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

Sunday Hands-on Lunch

It’s going to be light.


  • Yuzukoshō Cauliflower Popcorn
  • Eggplant Pate
  • Roasted Garlic & Anchovy Pate
  • Hummus bi Tahini
  • Mentaiko Aburi
  • Grilled Pork Collar
  • Iberico Jamon
  • Pickled Grapes

All served with simple grilled bread.

Posted on 29th Jan 2013 in Food and Drink, Japanese, Lunch Bunch, Middle Eastern, Modern European, Spanish  |  Comments off

Casual Sunday Lunch


It all started when S wanted me to make Uni Pasta.

We’ve started cooking weekend lunch for each other, alternating turns. She’d do a White Truffle Ravioli with a Black Truffle Sauce and I’d do a 6-course Izakaya-inspired meal. It was during one of these lunches when I made her my Mentaiko Pasta, she proposed the idea of Uni Pasta.

I was a little taken aback because while Mentaiko is not cheap, it is not near in the same league as Uni. It’s amazing how expensive the gonads of a dioecious echinoderm are. (Don’t you just love Wikipedia?)

Also, for a while now, I’ve been racking my head on what to cook for two friends with diet restrictions. So I decided to kill two Pescetarians with a box of gonads.

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Posted on 7th Jun 2012 in Food and Drink, Lunch Bunch, Makankaki  |  5 comments

Upcoming Sunday Lunch



  • Lightly-cured Hamachi with Furikake and Edamame Wasbi sauce
  • Nasu Gratin: an eggplant gratin with Miso Tofu sauce
  • Basil Tofu Salad with Gorgonzola by S


  • Uni Pasta with caviar by J
  • Roast Leg of Lamb stuffed with Mint & Parmesan


  • Dessert by M possibly involving pears & chocolate
  • Possibly Whisky & Port

Just so that I don’t forget.

It’s fairly Japanese-y in theme because I like the cleanness of the flavors and since it’s simple home-cooking, I can prepare most of the dishes the night before and simply assemble and heat on the day itself.

The Eggplant Gratin is something that I’ve wanted to do for a long time because it involves making Tofu into a sauce, it’s fairly complicated but it should be fun.

The Uni Pasta should be easy to do but I hope it will be well-received since Uni can be iffy and is very expensive. And I do hope there’s leftover Uni because I love Uni-butter toast.

The Roast Lamb is mainly for me and the guys because, well, I like Roast Lamb and I don’t mind having it for the rest of the week as sandwiches.

This will most probably the last time I do the cured Hamachi because I’m bored with it but I’m featuring it here because I have Pescetarians coming over and I’ve not mastered cooking fish yet. I have several new recipes for cured Salmon and Mackerel I want to try out.

Almost forgot to add: I finally broke down and bought my first set of Noritake China mainly because someone is asking me to upgrade from my cheap but very good Ikea tableware and there was a sale. So first use will be for this Sunday lunch. 🙂

Posted on 30th May 2012 in Food and Drink, Lunch Bunch, Makankaki  |  1 comment

Tempura Tenshin At The Regent Hotel


I absolutely hate taking photos at Japanese restaurants. There’s only one time where I was more or less satisfied with the results, and that’s with using camera flash. The lighting is usually harsh and you are never sure how everyone would react when you use camera flash, especially when some of them are wielding 10 inch blades of High Carbon Japanese Steel.

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Posted on 5th Nov 2007 in Food and Drink, Japanese, Lunch Bunch  |  3 comments

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