Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Kintamani Indonesian Restaurant

Kambing Panggang, grilled lamb

We are back to the Kintamani for our yearly gathering, with prices up at $55++ per pax now. Compare with what we had in 2011, the food has maintained its standard, with some toothsome addition like the grilled lamb leg.

With their 1-for-1 promotion still valid with major credit cards, this is definitely value.

DIY Station - Mee Goreng

DIY - Gado Gado Jakarta

Another memorable dish would be their ayam panggang which has a nice ginseng aroma! Besides the typical fresh fruits and ice-cream for dessert, there are also hot bubur cha cha, chilled chendol, crispy goreng pisang and the special lolos beras.

A buffet i would love to return for the very next day.

Appetizers

Udang Rebus, fresh boiled prawn on ice

Mutton and Chicken Satay

Ayam Panggang, grilled chicken served with special black sauce

Sayur Lodeh, stewed vegetables with coconut gravy

Sambal Udang Balado, tiger prawn with sambal balado

Rendang Daging Sapi, richly beef slimmered with coconut gravy

Tumis Kailan Saus Tiram, kailan with oyster sauce

Ikan Goreng Colo-Colo, deep-fried Dory fish

Fresh fruits - Guava, Watermelon and Jackfruit (Longan and Passion fruits not in picture)

Nonya Kueh Assortment

Saturday, January 14, 2017

蒸得好, Steamed Meat and Boiled Soup


White Rice ($0.50) and Coarse Rice ($0.60) are available.

There was a craving for less oil, less salt, healthy food tonight. And while the braised beef stall wasn't opened, we noticed this popular stall in the ABC Brickworks Food Centre for their steamed meat and soup. Let's try.

The steam pork ribs has a nice fragrant of fermented black beans, and are surprisingly lightly salted. Nice. The chicken soup looked and tasted different from our usual, and the flavor of cordecep flowers is strong in this one. The layer of oil on top of the soup should not deter you, for such is natural goodness. 

It was while waiting for our food, that Ric noticed their specialties to be actually steamed pork patty ($3.50) and herbal chicken ($6). Will try them next time.

Steamed Pork Ribs w/Black Bean Sauce ($3.50)

Cordeceps Flower Chicken Soup ($4.50)

Friday, January 13, 2017

顺记, SK Seafood Soup


Crayfish and Prawn Soup ($10.50)
Add $1 for Batang Fish and $0.50 for rice. 

Many such crayfish seafood soup stalls seem to congregate in the Woodlands area, but we haven't found one soup that we really fancy. Today we were at Shuan Ji, in the Marsiling Lane Market & Cooked Food Centre. Not to be confused with Sin Kee seafood soup, at the adjacent kopitiam.

The soup tasted similar to Sin Kee though. But the crayfish here is beautifully orange, unlike Sin Kee's. Price is fair for 1.5 pieces of crayfish and 3 fresh prawns. The added dollar serving of Batang fish was aplenty!

And the search continues.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

源源, Yuan Yuan Claypot Rice


Claypot Rice ($10, for 2 pax)

Yuan Yuan at the ABC Brickworks Food Centre is one of the claypot rice stall listed on The Business Times & Knight Frank CEO's Hawker Guide, and one which we have yet to try. They are also popular in their home made boiled soup of - watercress, old cucumber, lotus roots, Szechuan vegetable or peanuts. All of it, were sold out by this hour.

Entering the hawker centre, the aromatic whiff of charcoal and sizzling food immediately hit you. And if like us, you have yet decided what to have, the nice smelling cooking from Yuan Yuan sealed your fate. After a wait of 20 mins, dinner was served.

This is a much smaller portion of rice and chicken when we compare them with the others. The dark soy sauce was added by the hawker, and all we have to do was stir up everything and eat. Pork and liver sausage, flossy salted fish and flavorful burned rice at the bottom of the pot which isn't too hard to chew on. What's really remarkable was their succulent chicken - even the thick breast meat tastes especially toothsome.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

2010 Carmen Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon

Carmen Cabernet Sauvignon, Alto Maipo ($35) 14% Vol.

A delicious wine to sum up year 2016.

This bottle of Carmen has aged pass 3 Christmas. It has a strong fruity, blackcurrant aromas that linger on our palates, while the alcohol bites lightly. All sweet and smoky bitter at the same time, i simply couldn't separate them. Great body and length, balanced acidity.

A rare good wine from Chile, when most of theirs are too spicy.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

不疯魔,不成活

花月正春风/刘墉作/绢本设色/工笔/76.5x46.5CM/2013


即使天堂是不愁吃穿,不必工作,永永远远活着,
那活着有什么意义,
正因为有苦恼,才有解决的快乐;
正因为有病痛,才有痊愈的欢喜;
正因为有忧愁,才有忘忧的美好;
正因为有今天的不足, 所以才憧憬明天。


迎风牡丹/刘墉作/绢本设骨撞粉重彩/60x90CM/2013


人不是只有好与坏,甚至可以说大多数人,
都是善中有恶、恶中有善的。。。
既然是人,就有着许多纠缠不清的“善恶情怀”。
不可因为他们的好,忘了他们的坏。
不要因为他们的恶,忘了他们的善。


和平之春/刘墉作/绢本设骨设色/80x120CM/2013 (2015年北京画院美术馆展出)


相爱的人互斗,就像左手斗右手,没有赢只有输。
话说回来,你感觉谁输了谁赢了,就是不够爱。
如果你爱他远多过他爱你,你活该是输家,
所幸赢家是你的爱,所以你不应该感觉输了。
如果他爱你多过你爱他,你赢了深爱你的人,有什么好得意?
情到深处无怨尤,情到深处无输赢。
这话好像矛盾,却是矛盾的真理。


刘墉小语/ 画作
《不疯魔,不成活》