Because she knew I didn’t have dim sum at Mandarin Court earlier this week with my buddies, my mother promptly declared that we would go there for lunch today. I didn’t complain mostly because we both like going there and we’re almost always in the mood for dim sum. :p

(All photos were taken on my BB, so I’ll admit right now that the pictures aren’t great.)

Deep Fried Prawns with Wasabi Mayonnaise

‘Cheong Fun’ Rice Roll with Char Siew

Steamed Prawn Dumplings

Deep Fried Yam Puff with Black Pepper Chicken

Steamed Beancurd Roll with Mushroom

Steamed Spare Ribs with Fish Maw and Pumpkin

As always, everything was lip-smackingly delish, with the prawns being our personal fave (not exactly dim sum, I know, but my mother really wanted it). I’m sure there are better restaurants out there, and I have heard that the food used to be better (back when it was still known as Pine Court), but I always walk away fully satisfied. Besides, dining 35 floors over Orchard Road with very friendly and patient wait staff attending to you will certainly add to the overall experience. So if you’re ever in the area and need a good Chinese food/dim sum fix, Mandarin Court is definitely reliable.

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Song of the Day

Carol of the Bells, by Pentatonix


Labour Day

May 1, 2012 · 3 comments

in Food, Life, Singapore

What’s a girl to do on Labour Day in good ol’ Singapore? Indulge in a fantastic movie and savour some food, of course.

The buddy and I started the day with lunch at my favourite cafe.

We then proceeded for my second viewing of the Avengers, which was just as entertaining, and now I feel as though I need to watch it at least once a week. I AM NOT KIDDING.

Dinner at Equinox was not bad, but not inspiring. Thankfully, we had a great view of the Singapore skyline to distract our tastebuds.

Some unexciting bread to kick things off:

Amuse bouche was some tomato thingy. The buddy will know what it’s called.

My Lobster Bisque with Fennel, Dill and Linguine Ribbons:

Grilled White Asparagus with Mousseline and Crushed Hazelnuts:

Pork Tenderloin with White Asparagus, Spring Onion Tart and Sage Butter Sauce:

Because there’s always room for dessert, the buddy ordered Pineapple Carpaccio with Lime, Chilli Syrup and Coconut Sorbet:

I ordered the Madagascar Vanilla Mousse with Caramelised Apple Jelly and Sweet Brioche.

Some petits fours to end things off:

Like I said, great view to distract our palette.

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Song of the Day

Set Fire To The Rain, by Adele


The girl wants to cook

April 13, 2012 · 4 comments

in Food

On my way back from work, I was chatting with QQ about food and the dishes she cooks. I was helping her think of ways to make her fish taste better then somewhere between mixed herbs and butter, I realised how much I actually enjoy cooking.

I get quite excited about cooking. Perhaps it’s the fun we all have especially when the buddies come over for a cook-in session. We always manage to cook up a bit of a storm, a storm we’re all thankful we don’t have to clean up after all thanks to my wonderful domestic helper. Heheh. And even when the buddies are not around, there are times when I just feel like taking over the kitchen and preparing a simple meal for the family. Not only is it a good stress relief, it is also completely gratifying when I see the satisfied looks on their faces. :)

I don’t think we’ve ever failed miserably but we’ve always played it safe with easy-to-make pastas and salads. In the last couple of years though, we’ve tried to step it up a little. Nothing spectacular, but always pretty darn delish.

We’ve done a full English-style breakfast:

Cooked a Christmas dinner:

Here’s a simple roast salmon dinner:

And this was lunch today:

I wish I had more time to cook and experiment with fancier dishes.