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Sup folks, back for another read that will will blast your mind? Well here it is.

Over the weekend, my wife and I celebrated our 5 year wedding anniversary. I decided to kick off the day somewhere classy for Breakfast so we went to McDonald’s. We arrived before 8am and it was still rather quiet at this 5 star eatery with children running barefoot into the shared toilets and people hiding in the corner with laptops making use of the free WiFi service. I quickly scoffed down 2 muffins and after reading how many calories were in these bad boys, I decided to skip lunch and save myself for our anniversary dinner at Chinta Ria Malaysian restaurant in Darling Harbour later that evening.

We decided to take the kids along and not get babysitters thinking that they too are a part of the 5 years we have traveled thus far. We arrived at the door just before 6pm and there was approximately 80 people waiting outside, but thanks to our kids sitting in a pram giving us ramp access directly to the main entrance, we were about the 3rd family to enter. As you walk in, you are greeted by a 10ft tall statue of Buddha with smells of incense and the usual Malay/Chinese wall decorations along with the ambiance of the Malay/Chinese chefs yelling in the kitchen waving Woks about. Prawn crackers at the door are placed in two large bowls to munch on while you wait and my wife fed a handful to the floor.

We were lucky enough to have both kids sleeping on our arrival so we were excited to get into the menu and eat in peace. The service was great and it was only about 10 minutes from our arrival that the entree arrived, followed by my vino. We had ordered “Parker’s Gems” as it says on the menu which is made up of bite sized pieces of minced chicken blended with potatoes, coriander, silver thread noodles and special spices – lightly battered then snap fried. I’m not sure who Parker was but we wasted no time eating his Gems, so much that I forgot to take a photo of it to show my CZ fans. Accompanied with sweet chilli sauce, these were the perfect starters.

Anyhow, I didn’t forget to take pics when the mains rolled out so here they are, they were all accompanied with Steamed Rice and Roti. Firstly one of my favourites, Ayam Blues, consisting of lightly battered chicken fillets, wok tossed in a subtle tangy mayonnaise coating infused with lemon juice and tomato sauce. These just melted in my mouth.

Next on the list was “King Toh Beef”, thin strips of beef lightly floured and wok seared then tossed with onion in chef’s special blend sauce. Nom! Nom! Nom!

That’s right, I ain’t done yet crazy cats, next up “Assam Fish”, containing rockling fillets simmered in a delicious spicy tangy tamarind flavoured sauce with tomatoes, string beans and pineapple pieces, and this was the “Bomb” in my professional opinion.

The kids finally woke as soon as we were done, and there was still had plenty of food for them to choose from. They too enjoyed what was on offer, followed by a short stroll through the harbour, which was then followed by fireworks that I told my wife I had organized for our anniversary (I secretly was pretending the sound of fireworks was Sydney under attack and I was the hero saving people everywhere just like in the movies, but kept that to myself or my wife would of called me a weirdo, I’ve played way to many games not to think this way).

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post as much as I enjoyed eating that food, probably not though.