Robert Rainford in Singapore

Robert Rainford

This blog loves the Asian Food Channel because it is useful as a clock (every show is about 30mins, great for timing roasts); it makes for good company when he is alone at home cooking or fulfilling his domestic duties and is a source of inspiration.

I enjoy the quirkier shows like the River Cottage series and New Scandinavian Cooking where Andreas usually uses 2 measures of brandy (“one for the salad, the other one is for the Chef who is freezing”). What I also enjoy is Robert Rainford’s show “Licence to Grill” which is on now regularly at 8pm, around the same time as I get home from work. So when I saw the ad for a BBQ dinner with him as host, I immediately sent out an email to my friends.

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Posted on 18th Jun 2009 in About, American, Food and Drink, Meat, Singapore  |  6 comments

Happy food at Azhang 2.0

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This blog was rather surprised when he saw this entry announcing Azhang’s possible closure. My first reaction was “who in the right mind would double rent at a time like this?” Apparently the landlord (I think it’s CK Tang) has a different business model. I can’t comment further about said business strategy because CK Tang, beginning with a small suitcase, built a mega-business, retail empire that spans the world whereas I just run a food blog.

Anyway, there is no helping it but to organize a dinner featuring all our favorites at Azhang so that we can save up on the memories until Patrick and Ava finds a new place to open Azhang 3.0.

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Posted on 27th Apr 2009 in About, Dead Cow Society, Food and Drink, Makankaki, Old School, Singapore  |  7 comments

Hello Sunshine!

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Am back in the SG and I’m recovering from an over-abundance of good food in HK where I had soya bean curd as smooth as egg whites in a shack and egg whites as tasty as soya bean curd at a dairy.

Even though taxis are way cheaper in HK than SG, I rode the MTR to the restaurants carrying first growths and Champagne and to fulfill a dear friend’s lifelong dream, we trekked through wilderness for roasted feral birds.

Apologies to the HK bloggers, I wanted to contact you guys but I was swamped with work and was taken out nightly by mine hosts in a whirlwind of wanton debauchery which included a members’s party at Dragon-i which I didn’t attend because I was too tired to bust a move.

I didn’t do a lot of shopping but somehow in my mellowed-out meanderings, I ended up with 4 bottles of white Bordeaux (Le Clementin du Pape Clement 2006), 2 bottles of Sauternes (Château Doisy-Védrines 2001), 4kg of Rose-scented and Liver sausages, 5 bottles of spectacular XO sauce (with Yunnan ham!), numerous handbag table-hangers and a cheesy fridge magnet in the shape of a basket of Xiao Long Baos.

(Here’s an important tip: Declare everything at Customs; it’s way cheaper than you think.)

I am beginning to regret not buying the Yunnan Ham though…

There’s a Chinese saying “rou shan, jiu hai”, I think they were referring to this.

Pork Thigh

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Full details coming as soon as I can upload the 15Gb of photos…


Posted on 17th Apr 2009 in About, Chinese, Food and Drink, Fun  |  2 comments

Chiamata Ripetuta a La Strada

Pasta Carbonara

After a great experience last year, we decided to revisit La Strada in January, hopefully for a repeat experience.

Unfortunately, it’s just wasn’t the same; the magic is missing.

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Posted on 9th Feb 2009 in About, Food and Drink, Italian  |  4 comments

This Blog & WordPress

This blog started with WordPress 2.2 (if I remembered correctly) and after numerous upgrades, the internal plumbing looked really bad. The final straw came when I upgraded to WordPress 2.7 and that pretty much took down my blog for about 6 hours, during which, according to my stat counters, there were still 300+ visitors; which goes to show that nude pictures of Angelina Jolie (by way of search engines) are still very popular. 🙂

I fixed it but I wasn’t really happy with it. Ask my former colleagues and they will tell you that I have a habit of throwing away everything and starting from scratch if things weren’t up to standard. I really wasn’t happy with the state of my blog’s internal plumbing.

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Posted on 14th Jan 2009 in About  |  1 comment


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