Saturday, October 30, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Braised Pig's Fore Shank Noodle, 南乳猪手面 ($6.50++, before discount)
Stewed Beef Brisket Noodle, 柱候牛腩面 ($6.80++, before discount)
Crystal Jade Group of Restaurants never disappoint us in their food quality. Some outlets may have snobbish waitresses and their pricing may be slightly on the higher side but you could trust them with your palate.
Our bowls of stewed/ boiled items today were a refined melt-in-the-mouth...!
Having had a late breakfast; just before our movie in Junction 8 Mall, we decided to wait for the 20% discount promotion at Crystal Jade Kitchen which starts from 1430hrs to 1700hrs daily! That should help save on the GST and service charges :)
Seems we were not the only ones.
"I had fallen for a girl..."
"How much you like her?"
"I wish i become a stone bridge, enduring 500 years of ruthless wind, 500 years of burning sun, 500 years of freezing rain, for as long as the girl walks across this bridge..."
The above were the touching verses from John Woo's latest movie Reign of Assassins that were etched in my mind... long after i left the theater. But how surreal is this degree of love in our sophisticated society...?
Monday, October 25, 2010
Today was an eventful day; receiving notice of some changes to my workplace and a proposed meeting with my Chiefs...
Despite all worriment, it was sweet console having the Cappuccino Cheese Cake that Ric had specially bought home. The blend of Coffee and Vanilla Cheese with Chocolate Rice on a layer of Chocolate Cookie base was a good change from plain Cheese Cakes. It has a delectable mix of both savory & sweet.
In celebration of Secret Recipe's 11th Anniversary, they have a selection of cakes offered at $28.80+ during the last week of October. We took advantage of it ;)
Saturday, October 23, 2010
G7 3-in-1 Instant Coffee Mix
We had actually quit 3-in-1 coffee, shifting our focus on to bitter tasting dried freezed granule coffee. But 'somebody' smuggled a pack of G7 3-in-1 instant Vietnamese coffee in for sampling ;)
Mmmm... Vietnamese coffee. And I should say it's quite good. In simple terms, it was not as sweet as our usual 3-in-1, having distinct traces of caffeine bitterness albeit light tasting.
Yes, given a chance we shall try some authentic Vietnamese Ca Phe Phin with drip filter. At Trung Nguyen Cafe Liang Court, perhaps?
鱼香茄子, Fragrant Eggplant ($4)
Forgive my repeated visit here; whenever we dinner out over the crowded weekends, i choose to retreat into the cool comfort of NTU canteens. No waiting in queues at Shopping Malls restaurants for us.
I reckon this stall in Canteen 1 specializes Sichuan cuisine although its signboard does not suggest that; its Signature dish does. And this Eggplant dish was one of the popular one that got sold out the other night! Today, we were early ;)
香辣虾, Spicy Prawns ($8)
Spicy Crabs was what we had in mind initially, but they serve no Crabs today. So we settled for the Spicy Prawns which was also one of their trademarks.
The piquant dish, stir-fired with Onions, Celery, Peanuts and Dried Chili can be a complete meal on its own; it goes well with plain rice, or even Beer..
Sudoku from Tabla! Papers
It's been many years Sudoku game went widely popular, but i've only caught up with it this year! Believe me? Though Ric been nudging me years back to work my idling brains with Sudoku :P
Sudoku puzzle has become my favorite pass time for the weekends while i listened to Music. I don't enjoy doing it on-line, i prefer it on papers.
Started my groove from the ones printed on My Paper daily, till it bores me. I was gratified then to come across Tabla!, a Indian diaspora with 30,000 copies being given out freely on each Friday.
Tabla! thrills me with its challenging Sudoku layout! I perceives that Indian could really be better in Mathematics? Very much looked forward to their publication each weekends!
Friday, October 22, 2010
Greedy Dog Milk Treats, 80g ($4.95)
This is my Jack Russell's favourite treat from Greedy Dog, newly available from our local Pet Lover's Centre.
Uncommon from most weirdly scented dog's treat, these from Greedy smells great! Smelling so delicious, it makes one wonder if they might be fit for human consumption also.
I've been using this bag sparingly while Mom's out of town this week. It's especially helpful for cheering my despondent dog who misses his dearest owner and help whets his appetite when he refuses food for days... After his treat, he would happily dig out his toy ball and play around me, groaning happily once again.
If you are interested, visit here to view the range of flavours Greedy Dog offers, at a cheaper price too. My doggie adores the Cheese and Milk flavored ones.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Eggplant and Shrimp Tempura from Live-cooking Counter
Their Japanese entrees were reasonable good, with really fresh and tasty Tuna Sashimi you seldom find in buffets. Alas, we had no time for their Teppanyaki Grill station, Miso Soup, Takoyaki or Chilled Cha Soba.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Nestle French Vanilla Creamer, 425.2g ($10)
Never mind the difference between Vanilla and French Vanilla; we just couldn't accept the Nestle French Vanilla flavor in our coffee. It makes our coffee tasted sweet while faint on milk essence..? Nestle addition of Sugar in the Creamer was quite a misconception, we thought.
We decided to give away the French Vanilla.
I read, "The term French vanilla is not a type of vanilla, but is often used to designate preparations that have a strong vanilla aroma, and contain vanilla grains. The name originates from the French style of making ice cream custard base with vanilla pods, cream, and egg yolks. Inclusion of vanilla varietals from any of the former or current French dependencies noted for their exports may in fact be a part of the flavoring, though it may often be coincidental. Alternatively, French vanilla is taken to refer to a vanilla-custard flavor." ~ Wikipedia."
With sweet breathing of my Basil plant, it had flowered.
First flowering, first leaves buds, i've captured it all on photos...
When a gauzy, purple butterfly,
Softly tilts a golden flower,
It's cool wings ease the summer flame
As laughter sooths a troubled hour.
-COURTNEY E. Cottam
Saturday, October 16, 2010
NOMOS Glashutte watches are made in Glashütte, Saxony, Germany. And there are standards for Glashütte watches.
"A watch may not be sold as a “Glashütte watch” unless at least 50% of its caliber’s production took place in Glashütte: if a manufacturer buys 100 euros worth of parts elsewhere, then he must carry out at least 100 euros worth of work in Glashütte. Glashutte is home to four important watch companies. The other three are: A. Lange & Sohne, Glashutte Original and Muhle."
Looking extraordinarily simple and beautifully naked. We were drawn to the elegance of NOMOS's sleek, timeless design. Notice also the tempered blue steel hands.
The 35mm dia. Lidwig runs on a manufactory caliber with manually wound movement that's capable of 42 hours power reserve; and sits coolly on my small wrist.
What does NOMOS means?
In Greek, it's "Law" and "Order". I like that.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Oyster Omelet ($3)
If you were surrounded by the many stalls of Fried Oyster Omelet stalls in East Coast Lagoon Food Village and do not know which to order from, place your bet with Song Kee Fried Oyster - the one with most patrons.
Song Kee (No. 15) was an old tenant at East Coast and its generous portion at $3 with at least 5-6 Oysters was a good bargain. Yes, we packed another for takeaway ;)
It was quite sad to note that not all old hawkers at the East Coast Lagoon Food Village packs in the good stuffs, still.
Tonight, we had ordered from Ah Hwee BBQ Chicken Wings (No. 14) that tasted overly salted with their seasoning and Lagoon Leng Kee Beef Kway Teow Soup (No. 33) who entrusted our taste senses to MSG? It was so bad, my lips numbed while drinking from its Soup.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Yam Ball ($0.80 per piece)
Mum told us that one of Grandfather's favourite was Fried Yam Ball; and it have to be from Toh Kee (#01-1018, People's Park Cooked Food Centre)
Remembering then, we bought Yam balls from 2 different stalls and could clearly distinct Toh Kee's from the other of Tiong Bahru Pau. We kept the ones from Tiong Bahru Pau and offer the better to Grandpa.
Toh Kee Dim Sum stall also includes Egg Tarts, Malay Cake, Charsiew Pastry, Pork Buns and a few other selections, but we championed its Yam Balls. It was the best we could find in Singapore..
Ric said we should try the $50++ set lunches at The Tavern Pub & Restaurant...? But... it was expensive; i was repressive... At the end of our lunches, Ric high rated it as an exquisite dining experience.