Ginseng Restaurant

On Christmas eve I went to lunch at the Ginseng Restaurant with a couple of blokes from work. The Ginseng Restaurant is in the Hellenic Club at Woden. It always amuses me that this centre of Greek culture has both Chinese and Italian eateries in it. 

I was eating with a couple of work friends. I mentioned to one of them that I never worked as a waiter while I was at medical school. He suggested I’m not really Chinese 

The good thing about Ginseng is the service is quick and the restaurant is cheap and cheerful. 

We each chose a dish for sharing. I chose the sweet and sour pork not because I particularly like it but because it connected with a story from earlier in the day. Christmas eve in Canberra started as a fantastic warm and moderately humid day. I sent a text message to my friend, who was born in Victoria, about just how good the weather is. He responded that he was growing mold in his nether regions. I suggested coating his scrotum with corn flour as per the movie Chef. I also added we could cut them off and make hush puppies in a deep fat fryer. You really need to have seen the movie Chef to understand the connection. The closest thing we were going to eat to hush puppies that day would be sweet and sour pork.

We shared duck pancakes for a starter and then got stuck into some sweet and sour pork, chicken and noodles with ginger and some prawns. 

Roast duck pancakes Apple iPhone 6 Plus with iPhone 6 Plus back camera 4.15mm f/2.2 at 4mm and f/2.2, 1/15sec, ISO 125
Roast duck pancakes Apple iPhone 6 Plus with iPhone 6 Plus back camera 4.15mm f/2.2 at 4mm and f/2.2, 1/15sec, ISO 125
Sweet and sour pork Apple iPhone 6 Plus with iPhone 6 Plus back camera 4.15mm f/2.2 at 4mm and f/2.2, 1/15sec, ISO 125
Sweet and sour pork Apple iPhone 6 Plus with iPhone 6 Plus back camera 4.15mm f/2.2 at 4mm and f/2.2, 1/15sec, ISO 125
Chicken and noodles Apple iPhone 6 Plus with iPhone 6 Plus back camera 4.15mm f/2.2 at 4mm and f/2.2, 1/15sec, ISO 125
Chicken and noodles Apple iPhone 6 Plus with iPhone 6 Plus back camera 4.15mm f/2.2 at 4mm and f/2.2, 1/15sec, ISO 125
Prawns Apple iPhone 6 Plus with iPhone 6 Plus back camera 4.15mm f/2.2 at 4mm and f/2.2, 1/15sec, ISO 100
Prawns Apple iPhone 6 Plus with iPhone 6 Plus back camera 4.15mm f/2.2 at 4mm and f/2.2, 1/15sec, ISO 100

It was a very nice lunch. It cost us about $30 each and were in and out within about an hour.


 

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Earlier in the day we enjoyed a Kirkland pavlova too.

Kirkland pavlova Apple iPhone 6 Plus with iPhone 6 Plus back camera 4.15mm f/2.2 at 4mm and f/2.2, 1/10sec, ISO 100
Kirkland pavlova Apple iPhone 6 Plus with iPhone 6 Plus back camera 4.15mm f/2.2 at 4mm and f/2.2, 1/10sec, ISO 100

I hope your work place Christmas lunches went well. 

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6 Responses

  1. Looks fab Gary! Just out of interest, what is a Kirkland pavlova as I have never heard of it?

    1. A workmate bought the pavlova from Costco and Kirkland is the Costco brand. It looked pretty but didn’t taste as good as homemade.

  2. The food looks amazing! It is nice that you each ordered dishes to share. How I miss that. Folks here in green acres order dishes for themselves, not to share…Suggested this and they thought that I was crazy! Was that plum sauce on the duck? Love that dish! Have a wonderful day! Be well – ^..^

    1. Thanks Barb. I don’t understand the not sharing thing. It’s the traditional way to do it. It was hoi sin sauce. Plum sauce would have been good too.

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