Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Birthday Boy and A 'Fishful' Day

Today is my dad's 76th birthday: "Bah, Happy Birthday and wishing you the very best of health!!". My dad (and my Hubby) came over to Melbourne for a visit last month and we took the opportunity to throw an early birthday celebration for him.
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I arranged for a family outing on our day off and since I have been wanting to do some fishing, we headed to the Australian Rainbow Trout Farm in Macclesfield which is situated in the Dandenong Ranges. The entry fee ($6 for adults and $4.50 for children 4 - 14 y.o) covers park facilities, fishing rods and baits. Fish caught must be purchased and is charged according to weight. There is a fishing lake for those who wish to spend a day trying their luck but the worker told us that the lake is 'lightly stock'. We plan to have a fishy picnic lunch here hence we gave this challenging lake a miss.
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We were hungry and we wanted fish for lunch. And so, we headed to the 'heavily-stocked' pond instead. There are a number of ponds stocked with different sizes of rainbow trouts, and of course, the prices varies as well.
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Honeslty, I wasn't too keen on catching Rainbow Trout because this is what I had in mind...ATLANTIC SALMON!!
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Within seconds, I caught this 2kgs+ beauty!
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While I was still jumping around with joy, my bro-in-law and nephew also managed to catch a salmon each! My bro-in-law's catch weighed 4kgs!!! 5

Although we wish to continue to fish, we decided to stop since we already have an accumulated 10kgs salmon for lunch! And ahem, price at $24 per kilos, we ended up spending over $200 for the fish plus extra for filleting and sashimi fee. 6

The lady worker told us that the best time to catch Atlantic Salmon is around May/June before the salmon release its orange eggs. That is why our catch is paler in colour as compared to what we usually had. We took note of that and decided to drop by again in May next year for sure!
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While waiting for our lunch to be cleaned, Hubby and Nathan went to the Rainbow Trout pond to fish.
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There are ample of BBQ pits at the park for those who wish to grill their catch on the spot. Without wasting anymore time, we digged into our Atlantic Salmon Sashimi. The freshest sashimi I ever had in my life!
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Though it wasn't as sweet and flavourful as expected (due to the salmon just released its egg), we were quite surprised with the firmness and 'bounciness' of the texture. Not bad at all.10

Nathan requested for the sashimi slices to be grilled and surprise surprise, it was so tasty that the adults immediately stood around the BBQ pit with chopsticks in hand all ready to dig in! My nephew ended up sitting at the picnic table enjoying his lunch alone. Hehe!11

Our family's MASTERCHEF !!
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Nathan's Rainbow Trout was super awesome!! Aiyooo...we really regretted being overly excited with the salmon pond because the Rainbow Trout tasted even better and way way way sweeter! Next trip, we shall just catch ONE salmon for sashimi and focus on Rainbow Trout. Yummy...I could easily finish off one whole fish myself, ok make it 2!
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Grilled salmon fish head lightly sprinkled with salt....yummy!!!! Omega-3 overdosed!!!

Nathan with his satisfying smile. He really look forward to fish again.
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Hubby didn't manage to fish but it's ok, wait till May next year.
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The handsome Birthday Boy with a big smile on his face. Needless to say, he enjoyed the outing too!
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Australia Rainbow Trout Farm is located at:
26 Mulhalls Road
Macclesfield
Victoria, Australia
Melway Ref 125 J3
Phone/Fax: (03) 5968 4711
Opens daily from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. except Christmas day

9 comments:

KY said...

warghh memang a damn good catch!

UnkaLeong said...

Wow! My dad would love this place :)

Precious Pea said...

KY: Biggest fish I ever caught!

Unka: Bring your dad over to Melbourne for holiday!

Vee said...

That's fantastic! I've been looking for an interesting place to visit with my family when my parents visit from KL (we've done the whole Great Ocean Road shebang) and this looks like it ;) Properly foodie too!

CUMI & CIKI said...

Happy Birthday to your dad! And what terrifically fresh looking fish! Happy holidays dear precious pea:)

daphne said...

what an amazing trip!! We would have love to do something like this as well! Fresh fish!

Anonymous said...

Hi Precious Pea,
I'm have been following your blog many years back. Found that you have not been updating the blog anymore. Did you shifted to a new blog? Looking forward to hear from you again.

Precious Pea said...

Dear Anonymous,

Thank you for leaving me a message and I am glad to know I still have readers who still thinks about me. Really feel happy. Yes, it has been ages since i last posted. I have been very lazy since i move over to Melbourne and with the restaurant business and my current Korean language study, I dun have much time, or shall i say interest to blog. But next year I might consider reviving my blog as I will be heading back to Malaysia. Do be patient and drop by again from time to time ok? Would appreciate if you could leave me your name too.

Cheers from Precious Pea

Anonymous said...

Hi precious pea, sorry for late reply. I'm Chen here. I was at Melbourne last year too n was staying there for about a year before back to KL. Are u coming back for good? Looking forward for the updated blog. Happy Chinese New Year 2014.

 

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