Monday, 23 November 2009

Jump, Saffi. Jump!

She jumps to touch the top to impress me :)

Penang Assam Laksa in Geylang

I'm glad to have discovered a shop by Geylang MRT Station that serves pretty good Penang Laksa.

When served up, the colour of the gravy is much too orange, the gravy too thick. It's also the wrong kind of noodles - authentic ones from Penang have noodles that are glassy, tad thicker and more Q. This one uses our laksa beehoon. These fussy details aside, you'd have to agree it's a darn decent, almost hard-to-find Penang delicacy, one of my favourite food.

The Prawn Mee here is just as good, if not better. A rich tasty broth with your choice of noodles, it makes for a real satisfying meal.

At just $3 per bowl, go ahead and upsize ($4) or order both if you're indecisive and greedy like me.

Address: No. 76, Lorong 25A Geylang, Singapore 388258

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Monday, 16 November 2009

Saturday, 14 November 2009

Aeroplanes Disappear Into Cloudy Skies

No it's not another Air France tragedy. Just foul weather. It's a shame the weather's rubbish when I'd like to go shopping. It's 3:16 in the afternoon. Instead I'm wallowing in the room watching really old TV Play version of Alice In Wonderland.

This picture is taken from my room. Look still, but the trees have been threatening to fall over all day. Feel chilly just watching them sway.

Met Office predicts several days of stormy weather. I'm going home Monday night.

Piping Hot Goodness On A Rainy Night

I've heard about a late night stall selling delicious Yong Tau Foo. As a huge fan of YTF (it can easily be my staple diet), I received the calling on a wet Sunday morning at 2am. So the couch potatoes, clad in comfortable local style home clothes - sometimes known as sleepwear, drove themselves to the said stall eager to satisfy their appetite for warm comfort food.

The hawker centre was quiet with most stalls closed for the day but there was a crowd and they were all savouring the same messy soupy item, the centrepiece of every table. As if standard protocol, one potato joined the queue at the stall, the other went to pick the soup ingredients out of a wide variety into our very own metal basin.

Be prepared to wait around 45 minutes before you sit down with the steaming hot pot of fresh YTF. When ordering, specify your choice of carb (we had beehoon dry that comes with crispy toppings and sauce), then indicate if you'd like green vegetables, fried anchovies and chilli padi - yes, fiery hot ones - in your soup.

The above pictured was shared by 3 potatoes and cost about $20

Verdict? It's not the most refined food presentation, neither the finest of culinary skills. It's a mass of freshly prepared ingredients all cooked the same way in the tasty pork stock. Yet there's something about the dish that's really inviting. I'll be back soon.

Shun Li Yong Tau Foo is located at:
Henderson Market / Bukit Merah View Hawker Centre, Block 116
Opens 11pm – 4am (or until sold out)
Close on Mondays

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

The Boat That Rocked

To all our listeners, this is what I have to say - God bless you all. And as for you bastards in charge, don't dream it's over. Years will come, years will go, and politicians will do fuck all to make the world a better place. But all over the world, young men and young women will always dream dreams and put those dreams into song. Nothing important dies tonight, just a few ugly guys on a crappy ship. The only sadness tonight is that, in future years, there'll be so many fantastic songs that it will not be our privilege to play. But, believe you me, they will still be written, they will still be sung and they will be the wonder of the world.

- The Count (Philip Seymour Hoffman)

Chocolate Cookies

Chewy chocolatey cookies attempted with healthier choices. Because C is for Cookies, as is for Calories :P

Mixture A:
2 cups plain flour (subsituted 1 cup with organic wholemeal flour)
2/3 cup cocoa powder (this is nice. never substitute cocoa)
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

Mixture B:
1 cup butter, softened (I used 3/4 cup)
1 1/2 cup white sugar (used 1 cup in my recipe for semi sweetness)
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 cups chocolate chips (in this case 1 1/2 chocolate bar smashed into bits)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (I used a lone neglected pack of almond flakes instead)

Monday, 2 November 2009

Mmm... Mmm... Melaka!

Seizing the long weekend in September, we went to Malacca. About 3 hours north of the dot by car. I've not been to East Malaysia so I can't compare, but Malacca has to be my favourite state in Peninsula Malaysia (next to Penang, for gastronomical reasons). I like that it stands out from the rest with its Peranakan heritage.

For 3 days we savoured traditional Nonya delights, popular Malaysian hawker fare, never-before Satay in communal gravy, had one two many Chendols. We amused ourselves nightly at the singing contest that was held at the famous Jonker stage in remembrance of a certain 30's Chinese singer Zhou Xuan.

We stayed at a lovely guesthouse by the river right behind Jonker Street called Heeren House. Will try to book Puri next time.

Photo album here. We're planning to go again.

Caught and Candid

Saffi likes to wallow in the middle of your paperwork

Oscar greets residents with a half stomach crunch, then goes back to sleep

Elliot plays with pink (well, used to be. Now brownish like it's got ran over by a truck. A few trucks.) bunny in bed