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My 25th Birthday.

September 5, 2008

It was a simple, quiet but lovely affair.

On the eve of my birthday at Bakerzin, I had loads of fun and even managed to gather some career advice from Hilda. And perhaps that’s why she needed a drink to satisfy her thirst. Bring on some hot chocolate with marshmallows for the lady.


These macaroons were utterly delightful, I hated that I had to break it apart.

The grand finale, the dessert tapas.

And on the actual day, a simple dinner date with my family.

Some peanuts to make the stomach rumble, perhaps a hidden strategy for restaurants to make their customers order more.

Cooking away the beef, mushrooms and vegetables in a steaming hot pot.

My coconut drink.

My favourite efu noodles. This is usually served at weddings (as a last dish before dessert) or at birthdays. Perhaps, it signifies all things good from that point on.

My birthday cake from a neighbourhood cake shop. Hazelnut sponge cake.

And so…I am one year older. It’s going to get better and better each year. 🙂

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Baked Dijonaise Salmon, Your Quick Solution To A Home-cooked Valentine’s Day Dinner.

February 14, 2008

All you folks out there who’s planning to cook for your special someone tonight for Valentine’s Day, do not fret if you cannot think of what to cook. Here is my solution for you – Baked Dijon Salmon (pronounced as Sa-Men). The original recipe was retrieved from All Recipes. I rate this recipe 4.8 over 5 stars. Please ignore all the bad reviews on the All Recipes site, because my salmon always turned out perfect and I want you all to be able to impress others with this simple recipe. I’ve cooked this dish for my family, friends and boyfriend on previous occasions. All of them enjoyed it very much.

I’ve changed the recipe servings (for two) and made other slight changes to the ingredients.

Baked Dijonaise Salmon (Serves 2)

I could not find a photo of the salmon alone, so please focus on the photo on the upper-left hand corner. 🙂 Note: These salmon fillets were huge, don’t worry if your fillets are much smaller.

Ingredients
2 tbsp salted butter, melted
2 tbsp Dijonaise (I use the Master Food brand, available at leading supermarkets in Singapore)
2-1/4 teaspoons honey (add more if you like caramelized honey)
2 tbsp dry bread crumbs
2 tbsp finely chopped walnuts
2 tsp chopped fresh parsley OR 2/3 tsp ground parsley (Using the ratio of 1 part ground: 3 parts fresh)
2 salmon fillets
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 180°C. (Vary it according to how fast your oven usually cooks fish)
2.
In a small bowl, stir together butter, Dijonaise, and honey. Set aside. In another bowl, mix together bread crumbs, walnuts, and parsley.
3.
Brush each salmon fillet with honey mustard mixture, and sprinkle the tops of the fillets with the bread crumb mixture.
4.
Bake salmon for 12 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until it flakes easily with a fork. Season with salt and pepper, and garnish it according to your Valentine’s preference.I hope this is useful to someone out there.

Happy Valentine’s Day & Friendship Day every one, may this be a blessed day for all. 

My Top 3 Restaurant Suggestions for Valentine’s Day in Singapore.

February 12, 2008

I hope this is not too late, for those of you who plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day in just two days. Perhaps this might be a good last minute suggestion for frantic love birds out there, searching for a place to dine with that someone special.

These are top 3 on my list not only because of its amazing food and service, but also because of the memories that I’ve forged there on previous occasions. The 3 top restaurant suggestions for Valentine’s Day would be Harry’s @ Holland Village, Kazu Sumiyaki Restaurant and Corduroy & Finch.

1. Harry’s @ Holland Village
27 Lorong Mambong
Holland Village
Tel: 6467 4222

I first went to Harry’s @ Holland Village only because of my friend Derrick, who performs live every Thursday or Friday nights, 9:30pm at Harry’s. It’s a great place to be if both you and your partner love music coupled with an energetic crowd (of mostly expatriates). I tried their Fish and Chips, it was excellent. I never fail to have fun whenever I go to Harry’s @ Holland Village. I rate them an overall 4 over 5 Stars.

2. Kazu Sumiyaki Restaurant
5 Koek Road
#04-05 Cuppage Plaza
Tel: 6734 2492

Unfortunately, I could not find any photos of this place and I didn’t take many photos when I was there. My boyfriend brought me here for my birthday last year. He told the chef to surprise me with a “birthday day ice cream creation”. The service here is top notch. It was a perfect evening filled with smiles and great food. The foie gras, BBQ beef and garlic rice were superb. Even the BBQ corn was out of this world. Most importantly, it is a really intimate place and it has a very authentic and romantic aura to it. I rate them an overall 5 over 5 Stars.

3. Corduroy & Finch
779 Bukit Timah Road
Tel: 6762 0131

The food is great and they serve desserts like “Handsome Strawberries” – which are actually strawberries dipped in chocolate that look like tuxedos. Most important of all, my boyfriend and I will be celebrating our Valentine’s Day at Corduroy & Finch. I am really looking forward to that. For now, I rate them an overall 4.5 over 5 Stars. Let’s see if their ratings improve after the 14th of February.

😀

Fu Zhou (福州) Fish balls for Chinese New Year.

February 7, 2008

Before I begin, please allow me to assure you that fish balls are not the balls of fish (if they have any to begin with). It is simply fish meat rolled into a ball. My intercultural communications professor had mentioned that his friend was disturbed by the term while visiting Singapore. I thought I’d better clear any cloud in this area first.

My reunion dinner last night at my grandmother’s place wasn’t boring nor entirely interesting. The food was the highlight of it all. I am not a fan of fish balls but I always look forward to having Fu Zhou (福州) fish balls during this steamboat dinner. My aunt’s family owns Li Chuan Food Products, so we get a lot of fresh and free steamboat food from her. I’m so blessed. 

Traditionally, Fu Zhou fish balls is minced pork wrapped up in fish paste. My family enjoyed a Halal version which had minced chicken inside instead of pork. It was still delicious.

Here’s a Fu Zhou fish ball.

Here’s it again after I’ve sinked my teeth into it.

Mmmm all that flavour in the juice of this fish ball, a little taste of savoury heaven.

My first Chinese New Year reunion dinner.

February 5, 2008

During the Chinese New Year eve (or days leading up to the eve), family members get together for a reunion dinner celebration. This reunion dinner was a treat from my boyfriend’s family. The eight-course dinner was enjoyed at:

King Crab & Seafood 
Block 204, Serangoon Central
#01-104

This “coffee-shop” style eatery is well known for its crab beehoon. Here’s a photo example of the dish, unfortunately not from King Crab & Seafood. Our dinner set did not include this dish but I remember it as being really delicious.


(Image taken from Eat Like Us food blog)

The first dish, as per tradition, was Yu Sheng (鱼生). Family members would use their chopsticks to mix this raw fish salad while reciting wishes for the new year. To ensure that we are “blessed every year” ( Nian Nian You Yu 年年有魚, literally meaning there is fish or leftover every year), some of the fish salad would be left on the plate unfinished. This dish was yummy.

Here’s the second to fifth dish (clockwise).
Sharksfin soup, Fried bean-curd skin with ginkgo nuts and vegetables, Deep fried prawns & a Spicy Thai Seafood Salad.

The sixth to eighth dish include Fried Chicken with Lemon Sauce, Orh-Ni (a warm yam dessert) & Mandarin Oranges. There’s also a photo of some lanterns sighted along the way back home.


If anyone knows the significance of these dishes do share them with me, I’m curious to know. Tomorrow’s another reunion dinner session, on the actual eve of Chinese New Year. Updates on that soon.
Here’s wishing all my fellow Chinese friends a happy and prosperous New Year! 🙂