I heart road trips, even if it means just driving for an hour or two to get out of Sydney for a quick break from all the hustle and bustle in our lives. Mostly because the opportunity to do so is rare. Anyways, so after hibernating in all my books, a short road trip was well beyond overdue and was decided that DC and I should road trip it down to Wollongong.
|Korean fried chicken sandwich po' boys - $10|
We left a bit after 10.30 in the morning, cruised along the M4 followed by the M1 and arrived in the city centre of the Gong at around midday. Needless to say that by the time we arrived, we were hungry and had to fuel up.
First stop was lunch at the Hungry Wolf Kitchen (53-61 Crown Street, Wollongong). A cute little cafe tucked away on Crown Street but right opposite is their whiskey bar and restaurant where the lights turn on at night.
|Howlin' Wolf Whiskey Bar, Wollongong|
|Wild rice and avocado - $10|
The wild rice made my taste buds go so wild as it was definitely not shy of any flavour. Loved how there was a decent serve coriander which made it refreshing as one can never have too much coriander. The kick of the chilli, the creaminess of the avocado and the crunchy delight from the skin of the generous amount of pork belly was such a good combination. It was indeed a unique dish and definitely became one of my favourite dishes I have had in a while.
The Korean fried chicken 'sandwich' (shown earlier) reminded me of an Asian take on a chicken schnitzel roll. The guys at Hungry Wolf Kitchen make their own hot sauce to add their own twist. There was a kick to the sauce and went well with the pickles and slaw. The chicken was moist and although I would of preferred it to have a crunchier coating like the fried chicken at Naruone, Red Pepper and so forth, it was easily forgiven mostly because of addictive home made sauce and their fries.
Ladies and gentlemen, friends and homies, let me tell you about these fries. We all know how much I am madly obsessed with potato. Normally at most places, you either get served crunchy french fries or much larger strips filled with fluffy potato. I don't know about you but I have never been able to choose between the two.
These chips were the same size as your french fries and although they didn't have the same element of crunch, it was slightly fluffy inside and very well seasoned. If you are strictly either a french fries or a chunky potato person then I am not sure if this is for you. But I secretly wanted to order another bag for the ride home. They were so freaking delicious and dangerously addictive.
|Zucchini Ribbons and fried tofu - $10 + $3|
As it was only DC and I, the serving size of the zucchini ribbons was slightly made smaller. It was deliberately so we wouldn't waste any food but still got to try a few things on the menu so this is not the actual size of the dish. The lemon helped made it refreshing and the pumpkin seeds gave it an extra element of crunch.
By the end, DC and I had two very happy bellies. The wild rice was still our all time favourite
+ the chips for me. It is just going to have to be something we have each time we road trip it down to the Gong.
|Wollongong Harbour and Lighthouse|
Next stop was to soak up some vitamin D in the sun at the harbour and lighthouse. The sun had came out to play and it was sooooooo nice to bask in all that sunlight. Unlike Sydney, it was warm even whilst being so close to the beach. Who needs layers and layers of thermal wear and trench coats when you can you take in all that warmth from the sun. A mental note was made then and there to come down more often, especially during winter.
|Mount Keira look out|
On the drive back, DC and I stopped by the look out at Mount Keira to capture a breath taking view of Wollongong whilst surrounded by the sounds of nature.
Finally, I made my first ever video clip. It is super short (by that, I really mean less than 30 seconds lol) and yes, I made the mistake of filming it in portrait but whatever. But I would really really really appreciate your thoughts or feedback of the clip as it is something I am hoping to make more of whenever I go on a trip.
Gotta go eat!!
Food is our religion dined as a guest of Hungry Wolf Kitchen and Wasamedia. All opinions and views expressed are of my own.