Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Ants Bistro Vol II

Sorry for being MIA for a long long time. I've recently bought a new laptop and started a new journey of my life, that's why I've been missing from the whole blogging society. I still do take pictures of food, cook, bake and eat out a lot, but just less blogging, hence I have tons of photos in my hard disk waiting to be published.

Lately, Ants Bistro is probably the first restaurant on the top of my head when someone asks me for a decent, reasonably priced Chinese restaurant. I felt it offers a slightly different taste to the usual Chinese/Cantonese food we are used to. Here are several dishes I had on my last visit to Ants Bistro.

Light and refreshing cold entree--"Tasty Chicken", pieces of chicken with peanuts and coriander.
I really enjoyed this dish and had to order two as one just was not enough!

Mapo Dofu, one of my favourite!
I think this is probably the best Mapo Dofu I've had so far, in my opinion that is. The flavor was just perfect without being too spicy or salty!

Minister Chicken--Deep fried battered chicken wings with slightly tangy and spicy sauce.

Stir Fried Snow pea sprouts in garlic sauce
This was better than other Chinese restaurants I've tried so far as it was comparatively less oily.

Braised pork knuckle
This was huge, so make sure you have big eaters with you! The pork knuckle was so tender that it almost fell off the bone. The sauce also went perfectly with a bowl hot steaming rice! It's a perfect winter dish, even though it's not even winter yet in Melbourne. The braised pork knuckle was served with steamed quartered bok choy, which I would have preferred if they were cut into smaller pieces as they were pretty hard to eat without looking greedy and messy. Be mindful that you have to order this atleast 20 min advance as the pork knuckle needs time to braise.

There goes my first post in 3 months, I will try to update this blog as much as possible, and thanks to all my faithful reader who are still reading! :)


Agnes said...

Welcome back - best of luck for your new journey!

Bean Sprout's Cafe said...

of course I am still reading and always waiting :)

Never tried this one but it looks so interesting.. Can you took me there? haha

Hungry Hamster said...

Agnes: thank you for such a fast reply! I will try to keep this blog as up to date as possible!
Beansprout: I'll definitely take you there if you come visit me in Melbourne ;)

Ulla said...

Mapo Dofu is my favorite too! It looks really authentic! In china they have a lot of sauce in it. Here in NYC they have so little sauce.

Hungry Hamster said...

Hey Ulla! Thanks for dropping by :)
Glad to find another Mapo Dofu lover as well!

Genie said...

Welcome back! I found your blog a couple of months ago and was sad to see that you hadn't been in since November. Glad I checked back "just in case".