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Culinary Journey: What’s Up With… Dalgona Coffee

“A day without coffee is like, just kidding… I have no idea,” – Anonymous

If you are of the millennial generation, addicted to YouTube and a proud owner of TikTok, chances are you would have heard about this coffee…

Dalgona Coffee, although gain massive popularity in South Korea, is actually originated in Macau, China. The 400 times whisked coffee was featured in a South Korean reality, celebrity cooking competition called, Fun-staurant. One of the celebrity competing, Jung Il Woo, in search on foodie inspirations, went to Macau and discover this whisked coffee. Being a very popular reality show, evidently it inspired many South Korean, who happened to be stuck at home because of Covid-19, to take TikTok and YouTube by storm and the rest is history.

The recipe is so simple, all ingredients are 1:1:1 ratio

  • 2 tbsp Instant Coffee, black coffee won’t work with barista grade coffee for coffee machine or 3 in 1 kind with premixed sugar/creamer
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp hot water

You mixed all three ingredients and just whisk your life away. If you want it to be super fluffy, marshmallow like foam, you need to use an electric whisker cause your arms might fall off otherwise. If you are happy with a thickened cream consistency, your arm power will suffice. I love to pop this over ice and cashew milk. Cashew milk is honestly a recent discovery and I have fell hard for it.

Honestly, once you mixed the whisked coffee with milk, the drinks pretty much resemble a latte. The taste however, is on a different level. The coffee is creamier when compared to normal ice cafe latte and I don’t think I can drink coffee any other way, aside from Iced Americano, which is still my go-to. Dalgona coffee is definitely more like a treat, because as I’m writing this, like many of those South Korean before me, I am stuck at home, self isolating from all the corona craziness that is out there.

Let me know if you do give this coffee a go? You can always take a photo, post on Instagram and tag me http://instagram.com/karina.mandala

Stay safe and healthy everyone…


Humble Ray, a brag-worthy Desserts

“Dessert doesn’t go to the stomach, dessert goes to the heart,” – Anonymous.

If I was asked to choose between sweet and savoury, I will always pick savoury. When it comes to sweet food, I only ever have one weakness,


To be more precise, in the case here, I am talking about Korean shaved iced dessert. Better known as Bing-su, is the only type of sweet that I would always say yes too, no matter how stuffed my stomach feel. During my travel to Seoul, a chain store place called Seul-Bing, took a piece of my heart. I went back to various branches around Seoul few times during my 10 days there and now back in Melbourne, I have been looking for its replacement since.

Not the exact same, here’s praying for Seul-Bing to arrive in Melbourne, but for now this is an incredible substitutes. If you are a huge bing-su fan like yours truly, and you happen to live in Melbourne, make your way here…

Humble Ray | 71 Bouverie Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Opens 7 days | 8am – 4pm

Thai Milk Tea Bing-su

Huge fan of Thai Milk Tea, and for Humble Ray to create this Thai Milk Tea shaved ice is something I never knew I wanted but absolutely need in my life. Trust me when I say, it is not sickly sweet, you have extra condensed milk on the side if you need that extra sweetness. The Earl Grey ice cream on top, heavenly. Don’t forget to dig all the way to the bottom of the bowl for the grass jelly and coconut jelly goodness.

Matcha Bing-Su

I’m guessing matcha flavoured shaved-ice is not a new invention, but I do have to admit the unique dollop of Earl Grey Ice Cream adds a layer of flavour spectrum that is just simply delicious. The red bean mochi hidden beneath the tons of shaved ice creates a fun texture to the dessert.

I know we are talking about my love for shaved-ice desserts here, but I can’t talk about Humble Ray and skip the good brunch food they served alongside these desserts. My current favourite, to the point of me craving it in the middle of my working week, is this simple and flavoursome combo of…

Egg White and Bacon

Their Croissant with scrambled eggs might be Insta-famous, but I have to say, their Egg White and Bacon is something else. The fluffiest egg whites omelette, generous rashers of bacons and good kick from the chilli mayo. Alright who’s free for brunch?!?!

Humble Ray, take centre stage and humbly brag about your amazing shaved-ice desserts. Unless Seul-Bing arrived in Melbourne, you shall find me enjoying my shaved-ice over brunch in this popular Melbourne brunch place.

What is the one sweet thing you could never ever refuse? Share on the comment below 🙂


Denmark House, final dégustation

First, let me give you the most important details,

Denmark House

428 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

Now that I have informed you where they are, let me tell you a little about them. Denmark House is a small place in the middle of Melbourne’s busy city, offering the ultimate experience of Danish hospitality. I was there by pure chance of having a wonderful foodie friend, but when we went there on the last time the restaurant’s served their dégustation menus to the public. They will be serving dinner as per usual, a la carte instead. Let me show you the five-course meals experienced I had at the Denmark House,


Crispy Chicken with Danish remoulade

Nordic crisp bread with seeds and creme fraiche


Croquette of salted cod with ‘mormor’ salad and herbs

Smoked duck breast with pickled plum


Sous vide lamb rump with new season carrots, charred spring onions and rosemary sauce

Large whole king prawns with asparagus, hollandaise sauce and cracked pepper


Rye bread ice cream with brown butter

Compressed strawberries with cream and crushed meringue

Til kaffen

Marzipan lollipop with chocolate

Each dish serves are flavourful and a delight. Personally, not the biggest fan of Nordic crisp bread, but the sous vide lamb… got me thinking, I should get myself a sous vide machines or something. The service was brilliant with ever so friendly and knowledgable waitresses. Aside from the flavours, the experience overall was nothing short of Scandinavian coziness.

I hoped you all get a chance to have a little taste of “hygge” Danish style at the Denmark House when you visit Melbourne. If you’re Melbournian and a foodie, please take a chance to pay a visit. You will not be disappointed.

Until next time lovely people, don’t forget to follow my Instagram if you want to see more of my food/beauty/art adventures.


Elk Espresso, Broadbeach QLD

Elk Espresso

16 Chelsea Avenue, Broadbeach QLD 4218

(07) 5592 2888


Coming from Melbourne you think, hmmm… Maybe we do live on the best state for food. However, Melbournians, be afraid, cause other states around Australia are coming up with some delicious offerings, like this gem on Gold Coast’ Broadbeach,

   Ice Latte (my current obsession)

 Avocado & Feta Mesh

  Potato Hash

It’s a quirky place that can comfortably pop-up on Brunswick St, Melbourne. The amazing mural on the wall, the 5 minutes walk to the beach, this place has it all. Most importantly, Elk Espresso served delicious food and absolutely mint Ice Latte

-love Karina.

Miss Margarita, Byron Bay NSW

Miss Margarita Mexican Cantina

2 Jonson Street, Byron Bay NSW 2482

(02) 6685 6828

Sunny weather, seaside town, with sand on my feet… Mexican food is the only way to go! Lucky enough to visit Byron Bay over the weekend, and this place came highly recommended,

First of all, love the quirky decor. I love the amount Frida Kahlo self portrait on the walls. The food are so delicious! And so happy with the lunch taco plus beer deal, yummy…

We had the Crispy Fish Tacos and Mexican Pulled Pork, and they’re so so good! The wait staffs are fun, relaxed and helpful with menu choices, and they are so many good choices. Must visit if you’re in Byron Bay area…

-love Karina.

Matcha (Green Tea) Pancake, recipe

Yes, I have a feeling my love for anything green tea, has gone to an obsessive stage. But here is another super quick and easy recipe for breakfast,


1 1/2 cups milk

 1 egg

 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

 2 cups self-raising flour

1 tbsp Matcha Maiden green tea powder

 1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

 1/3 cup caster sugar

 25g butter, melted


  1. Whisk milk, egg and vanilla together in a jug 
  2. Sift flour, green tea powder and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl, then stir in sugar
  3.  Make a well in centre, add the milk mixture and whisk until just combined
  4. Heat a large non-stick frying pan  over medium heat, brush pan with butter. Using 1/4 cup mixture per pancake, wait for bubbles to pop before turning the pancakes, about 3 minutes on each side
  5. Once cooked, transfer each pancake to a plate and cover with cling wrap to keep warm, served with whatever toppings you like. I served mine with home-made Vanilla ice cream and maple syrup!


-love Karina. 

TONKA Restaurant

TONKA Restaurant

20 Duckboard Place, Melbourne 3000

(03) 9650 3155

  The best typical Melbourne kind of night should start with no plan. You know you’re hungry, you definitely need a drink after a long work day… So you walk along the city laneways, kind of aimlessly at first. Suddenly, you stumble upon a lane with a massive neon sign that said, TONKA. Like most curious Melbournian, my suggestion will be to go and seek it out cause you might find a delightful surprise behind the glass door…   Wonderful Belini to remind me of Venice… 

 Cured Kingfish with the lightest, flavourful yoghurt sauce…

  An amazing minty flavoured chickpeas salad, with crunchy panipuri…

 Vegetarian Curry, that egg… My goodness! 

They have great small dishes to share, great Indian inspired flavours and friendly wait staffers. Great decor and ambiance, this place is a tiny reminder, in a big way, of why you should be absolutely grateful to have the opportunity to be living in one of the world’s most liveable city…
They do get busy, so book ahead or you can always sit at the bar area, which is just as good 🙂
-love Karina. 

Tokyo Tonkotsu Ramen Bankara, Westfield Doncaster

Last Tuesday, I had the pleasure of tasting the delicious variety served by Ramen Bankara. Let me start with the most important details,

Ramen Bankara

Shop G047, 619 Doncaster Road,

Doncaster, VIC 3108

Westfield Doncaster Shopping Centre

Facebook: Ramen Bankara Australia

Instagram: @ramenbankara_au

  Agedashi Tofu

   Tonkotsu Ramen


  Bankara Ramen


  Chuka Soba

 Assorted Ice Cream (Green Tea, Black Sesame, Vanilla) and Lemon Sorbet

Honestly, it is so difficult to pick my favourite dish because all of them are just so delicious. I am so intrigued by Tsukumen, which seperate the cold noodle and the really hot broth, so you dip the noodle as you go. New concept of noodle eating, but absolutely delicious! 

Their signature Bankara Ramen is also really good, the soup is quite sweet from the pork broth. I can’t even… You must try these delicious ramen for yourself. 

**Thank you to the lovely and amazing Ramen Bankara team! Thank you for inviting me for an amazing meal! Everyone is so helpful and fully verse in the menu 🙂 

-love Karina.