Wednesday, July 1, 2015

裕城肉骨茶, Joo Siah Bak Koot Teh - You have 2 choices here

Pork Rib Soup ($6), Preserved Vegetable ($2)

For as long as i can remember, Joo Siah Bak Koot Teh - the Teochew pork rib soup stall was always packed with office lunch crowd. Dues to a forthcoming renovation of the Yuhua Village Market & Food Centre, the stall had since moved to the nearby Kopitiam at blk 349, besides the multi-storey carpark. Everyone manage to find them.

By our standard, Joo Siah can be the better ones around - peppery hotness in their soup, side dishes of mushy peanuts, flavorsome preserved vegetables and absolutely delectable braised pork belly are the very reasons for repeats.

You know there's another popular Bak Kut Teh stall in the vicinity? Located along the last row of stalls in the Food Centre is an age-old Hokkien pork ribs soup stall, lesser spiciness of soup but guaranteed freshness of their pork ribs, you taste it! They serve steam fish for a healthier option too.

Braised Peanuts ($2), Braised Bean curd Skin ($3), Braised Pork Belly ($6)

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Red Love Seed, 相思豆

Red is the symbol of love. 
In the south, the Saga Seed Tree buds in Spring. 
The red seeds spill from the pods, scattering on the ground. 
Pick them up, as many as you can, 
as if gathering thoughts and memories of those you love. 

The Sage seed tree (Adenanthera Pavonina) had been so familiar in old Singapore; none of us bothered to closely examine it, nor collect the tough polished seeds. In old Singapore, couples in love picked up the scattered red seeds, bottled them in pretty glass container as their memoir of love.

Today is my first serious look at the 'love seed' with a young child beside, and she was fascinated!

Am going to start locating the few surviving Sage seed tree in Singapore; embarking on my first and only, love in a bottle.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Deli Hub Catering - Seminar Package

Half Day Seminar Package (tea break + lunch), $19+ per pax

Deli Hub just taught me - if you have the space, do arrange your buffet table as a centre piece, it looked this good! Better than the linear arrangement. It wasn't the company's first ordering from them and food has been complimentable so far - low on salt and MSG.

Together with Orange Clove (another good caterer), they obtained their Halal certification under the Neo Group Branding.

Mee Goreng (Optional Mains added at $3.50+ per pax), Thai Pineapple Rice w Raisins, Braised Bean Curd

Spring Onion Dory Fish, Sweet & Sour Chicken, Cai Xin w Straw Mushroom

Otah-Otah and Chilled Sea Coconut w Fruit Cocktail

Saturday, June 13, 2015

如记, Ru Ji Kitchen - Handmade Fishballs!

On any average morning, this busiest food stall in Holland Drive Food Centre easily lures you onto the back of their long human queue! There are several popular stalls nearby (We will get to those.), but none beats this.

The stall has been boosting of their handmade fish balls and fish cakes for the longest time - Years back, with several interviews running on the paper but we have never got to try them till today.

Patrons before us were all having their dry noodle; but i do prefer their lighter soupy version. The fish balls prove to be meatier than our usual albeit the slight fishy stench and it being saltier, else it was great. Ric is intolerant to such, so we wouldn't be hurrying back. And yes, you taste the MSG here.

Mee Pok Fishball Noodle Dry ($3)

Kway Teow Noodle Soup ($3)

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Happy Hour at Barossa Bar

Black Angus beef sliders (free-flow for Happy Hour)

House Red ($12++ by glass, $60++ by bottle)

A casual night out at the Esplanade waterfront where we leisurely enjoyed their many free concerts and performance, put up for the weekends. Taking to the glass heightened the mood; our illuminated cityscape looking more stunning than ever as we strolled across the new Jubilee Bridge - we felt enveloped by this modern city!

Now, i just wished the black Angus beef sliders at Barossa Bar wasn't of burger patty material, and were better browned for that charred aroma. Maybe another night.

Night View from the Esplanade Outdoor Theater

28th SEA Games Singapore

Traditional Dragon Boat Race Event at the Marina Bay

After a spectacular opening ceremony to the 28th South East Asian Games on 5 June, 2 weeks of exciting games followed! We were trying to catch as many sports action as we could, over the night hours.

Winning games and medals bind the people together as we cheered on Team Singapore - after all it is our 50th year of independence, and the year beloved statesman, Mr Lee Kuan Yew departed. National pride seems at its highest; even failures were cheered. Lauding 84 gold medals, and 259 in all, threw the nation in jubilation - their best performance so far in SEA games. It is a memorable 2 weeks.

Maybe this little red dot has finally found its feet. Maybe these people of diverse language, race and religion are finally coming together. Maybe Singapore can survive as a nation after all. Let's pray we stay this rugged.