Yum Cha in Little Africa

The plan for today was a pool party with Brisbane International Student Ambassadors at Mat’s house. But after the rainy weather Mat suggested a yum-cha lunch at a restaurant in Moorooka. Moorooka can be easily called as the “Little Africa” in Brisbane with its thriving African community. “Oriental Taste” is a small Hong Kong restaurant in Moorooka famous for Yum Cha. Yum cha is an Asian/Chinese dining experience which involves drinking Chinese tea and eating dim sum dishes [ref]. (But today’s yum cha didn’t involve any Chinese tea.)

Oriental Taste Restaurant
Oriental Taste, 162 Beaudesert Road, Moorooka, QLD 4105, Australia

It was around 1.45pm when I reached the place. Elsa, Kyoko, Mat and Guillaume came around 2, and we started looking through the menus.

Oriental Taste Yum Cha Menu
Oriental Taste Yum Cha Menu
Oriental Taste Yum Cha Menu
Oriental Taste Yum Cha Menu

I had no idea of anything on the menu, so I let the others to order. And it was so quick they started serving within minutes.

Fried Salt & Pepper Squid Tentacles
Fried Salt & Pepper Squid Tentacles
Lemon Chicken Balls
Lemon Chicken Balls
Steamed Prawn Dumplings
Steamed Prawn Dumplings
Crispy Green Beans
Crispy Green Beans
Steamed Juicy Custard Buns
Steamed Juicy Custard Buns for desert

It’s just great food in a nice atmosphere. For the fresh and tasty food for this cheap price, this is a restaurant I’m sure to try again.

Tweet-size Thoughts – Movies – December 2010

It’s the holiday season. I planned nothing for the Christmas week, as I’ve already had a short break in November with the road trip. So all I did this month, except from going to university most of the days, is watching movies, a lot of movies. Here comes the list with my ‘Tweet-size Thoughts’.

  1. Oy! (2009) Telugu (7.5/10) – A interesting localized storyline (inspiration of Erich Segal’s novel ‘Love Story’) and executed with the excellent performances by the lead actors.
  2. Do Dooni Chaar (2010) Hindi (8/10) – It’s good to see a non-filmy family movie from Bollywood. It a way its refreshing and entertaining too.
  3. Benny And Babloo (2010) Hindi (7.5/10) – A different Bollywood movie, takes a sarcastic look into the Mumbai (night) life.
  4. Chikku Bukku (2010) Tamil Movie (6.5/10) – Felt like watching two movies together. Once watchable.
  5. Butterfly on a Wheel (2007) English (8/10) – Excellent psychological thriller. Can’t guess whats going on until the end.
  6. Golmaal 3 (2010) Hindi (6/10) – Colourful, logic-less, childish laughter for 2 hours 20 minutes. That’s all, once watchable.
  7. Gaayam 2 (2010) Telugu (6.5/10) – Starts in Thailand with blood, continues in India. This interesting sequel, makes an impact through its screenplay and good performances.
  8. Easy A (2010) English (6.5/10) – Typical college comedy with a little different presentation.
  9. The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) English (7.5/10) – One of the interesting biographical movies I have seen lately.
  10. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010) English (6.5/10) – A good trade for the time.
  11. Bodyguard (2010) Malayalam (6.5/10) – Good one, wanted to watch this before Kavalan. This is the first Malayalam movie I’ve watched without subtitles.
  12. The Karate Kid (2010) English (6.5/10) – It was good, but still confused why they call a kung fu movie The Karate Kid.
  13. Prasthanam (2010) Telugu (5.5/10) – A really confusing political tail, just about revenge, revenge and revenge, mixed with some dance and romance for no apparent reason.
  14. Passenger (2009) Malayalam (7.5/10) – A simple tale of two passengers told in its simplest form. An excellent movie with good performances by the lead actors. And I watch it without subtitles, so not sure if I got tit correctly.
  15. Phas Gaye Re Obama (2010) Hindi (8/10) – Terrific performances and a brilliant screenplay with the ticklish humour makes this intelligent satire work well throughout.
  16. Kerala Cafe (2009) Malayalam (8/10) – All the ten short films in this anthology film have something interesting. It could be a little overwhelming and tiring, but it’s really a worth watch. Specially liked light sense of humour in Happy Journey and Off-season.
  17. Manmadan Ambu (2010) Tamil (6.5/10) – It’s a good entertainer if watched without any other expectations.
  18. Love Sex Aur Dhokha (2010) Hindi (8.5/10) – Liked it for the making and the theme. The story has three sub-plots that are about the news media turning into cheap entertainment.
  19. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008) English (9/10) – Most of the Holocaust movies over-hype the pro-Jew propaganda, but this one stands out and talks about humanity through the lives of two eight year old boys.
  20. Hotel Rwanda (2004) English (7/10) – I prefer documentaries rather than these movies, but it was a good one. As a person from a land that used to have enough of these, I feel the movie does not portray the massacre effectively.