Oh man, Tamara is up for elimination again! This time she is cooking against Callan and Sarah. Two of the best cooks in the competition, at this point, everyone is a good cook.

Callan being inventive and out of the box while Sarah gives so much flavor in all her cooking. With Sarah having an immunity pin, Tamara could just be up against Callan.

Lo and behold! Sarah did not use her immunity pin to save herself. Is this going to be a first in Masterchef? For someone to go home without using their hard earned immunity pin? 

Sarah, not using her immunity pin, put her confidence in her modern hot pot. 

Masterchef Sarah Tiong
Image by Daily Telegraph

Tamara cooked a Dumpling with quail egg.

Callan invented a sushi dessert and man did the judges love it

It was genius, tasty and had everyone fishing some more.

They thought it was bonkers, how can a sushi be a dessert? All through the cook they were questioning Callan. 

Their concern is the balance of the dish. Very hard to make a fish taste like a dessert. With it’s subtle fishy taste, slimy texture and just the thought of eating a fish for dessert? It’s mind boggling. 

Innovative or stupid?


After tasting Tamara’s dish after Sarah’s, they all agreed that Tamara’s dish was so much better. They mentioned that this could be the first in Masterchef’s history that someone exited without using their immunity pin.

They all did a great job but the best dish chosen was Tamara. Her best dish so far in the competition and it was delicious. 

Quails perfectly cooked, dumpling was on another level. Tamara almost teared up, while mentioning that the dish was something she shares with her husband a lot. But man, it was close but no tears, she’s one tough cookie.

-It is now between Sarah and Callan.

Sarah went white and is most likely regretting not using her immunity pin and looks really nervous after hearing Tamara took out the best dish.

The judges thought that Sarah’s dish was really bold and tasty. They had never tasted anything like it and it’s a great modernization of the classic Hot Pot.

Callan’s dish was very innovative and makes you curious. Salmon? Dessert? Huh?

They never tasted anything like it, lots of stuff on the plate to make the dish really tasty.

George was bamboozled by the salmon but agreed that it tastes like a dessert.

Gary had a bit of criticism about the roasting of the nori rice and needed to be taken further.

The roasted rice was not as tasty as promised.


That is why, Callan, you are out of the competition.

Masterchef Sarah Tiong has dodged a bullet!

Bye bye Callan Smith, watch out for that name, he is 19, gonna be big one day. Heston Blumenthal big perhaps.

Always with a big smile on his face, he exited Masterchef.

Watch what happened in Channel 10’s Masterchef.

tamara dumpling

She exited the competition yesterday after failing to deliver Deniz Karaca’s beautiful dark and yellow caramel tart.

The Tamara Graffen Controversy

Twitter fans were in an uproar after Gary Menighan had given Tamara plentiful of advice about her caramelize peanut. I too was surprised as to how much Gary advised Tamara. 

I guess she captured Gary’s heart with her gorgeous smile as she did mine.

She is one of the strongest cooks, has a bubbly personality and a pretty face. She is also a Engineering officer, so you know she has the brains. Can’t blame Gary for playing favorites. 

It is still a competition though and it’s not fair to other competitors. 

Battle Royale

Tonight, we watch Tamara fight for her place back in the competition, along with the 11 previously eliminated participants.

The challenge is to hero the same single ingredient in both their savory and dessert dish. 

Other contestants produced good dishes but they didn’t make quite an impact as Tamara’s dishes. Bryan’s dessert was just so strong that made the battle royale become a 1 v 1 between him and Tamara. 

Dumpling Off

She got frazzled at the start when she found out that Bryan Zhu was making the same dish as her, which was, dumplings.

tamara graffen

She shouldn’t, because her savory skills are so much stronger than Bryan’s. 

Bryan on the other hand is really strong at desserts. Tamara has to really bring her A+ game tonight if she really wants to get back in the competition.

After a brief moment of self doubt, she got her composure back  and produced a wonderful, well presented, sticky chili dumplings.

Comparing to Bryan’s dish, Tamara presented her dumplings very well. 

This is Bryan’s dumplings.

bryan zhu's dumplings

This is Tamara’s.

tamara dumpling

The judges loved both dumplings, to me, without being bias, the better presentation has to go with Tamara. There was just no comparison.

Bryan’s KOI Experience

We know that Bryan’s strength is in his desserts and he delivered a great one. It almost reminds me of Reynold Poernomo’s dessert. Maybe Bryan’s work experience in KOI have rubbed off on him.

Tamara did well too with her dessert and it would come down to how well they presented their dishes to the judges.


bryan zhu


tamara masterchef

Personally, I would give the presentation to Bryan, seeing as the judges thought that both Bryan and Tamara’s dessert tasted beautiful, it would’ve came down to their presentation. 

So it’s 1 to 1, Bryan winning the dessert battle and Tamara, the savory. Judges had to pick who had the strongest cook in both rounds. 

After the judges announced Tamara as the winner, she could not contain her excitement and screamed for joy. 

Did the Judges pick the right winner or playing favorites again? I will leave it up to you to decide. 

Mad Mex Burrito Challenge has been issued. For anyone who finishes this monster 1kg of a Burrito will get a free wrestlers mask. Wow! A wrestlers mask! Seriously, it’s not something for me to be excited about. The eating of the actual monster Burrito is more exciting.

mad mex burrito challenge

From marketing point of view, this is clever. People gets excited about challenges and when it involves monster food, it will go viral. It’s like man vs food but man vs food challenges are extremely extreme. I mean that guy can eat!

Challengers must eat the 1kg Burrito in one sitting inside the establishment without the help of anyone. 

I honestly can say that it’s not a very hard challenge, if you are hungry enough. Eating that after 4 hours of a big breakfast won’t be easy. I’d say fast the whole day ’till the challenge or just eat light.

Mad Mex Burrito Challenge History

Mad Mex has been doing the challenge since 2012 and it has been a hit. People flock to Mad Mex for that 1kg Burrito challenge. It’s either for bragging rights, for fun, for the love of food or because two burrito is not enough. I guess the mask is just a bonus and proof that you actually accomplished it.

I am guessing that you will have to pay for this Burrito. If you think that the mask will counter the amount of money you spent on the Burrito, well think again. The mask probably only cost them a dollar. It’s a good way for Mad Mex to start a buzz, like I said it’s good marketing.

There isn’t any time limit for this challenge but challengers have posted a best time of 1 minute and 13 seconds. Wow that is quick, that guy must have a big mouth and downed it like a shot of vodka.

What you get in that Burrito is rice, beans, pico de gallo and slow-cooked or freshly grilled meats or vegetables. It is also pack with cheese, house-made salsas, sour cream and lettuce. The cost of this massive Mad Mex Burrito challenge is $22. 

This challenge is held in celebration of Cinco de Mayo which is Mexican’s victory over the French Army on May 5th 1862.

Enter your interest and challenge your friend in this link.


bbking restaurant

Oh I miss it so. The spicy and healthy Kimchi. The distinct flavor of that Korean Marinade in that pork. Also missing some Korean pancakes. You know what I’m talking about, Korean BBQ!

Waiting for Yen to finish work so we can go to Lidcombe for some Korean. Can’t believe how Lidcombe is becoming another Strathfield. Which is a city filled with Koreans, another little Korea.

Worked out a little bit so I can negate some calories later. I know I will be eating a lot come lunch time. Can’t wait to eat some spice with beautiful bulgogi pork.

Original plan was to go to our usual spot which is called the Palbok House. Great Korean BBQ in Lidcombe.

To my dismay, my sister in law calls us up frantically saying that the Palbok House is close. “What are we going to do?” she says. I was disappointed but we are here already so lets just pick and choose. 

Deciding where to eat can be a pain.

Took us 15 minutes walking back and forth the street to decide which one to lunch in. Do you know how hard it is to decide which one to eat in? You don’t know if the service is bad, too expensive or worst disgusting food. Finally someone made up their minds and settled on BB KING Restaurant. Not really sure if their exact name includes Restaurant or just BB KING. Their Facebook page name is BB KINGLidcombe. Let’s just go with BB KING to make things easier.

bb king restaurant

BB KING so dim.

We got there almost 1:30 PM and there wasn’t much people seated. Maybe the lunch rush was over, so we were seated quite quickly. It was quite dim, a little bit more lighting could have brighten up the mood. It’s a great sunny day outside, once you enter, the mood change. So going in, coming from outside was a bit dramatic.

As we sat down, there were dirty dishes next to our table. I thought maybe the customers just left. One hour later, they still have not cleaned up the table. I don’t know why, there were three of them and no one packed up those dishes. Not like they were swamped with orders that they didn’t have spare time. 

Going in, you can definitely feel like you are in a Korean restaurant. The photos of Bimimbap, Korean rice wines and Korean writing, apparently called Hangul. Definitely feel like we are in a Korean restaurant. 

After ordering two different proteins, one pork and one beef, we were given these side dishes.

bb king review

There were shredded daikon or radish. Some beansprout with sauce I didn’t like. There were also an eggplant and of course kimchi. There are two sauces that was given to us as dips. The red one is made up of soybean paste with Korean chili sauce. Also topped with pistachio nuts and maple syrup. Maple syrup? What!?! That’s what I said. The other one was Sesame oil and some kind of Pepper.

bb king review

The best is when you double dip that marinated meat in both sauces. Tangy, chili and oily. Great dips to have with Korean BBQ. 

Unusual Korean BBQ like what the?

There was also a canal made on the BBQ plate right in the middle. Didn’t know what it was for ’till the staff started pouring beaten eggs and cheese in it. The egg and cheese is then melted and cooked once the BBQ gets hot.

I had never seen anything like this BBQ. I go to Korean BBQ often and this one is different. It had us questioning where to put the charcoal as there was just a massive hole. 

bb king restaurant

The charcoal is contained in a vertical charcoal holder and placed vertically in the middle of those BBQ plates. Somehow the canal in the middle and the top plates gets hot. The meat gets squished in using a BBQ grill clamp. Then vertically hanged next to the burning charcoal. They do all this for you.

Every time they insert those meat in the grill, a timer is pressed and counts down. Once the timer is up, alarm goes off signifying that timer has reached zero and the meat is done. So one of the wait staff would come over and takes out the meat. Cuts it into pieces and tells you to hurry up and eat it. 

I didn’t appreciate how she sounded but I think she just lacked practice in English. She really sounded rude. What they could have done is put the meat pieces she just cut in an empty plate as to not rush the customers and overcook the meat.

But this BBQ system has  no smoke at all!. I could not smell or see any smoke at all. I could not believe it, I don’t know how it works but say goodbye to a smoky smell after Korean barbecues. 

To me, I missed that smell, I longed it actually. Somehow the experience of going to a Korean BBQ is not complete without that post BBQ smoke smell that Yen hates.

Korean marinade is the shizniz.

The meat, specially the pork was well marinated and have satisfied my palate. That kimchi added some nice spice and those sauces heightened the flavor of the the meat. 

Bulgogi is the marinade used with our pork and it was delish. This marinade is probably the most popular out of all the Korean marinades. It is a mixture of soy sauce, sesame oil, pepper, garlic, sugar and pepper. Mix this with the charcoal flavor and you get an awesome Korean barbecue.

Korean pancake is also shizniz.

bb king lidcombe

This pancake is made perfectly. There was a right amount of flour, vegetables and protein. There were crusty bits which I love, the prawns were a little bit over but nothing wrong with a bit over prawn at all. I have to say this pancake is way better than mine and I make a mean one, so my nephew says anyway. I take “mean”, means good.

Prices steep but worth.

A Korean buffet normally costs $35 per person. There were 10 of us and it costed us $216 for everything. We ordered a pork and beef set which cost $55 and $75 respectively. A bowl of rice costs $2 and we ordered four of those. We also ordered seafood pancake which was $15, a deep fried dumpling $12 and all sorts of dishes. We were still still hungry so ordered some marinated beef ribs which cost $23.

bbqking review
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After all we ordered it worked out cheaper compared to a Korean BBQ buffet. The food was quite good specially the Korean pancake. It really rocked the house. I could have demolished it if I wasn’t sharing with everyone else. Sharing is caring guys!

BB KING Restaurant in Lidcombe.

Yep that’s where it’s at. There are plenty of Korean BBQ restaurants in this area. I suggest you try them all! But here is the info for BBKING Restaurant.


14 Joseph St, Lidcombe NSW 2141

(02) 8041 5081