Thursday, December 20, 2007

Curry Devil

Devilish is my dinner tonight!
This Portuguese Eurasian dish of Curry Devil or Debel Curry is it's most famous. Usually prepared for Christmas or in days of celebration.

In these cold rainy nights, what can be better comfort food than a bowl of steaming white rice with hot dipping curry devil chicken?

Smooth wedges of potato, chunky chicken thighs and vegetables in this highly spiced curry. Left my stomach burning fiery hot after.

This is another of my mom's successful attempt at replicating dishes from "The New Mrs Lee's Cookbook Vol.2: Straits Heritage Cuisine".

Worth mentioning that in the preparation of this dish, no coconut milk was added, thus making it a healthier choice over common curries. And, this is one of the best versions of curry i've tasted.

Christmas celebrated in advance.

Car Lifts

Year end shopping crowds downtown on weekends were really crushing. Every roads were plying with endless traffic, carparks all full.

This droves us to the only resolution of trying out the car lifts at Peninsula Plaza Shopping Centre. My first experience with the car lifts is an exciting one!

Heheheeee... You know you have to press for the lift just like any passenger lifts you board. Well, we didn't know. We waited till some kind hearted soul pressed for the lift while we look on foolishly from our car. Hahahha... And the lift took us up to level 6, the only parking level.

But in fact, parking charges here is one of the cheapest downtown, on weekends.

SAT $2.50 per entry, after 2pm.
SUN $2.50 per entry, full day.

But do have to put up with all things done manually. From the parking operation i mentioned, also the payment mode. Forget your cash card and prepare your change.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Nasi Ayam Penyek

A perfectly fried chicken was savoured at this little Muslim food stall in the ABC Brickworks Market.

This juicy, tender fried chicken comes with sinfully crispy skin was simply lip-smacking. The spicy and flavorful chili sauce further compliments the dish.

Nasi Ayam Penyek Set ($4)

Mouth-watering as i recall my lunch today. Give me this anytime rather than KFC which had much compromised on the freshness of their chicken pieces used.

786 Y.R.A Aspirasa with bright yellow signboard, is all you need to remember to locate this stall. I have to visit them again soon, craving... ...

Friday, December 14, 2007

Remembering Nanking...

70 years ago, Japanese Imperial Army troops pushed up the Yangtze River from Shanghai, which had fallen that November. On December 13, 1937, they marched into what was then called Nanking, the capital of China.

Today, reading reports on the ceremonies held in China to mark the 70th anniversary of the Nanjing massacre, i could feel the graving of my heart... Air raid sirens blared followed by observing a moment of silence.

It was well-said, "to better preserve history... to never forget the past... to treasure peace and open the way to the future".

And indeed, harbouring no intention to cultivate animosity against Japanese; there was much disappointment that Japan's atrocities during World War II had not been fully recognised.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

GardenTech 2007

GardenTech is an annual trade show that brings together the horticulture and landscaping industry.

This year event is set in a park setting in HortPark, a one-stop gardening hub that brings together gardening-related, recreational, educational, research and retail activities under one big canopy in a park setting.

This 23-hectare regional park in South-Western Singapore is also a park connector, connecting Telok Blangah Hill Park to Kent Ridge Park.

The rain had just stopped when i reach there at 1820hrs. I love the welcoming feel of this place, the area are spacious and airy.

I shall be here again!

I only get to visit the HortMart as it starts drizzling again; the darkening sky was also most discouraging. But the plants and flowers sold at the mart were alluring, chiefly the orchids.

Didn't made any purchase of the orchids as i lack any real experience on taking care of them. Being able to admire these beautiful creations are already satisfying to me.

Buffet at Cafe Brio's

Took advantage of the 1-for-1 promotion by UOB to enjoy the buffet lunch at Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel.

Total bill came up to $42.12 for 2 persons. And this is my 2nd visit since Oct.

The food were exquisite and nicely presented but i was too shy to take more pictures.

Just to name some which i particularly enjoyed today would be the steam prawns, fresh oysters, salmon sashimi, wanton noodle, fried spring rolls, braised pig trotters, craypot rice, bacon with chicken roll, black sesame fish fillet, yong tou fu and the ayam soto soup.

Not forgetting my sweet sweet desserts of cakes and tarts. Chocolate mud cake, classic Tiramisu, blueberry Cheesecake, Bobo cha cha sago and mango ice-cream!

Totally bloated after the meal, i could hardly stand straight. So much good food, i wish i've got three stomachs!

Saturday, December 8, 2007


My dwarf gouramis whom i loved to call 'fish fish', always response to my calling by peeping out to me from under the waters. This picture i took of him in September, was the only one i have.

People may laughed at my seemingly silly act of photographing little simple fishes like him but i'm glad i did. At least a picture to remind me of this little gouramis i had, whom gave me much comfort and joy.

Recent shifting of its fish pond and change of water condition had most probably stressed and weaken him. My little joy left me last Wednesday, on 5th Dec. I'm glad that i at least took a look on him on Tuesday despite my busy work schedule. Sad.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

ABC Brickworks Market & Food Centre

Headed to Bukit Merah for dinner with my usual fare of the well-known Teochew Cuttlefish with Kang gong greens.

Had craving tonight for some soup based item as my snacking on potato chips this afternoon had left me feeling so dry. So this sliced fish soup noodles. Nice crystal shine, chewy noodles.

A surprise find tonight is this Penang style Char Kway Teow, the flat noodles were fried like Thailand Pad Thai noodles. Yummy.

It's been such a long 2 weeks of busy work week with many changes and unpleasant surprises that really left me stressed and drained physically.

All's well that ends well. A good pigging out and unwinding really gave me my best night sleep of these 2 weeks... Zzzzzz... ...