Category Archives: Happy eats

New Year Day 2015 #postdated

The first day of the year started on a right note for Z. He was happy to discover that McD was giving away Hot Wheels with purchase of Happy Meals. The toy car was not featured in the display and I had brushed it off, citing that it was Barbie doll this week. When we asked the McD staff, we found out otherwise.

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After breakfast, we headed to Tiong Bahru to pick up meats and seafood for our New Year Day dinner with family. Here were the boys, posing in such a cute manner./home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/fff/58946234/files/2015/01/img_0386.jpg

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Trooping back to the car in style/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/fff/58946234/files/2015/01/img_0391.jpg

The snug-looking PJ looked so adorable on X/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/fff/58946234/files/2015/01/img_0392.jpg

I cooked a simple lunch and the boys headed off for their naps till they woke up to play with the latest toy – a remote controlled boat. Like what else could beat a handful remote controlled cars? However, Mr H took the reins instead and the boys were happy to observe. Amazing!/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/fff/58946234/files/2015/01/img_0403.jpg

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Baked tomatoes and mushrooms – really loved what we did with the mushrooms/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/fff/58946234/files/2015/01/img_0405.jpg

The spread comprising of east & west elements where the former was meant for the kids./home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/fff/58946234/files/2015/01/img_0407.jpg

The dinner menu comprised of:
1. Salmon Sashimi
2. Herbal Chicken Soup (Liu Wei)
3. Steamed frog legs in Cordyceps chicken essence, wolfberries and ginger
4. Stir fried broccoli with prawns
5. Baked tomatoes with herbs & mayonise
6. Baked mushrooms with bacon in cheese & mayo or with prawn & mentai sauce
7. Pan-seared scallop
8. Ribeye steak

It was a hearty dinner and we definitely looked forward to more of such meals.

Cute Owl Egg

I have never done food art because I am already so terrible at art & crafts, let alone making art out of food. Besides, I have always been a functional cook.

My sister gave me this cute Christmas gift. It was so easy to use that it was impossible to go wrong unless the egg yolk was broken.

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Dinner at Wong Dae Bak

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The first time I went with my friends, the experience was great and memorable. Unfortunately, when I brought Mr H for a meal, it was sadly disappointing. We ordered the marinated short ribs, the marinated pork shoulder and seafood pancake.

The beef ribs were average because the cutting and slicing were odd. It was too fatty and chewy.

The pork were overly marinated in garlic which created a strange taste.

The seafood pancake was the best but even so, guessed it would be unlikely for us to return.

I suspected the standards dropped due to the new staff. I asked a waiter on why the cut of the short ribs was odd and why the pork tasted weird, all he replied was that it was his first day at work. Granted that it was your first day, you could have helped us check.

Anyway, since we would not be returning, we gave up on pursuing the matter.

Jamie Oliver

It took us long enough to get to visiting this restaurant. It was not surprising that the queues had fizzled out since the quality of food was not particularly outstanding.

However, they did have a pretty mean version of peach Bellini. They were very generous with the peach purée. There was a huge group of us and they gave us the use of private room. The ambience and service was rather good.

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Royce Hot Chocolate

IMG_8897.JPG I was a big fan of Royce, so much so that I picked up this box of hot chocolate. I could not remember how much I paid but it should be in the realms of $10 or so. Imagine my surprise when I discovered only 7 sachets of liquid hot chocolate in the box. To be honest, I was not impressed by the hot chocolate. It was not as thick as how I would like it. I reckoned Max Brenner chocolates would make better hot chocolates. On the flip side, I ordered Nescafé hot chocolate from iHerb. It only cost US$2 per box of 10 packs and it tasted way richer.

Dinner at Concerto

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It was unexpectedly poor. I had thought it was going to be the Italian cousin of Saveur but the standard was pretty poor. Perhaps it was because we went on a Monday and the head chef was not around.

Out of the 3 dishes, only the Wagyu Tender could make the mark. Even so, it was marred by the odd tasting mash (which could be a poor rendition of truffle mash). The pasta dishes were undercooked and hard.

I would not recommend any of the pasta dishes. The taste was alright but the undercooked and hard pasta spoiled the taste. It was really unfortunate and the serving size per dish was really small. I would have gone to Rubato had I known.

As Mr H put it, it was probably the first and last visit.

Food outlet shopping

 

I had been rather slow to catch on to this. I had always heard about it, seen it on TV programs and even read blog entries by other folks. I finally mustered the time to travel down to Woodlands Terrace with Mr H, Z & X one Saturday.

I was amazed by the number of cars and people there. Prior to going, I had read on which food outlets were located along the same stretch. Once you entered from Woodlands Ave 10 via Woodlands Ave 12, the first outlet would be CS Tay. We only visited 3 outlets though there were quite a few. Notably seen & read online would be the below few.

Unit 64 – CS Tay (seaweed chicken, boiled scallops, hot dogs and more)
Unit 46 – Fassler (sashimi, seafood, soups and more)
Unit 26 – Melvados (western cuisine, baked pasta, wraps, soups, desserts, full menu on website and they offered free sampling every last Saturday of the month)
Unit 16 – Zac Meat or something (did not visit this)
Unit 15 – J&C Bakery (did not visit this)

Thus far, we had only tried the sashimi. We bought a whole load more such as sea scallops, frozen squids, crab bisque, seafood chowder, mushroom soup, baked rice, seaweed chicken, chipotle hot dogs, Dong Po Rou & Japanese char siew. The last 2 items were going at $2 per pack and $5 for 5 packs. It was amazing value. Well, next up was to see if they were of amazing taste!

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The stash of sashimi (500g at $22) which tasted really fresh & good!IMG_8454.JPG