Penang Recipe on Upper Thompson Road

Assam Laksa

My first experience with Penang Assam Laksa was at the Gurney Drive beachfront before it all got relocated because of serious erosion. It was an epiphany for me on the balance of flavors. On the seafront with a strong wind blowing in, it was comforting yet spicy and very playful. Much like the shoes of Jimmy Choo, a Penangite.

It was as if the entire troupe from Riverdance were having a party in my mouth. With fireworks. Within a space of 10 minutes, I had slurped down 3 bowls of Assam Laksa. It was an experience I have not forgotten.

The closest I’ve ever been to recreating the experience in Singapore was the Penang Hawkers Fare at the York Hotel. Unfortunately, the years have not been kind to them. Thus, I’ve been on a lookout for a nice Penang Assam Laksa.

Recently, I’ve noticed a small restaurant called Penang Recipe on Upper Thompson Road that featured Penang cuisine. It had Assam Laksa and the other famous Penang dish Lor Bak. So there’s no helping but to give it a try no?

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Posted on 17th Jan 2012 in Penang, Peranakan, Singapore  |  6 comments

Longjiang Seafood at Commonwealth Avenue

Crab Vermicelli wrapped in Opeh leaf

Since everyone was living around the area, Jeff organized dinner at Longjiang Seafood when he read about it in the papers.

This was a refreshing change for me because usually good restaurants don’t occur near me; I have to like, hunt them down.

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Posted on 18th Dec 2011 in Makankaki, Sichuan, Singapore  |  Comments off

Don’t mind me, I’m just planning Christmas Dinner

I was at my sister’s and mine birthday dinner last weekend where she brought her goddaughters. Like any angsty teenager, they were complaining about the parents. One complaint was about how they can’t get to eat beef medium-rare because their dad loves it well-done.

So I volunteered to cook Christmas dinner for Mom, Sis and the kids. I wanted to do a Beef Rib Roast, but the kids have requested for Beef Wellington.

I will attempt the Beef Wellington for the very first time but only if they eat the veggies. My sis makes a good Godmother because she’s indulgent but as for me, I don’t do justice as a Godfather.


Pan-fried Duck Breast with Balsamic Vinegar Reduction

Served with lettuce leaf wraps


Beef Wellington

Served with Roast Potatoes, Petit Pois Ricotta Salad and chilled Momotaro Tomatoes


Baked Apple with vanilla butter sauce &

Possibly Christmas Fruit Cake

Posted on 16th Dec 2011 in Dinner Book, Singapore  |  Comments off

New Year’s Day Dinner

Simple dinner on 1st January 2012, 7pm. Dress casual (no skirts). See you.


Home-made Chicken Liver Pate with smoked bacon &

Grilled Hungarian Liver Sausage

Served with a choice of baguette or Romaine lettuce


Roast Spicy Pork Shoulder &

Tunisian Lamb Stew

Served with Orange-Lemon Couscous, Petit Pois Ricotta Salad and Momotaro Tomatoes


Home-made Brandy Butter Ice Cream &

Sweets by Vicky

Actually, it’s all home-made… 😛

Posted on 13th Dec 2011 in Dinner Book, Food and Drink, Singapore, Western  |  Comments off

A hamburger at Luke’s Oyster Bar and Chophouse


Truth be told, I deal with stress by cooking and eating. Mostly eating. This is why on a particularly trying day at work, I told myself I needed a hamburger for lunch. A serious burger for a serious man on a serious day.

And some solitude. A quiet moment to regroup and refocus. And where better to gain a respite from the grindhouse than a chophouse?

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Posted on 15th Nov 2011 in American, Singapore  |  8 comments

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