Monday, January 19, 2009

Hokkaido Part 1

Airplane food  on board JAL. This is mama's portion

This is mine!
Uh... fast forward to 2nd day breakfast... just some photos, of cos this is not all we had for  breakfast.
Soft, silky toufu
I love tamago! 
Condiments for porridge

Monday, January 12, 2009

Ubin First Stop

After our guided tour at Chek Jawa, the party of famished wolves  decided to eat our dinner at Pulau Ubin. 
Here is our first course... Mee Goreng. Well it is alright i guess, a little tasteless or rather the only distinctive taste was the spiciness of the noodles. Nevertheless i was hungry and i wouldnt mind any form of carbo. 
Our steamed fish which was ok.
The party agree that this common dish of kailan was the most delicious of our meal. 
The crab itself was not too bad, quite solid, comes with lots of roe and it was quite fleshy. My favourite part of the crab has to be the yummy shell!
This is the ginger sesame Kampong Chicken. This chicken dish is blend, very blend. The chicken meat was tasteless and well because it is a kampong chicken, it is a very skinny chicken. 
Our last dish was the fried prawn roll 'har zuo', well i thought that was good! unfortunately my fingers were goey, disgusting and oily, sadly i cant capture a photo of the prawn roll. 

Ubin First Stop
opening hours: 11am-8pm
6543 2489

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Manhattan Fish Market @ Plaza Singapura

Had dinner with friends at Manhattan Fish Market before proceeding to Cathay for our movie.  
We ordered Caesars Salad
The garlic butter mussels was creamy and delicious. Goes well with butter rice!
The garlic bread was not toasted well enough, what a pity!
The Fried Seafood Platter for the 4 of us to share

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Taste Paradise

Treated mum to Taste Paradise during the festive season. This is the free appetizer - mayonnaise prawns. The sauces that were served to us were something like green ginger sauce, reminds me of chicken rice and 'her bee hiamp' - 'shrimp chili'. The ginger sauce was impressive and addictive!
We ordered 2 set lunches, with an addition of the highly recommended XO carrot cake. Definitely one of the best carrot cake i have eaten, the taste of carrot was discernible with the first bite. Not your usual $2 carrot cake where all you could taste is lard and flour, then again it is $7 compared to the usual $2 in hawker centre. Carrot cake is fried with beansprouts and chinese sausages with a tinge of wok hei. I would certainly recommend this if there are more people to share, but for just the 2 of us, i think it is a little bit too much with our set lunch.

The first course of the meal. Peking Duck, wasabi prawns with watermelon and pan seared foie gras. We were told to eat in the sequence of foie gras, peiking duck and finally Wasabi Prawns. Hmmm then again it has been a while, maybe i got the sequence mixed up, uh well... I realise i am not a fan of foie gras it is too rich for my tastebud.
Yup this is the piece of foie gras, looks kind of burnt but certainly seared to the right texture. Crispy on the outside and soft and mushy on the inside. I am a lover of pig liver, chicken liver, duck liver but Goose liver is just to gamely for me...
This piece of wasabi prawns on top of a piece of watermelon is my favourite, definitely refreshing after the foie gras.
This is the PeKing duck. Not very impressive. A tad to dry.
This is definitely the highlight of the meal! And it is also why i decided to bring my mum here even though i have made the promise to myself to swear of Sharks' Fin. So really no offence to the conservationist out there... but this is the BEST bowl of Shark Fins soup i have ever eaten. I am sure that the 'power' of this soup isnt the result of the Shark Fins but hours and hours of simmering chicken bones, pork bones and scallops. Actually if you taste it carefully, you would be able to tell that the predominate stock used is chicken bones!
Thick slabs of Sharks' Fins. Yes yes i am guilty.

Mum's meat dish was a piece of Cod fish which was so-s0.
I prefer my rack of lamb anytime.
Our last dish before dessert, abalone ramen. This i felt pales in comparison to the other dishes. In fact this dish is really the Anti-Climax of the meal. The meal would have ended on a better note if not for this noodles.
Our pretty pot of Chrysanthemum tea, kept warm with tea lights.

Mum's very yummy avocado cream. Very unique, I would recommend this over the mango cream which was rather ordinary.

This is the total damage. Definitely a good place to bring mama or grandma along. How i wish grandma was alive, she would definitely love this place. Afterall she is a hardcore fan of sharks' fin. Sorry once again to the conservationist out there!

48-49 Mosque Street
6226 2959
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