Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Chinatown Eats

You know, I have been visiting Chinatown pretty frequently. Haha, some of you know why. Yes, I needed to get supplies of ribbons and clips for my new hobby. Actually I am not making them for Sweetie anymore, she has a whole load of new clips already. I am making them for my friends' kids mostly. haha.

Ipoh Tuck Kee Sar Hor Fun 2nd floor, Hong Lim Food Centre

This is an icon. It has been here for ages, it has a faithful following lining up outside its stall during lunchtime, and its cheap and good.

There is the long queue. It moves quickly though.

The dumpling soup is tasty and cheap - $3 for like 10 dumplings, and a whole prawn in each dumpling. Delicious!

The crayfish horfun, is a steal at $3.50, and it is simply delicious. Slippery smooth hor fun with savoury prawns and crayfish. Yum Yum Yum.

Loh Mei Specialist People's Park Centre Food Court

Ever heard of Loh Mei? It is a stewed dish with chicken wings, cuttle fish, kang kong, pig's intestines and other interesting things. Hard to find nowadays, but interesting and tasty nonetheless. My mom cooked it once sometime back and it was delicious.

This stall is probably the only stall in Singapore, but it's standard is nowhere near Por Por's! Anyway it is not bad for $4.

An assortment of goodies.

Served with rice, it makes a filling meal.

Chew Kee's Braised Chicken Noodles, Chinatown
This one is also pretty famous. There are 2 stalls side by side, owned by brother and sister, and they are competitors. Not sure which is better, but my friends think that the brother is more friendly so we always go to this one.

The braised chicken ($12 for a 4 person portion) is always good and tasty.

Some greens to up the fibre intake.

Delicious noodles, and they also serve hor fun too. I usually prefer hor fun, but today i just felt like noodles.

And of course lots and lots of ribbons for new hairclips... Here are some in my new collection:

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Recent Eats

El Cerdo, 43 Changkat Bukit Bintang, KL

DH and I went to KL for a day trip to run some errands... and we had lunch at El Cerdo, recommended by my good friends (thanks YS and Ben!).

It is a spanish restaurant specialising in iberico jamon (ham of spanish black pig which is fed only acorns). So we went the whole hog, and had jamon, black pork ribs and black pork belly! DH is especially tickled that we went to a Muslim country and had a porky lunch.

Our delicious starter of iberico jamon and serrano jamon (black pig and white pig respectively). Both had a very chewy texture, quite salty but definitely tasty. It was a burst of flavour with every bite.

They recommended the black pork belly. It was of course delicious, but you know what, I liked the slices of chorizo sausages that it was served with even more!

The best ever pork ribs. They were meaty and tasty and tender.

We also had a glass of sangria each. Whee. It was very festive and fruity.

Dinner at Home

Por Por steamed some crabs for dinner that day, and they were delicious. Cutie had a fun time playing with the live crabs in the kitchen. He was quite sorry that we ate them.

Simply steamed, and eaten with a dip of vinegar and sliced ginger, these were amazing. They were meaty and full of orangey roe.

Beef stew. It was flavourful and fragrant.

Empress Jade, Jewel Box, Mount Faber

Farewell dinner for someone in the office. This was an excellent choice for lunch, and quite interesting since we took the cable car over.

starter of prawn cocktail. Interestingly paired with a sliced grape. Sweet and savoury.

Pork liver and egg white soup. Funny choice, since offal would not be something that many people would easily take. Quite a Chinese thing, maybe, as it is meant to be nourishing. I thought it smelt a little strong, since I dont often take pork nowadays. Still it was well done, since the liver was tender, and not overcooked, something which is easy to do for pork liver.

steamed whole pomfret, delicious and yummy. A crowd favourite.

Crispy duck. I think this was a nice dish, and not too common. The skin was crispy and light, and not oily.

There was a noodle dish that I forgot to take a photo of.

My almond cream desssert. I love almond cream, I think its nice and not too sweet and I also hear its good for the complexion. It's an acquired taste though, because i know it can smell unbearably like mothballs for some. I wonder how i learnt to take it, since my family doesnt really take it.