Saturday, December 31, 2005
Deb Ang at 10:02 pm
Friday, December 30, 2005
La grande dame...
Part 2 of my birthday treats :) Dang, I have to wait one whole year!
Once again, Mom whipped out one of her countless restaurant vouchers and this time it was for the Bar & Billiard Room at Raffles Hotel. Christmas had arrived at the grande dame of Singapore and the cavernous dining room was decked out in lovely reds and golds with a live band playing my favourite bossa nova tunes...
At $70+++, the Christmas dinner was a tad pricey and the buffet spread more of quality over quantity. The unique presentation of the dishes around the bar (straight out of a pub type) was a novelty for me and they had lots of yummy stuff in little glassbowls for the starters and really good chocolate desserts not found elsewhere. Which provided the fodder for our family's foodie discussion:
Sister, gesturing sarcastically at my dessert laden plate: "Aren't you supposed to be watching yourself? And what's in that chocolate cake?"
Me, in 7th heaven: "Try it, its banana."
Sister, mouth full: "Oh. WOW... Let's get somemore."
Fruit cocktails - Pear, Cranberry, Mango
Deb Ang at 2:32 am
Monday, December 19, 2005
Of xiao long baos and Jane Austen
Watched the latest Pride & Prejudice film (starring Keira Knightly and Matthew Macfadyen) not once but twice...and I totally LOVE it :) Although not a 100% accurate interpretation of the Jane Austen book, the witty dialogue, gorgeous cinematography and magnificent English estates shine forth. Macfadyen is most delicious as the latest Mr Darcy and there's also an Orlando Bloom lookalike (Rupert Friend). Anyone looking for a girls' night out movie should not pass this over!
Deb Ang at 2:11 pm
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Amazing how fast the years fly by - and trust me, I do have a very good reason to reiterate this cliche ;)
Their ice cream/sorbet menu is only served from Thursdays to Saturdays. After a lengthy "discussion", we decided upon the "Framboisier" (a refreshing sorbet made from tangy raspberry sorbet and coulis, fresh raspberries and a raspberry biscuit), "66%" (66% dark chocolate ice-cream served with warm liquid ganache, an almond cocoa bean tuile and chunks of cooked chocolate mousse) and "L' amour" (rose petal ice-cream with pieces of lychee, tangy fresh raspberries, rose macaron and rose meringue).
Lip smacking good!
Deb Ang at 10:55 pm
Sunday, December 04, 2005
Lunch at "The Canteen"
Lunch today at *The Canteen* (Shaw Centre, #02-10, entrance by side road beside Pacific Plaza), one of the more economical Les Amis restaurants...
Having read Anthony Capella's scrumptious novel "The Food of Love" and drooling over the Italian dishes mentioned, I was only too glad to order the Saltimbocca :) A Roman dish, it can be described as pork chop topped with ham with a handful of sage leaves in between. The aroma from the sage leaves really perked up the dish, which was nicely accompanied by grilled vegetables and sauce.
Deb Ang at 2:14 am
Thursday, December 01, 2005
An ode to Ramly
This burger is synonymous with the pasar malams or night markets (in Malay) here. Once banned in Singapore, its illegal status and ultra-yumminess gave it a certain cult-classic following ;) Don & Drew (local radio show) even did a rap on it! So instead of advertising its actual name, creative stallholders christened it "Rasher" / "Ramlee" or some other name beginning with an "R". Now, everything's done in the open and the burger comes in the original "Ramly" wrapper. Your choice of beef, chicken or fish patty is encased in a delightfully light egg omelette, slice of melted cheese, BBQ and mayo and sweet chilli sauce. Then sandwiched in between two lightly toasted halves of burger bun. The burger is cooked before you on a hot plate and "Planta" brand margarine is used...evoking pleasant childhood memories of Planta on steamed corn... :)
Night markets here have had to evolve with the changing appetites of the heartlanders (a term for surburban folks coined by our ex-PM). There's the snake oil / medicine man who now sports a Jean Yip makeover and gives a noteworthy performance involving lots of rap and karaoke in Mandarin and various Chinese dialects. Collectible stickers, bags, Hello Kitty items, jigsaw puzzles, fake-branded clothes and a myriad of household items that you'd snap up without blinking. But I always marvel at the people selling bed mattresses, bolsters and pillows and wonder how they managed to survive!
All too soon, these night markets come to an end and the entire contraption of white and red tents move to yet another neighbourhood. As for me, I'll await the next arrival of my Ramly burger with eager anticipation :)
Deb Ang at 11:21 pm