It was pretty damn amazing. We miss Magic Wok so much. I remember when I heard about it closing, it was like a part of me died. Yes, I’m being melodramatic, but as much as we love Kuan Yin and Loving Hut, we really don’t have a replacement for Magic Wok. Sooooo, we decided to drop into the Gold Coast and visit Tian Ran on the way home from Byron Bay. Woah – the Gold Coast and Byron are polar opposites!
Enough ranting, food:
Mmmmmm we’ve become addicted to the young coconuts from Woolworths thanks to Cam’s sister. They’re probably incredibly bad for the environment, being flown from Indonesia/Thailand, but OMG, soooooooooooo good.
Entree 1: BBQ Pork Buns
Not as good as the Magic Wok ones (they weren’t bright red in the middle), but they were good. Very ‘meaty’ texture inside.
Entree 2: Crispy Fish Strips
From the taste, Cam worked out that these were probably Lamyong Fishy Strips (no idea what the real name is). They were really nice (and that’s saying something, ‘cause I’m not a fan of the fishy substitutes).
Entree 3: Chicken and Corn Soup
I’ve had this soup before – Cam brought some home for me when I was writing my thesis and he went to the land of the leather people (the Gold Coast) with friends. Nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom !
Side dish: Nasi Goreng
This was delicious! I don’t know what I was expecting, but it was delicately flavoured (tomato and chilli powder). And super super yummy. (I’m going to run out of superlatives soon!)
Amy’s Main: Salt and Pepper Chicken
Deep fried tastiness. We thought these were Lamyong Soy Nuggets.
Cam’s Main: Black Pepper Chicken
Again Lamyong Soy Nuggets. It had that tasty cornflour glaze thingy that Chinese food has. Not too peppery – Cam really enjoyed this.
Cam’s dessert: Banana Fritter
I can’t vouch for the flavour (I don’t eat banana), but Cam had a huge grin on his face the entire time he ate this.
We really enjoyed Tian Ran. The service was great and not too fast. The guy who owns it (we presume) was really lovely.
It was a great end to a fantastic weekend.