  I mean “some”as in a couple of dishes as the kitchen is quite small and designed for quick cooking, reheat and toasting = cafe menu.

CAFE DE O'LE HALO-HALO POSTER © BUSOG! SARAP! 2015

Once you step a foot inside the shop, you will be greeted by this poster of their Halo-Halo hanged on the right side wall.  I don’t know why for this instance… I felt excited, just seeing their Halo-Halo poster.

CAFE DE O'LE SHOP MURAL © BUSOG! SARAP! 2015

This portion of Cafe de O’le is quite cosy, situated further inside the shop.  They also have an outdoor eating area situated across the front of the shop.

CAFE DE O'LE SHOP COUNTER © BUSOG! SARAP! 2015

Cafe de O’le menu prices are very affordable.  If our house was situated near this shop, the whole TRIBE will be regulars because of the menu prices and it doesn’t hurt that the food is good.  Just to let you know, Cafe de O’le is only open for Breakfast and Lunch daily.

CAFE DE O'LE FOOD DISPLAY-1 © BUSOG! SARAP! 2015

They got some pre packed meals to go if you want to just make a quick purchase and take it home.

CAFE DE O'LE FOOD DISPLAY-2 © BUSOG! SARAP! 2015

They got a few Filipino Kakanin on their food display cabinet.

I know you’re dying to know what Filipino Dishes was on offer that day but first let’s discuss the serving portions for Pinoy Food.  Cafe de O’le offers 3 sizes… small, medium and large (2x ulam with rice). The Filipino Dishes that are available for the day are not visibly printed out for public viewing, I have to ask the lady (Lotlot) who serves the counter about the Pinoy Menu.  She showed me a list of Filipino Dishes on a piece of paper and on the list there was Pork Adobo, Dinuguan, Beef Bistik,  Sisig & Pakbet from what I recalled.  I’ve chosen Pakbet with my Beef Bistik but sadly it has run out so I ended up with Beef Bistik, Sisig and Steamed Rice.  It was Pork Adobo and Sisig for Mr. H with his rice.  We’ve both ordered Medium size for AUD$9.95 each, which we think was very affordable.

Here’s what we ordered: 

CAFE DE O'LE PORK ADOBO © BUSOG! SARAP! 2015CAFE DE O’LE PORK ADOBO

Tender Chunky Pork Cubes that has been lovely simmered long enough to develop that signature well flavoured Adobo sauce with rendered fat that came from the pork.  This is what you expect what Pork Adobo should taste like.

CAFE DE O'LE SISIG © BUSOG! SARAP! 2015CAFE DE O’LE SISIG

This dish was not served like your typical Sisig… on a hot sizzling plate but rest assured that it tasted really good but Mr. H and I concluded that this dish leaned more into Bopis as it has more pork liver ratio compare to the rest of the ingredients.  It has that chilli medium-hot kick to it,  I personally love this dish and would highly recommend this as a pulutan with your nice very cold San Miguel beer.  We even ordered a takeaway container of their Sisig to take home for only AUD$12.00 so the rest of the TRIBE can have a taste of this dish.

CAFE DE O'LE BISTIK WITH RICE © BUSOG! SARAP! 2015CAFE DE O’LE BEEF BISTIK

Sorry about the photo as I’ve already had a couple of forkfuls of Beef Bistik and rice before I realize I’ve forgotten to take pictures of the food.  The Beef Bistik was well flavoured and was so good with the rice… if I have to give a score out of 10, it would be around 7.5!  I’ve tasted Beef Bistik in other Filipino Eatery here in Brisbane and Cafe de O’le Beef Bistik comes second from the now closed Railway Asian (Filipino) Takeaway in Zillmere. 

CAFE DE O'LE HALO-HALO © BUSOG! SARAP! 2015CAFE DE O’LE HALO-HALO

It was Kuya Jack’s Facebook Halo-Halo photos that made me want to go and check out Cafe de O’le.  I don’t usually eat Halo-Halo but this beckons me to order one.  As you can see, it’s not a hybrid…. the fillings in the bottom of the glass is what you expect what a classic Halo-Halo should have.  The Ice was freshly shaved, topped with Vanilla and Langka (Jackfruit) Ice Cream… it was really nice with just the right amount of sweetness.

It does not contain fresh fruits or some yucky flavoured Ice Creams and other unnecessary frills…. straight forward good Halo-Halo.

FORGOTTEN HALO-HALO TOPPINGS © BUSOG! SARAP! 2015

Oooppssss…. they forgot to add in 2 toppings while they assembled our Halo-Halo inside their kitchen but the forgotten toppings was quickly handed to us plated.  The Leche Flan pieces was good but if that anaemic purple lump is Ube Halaya…. it doesn’t taste good and am glad it was not included in our Halo-Halo.

 

TRIBE’S FOODIE VIEW:  As Cafe de O’le is mainly catered for western cafe food, Mr. H and I prepared ourselves that this visit will be an informal “no frills” lunch date.  The Filipino Dishes we’ve eaten was good, reminiscing of Carinderia fare in a positive way…. affordable and delicious!

We had a good laugh with Ate Hermie (owner) and exchange some honest opinions regarding what Mr. H and I ate.  She was such a lovely & bubbly character and another Filipina owner who is passionate about the Filipino Food she serves to her customers. 

Here’s the good news, she will be opening a Filipino Restaurant in April and the shop will be located around that area (Labrador).  Ate Hermie’s excitement was contagious, as she tells us the details… it made us really look forward to her Filipino Restaurant grand opening.  Personally I’m excited to visit once Ate Hermie’s Filipino Restaurant opens, you know why…because if they can produce tasty Filipino Dishes in such a small cafe kitchen, imagine what the dishes they will be able to produce once they have a proper restaurant kitchen!

 

LOCATION:  CAFE DE O’LE 
                           4/100 Brisbane Road
                           Labrador  QLD 4215

CONTACT NO: 07 5537 4911

*Pls contact Cafe de O’le first if you want to try out their Filipino Menu a day ahead before you visit to avoid disappointments.

 

F.Y.I~ I’m not related or connected to this business, the purpose of this post is to give you a sneak peek on our TRIBE’s eating out adventure. We paid with our own TRIBE money for our foodie purchases.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Welcome 2015 …. the Busog! Sarap! way….

TRIBE'S NEW YEAR 2015 © BUSOG! SARAP! 2015

Time flies so fast… January 2015 is about to end in a few days. I do wish, I got the same power as the guys in Matrix that I can hold time still and do my mommy duties, that would be fantastic !  But sadly I got no such said powers, so here I am typing away to write my first entry for 2015 while my washing is drying out in the sun.

Our New Year Media Noche was a simple spread with some ready made extras. In previous years, Mr H and myself tend to overkill ourselves from preparation but this New Year’s Eve was different as we learned to relax and unwind before midnight came.

Here’s our menu for TRIBE’s New Year 2015:

CRACKERS & DIPS  © BUSOG! SARAP! 2015CRACKERS & DIPS

Such a great idea as an appetizer/snack for kids while they wait for the New Year’s midnight snack.  I was going to buy some gourmet dips but went for these dips as the kids likes the taste.

STUFFED & SKEWERED PRAWNS © BUSOG! SARAP! 2015SKEWERED & BAKED STUFFED PRAWNS

The Baked Stuffed Prawns were topped with a tomato/pineapple mixture with melted cheese, Mr H specialty…. they were really scrumptious!  Mr H tried a couple of the prawns we bought with a new marinade and visualized it skewered…. the result was pretty good with a  Mediterranean take.

LUMPIANG SARIWA © BUSOG! SARAP! 2015LUMPIANG SARIWA

I’ve have prepared this Lumpiang Sariwa (Filipino Fresh Spring Rolls) earlier that day and just kept the container inside the fridge till it was ready to be served.  Filling was composed of mixed sliced vegetables with pork mince.

FILIPINO CRISPY PATA © BUSOG! SARAP! 2015CRISPY PATA

From all the Crispy Pata I have cooked, this batch was far the best I’ve deep fried.  The outer skin was crispy and the meat inside still retained its moisture.

PORK BBQ STICKS © BUSOG! SARAP! 2015PORK BBQ STICKS

We only grilled a couple of Pork Bbq Sticks for our New Year’s midnight snack for the kids.

BUKO SALAD © BUSOG! SARAP! 2015BUKO SALAD

TRIBE’s Buko Salad are served in individual containers to be consumed in one go.  I find it more hygienic and you only defrost what you need.

BANANA TURON © BUSOG! SARAP! 2015BANANA TURON

While buying some Magnolia Ice Cream Tubs from an Asian Supermarket near our suburb, I saw this frozen Banana Turon in their freezer.  Curiosity got the better of me and I bought a packet… so happy I only bought one packet as I will not buy this stuff ever again.  When you cook them even when the oil was not too hot this Banana Turon burns in some parts.  It does not look appetizing and the taste was only passable. 

NEW YEAR 2015 FRUITS © BUSOG! SARAP! 2015NEW YEAR 2015 FRUITS

It is the tradition among Filipinos to greet New Year with an array of round fruits…. it should be 13 pieces of different round fruits as a sign of luck and prosperity.  For the people who are not aware, Philippines is a melting pot of cultures that we carry on some of the traditions other countries have and one of them is Chinese.  Chinese sees the number 13 in their culture as a lucky number and the round fruits symbolizes coins which represents wealth…. who would want to argue with that, bring on the round fruits!

Personally, I just tend to grab whatever fruits the TRIBE will eat as long as most of them are round, I tend to bend the rules a little bit…. lol!

FORTUNE COOKIES © BUSOG! SARAP! 2015FORTUNE COOKIES & CORN TUBES SNACKS

I saw these two items while shopping in one of my favourite Asian store the day before and I have to buy them.  The Fortune Cookies taste like Egg Roll Biscuits and the Corn Tubes taste like Cheez Curls with corn flavour.  They were wrapped in yellow and gold foil individual packets, that they reminded me of gold nuggets….. so for luck and prosperity I’ve included them in our TRIBE’s New Year spread.

Now that I have edited and layout the New Year 2015 food pictures for this post, one thing I’ve noticed most of the food we cooked was “pulutan” (dishes for drinking session)…. *wink *wink *wink,  hehehehe!  Overall the spread we shared to celebrate the New Year was good, not to heavy for a midnight snack. We’ll be doing this kind of New Year food spread while the kids are still young, it’s easier and practical.

Apology for the lateness of this post as you know SAHM duties are unpredictable and never ending.  So, for now…. all I want to say to you all, may we all have a fantabulous 2015!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

PORK ADOBO BUN (Pork Adobo Gua Bao)

After my visit to 8 Street at Westfield Garden City “Fresh Food Precinct” and dropping by at Grill n Bao for lunch (we’re regulars now), I was inspired to make my own Gua Bao but with a Filipino twist put into it.  This Pork Adobo Bun (Pork Adobo Gua Bao) of mine is the bomb!  You have to make it, seriously… it is so easy.

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Fresh Food Shopping Experience at Westfield, Garden City

Brought to you by Nuffnang and Westfield Garden City.

Spuds & Plums - Westfield Garden City © BUSOG! SARAP! 2014

Have you been to Westfield Garden City lately?  Westfield Garden City just had a $400m redevelopment and you should see what they have done.  If you haven’t checked the place yet…you’re missing out on a wonderful revamped fresh food precinct with new specialty stores plus of course your regular supermarkets (Coles, Woolworths and Aldi).
I was invited to check out their fresh food precinct and was very pleased with what I saw. 
Spuds & Plums 1 - Westfield Garden City © BUSOG! SARAP! 2014SPUDS & PLUMS

I like the open layout design of Spuds & Plums (green grocer).  It creates this market style ambience and allows you to gain access at any point around the shop whether you’re just going to browse their fresh produce or buy something.  My bargain find was 1/2 head of cabbage for only 0.59¢ !

Sunlit Asian Supermarket - Westfield Garden City © BUSOG! SARAP! 2014SUNLIT ASIAN SUPERMARKET

Sunlit has a very spacious store to display their wares.  I love their tea section with different teapots adorning its elaborate bookcase entrance.  Products are neatly stacked and priced reasonably.  My bargain find was 2 doz. chicken eggs for $3 !

Top Chop - Westfield Garden City © BUSOG! SARAP! 2014 TOP CHOP

Top Chop offers fresh nicely packaged meats and they have a hot section where you can buy ready-to-eat Roast Chickens and hot meals/snacks.

Breadtop - Westfield Garden City © BUSOG! SARAP! 2014BREADTOP

I love Breadtop… with their vast assorted breads on display.  You can pick your own baked favourites in the display cabinets using their tongs and trays.

Woolworths, Coles & Aldi - Westfield Garden City © BUSOG! SARAP! 2014WOOLWORTHS, COLES AND ALDI SUPERMARKETS

Having the three major supermarkets under one roof is a big bonus for me as I love circling the specials on their weekly catalogues and going to the shops to buy the discounted products that our household uses around the house.

There are more shops opening soon around the vicinity of Westfield Garden City “Fresh Food Precinct” and when all of these shops are open, this area will be one of the busiest portions of the shopping centre.

8 Street - Westfield Garden City © BUSOG! SARAP! 2014

As 8 Street was just opposite Spuds & Plums we had our afternoon snack at Grill n Bao.  The concept of a hawker style Asian cuisine dining precinct inspired me to put my own twist on Mr H’s favourite Pork Belly Gua Bao for the rest of the TRIBE to try at home.  So armed with a new recipe idea we came back to the fresh food area and bought all the ingredients I needed.

What came out on that inspiration was a Filipino twist on the Grill n Bao’s Grilled Pork Belly Burger which I will call… Pork Adobo Buns !

I hope you give this recipe a try…{click here for Busog! Sarap! Pork Adobo Buns recipe}

PORK--BELLY-ADOBO--BUN-Bao--BUSOG-SA[1][2][9]PORK ADOBO BUN (Pork Adobo Gua Bao)

 

F.Y.IThank you to Nuffnang and Westfield Garden City for the opportunity of doing this sponsored post.  I truly enjoyed making the Pork Adobo Buns recipe inspired by Grill n Bao and revisiting the place again as Westfield Garden City Shopping Centre is one of our regular places to shop around.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

GOOD FOOD AND WINE SHOW 2014–BRISBANE (2)

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So here it is…the most exciting part of the event!  Now I will take you on a visual tour to show you some of the yummiest stalls in Brisbane Good Food and Wine Show 2014….

Good Food and Wine Show 2014 - Ilias The GreekILIAS THE GREEK

Ilias the Greek Stall have the most wonderful characters looking after the stall.  Warm and friendly you can’t help but be drawn to their stall with them handing you toothpicks of their warm sweet Honey Puffs and delicious Halva pieces. I love the extra ambience their Greek music creates as it pumps out from their little sound system, if there was an award for the most happy atmosphere stall it would be won by Ilias the Greek Stall.

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