SO! How has the long weekend been for everyone? I have spent most of mine traipsing around Surry Hills, the North & the East with the gang. The three days off have been filled with wining & dining, catching up with friends, shopping, partying and enjoying the outdoors.
I make sure that I visit Vivid every year and it’s exciting to see how much it has grown and become bigger and better then ever. Tonight (Monday 10th June) is the last night so don’t go rushing down there tomorrow as the city will be back to its usual self. Pre-Vivid we headed to dinner at Chefs Gallery which is right near Town Hall and central for all of us. I have eaten here before and I always compare it to the likes of Din Tai Fung in World Square with both places having open kitchens that look in on the chefs folding and pleating dumplings for the steamer or kneading and pulling the fresh noodles.
These Prawn Dumplings topped with three types of Caviar were flavoursome but I really dislike the popping sensation when you chew them.
My favourites…the Spicy King Prawn Dumplings.
The dumplings were served with a side salad of Pickled Cucumber.
The translucent Mixed Vegetable Dumplings were definitely the prettiest, allowing you to see right into their soul.
All of the dumplings came in a serving of 4 with the price ranging from $12.90 to $16.90. It is a very high price to pay, but the effort, skill and time that goes into making each one is exquisite.
We couldn’t go past trying the Shredded Duck with Hoi Sin and Cucumber wrapped in Roti which are very similar to Duck Pancakes except for the change in outer wrapper.
The Crab Meat Spring Rolls were crunchy and light, but the frying oil and spicy yet sweet dipping sauce overpowered any taste of the crab meat.
Having ordered enough dim sum to share, we decided on a hand made noodle dish to finish off the meal and ordered the Wok Friend Noodles with Shredded BBQ Pork in Soya Sauce.
My all time favourite order of Steamed Chinese Broccoli with Oyster Sauce. This is a must order anytime it is on the menu.
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Leaving the restaurant full and content we walked down George St towards Circular Quay where the main Vivid light display is on. For those of you that don’t know, Vivid is an annual festival held in Sydney for Light, Music and Ideas. The festival transforms the city into a huge light installation with performances from local and international musicians and public talks and debates from leading global creative thinkers. My photos below are a mixture from Vivid but also of the city streets whilst walking around. I was being the ultimate tourist with my camera around my neck, snapping away vibrantly at our beautiful city.
Queen Victoria Building.
Museum of Contemporary Art.
Harbour Bridge and a Sydney Ferry.
The Rocks with it’s old school charm against the modern city back drop.
There we have it folks, a brief sum up of just some of the photos from Vivid. If you want to read more about the festival then check out their website here http://www.vividsydney.com/.
It is now time for the weekend to end and for me to get a decent nights sleep. Hope you all got up to some mischief. Goodnight world xxx