In each hand a cutlass, the Faerie Imp comes to lunch and asked a question that stumped me

First Lunch Party 2013

For a while, I’ve had a few vegetarian recipes circling in my head that I wanted to try but I’ve never really had neither the opportunity nor the time. This is because I believe that vegetarian dishes require complex flavors otherwise it’s boring. So this means a lot of work.

And if it’s going to take a lot of work, I will have to make it worth the effort. So when she asked if I was inviting anyone over, I sent the Faerie Imp an invite. And to my delight, she and her Man was available.

Like any other guy with friends and loved ones coming to lunch, I worry a lot: will there be enough to eat? Will they like the dishes? Do they mind using their hands? Is the China pretty enough?

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Posted on 26th Feb 2013 in Food and Drink, Fun, Lunch Bunch, Recipes  |  Comments off

Presenting The Miele Guide 2013 Winners…

Fresh off the press, direct from The Miele Guide 2013 launch party.

Though some people would have you believe it’s big news, no one batted an eyelid when it was announced that Iggy’s wasn’t at the top of the list. But the funniest quote would have to go to David Thompson who was voted Chef of Chefs by his peers when he said, “I didn’t vote”.

It appears that the top country for fine-dining is China with Singapore coming up close and Indonesia delivering a nice European touch to an Asian finish.

Anyway, all my favorite restaurants made it to the guide. However, instead of sloppily cutting and pasting just the top 10 names into one paragraph, here’s the top 20 restaurants named in The Miele Guide 2013 in a proper list.

  1. Robuchon Au Dome, Macau, China
  2. Waku Ghin, Singapore
  3. L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, Hong Kong, China
  4. Iggy’s, Singapore
  5. Mozaic, Bali, Indonesia
  6. Pierre Gagnaire a Seoul, Seoul, Korea
  7. Caprice, Hong Kong, China
  8. Amber, Hong Kong, China
  9. 8½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana, Hong Kong, China
  10. Les Amis, Singapore
  11. Restaurant Andre, Singapore
  12. Tippling Club, Singapore
  13. Sarong, Bali, Indonesia
  14. Mr & Mrs Bund, Shanghai, China
  15. One Harbour Road, Hong Kong, China
  16. Dakshin, Chennai, India
  17. Antonio’s, Cavite, Philippines
  18. Nihon Ryori RyuGin, Tokyo, Japan
  19. Metis Restaurant and Gallery, Bali, Indonesia
  20. Bukhara, New Delhi, India

The launch party held at Tamarind was successful thanks to the hardworking team at Ate Consulting.

To close, I’ll leave you with two thoughts on the food served at the launch party:

  1. Truffle oil with Buah Keluak is a fail. The flavors are muddied (conflict is not contrast) and the artificiality of the Truffle Oil is heightened.
  2. When it comes to Bak Chor Mee: Vinegar is as important as the Chili. Too much or little of anything throws the whole ensemble off balance.

Posted on 22nd Jan 2013 in Asian, Food and Drink, Fun  |  Comments off

Plum & Apple Tart

Plum and Apple Tart

I am not a baker and I suck at making pastry. However, I like cooking meals that end off with dessert. Most of the time I’ll do a jelly or an ice cream but sometimes I’d like to have a bit of baked something.

There’s nothing like sweet delicious fruit that’s in season baked on a crumbly shortcrust pastry. I was looking for figs which are in season now, but I could only find ripe plums and extremely sweet Candy Apples (in time for Halloween).

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Posted on 14th Dec 2012 in Fun, Recipes  |  Comments off

Roasted Cauliflower with Yuzukoshō

Roast Cauliflower with Yuzu Kosho

I was tired from work and not very hungry for dinner because I just had a late tea with a friend. I was on automatic pilot when I went into the supermarket so I was surprised when I found half a head of Cauliflower in my shopping bag when I got home.

So there’s no helping but to roast me some Cauliflower.

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Posted on 10th Dec 2012 in Fun, Recipes  |  3 comments

You don’t have to know how to cook to be a food blogger but you’re missing out


I do love to cook for friends

An alert reader, P.Shihui, forwarded to me a rather angry blog article titled “Must a Food Critic Know How to Cook?

Obviously, according to Betteridge’s Law of Headlines, the answer is no but the blog entry goes on at length to justify why a food critic does not need to know how to cook.

My first impression was: I don’t think a food blogger is automatically a food critic and wow, someone’s feeling very insecure.

I won’t go into the blog post itself because it’s rather tedious but I’d like to share my thoughts on the joys of cooking and how it makes me, I feel, a better food blogger.

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Posted on 13th Jun 2012 in Food and Drink, Fun, Musings  |  10 comments

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