Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Blackfish (2013) and The Cove (2009)...

We watched the Blackfish movie based on true life account about captivity of Killer Whales and how they later live out in constrained Marine Parks - which explained their backlash against their human trainer.

It is an eye-opener.

Following this, i become interested to catch The Cove.

Also about marine mammals, but this is a far worst case where Japanese at Taiji Dolphin Hunt looted the sea of friendly Dolphins - selling them to Marine Parks around the world; killing the remaining 'stock' which doesn't sell, including the young ones who refuses to swim away! I was dumbfounded with disgust...!

Mom was unsurprised; for their action rationale with their practice of mass killing during the Japanese Occupation.

We come to understand the action for "Free the Dolphins" and changes the way we now looked at Marine Parks. Our most direct protest are staying away from Japanese restaurant... and possibly the Oceanarium.

I do not want to forget these movies.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Where To Tonkatsu?

Tampopo Original Layer Pork Cutlet Set ($20++)

We were torn between Tampopo's and Saboten's Tonkatsu - Tampopo offers flavorsome  Black Pig (Berkshire) with standard Tonkatsu sauce while the latter captivates us with its special Tonkatsu sauce with grinded premium sesame seeds, but serves only regular meat. Which shall prevail?

After today, it become clear that dipping sauce plays a vital role in a Tonkatsu meal. Without the fragrance of grinded sesame seed in the dip, the Tonkatsu bite left much wanting.

On a separate note, Ric was clever to stick to his Black Pig cutlet. I had thought my layer pork cutlet to score on juiciness; but everything yields to the firm flavor of a Black Pig.

Tampopo BP Tonkatsu Kyushu Ramen ($16.80++)

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Cantonese Delights!

There seems to be perpetual queuing at this corner noodle stall, #02-03 in the Hong Lim Market and Food Centre; as such we never get to try any of their good food with the weekday lunch crowd. Come Sunday morning at uptown, and we still have to queue!

Clueless as to what's on the menu (cos there are so much ingredients on display!), i try chat up their regular customers in the queue, and everyone points to their Wanton noodle and Chicken Chop Curry Mee for the safe bet. Their Yong Tau Foo selection, if you want to be explicit.

The Yong Tau Foo can wait. While we gave wide-eyed, silenced approval to their Pork Chop Curry Mee. It is exceptional curry gravy with freshly deep fried chicken chop! I didn't want to convince you.

We are now so looking forward to their Laksa Yong Tau Foo!

Wanton Noodle ($3)

Curry Noodle with Pork Chop ($3.50)

Saturday, June 7, 2014

荣兴, Rong Xing La Mian Xiao Long Bao

Xiao Long Bao Dumplings, 8pcs ($4.50)

After my exquisite yet unsatisfying meal of Din Tai Fung's dumplings, i was left hanging with this hankering for the real stuff. Ric didn't know that, and was left baffled when i adamantly wanted the xiao long bao from Rong Xing at the Redhill Lane Food Centre.

It was 4 years ago! When i first blogged about them. And today, food never tasted this good; with my insatiable craving to satisfy.

Red Bean Pancake ($3.80)

Thursday, June 5, 2014

中峇鲁李鸿记, Lee Hong Kee Cantonese Roasted

Barbecued Char Siew Rice ($3)

Roasted Pork Rice ($3)

I wanted to tell you about Tiong Bahru Market Lee Hong Kee for the longest time - Dad's favorite char siew rice stall. He will always be beaming away satisfactorily as he tucked into his plate, and in between toothless bites, reminisced, "This is how we used to have our char siew rice, you know! It has to be like this! With this dark sauce..."

The flavorsome dark sauce is only lightly salted and really enhances the otherwise plain grains. As with all like-minded people; it is now only 1130hrs, and we have a long queue to join.

I have to buy this for Dad soon...

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Rock Sugar Lemon Drink (Hot/ Cold)

It's the spell for the seasonal influenza; and Ric always joined in. 

You know when these big guys are not feeling well, they reject your offer of many things that you promises to make them feel better. This is one drink Ric can be coaxed to; and enjoys it. Do remember to have enough food at hand, as the lemon will make the big men hungry.

4 pcs    China Rock Honey Sugar
1 pcs    Lemon (wash and dry)
1/4 pcs    Ginger, sliced (optional)

1. Wash and dry a clean glass bottle.
2. Wash and dry the lemon. Sliced it up.
3. Stack the honey sugar and lemon slices in the bottle alternately. You can add in the ginger slices at this stage.
4. Leave the bottle on the kitchen table for 1-2 days, until all the rock sugar melted into a beautiful golden color. Then you store it in the fridge until you need it.

We love to make this as a warm beverage. Just 2 slices of the lemon and 4 teaspoons of the melted sugar does a cup. For that added punch, hand crushed some fresh peppermint leaves and top it all up with hot water. Now you have your very own lemon syrup!