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Good food vs comfort food, a journey.

I realised that since I’ve met Dude, I’ve refined my palate somewhat.

I didn’t use to enjoy salmon, and would refuse to eat sashimi. But now, I enjoy salmon head in soup, pan seared salmon and especially raw slices of salmon. The only requirement that I have of salmon is that it must be fresh. Really fresh. I don’t know why most people can stand to eat salmon that isn’t fresh. Do they not smell the rancid fish oil that marks a not so fresh salmon?

It’s this scent that always turns me off from salmon. Some people say that I’m picky or have an expensive palate. I don’t. I just like good, fresh food.

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Raw sushi at Ikeikemaru

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Gong Cha vs KOI coffee, the one where I’m late to the party

Koi and Gong Cha have been around for a while now and I’m a little late to the party, mostly because these two bubble tea companies were not easily accessible for me, where I live. It was only when both companies opened an outlet near my work place that I had a chance to try both on a semi regular basis.

Of all the different types of drinks available, I prefer their coffee drinks as that are less likely to be overly sweet, even when no sugar is added.

Gong Cha Milk Coffee

Gong Cha Milk Coffee

Gong Cha Milk Coffee


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My Weekend Girly Date With Jo

Saturdays are my date days; they could be with Dude or with my friends. Seeing that Dude was on reservist, I spent the entire day with Jo.

I was supposed to head down to the museum with my sister, Hopeily, and her friend but decided to ditch them and meet Jo for lunch.

Lunch was had, window shopping was done and then we headed down to the National Library where we met Sarah, where we plotted our respective NaNoWriMo novels while Sarah had her corned beef sandwich.

There were the usual hi-jinks which usually follows when we meet Sarah; Dance Central dance-off, searching of presents for our friends and a first aid kit purchase. While all this was happening, the skies opened and in rained in sheets. Even with umbrellas and waiting for the rain to lessen, we were still drenched from the knee down.

As Sarah needed to be at Garden’s by the Bay that evening, and since Jo and I didn’t have anything planned, we decided to accompany Sarah to the Gardens. However, that plan was foiled by the heavy rain and lightning. I would have taken a picture of the rain but I didn’t want to get my phone wet.

And so we left Sarah as she got a lift from Daphnemaia and Furry Photos. Jo and I decided to see if we can get a table at the atas Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Beanstro at Marina Bay Sands.

Iced Southern Blend tea

An ice cold cup of tea to wash down dinner

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Friday Foods: Corned Beef Sandwhiches

It’s been a long while since the last Friday Foods entry. This recipe was requested by Seriously Sarah, wanting to know how I make my corned beef sandwiches, since she was interested in making some for herself.

Corned beef
Photo by joshuaheller

Corned beef sandwiches are one of my favourite foods, good for meals at any time of the day. I don’t really find this sandwich in cafes so I usually have them at home.

Ingredients

1 can of corned beef, or lamb
1 medium sized onions, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1-2 chillies, chopped finely
A handful of flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
1-2tbs oil
pepper, to taste

Open the can of corned beef and chop up the contents into smaller bits, for easy frying.

Heat the oil in the pan and add in the onions, garlic and chillies, fry until the onions are soft.

Add in the chopped corned beef and fry until it’s soft and stir the onions, garlic, and chillies through the beef. Taste and see if you’d like a little pepper.

Once you think that the beef is fully cooked through, turn off the fire and stir in the chopped parsley.

Serve in your choice of bread. I like using the sandwich maker for compact sandwiches.


Having Sashimi For The First Time

As much as I love Japanese cuisine, sashimi is one of the few things that I’ve never gotten into. The thought of having raw fish was something that was hard for me to accept. I tried it once before but it ended rather horrifically.

On top of that, my experiences with salmon left much to be desired. I always found them more than a little fishy and a they have a very strong sort of flavour that I just could not enjoy. It wasn’t until I had that one lunch outing with my colleagues and my boss to a nearby fusion restaurant that I realised that salmon, when superbly fresh, doesn’t have that oily, fishy smell and the taste of the salmon isn’t very strong. However, due to the fact that the salmon has to be fresh, I don’t trust a lot of the restaurants that I go to, to serve really fresh salmon and knowing the standard of majority of the food places here, I’d rather not be disappointed.

Anyway, one Sunday while I was out with Dude and his mom, they got really fresh salmon at the supermarket and decided to make sashimi at home. I was expected to have some and no amount of begging and whining was getting me out of that. So I had to suck it up and try it.

slicing sashimi


Dude learned how to make the sashimi from his dad, who was entirely self-taught. I watched him carefully remove the skin and removing the pin bones from the fillet. Every single part of the fillet, except the pinbones, were carefully stored.

I’ve tried pan-seared salmon before, but it was a very, very thing slice. It tasted a not too bad but the texture of the raw fish was something that I needed to get used to, but I had that with lots of pickled ginger and wasabi, which I guess isn’t really the proper way to eat it since you can’t taste the fish.

sashimi slices

So when Dude presented the plate of salmon to his mom and I, I had no choice but to eat it since according to him, this not eating raw salmon is a deal breaker. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. The fish was firm without any fishiness at all. The texture of it in my mouth was not unpleasant but I wouldn’t say that it was wonderful either. I could feel the gag reflex starting but I fought it down and managed to eat another slice before I gave up.

Personally, I thought that the slices were a little too big for me but I would say that it’s an achievement for me to go from not eating sashimi at all, to eating two relatively big slices. It’s going to take me a while before I can polish off a plate like everyone else but doesn’t mean that I’m not game.


Friday Foods: Black Pepper Beef

Black Pepper Beef Ginger
Photo by irwandy

My best friend is an awesome cook and I really like the way that she does her cooking; simply throwing everything together, roughly cut and just going with the feel of it. One of the many recipes that she shared with me is the black pepper beef, which is versatile and simple to do.

Ingredients
1/2kg of beef, thinly sliced and marinated with chicken stock granules
1 medium onion, sliced
3-4 tbs thick, sweet soy sauce (or to taste)
1/2-1 carrot (depending on the size), sliced into thin strips
1 green onion, sliced diagonally to about 1-4 inch thick (or what ever size that you want)
1 bell pepper, core removed and sliced into strips or cubed
1 tbs cornflour, mixed with a couple tablespoons of water
1-2 cups water
1 egg
white and black pepper to taste
1 tbs oil


Heat up the oil in a pan or wok and throw in the beef and the pepper.

Stir it around and once the beef is cooked, add in the onions and stir until it’s soft.

Add in enough water just to cover the meat and stir in the soy sauce. Taste to see if you’ve added enough of the soy sauce and pepper.

When the mixtures bubbling, add in the cornflour mixture to thicken. You don’t have to add in everything. Just add, stir and see if it thickens to what you want it to the consistency that you want.

When it’s thickened, reduce heat and add in the vegetables, mix and cover. Simmer until the vegetables are cooked through.

Turn off the fire and break an egg into the pan/wok. Serve with hot rice or you can eat it on its own.

Note: You can add in any kind of veggies that you like; broccoli, cauliflower and mushrooms are some examples that you can use.


Me And My MILO

Milo
Photo by Nestle

I grew up drinking MILO, the popular malted chocolate drink. It was one of the first things I asked for when I woke up and still remains one of my comfort food/drinks when I’m feeling low. It’s also a meal replacement for me when I’m just too lazy to eat or in need of a quick snack.

I didn’t realise that MILO has been in the region for far longer than I thought. It wasn’t until I found this ad for MILO from the 70s.

I would say that most of us in Singapore grew up drinking MILO. Now days, my MILO drink in the morning is almost always spiked with a little coffee, for that extra kick of caffeine.


Now days, there are so many variations of MILO drinks out there and one of the most popular one is the MILO Dinosaur.

Milo Dinosaur!
Photo by mulberry leaves

This is when a large glass of iced MILO is topped with a thick layer of MILO powder. It’s wonderfully sweet, cold and if not drank right, might induce cough fits from inhaling the MILO powder straight into the throat.

Even the ads have also changed with the times.

Even so, the message is still the same, MILO is good for you. It also tastes very good.

MILO is so popular in the house that whenever anyone buys the pre-packaged MILO drinks, it usually doesn’t last more than a few days. It’s just something that my sisters and I really love, even as adults.

When I was in Australia a long while ago, I discovered that the MILO blend in Australia tastes differently from the one that we get locally; it’s more chocolaty and goes so well when mixed with warmed milk. So I was overjoyed when I discovered that we could actually get the Australian blend here. It costs a little bit more but for MILO lovers like it, it’s worth paying a little bit more.

MILO is the one drink that will almost always help make me feel better.