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Psst, thanks for visiting this space! Sorry we haven’t had much time to update because we’re half the world apart (again): and drowning under heaps and heaps of work. These were taken in a little cafe in Prague while I was fiddling around with the camera. We were having eggs and toast some kinda float! Looking at these pictures made me smile, really, really wide. Come home soon, G. ImageImage

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The Moluccas Room 
10 Bayfront Ave
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
Singapore 018970
Tel: 6688 7367



Sate Angus Rica-Rica  These beef skewers were marinated with a fragrant blend of ginger, lemongrass, lime and red chilli. They were exceptional and a definite must try if you decide to visit Moluccas. The meat was tender and the sauce that came along with it added lots of flavor.

For our mains, we had a few other dishes which were pleasant but nothing too special. Some of them were a little heavy on the salt side. 
– Ayam Sakura Tangkap Aceh Selada Mangga
Tangy green mango salad and aceh styled deep fried shrimp paste marinated chicken chunks garnished with a mix of aromatic fresh herbs and crispy shallot flakes.
– Confit Sakura Ayam Tuturaga
A light citrusy confit chicken curry from the Northern Sulawesi region
– Angus Steak Rendang
Tender beef steak tenderloin topped with Javanese style rendang curry sauce
We took a night walk by the bay front and had some cheesecake from Coffeebean for desserts after. Singapore’s skyline looks quite pretty, doesn’t it?

Johore Road Boon Kee Pork Porridge
Blk 638 Veerasamy Road
#01-101
62969100

This is our weekend guilty pleasure after church on Sundays with our usual bunch of friends. We like to trick ourselves into thinking that porridge is inherently healthy, but porridge like this probably isn’t. This is the Hainanese variety – middle-thickness viscosity with juicy bits of pork, liver and dough fritters (youtiao) floating around in it. There is the additional option of cracking a raw egg into it and letting the porridge cook it through. Swig some pepper and light soya sauce into it and there you have it! Nom.

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Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of the year to be in New York. When we visited in November 2010 we couldn’t help but be infected by the joyous cheer in the air ourselves, with the festive feasting helping us along the way. I certainly waddled back home feeling chubbier and happier than whence I came. We had the pleasure of having some gastronomically curious friends on the trip with us, with spot-on recommendations of reaaa-lly good places to eat at.

Jojo
160 E. 64th St., New York, NY 10021
nr. Lexington Ave.

Thanksgiving Day itself was spent at Jojo. There was a traditional turkey carving + stuffing option on the menu, but the beef medallion was just too good to pass up.

Kyotofu
705 Ninth Avenue (Cross Streets West 48th Street)
New York NY 10019

I have an incurable sweet-tooth, with an especially soft spot for soya beancurd desserts. The dessert trio that my friends ordered satisfied my craving perfectly. The black sesame biscotti and the miso-caramel cream thing with the chocolate cake were particularly inspired.

Balthazar
80 Spring Street
New York NY 10019

Balthazar is worth a visit on its own for a look at its interior decor. We can’t really say much about the food as we only went there for pastries, croissants on coffee. They were nice. The premises are big, with the bakery and the restaurant situated in different sections of the restaurant. To an extent the place reminded me of the grand cafes and konditoreis Gloria and I visited in Austria recently, where one must not simply be seen to eat, but moreover to eat in style. It was a pity I wasn’t allowed to take more photos of the dining room – shortly after I took the shot below the manager came scurrying over to tell me photography wasn’t permitted on the premises.


Even the waiter was nattily dressed.


Hungry munchkins, all of them.

If I had to choose a photograph that I took in New York that sums up the trip for me, it’d have to be the one I took of Gloria somewhere along Noho. We hardly get to spend time in the same country together, and since London wasn’t that far away, it was nice to squeeze in some time with her whilst she was on this side of the globe.

So, let’s take a break from food. We’ve been eating so much the past two weeks my tummy feels a little uncomfy! I was looking through some of my albums and I came across these lovely pictures. Thought it’ll be nice to share them here. I was in New York last year and Glen decided to fly up as well.  We spent Thanksgiving and Black Friday there – it was wonderful!


And this, is my favourite picture of them all.

Glen just got back from London for Easter break and we have been wanting to go out for a dinner date. We were fortunate enough to receive complimentary vouchers for dinner at Les Amis. We spent four hours eating and talking about every thing under the sun. It’s been a long time since we last did that and it felt great doing so again.

Pumpkin butter and sea salt to go with bread

The butter kernels and salt made for a pretty picture, but it was the pumpkin butter that piqued our fancy. Pumpkin has always had a buttery texture in it, and it’s a wonder that no one had thought of infusing it into a butter spread earlier! The bread platter, a selection of focaccia and sourdough was pleasantly warm. A sprinkle of salt atop had us slavering for more.

Amuse Bouche

There wasn’t a description to go with the amuse-bouche, but at its simplest it was a slice of fish carpaccio-style served with a pickled tomato, and a really interesting savoury green powder that melted on the tongue. This was a promising start to the meal.

Warm Marine lobster salad pickled Muscat pumpkin and Austrian pumpkin seed oil

When the menu had described our first course was a lobster salad, what we had in mind was slivers of lobster hiding amidst a green sea of vegetables. What we did get was a pleasant surprise for us. The lobster slices were nice, juicy and chunky, lightly cooked and coated in pumpkin seed oil to help it on its way through our happy, agreeable gullets.

Lightly smoked eel “tiede” crispy pork crouton, horseradish and Dijon mustard

Our waiter informed us that this was one of the head chef’s headline dishes that we would be encountering tonight. It was easy enough to see (and taste) why. In Gloria’s words, the combination of smoked eel, salty crouton, horse-radish and mustard was a burst of umami delight in our mouths.

Whole roasted baby monkfish on the bone and Maitake, spinach and saffron emulsionAnother of chef Armin’s signature dishes. The monkfish had been roasted in a potpourri of thyme, garlic and a host of wonderful (and secret) ingredients, making for a really tasty fish dish. The whole fish was presented for inspection as above, and was taken away shortly after for carving.

Char-grilled Wagyu rib eye cooked in hay sweet corn, lettuce and truffled French fries

The wagyu was the bellringer dish for the evening. The fillet haunch had been grilled on a bed of hay, infusing the meat with a very smokey, grassy aroma. As with most smoking techniques, the resulting flavour complements buttery and smooth textures the best, and all that effort did not go to waste on the wagyu at all. The meat retained all the flavours that had been painstakingly worked into it, but in its own right, it had a fulsome flavour and a lovely silken texture that can only come from only the best quality meats that one can eat.

The evening ended on a sweet note, starting with a deconstructed lemon tart, a dessert and cake selection, and two cups of tea to clear the palate and wash it all down. The heart shaped sugar lumps were a sweet touch, we thought.

A fancy lemon tarte thyme icecream

Tea & some dessert

And, that’s us, feeling full and blissful.

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