Saturday, January 16, 2016

Breakfast at 1983 - Taste of Nanyang

Kaya Butter French Loaf, Set B ($2)

And we were back from yesterday, to Koufu @ the South Spine, NTU. This time to the second storey of the eating house where air-conditioned 1983 Taste of Nanyang, the concept store of Koufu Enterprise was sited.

I wanted to have their Mee Rebus which i saw yesterday; it looked so good. But it was not available for breakfast, they only have the Mee Siam and curry chicken. While i'm not usually impressed with Mee Siam, the ones here is most memorable - spicy and sourish, it hits the right spot! And i have not even add in the extra chili paste. I made a mental note to rave about this.

The plump half-boiled eggs too, impresses me. Somehow, i find it easy to drink up today as the eggs are without the usual raw reek. I actually enjoys it. The lovely toast was crunch and fluffy all at the same time; the coffee should have made it if we didn't left it to cool.

Note: Prices at 1983 outlets in institutions are near halved of what's being charged at the shopping malls. Serving size is as large, but just the cut on garnishing.

Mee Siam ($2.80) 

The Half-Boiled Eggs

Friday, January 15, 2016

Western Food at NTU, New Canteen B

Grilled Chicken Chop Set ($3.50)

Went on a walkabout at the newly renovated Koufu @ the South Spine, NTU for some lunch ideas. It was then the Western lunch set struck us at its low pricing - $3.50. So we try it out.

Not bad at all, albeit the tough dry bits of the charred chicken chop.

We like the lightly buttered rice and wouldn't trade it for the plump scoop of mashed potatoes when the server offered it. The light salad was refreshing and healthy. Some students preferred their Dory fish & chips but it's Tempura fish for us.

Tempura Fish Set ($3.50)

Thursday, January 14, 2016

风盛, Fong Seng Fried Kway Teow

Char Kway Teow ($2.50)

Arriving at 163, Bukit Merah Central Food Centre, one would be swept away by the aroma from Fong Seng hot frying wok. We walked around the food centre but found nothing more desirable - guess we already got baited at Fong Seng.

Both of us wanted the fried kway teow, and trusted the old hawker enough to order 2 individual serving. Alas, the small portion on the large plate was disappointing at first sight. Taste was surprising mediocre. We left scratching our heads.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

50 Cents? Peanut Pancake

Traditional 'Min Chiang Kueh' ($0.50 each)

Saturday morning started off restfully as we savored light, refreshing sweetness of the coconut shreds amid the spongy cake. Or if you prefer, the aromatic crushed peanuts with littlest sugar crystals. I like both.

The red beans rounded pancakes (at $0.60) were often sold out; and Ric have yet succeeded in getting any for us. We almost did this morning, before a customer before us bought the last two pieces on the rack!

This hole-in-the-wall stall at Blk 492 Jurong West St 41 deserves your patronage.


Thursday, January 7, 2016

Marimo Moss Ball - My Furry Pet

Through the Filtered Morning Sun 

In Japanese, Mari means bouncy ball and Mo is a term for plants that grow in water. So, Marimo means bouncy water plant. It doesn't actually bounce. The green algae ball is found in lakes in the northern hemisphere and now quite readily available from our local aquariums. This is a gift from Sis.

The quiet plant provides the Zen, or calm as it breathes silently, producing tiny dream-like bubbles. Left on my work desk, it was often just me and it. So it immediately felt affectionate, as i wanted to protect its seemingly vulnerability. I especially love looking at it in the morning sun, where it is safe to bath in. And its soft, velvety appearance becomes obvious and exotic under the orange light.

Tap water is let to stand overnight before use for the weekly water change. During which, i would squeeze the moss ball dry to facilitate cleaning and also to make it float and bubbles excessively! In my boredom, i would swivel a mini tornado in the bottle and watch it spins!

After a Water Change and Squeeze - It Bubbles and Floats Up!

Monday, January 4, 2016

Beancurd Riceballs!

3 In 1 Beancurd, Sesame and Peanut Mixed ($2.40)

Ever since i developed an addiction for after-meal dessert, traditional glutinous rice dumpling has been on the radar. I wouldn't resist the traditional Ah Balling, or the latest fashion of having the riceballs in soy beancurd! This is comfort food.

The dessert isn't easily available, so i was overjoyed to find them with Mr Bean which has branches all over the island. It was a guiltless indulgence as i'll request for a less sugar serving; while being fully aware of the nutritional benefits of soya bean. Lust for glucose was well satisfied by sweet sesame and peanut paste within the riceballs. Ta-dah!

Let's drink up to a fulfilling New Year! Which these sweet round balls symbolises in the Chinese custom - prosperity, unity, bliss and fruition.