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Friday, August 28, 2009

Dinner @ PS Cafe

PS Cafe
After furniture hunting at Dempsey, we decided to try out some new restaurant and finally settled for Western fare at PS Cafe. We had no idea PS stood for Project Shop until we tao bao'ed the fries and saw the entire name spelled out on the

The food tasted wonderful for the first few bites, but the more we ate the more mediocre we found it. That aside, the portions were HUGE. Just a main would fill you up thoroughly.

Although we found the environment nice and cosy, with glass walls you could look out of, the positioning of the tables meant that only one person could look out into the greenery. It also does get rather loud and noisy during peak hours, especially if there are big groups laughing and each person raising their voice a little higher than the next in order to be heard above the din.

PS Cafe
I ordered the BBQ Ribs with Blackcurrant Coleslaw and Onion Rings. I felt that a crispy batter for the onion rings would have been so much better than a mushy one.

PS Cafe BBQ Ribs
The boy ordered the Beef, Mushroom & Bacon Ragout. If only the beef was a little more tender, this would have been great.

PS Cafe Beef Mushroom Bacon Ragout
We regretted ordering the PS Fries after seeing how big the mains were. I had wanted the shoestring fries in truffle oil but the boy ordered the wrong one. The fries came with BBQ & lemongrass sauce which I found weird.

PS Cafe Shoestring Fries

My verdit? $10 for ordinary tasting fries ~.~

Monday, August 24, 2009

Making Kimchi

Since I am able to attend classes in the day, I decided to take the opportunity to go for a Kimchi making class. I have already decided on a few kinds of pickles to make once I move into my new place, and after seeing how easy it is to make kimchi, I'm adding it to my list!

There wasn't time to take pictures at every step of the process. In addition, both of my hands were covered in chilli so it was impossible anyway. Maybe in future, but this is enough to make me drool.

Hands-on time :)

Making Kimchi

Each of us gets a basin with 2 lettuce quarters. I enjoyed spreading the chilli paste on every single leaf. It was real fun.

Making Kimchi

The 2 quarters nicely wrapped. Can't wait to try my handiwork :')

Making Kimchi

The teacher cuts hers for us to taste. It wouldn't be sour until it has fermented at room temperature for a day but it's edible either way.

Making Kimchi

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Trip to the Peranakan Museum

The building that used to be a primary school now houses the Peranakan Museum. I was excited enough to snap a picture from the carpark beside the building immediately after I alighted.

Peranakan MuseumThe main entrance at the front of the building will give you a feel of what it's like inside. Very colorful and pretty, just the way I like it :)

Peranakan Museum
Peranakan MuseumIf I remember correctly, there are ten galleries over three floors. We were in time for the guided tour at 2pm, which started at the 'Origins' gallery on the ground floor. This was the first time I ever followed a guided tour, and I must say I liked it very much! The lady was very sweet and entertaining, and we learnt pretty much from her with regards to the life and rituals of the peranakans.

Peranakan Museum

As a kid at heart, there is one thing I have to mention. If you are so inclined, you may get these gold-colored stickers from the front desk at $1 each (free for kids below 12). These are for you to emboss various motifs and designs on, at one of the many embossing stations around the museum, and kept as a souvenir.

Peranakan Museum

Peranakan Museum

The main reason that sparked my trip to the museum was a sudden interest in beading. Not any type of beading, but peranakan beading, and particularly shoes. Which woman doesn't like shoes?

Peranakan Museum

Shoe beading is a very time-consuming activity, but as peranakan women in those days weren't expected to wander outside the house, they had to find something to occupy themselves with. Sewing, cooking and other feminine and domestic skills were the criteria these women were judged on in those days.

Peranakan Museum beading

The main attraction at the exhibition was this tablecloth made out of about a million beads. If a pair of shoes take about 90 hours to bead, I wonder how many people and how many hours it took to complete this exquisite piece.

Peranakan Museum Beading

I was delighted to see a display of crockery, since collecting pretty colorful floral pieces is another of my interest. Though I find some peranakan color combinations a little too loud for my liking, prefering pastel shades instead, I found many of those on display really sweet nonetheless, and could very well find a place on my shelf.

Peranakan Museum CrockeryThey also had on display, dining pieces from a few prominent families. A measure of wealth, it meant that the larger the set a family had, the richer they were.

Peranakan Museum

Another item that caught my attention were the sireh sets. These are so beautiful that I'm seriously considering getting one for myself. It was rumoured that a sireh set could ward off evil spirits and as such, one was placed in every newlyweds' room. In addition, a sireh set was also used as a face-saving gadget when a boy's mother visits a girl's parents to ask for her hand in marriage. If the request for marriage is denied, the girl's parents would politely refuse the sireh, saying that their teeth hurt too much to be chewing sireh or give some similar excuse.

Peranakan Museum sireh setClothes. Another of my fetishes. Cheongsams, kimonos, kebayas. Basically any traditional apparel. I spent quite some time admiring the detailed patterns and embroidery. The fact that my paternal grandmother did not leave us her clothing had been a sore spot for some time, and unfortunately, that was the only indication that I had a peranakan heritage.

Peranakan Museum kebayas

It took us about an hour or two to view the entire exhibition and on our way out, we paid a visit to the two tiny shops outside the museum. These shops sell a limited range of peranakan goods, but there are a few rather eye-catching albeit expensive items. I was eyeing a mirror with a decorative tile as well as a beaded stamp , but needing to ponder over my purchases as usual, I decided I would return another day to get them.

Peranakan Museum Shop
Peranakan Museum ShopAs we left, we bade farewell to their resident cat, or at least the sculpture of it. Happy day! I would highly recommend this place. After three decades of living in Singapore, I finally made the daytrip.
Peranakan Museum Cat

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Ice Cream Creations @ Haagen Daz

One of the benefits of having a Tang's Citibank credit card is, I was offered a 1-for-1 Haagen Daz Ice Cream Creation during my birthday month. Although we were pretty full after our dinner at Shin Kushiya, the night was still young, and we were searching for a place to sit and relax.

Our guilty pleasures:

The Mango and Passionfruit Ice Cream. Although the fruity flavours were a little too sweet, I liked it. The waffle was lousy though. I found it too hard for my liking. Somehow the decorative drops remind me of salmon roe *0*.

Haagen Daz Ice Cream Creations Mango and Passionfruit

Better than the mango and passionfruit ice cream was the warm and mellow chocolate creation. Yummy brownies!

Haagen Daz Ice Cream Creations Chocolate Brownies

And as could be expected, we were regretful after something like that.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Dinner @ Sun with Moon Japanese Dining and Cafe

One of the places we seldom come to for meals, as we find their prices on the high side for the kind of food they serve. The only thing that keeps us coming back is their Matcha Parfait.

Bill for two came up to about $70.

Eel and asagi rice. Perfect!

Sun with Moon Japanese Eel Asagi Rice
Sun with Moon Japanese Eel Asagi Rice
Beef stew. Another great dish though saltier than I would have liked.

Sun with Moon Japanese Beef Stew
Spicy chicken with egg. This was spicy alright, but much too salty. I certainly wouldn't order this again.

Sun with Moon Japanese Eel Spicy Chicken with Egg
The Matcha Parfait at Sun with Moon is the best green tea ice cream I've tasted, choke full of mochi, jelly and chestnuts. I don't see the conflakes at the bottom as a filler. I have always loved conflakes with milk :)

Sun with Moon Japanese Matcha Parfait

More Sun with Moon desserts here.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Going Vegetarian - Green Room Cafe @ Bishan Park

The boy had been talking about going vegetarian - not strictly - since we came back from Japan, but we haven't been able to do it so far. I do not find vegetarian food cheap nor healthy, at least not those you can get at the market. They are fried and are extremely oily. However, I have every intention of eating healthy once I move into my new place and can finally cook to my heart's content :)

Well, we were pondering over what to have for dinner again (after 5 years of eating out this is fast becoming a dreaded chore) and finally decided on vegetarian. I had seen the Green Room Cafe's promotion of a 1-for-1 avocado wrap a couple of weeks ago, and was hoping they still had it, but unfortuntely, the promotion was over. Instead, they had 1-for-1 smoothies and fruit juices, so I got myself a Blue Rush (blueberries/banana/apple) and the boy got some tropical concoction of coconut/pineapple/banana.

Green Room Cafe at Bishan Park

I felt like having rice, and ordered a baked brown rice with cheese and mushroom. It was a little bland, but this was my first time tasting brown rice which isn't dry or hard, changing my perception and perhaps my decision to incorporate it into future home-cooked meals.

Baked Rice, Green Room Cafe at Bishan Park

Baked Rice, Green Room Cafe at Bishan Park

The boy wanted something light and got himself a salad of spinach leaves, pumpkin, tomatoes and cheese. Salad for dinner? That's not something I'll ever understand :')

Green Room Cafe Bishan Park Pumpkin and Spinach Salad