New Mackay City Truck Location

We’re delighted to announce that we have a new location in Mackay on Fridays.            Starting Friday 27th of October, the truck will park on George St, opposite Fruit World & Butcher Shop from 10am – 6pm. 

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Queens Birthday – CLOSED

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Deb’s Fish Cafe

Local Spanish Mackerel & Chips $10.50

Local Spanish Mackerel, Salad and Chips $14.50

 

Big Breaky $14.50

Bucket of Local Prawns $10

Crumbed Spanish Mackerel Burger $12.50

Mackay’s Own Prawn and Scallop Curry Pie $9

Battered Fish Bites $4

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Grand Opening

Debbie’s Seafood & Deb’s Fish Cafe will be holding our Grand Opening on Saturday July 15th. 10am – 12pm

There will be cooking demos, give aways (including seafood vouchers), food samples, behind the scenes tours and even a jumping Castle for the kids. Not to mention opening day specials.

Every purchase over $20 made between 10am and 12pm on the day will receive a 5% discount voucher to be used at Deb’s Fish Cafe before the end of July.

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MACKAY SHOW HOLIDAY – TRADING HOURS

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Debbies Disco Divas

Mackay Relay for Life is on next Saturday May 13th. Debbie’s Seafood & Deb’s Fish Cafe has a full team ready to rock the night away. If you would like to donate you can do so instore, at any of our trucks or by clicking on the link below.
We are still selling raffle tickets for the Monster Raffle or for our instore raffle to win $100 worth of Seafood!

http://ccau.convio.net/site/TR/RelayforLife/CCQLD?team_id=53418&pg=team&fr_id=4627

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Lamberts Beach Seafood Festival 2017

Lamberts Beach Seafood & Wine Festival 2017 – April 30th

 

 


 

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Closed ANZAC day 2017

Debbie’s Seafood & Deb’s Fish Cafe will both be closed on Tuesday 25th of April.

Thank you for your understanding.

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Mark’s Trip to Vietnam – Part 3

Here’s another part of Mark’s trip to Vietnam.  In this part, I talk about going to Saigon for more cooking; Hoi An, a beautiful city and also fishing in Vietnam.

Back to Saigon

We had another fantastic cooking class where we purchased all ingredients from the local markets and took them back and prepared them for our own tea.

This was one of my favourite recipes:

Clay Pot Fish Recipe

Clay Pot Fish Recipe

 

Mark's tomato carving

Mark’s tomato carving

 

Masterchef, eat your heart out!

Masterchef, eat your heart out!

We took a short flight from Saigon to Da Nang (an hour and 10 minutes) and then it was a short drive to Hoi An. There were large hotels being constructed along the beach, which makes me a little sad.  I hope that this country can cope with all the tourists!

Arriving into Hoi An was like a breath of fresh air. But boys, I warn you not to bring your girlfriends or wives here, because it will cost you!! There are over 2000 tailors and cobblers who will make dresses and shoes of any size or design, in one day!

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Clothes and shoes, custom-made for you in one day!!

 

I had a blowout in my good shoes (around $200AUD) and had them copied and made in one day for only $70AUD!!

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Out with the old and in with the new for only $70AUD!!

Hoi An is a must–stay destination for at least a week.  Great food destination (a secret garden).

Vendors in Hoi An

Vendors in Hoi An

Vendors work until late I the night

Vendors working until late in the night

The Cooking School in Hoi An was a real highlight.  We went to local market garden and purchased our ingredients, before we started cooking.  We also met a lovely old lady who’s 72. She has been tending to the same crops for over 50 years.

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Can you believe this lady to my right is 72? Unreal!

I gave her a hand which was, believe you me, very very hard work and she does it twice a day!!

The hotel in Hoi An was excellent and the customer service in the whole of Hoi An was something that we can definitely do with in Australia, at times.

The food is different in all parts of Vietnam.  So far, we have done 4 classes from buying local produce at different markets.  The store owners are all the same as they try the hard sell, but great fresh veggies and live seafood though!

Great fresh veggies...

Great fresh veggies…

I have been enjoying the cooking classes.  They have been a great stress relief, and I now have several recipes that consist of lots of chillies and fresh herbs under my belt. I still cannot stand coriander 😀

Chef: "So in this next recipe, the main ingredient is coriander" Mark: "eurghghghgh"

Chef: “So in this next recipe, the main ingredient is coriander”
Mark: “Wah?!?!?!?!”

Made with the freshest ingredients

Made with the freshest ingredients

We spent a day fishing at Hoi An which was a great day.  We had to catch our own lunch.  The fisherman we went with, were told by Darren that I was a fisherman back in Australia and as a result, they treated me very special. They made me a crown out of a coconut branch, and would rub my belly and call me ‘Lucky Buddha’.  Note to self: I need to lose some weight when I get home.

Hail King Mark, lord of Debbie's Seafood

Hail King Mark, Lord Commander of Debbie’s Seafood

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Lucky Buddha!

The method of fishing is very different to Australia, but it does the job.   This video gives you a little insight:

 

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Fishing in Vietnam is very different to Australia

I have eaten some wonderful squid and Spanish Mackerel and Prawns in Hoi An which I had prepared for by myself.

I’d be very sad to leave Hoi An.  Tomorrow is a 2 hour drive to Hue.  I have been told it is a very nice place.

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Local Fisherman

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Mark, fishing with friends and yes, he has got some friends 🙂

See you in part 4 of my Vietnam Trip!

 

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Mark’s Trip to Vietnam – Part 2

Here’s a few more words from Mark about his trip to Vietnam.  In this blog post he talks about the Mekong Delta, how the locals fish, the food, the fishing farms and the floating markets.

Mekong Delta

The Mekong Delta is a massive area of water ways with land in between. I love boats and there are thousands from small beam trawlers and fishing boats to large ships that cart sand and gravel up and down.  There are always boats moving.  It amazes me how much seafood comes out this delta.

Lady on Beam Trawler

Lady on Beam Trawler

Different fishing vessels on the Mekong Delta

Different fishing vessels on the Mekong Delta

The food:

Down in this area, they tend to eat a lot of rats, snakes and dogs, like we eat Macca’s!  I did not knowingly try any 🙂 Beef is expensive which is why it’s not eaten, but ducks, chicken and pork is widely consumed.  Roadside vendors sell the above mentioned meats in huge quantities and at numerous locations.

 

How about rat soup?  anyone? ...anyone?

How about rat soup? anyone? …anyone?

I’ll have this one for lunch please ;o)

 

The fish farm:

The Fish Farm and Processing Factory was amazing.  I helped unload fish that comes in live each day.  Around 45 tonnes were unloaded on the day I helped.

Once it enters the factory, it is handled with extreme care.  Their hygiene is as good as Australia and New Zealand.

Staff handling the fish with care.

Staff handling the fish with extreme care

Mark helping the staff at the Processing Plant. "Their hygiene is as good as Australia and New Zealand".

Mark helping the staff at the Processing Plant. “Their hygiene is as good as Australia and New Zealand”.

Not a lot of Western people are allowed to visit the fish farms so we felt extremely lucky and privileged to be able to go to the farm that produces 3000 tonnes of seafood per annum.  This farm is one of nine farms that the company owns. It was unbelievable!!

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Unloading Boat Load. Check out the guy swimming among the fishes!

 

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3000 tonnes of seafood produced per annum!

The locals made us feel extremely welcome.  A big warning: do NOT try the snake or gecko wine!!

Do not try this at home folks!

Do not try this at home folks!

 

The floating markets are a must see.  They are unreal!

Floating Markets are unreal. You can see what they sell at the top of the poles

Floating Markets are a must-see. You can see what they sell at the top of the poles

 

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Close up of the Floating Markets

Cooking class in the Mekong:

The cooking class in the Mekong was a little disappointing because the first class we had in Ho Chi Minh was outstanding.  There wasn’t enough hands on in the class for me.

Mark and Darren enjoying the fruits of their labours

Mark and Darren enjoying the fruits of their labours

On the way back from Mekong, we visited Cu Chi war tunnels at Ho Chi Minh City, which is really worth a look.  The tunnels were used during the Vietnam War.

I also got to shoot a 30 calibre machine gun from the back of the jeep.  That was very cool!

Rat-tat-tat-tat

Rat-tat-tat-tat

 

Typical Vietnamese Bowser. It's Tiny!

Typical Vietnamese Bowser. It’s Tiny!

We also visited an Agent Orange village, a village full of people affected by Agent Orange.

The villages receive medical and psychological help and the villagers themselves do fantastic work with egg shell paintings.  War sucks.

See you in part 3 of my Vietnam Trip!

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