local living

We’re excited to welcome another Lucas team member as a local Docklands resident! After selling in the area for many years, our Sales Executive, Kong Tran, recently made the move to Docklands himself.

Read on as we hear about his transition to the area, and as a self-proclaimed MasterChef in his spare time, let’s also hear first-hand what it’s like for him to cook in an apartment. He’s even shared one of his favourite meals, perfect for these cold wintery nights!

Baden: Firstly, welcome to the Docklands! How have you settled in?

Kong: Restrictions were put in place not long after I moved in, so living in the area has made working from home very convenient! It’s a lot easier to organise inspections with short notice and I’m able to be quite flexible with my appointments since my listings are so close by.

Baden: Now speaking about convenience, what about day to day life? Everyone in the office knows how much you love to cook, what do you think about the local grocery stores?

Kong: I couldn’t have picked a better time to move to Docklands. The Docklands District recently opened a whole chain of supermarkets and grocery stores. There’s the Fresh Food Market, Woolworths, The Butcher Club and of course, Costco. Everything is just a short stroll away.

Baden: Do you cook every night? What if you’re feeling a little lazy?

Kong: The local selection of fast food and restaurants in Docklands is amazing. There’s so much to choose from on your cheat days. My favourite café, Cocobei is just downstairs, they make a mean coffee as well. A25 Pizzeria makes some of the best pizza in Melbourne, and you just can’t pass up Nandos. Most places are still open for takeaway and it’ll be exciting to have places start their dine in again. (link -

Baden: You previously lived in a house, have you noticed any big differences with your apartment kitchen?

Kong: It’s been quite practical! Everything featured in my previous house, can be found in my apartment. Things are much easier to find since I don’t have as much clutter. I only keep what I use, which is actually not that much. I definitely didn’t need that second toaster. Also, I never used the dining table in my previous place, so I’ve ditched it completely. I’ve now added an island bench which doubles up as a breakfast bar. It saves space and it’s multifunctional, it’s probably my favourite item in the apartment right now.

Baden: That’s a great point! Thanks for your time today. The recipe you’re sharing with us looking amazing, can’t wait to try it!

• 800g Ribeye
• 500g Potatoes
• 300g Baby Brussel Sprouts
• Tablespoon Garlic Granules
• Tablespoon Chilli Flakes
• Half an Onion
• Olive Oil
• Salt and Pepper
• Rosemary
• 250ml Sacramental Red Wine
• 150ml Beef Stock

1. Season steak with salt and pepper, preheat the oven at 160 degrees and place the steak into the oven for 30 minutes, take out the steak and let rest.
2. Dice the potatoes and place them into boiling water for 10 minutes, drain the potatoes and place them into a baking dish. Toss the potatoes in olive oil, season with salt and chilli flakes. Place the tray into the oven at 200 degrees for 25 minutes until golden brown.
3. Toss brussel sprouts in olive oil and garlic granules, place into the oven with the potatoes when there’s 15 minutes remaining on the potatoes.
4. Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a separate small pan and char half an onion. Pour 250ml of Sacramental red wine into the pot with the onion and cook off the alcohol for approx. 3 – 5 minutes. Place rosemary in pour 150ml of beef stock in and reduce by 2/3.
5. Sear the steak for 2 minutes on each side, let the steak rest for 5 minutes and carve.
6. Put it all together and enjoy with your favourite drink.

Happy cooking everyone!

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